I’ll admit it. I’ve been working in the body positive, Fat Acceptance and Health At Every Size movements for nearly 20 years now. And while certain things have gotten better and certain things have gotten worse, one thing is consistent. It’s tough. I mean really tough. And I admit that I have certain privileges that many others in the space don’t have. I’m sort of medium fat. That means I face fat discrimination but nothing like as much as bigger fats. I am white and cisgendered and heterosexual among my many, many other privileges. And even with these privileges it’s hard to be a self-loving fatty in this world.
I can tell you that I never would have made it over the past 20 years without connection. I have relied on the support of organizations like NAAFA and ASDAH and several others. And even when I didn’t see eye to eye with these organizations, I have been deeply glad they are there. I have the support of so many other people doing amazing work in our space. People like Marilyn Wann and Virgie Tovar and Hanne Blank and Dianne Bondy and Connie Sobczak and Michelle Hess and Isabel Foxen Duke and Sonya Renee Taylor and Jes Baker and too many others to count.
I have had the unflagging support of my husband and my family. And I have had the support of my dear friend and business partner Ragen Chastain who is always up for a challenge–whether it be the Fit Fatties Forum or the Fat Activism Conference or our new Body Love Obstacle Course. The point is, I don’t think I could have done it alone. Thank God I didn’t have to. I had help.
That said, I want to let you know that today’s the last day to enroll in the Body Love Obstacle Course. I wish we could leave the order form up forever, but we can’t. If you are somebody who is struggling with Body Acceptance, if you’re somebody who feels that your body issues are keeping you from moving forward and achieving the life of your dreams first, know you are not alone. So many of us struggle with these same things. Second, know that we are here to help. If you’re struggling financially and need help taking the course we have a limited amount of scholarships available. (Just email me at jeanette at the fat chick dot com if you need one, but do it today, okay?) If you need a payment plan we can help you with that too. But I would really hate for you to miss out on this amazing opportunity to work with Ragen and Me and some of the best coaches in the business including Jes Baker, Dianne Bondy, and Isabel Foxen Duke, Michelle Hess, Connie Sobczak, Sonya Renee Taylor, and Virgie Tovar. We’ve got worksheets and homework and learning calls and calls where you can just release and share your thoughts and feelings. We’ve got an exclusive members only social media group where you can support one another. We’ve got so much to offer. But you’ve truly run out of time to procrastinate here. I hope you’ll go on over to our BLOC page and sign up right now. Or if you need help, I hope you’ll send me an email right now. But above all, I hope you get the support you need to live and love your best in the magnificent and wonderful body you have right this very minute.
Jeanette DePatie (AKA The Fat Chick)