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Critically Speaking

Jul 31, 2019

In this episode, Therese Markow and Dr. Joan Chrisler discuss the definition and origins of “sizeism", especially as it relates to rising rates of obesity.   Fat people are victims of discrimination in the workplace and fat shaming is not useful in attempting to get a person to lose weight. Many fat people avoid visiting health care professionals because they feel discriminated against in the health care setting.  This is the first in a series of Critically Speaking episodes about the obesity epidemic. Next week, the costs of the obesity epidemic will be discussed.


 Key Takeaways:

  •         The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) of the CDC has shown that obesity has grown from 13%   to 40% of the population from the 1960s to 2012.
  •         Fat people often feel discriminated against in areas ranging from employment to health care.
  •         The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance or NAAFA is an organization that promotes body positivity.


"Some of the advice fat people are given by medical professionals, mimics the systems of eating disorders.” —  Dr. Joan Chrisler


Connect with Dr. Joan Chrisler:


ResearchGate: Joan Chrisler – Professor Emerita of Psychology at Connecticut College


Connect with Therese:


Twitter: @CritiSpeak



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