Stigma, shame and movement

Image Source: UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity

Decided to post the slides from a presentation I gave at the British Society for Phenomenology annual conference. I was very disappointed that Covid19 took away my excuse to go to Exeter for the conference, but the organisers did a great job of making it work online. I’m working on writing this up as a paper, so I’d love to get people’s thoughts and feedback.

My main point is that living in a fatphobic society can make people feel so ashamed of their bodies that they don’t want to move as much. This is bad enough, but this problem continually reinforces itself, because the less you move the less you can move. Movement of all kinds is so important for health that body shame caused by weight stigma can actually be said to be affecting the health of fat people.