EP 03: Lose Hate Not Weight with Virgie Tovar

Virgie Tovar is a fierce fashionista, feminist, and fat activist. She is an expert on fat discrimination and body image, and has a Master’s in Human Sexuality with a specific focus on body size, race, and gender. She is also a writer and the founder of BabeCamp, a course designed to help people “break up” with the
diet culture.

Virgie joins me today to share her story of dealing with fat discrimination and body image issues. She explains how she has had to cope with body image problems and fat discrimination from people all her life – even as young as five years old. She shares how the discrimination of others, especially from boys, had started her journey and experimentation with starvation dieting, which later lead to scurvy.

Virgie also shares her turning points – when she began to accept her body for what it is and accept herself for who she is, and the transformation that came from this acceptance process. She shares her thoughts and insight on why today’s society discriminates against fat people.

Shame is anger turned inward. Shame is the engine of dieting.
— Virgie Tovar

This Week on the Every Body Podcast:

  • Childhood emotional abuse vs bullying
  • How her childhood and early adulthood experiences fueled her passion as a writer and fat
    activist
  • Her experience with starvation dieting and scurvy
  • Breaking through fat phobia
  • Her experience with fat activism
  • Political statements through fashion
  • Fat phobia and fat discrimination as a means of oppression
  • The socially constructed standards and fat-negative attitudes of people in the United States vs
    other cultures
  • How fat phobia affects men and their idea of masculinity
  • How social media has changed fat discrimination and the diet culture – for better and for worse
  • Debunking dieting and health myths
  • Having “health goals” that are divorced from weight-loss goals
  • What’s on the horizon for Virgie Tovar

Virgie Tovar’s Words of Wisdom:

All bodies are good bodies. Your body is beautiful. You don’t have to change it. You don’t have to change your diet. You can live your life and do whatever you want at your current size.
— Virgie Tovar

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