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Julie Rochefort at TEDxRyerson: Shift the Focus

Let’s show some support for Julie Rochefort, an active member of our Critical Dietetics community for an amazing TEDx Ryerson talk on shifting the focus from weight to health!

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Free access until June to selected articles of the 1st issue of Fat Studies!

To Critical Dietetics Followers: This is a forwarded message about the Fat Studies Journal:

An International Journal of Body Weight and Society
Editor, Esther D. Rothblum

New to Routledge in 2012, Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society is the first academic journal in the field of scholarship that critically examines theory, research, practices, and programs related to body weight and appearance. Content will include original research and overviews exploring the intersection of gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality, age, ability, and socioeconomic status. Articles will critically examine representations of fat in health and medical sciences, the Health at Every Size model, the pharmaceutical industry, psychology, sociology, cultural studies, legal issues, literature, pedagogy, art, theater, popular culture, media studies, and activism. The journal will occasionally publish thematic issues that focus on a specific topic, as well as book, film, and media reviews. The journal is edited by Esther D. Rothblum, also the Editor of Journal of Lesbian Studies.
WHAT IS FAT STUDIES?————————————————————-

Fat studies is an interdisciplinary, international field of scholarship that critically examines societal attitudes and practices about body weight and appearance. Fat studies advocates equality for all people regardless to body size. It explores the way fat people are oppressed, the reasons why, who benefits from that oppression and how to liberate fat people from oppression. Fat studies seeks to challenge and remove the negative associations that society has about fat and the fat body. It regards weight, like height, as a human characteristic that varies widely across any population. Fat studies is similar to academic disciplines that focus on race, ethnicity, gender, or age.

Select articles from the inaugural issue of Fat Studies are available for FREE access and download until June 30, 2012. Please click on the article name to download the HTML or PDF version.
Why a Journal on Fat Studies? Esther D. Rothblum
Human Rights Casualties from the “War on Obesity”: Why Focusing on Body Weight Is Inconsistent with a Human Rights Approach to Health, Lily O’Hara and Jane Gregg
A Queer and Trans Fat Activist Timeline: Queering Fat Activist Nationality and Cultural Imperialism, Charlotte Cooper
From Theory to Policy: Reducing Harms Associated with the Weight-Centered Health Paradigm, Caitlin O’Reilly and Judith Sixsmith
Fat Shame to Fat Pride: Fat Women’s Sexual and Dating Experiences, Jeannine A. Gailey

Manuscripts should be submitted to the Editor, Esther D. Rothblum, PhD at
All editorial inquiries, books, and other materials for review purposes should be submitted to the Editor. Authors must complete a Manuscript Submissions & Limited Copyright Transfer Form. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, with margins of at least one inch on all sides, and under 20 pages in length (including tables and references). Number manuscript pages consecutively throughout the paper. Each article should be summarized in an abstract of not more than 100 words.

Warm Regards,

The Critical Dietetics Team

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Too Big for My Skin: The Campaign

In the spirit of Health at Every Size #HAES, check out the Too Big for My Skin Campaign. Inspiring. Enlightening. Beautiful… and definitely worth watching!
– The Critical Dietetics Team

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HAES is #trending and coming to Sudbury!

HAES is a hit and is coming to Sudbury! Listen LIVE on Friday, January 6th at 8:20 am Jacqui and Marcus will engage in a conversation about the ethics of promoting weight loss. It’s political, people.

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Health At Every Size (HAES) is ALIVE on the Radio Sphere!

You can catch Jacqui Gingras on Health At Every Size (HAES) here. Comments and feedback are welcome!


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Healthy At Every Size (HAES) is ALIVE on the Radio Sphere!

You can catch Healthy At Every Size (HAES) here.

Jacqui Gingras on why we should focus on our health and not on losing weight:

Comments and feedback are welcome!


The Critical Dietetics Team

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BREAKING NEWS: Jacqui Gingras to be featured on Metro Morning 99.1 FM!

Tune into CBC Radio One 99.1 FM to hear Jacqui Gingras discuss Health At Every Size (HAES) on Metro Morning with Matt Galloway on Tuesday, January  3rd at 6:50AM. You can also listen online at:

For more information about HAES, please visit

Keep the conversation going by liking us on Facebook (Critical Dietetics) and following us on Twitter (@Critic_Dietetic)

Happy New Year!

From the Critical Dietetics Team

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Julie Rochefort on health at every size (HAES)

One of my favourite things about being apart of Critical Dietetics is the opportunities I get to meet others pursuing paths unique to the field of dietetics. In November I had the pleasure of interviewing Julie Rochefort about her work with Shift the Focus. As mentioned in my previous post, Julie is a dietitian who has taken her critical questions and thoughts and is doing with them!

Can you tell Critical Dietetics readers and followers what HAES is about?

The Health at Every Size (HAES) approach is about trusting our intrinsic regulatory processes and motivation rather than our extrinsic cues and influences. For instance, listening to internal regulatory processes such as, hunger and satiety rather than following dietary restrictions (i.e. intuitive eating). It supports active embodiment – that is enjoying the 5 k run for the pure enjoyment of it instead of striving for structured exercise. And lastly, at its core, the HAES approach is about accepting and respecting your body and recognizing that health comes in different sizes and shapes.

What is it about HAES that sparked your interest and passion?

What sparked my interest in HAES was essentially my professional “awakening”- or as some of my friends and fellow graduates would say, breakdown. It occurred during my second semester of my graduate studies at Ryerson University while I was working on my advocacy paper; which would become my post on the National Dialogue for Healthy Weights: Shift the Focus (  I was in the middle of synthesizing the research I found on weight bias and discrimination for my paper and realized that, as a nutrition professional, my professional education and training was based on a weight=health approach and at some point during my training, I may have cause harm to one of my patients. This is where my breakdown occurred. I was in disbelief and upset that the HAES approach was overlooked in my training. I sat silently and stared blankly at the data that questioned everything I had learned, and practiced.

While struggling to find direction, I knew I had to find an alternative way to practice and [I] put away my measuring stick. My search brought me to the HAES community which enabled me to move forward and further my practice in an ethical way.

What are your goals with HAES?

My goal is to continue practicing with a HAES approach while advocating and mobilizing HAES onto the public health policy agenda.  I am currently writing research proposals in order to further understand how to remedy against weight-based discrimination both within society and the dietetic profession.

Can you tell CD readers about your TEDx Ryerson talk on November 20th 2011? You can watch my TEDxRyersonU talk when it is posted by

Thank you Julie! We look forward to sharing your talk on our blog when released!

Above: Julie at her MHSc’ convocation at Ryerson University.

Interviewed by Michelle Kwan, November 2011.

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