What is the BIG FAT DEAL?

20-minute Spotlight Sessions

Day 2

Session Code: Spotlight 2
When: April 11, 2018
Location/Room: Marketplace Spotlight Stage
Level: Introductory
Track: Critical Employment Practices
Presenter: Lisa Love, Twin Cities PBS (TPT)


The BIG FAT DEAL is the gaping hole in the inclusion of people of size to the diversity sphere. This session will challenge stereotypes and perceptions about people of size. Experience the discrimination faced by people of size, and learn how those consequences intersect with other diversity dimensions such as gender and race. Explore internalized fat phobia and experiment with loving your body. Take the opportunity to ask questions of a super morbidly obese person in our “Ask a Fat Person” Q&A section. Learn about why size is not a protected class and how inclusion of size and shape to D&I policies and programs strengthens individuals and organizations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore obesity myths, stereotypes, and internalized fat phobia leading to greater understanding of people of size.
  • Acquire knowledge and concrete solutions to making workplaces more body positive and inclusive to people of all sizes.
  • Challenge traditional thinking about inclusion of size to the diversity sphere and the intersection of gender/race with size discrimination.

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