Inclusivity, Diversity, and Body Confidence in Fitness Spaces

Nobody is obligated to particpate in fitness (and running a marathon and having a Netflix marathon are morally equivalent.Today’s post is going to be about fitness. I know that can be triggering for some so feel free to just close this out and I’ll be back tomorrow to talk about something not fitness related.

Before I get into any of this I want to be clear that fitness for fat people is made trickier by the “Good Fatty/Bad Fatty” dichotomy which privileges fat people who participate in fitness and therefore – so the incorrect belief goes – should be treated better.

I often benefit from that privilege, so I always want to make it clear that fitness (like “health” or “healthy behaviors”) by whatever definition you might be using, is not an obligation, a barometer of worthiness, or entirely within our control. Participating in movement/fitness/sports/exercise does not make someone better than those who do not participate. As someone who has done both, I can tell you that completing a marathon and having a Netflix marathon are morally equivalent activities. My activism at the intersections of fat and fitness focuses on the fact that nobody is obligated to participate in fitness, but every body should be welcome.

So, about today’s video. I’m honored to be an official ambassador for NEDA (the National Eating Disorders Association) and I was doubly honored to be asked to participate in the first of a series of round tables hosted by NEDA and the Yoga and Body Image Coalition with Melanie Klein (co-founder of YBIC,) Dianne Bondy, Jivana Heyman, and Thalia González .

We discussed the issues of inclusivity, diversity, and body confidence in fitness spaces. Enjoy!

You can view it below, or at [https://www.facebook.com/NationalEatingDisordersAssociation/videos/364971534442003/]

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One thought on “Inclusivity, Diversity, and Body Confidence in Fitness Spaces

  1. Don’t assume anything about anybody. We can’t all just “know” other people experiences let alone think we can tell them what they need to do, as if one thing is good for everybody. There are many ways to do many things.

    Good to see people who care!

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