Options To Answer The Question: “Do You Need To Eat That”

“Do you need to eat that?” Has this question ever been asked in a way that wasn’t passive aggressive fat/food shaming? As we eat with our families and/or friends (perhaps over zoom) this holiday season, I wanted to give some options for responding to this utterly bullshit question, put together in a not-so-silent movie.

(Hint: After watching the video below, you can keep watching to see a truly fat-positive holiday sing-a-long. If you can’t watch the video below, you can find it here!)


Creating A Weight-Neutral, Body Affirming Health Journey

The weight loss industry works hard to conflate weight loss with the concept of health, so even when we realize that diets don’t work and we get off the diet roller coaster, it can be difficult to separate our diet culture past from our desire to support our body moving forward. Health is an amorphous, multifactorial concept and it’s not an obligation, barometer of worthiness, or entirely within our control. Understanding that, in this workshop we’ll discuss how we can come to our personal health journey entirely on our own terms and leave diet culture behind for good.

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Workshop: Dealing With New Year’s Diet BS

I am honored to join Marcy of Plus Bus, Marina of Peridot Robes, Deb Malkin – Somatic Pain Coach, and Tigress Osborn, Chair of NAAFA.org and iOfTheTigress.com to speak at this event created by Chrystal Bougon for “educating us and most likely sometimes entertaining us at my FAT COMMUNITY Watch Party on January 8th.”It’s just $5 and you can join live or get the video the next day. Like Chrystal says, “Let’s ACTIVATE and lift each other up through this hideous DIET b.s. that comes at us every January.”I hope to see you there!

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One thought on “Options To Answer The Question: “Do You Need To Eat That”

  1. For some reason this makes me feel like being petty.

    “Eat what?” I’d query, putting food on my plate.

    “That (fill in the blank:cookie,pie,cake,roll,snackmix,pesto,bicarb,TAB,whipping cream,edible panties,). You know it’s bad for you?”

    “What is bad for you?” I reply, take bite of forbidden foodstuff.

    “You shouldn’t be eating that. It isn’t healthy, it’s loaded with (fill in blank: fat,carbs,sugar,gluten,amphetamines,lint,tobaco,dark matter.)”

    “What isn’t healthy?” Take another bite, possibly put whole cookie in mouth, chew, swallow, smile.

    “Well, you’re just digging your grave with that (fill in the blank: cookie, dessert, crescent roll, eclair, fruit horn).”

    “Take some doing, dig a grave with a crescent roll.”

    If they’re going to be rude, there’s no reason to be reasonable. Maybe squish down next to them on the couch later and ask them personal questions about their bowels.

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