Monthly Online Workshops

Below you’ll find this month’s workshop.
Missed a workshop? Just click here to find the videos to purchase (each also includes a pay-what-you-can option!)

The Truth About Weight and Health
February 17, 5:30pm Pacific

There are a lot of beliefs, myths, and misconceptions that float around when it comes to the relationship between weight and health. In this workshop we’ll discuss them from science and social justice perspectives.

Topics will include:

  • What the research says about weight and health
  • Why do so many people, including doctors, say that weight loss will make you healthier? (And why are they wrong?) 
  • Common issues with the research around weight and health, and how to spot them
  • How to discuss the research with skeptics
  • Answers to the questions
    • But what about fat people’s effect on my tax dollars?
    • Can you be fat and healthy?
    • Shouldn’t we treat fat people like we treat smokers?
    • Does being fat cause health issues?

Plus an unlimited Q&A (I stay until all the questions are answered!) so you are guaranteed to get the information you came for!

Register:

PayPal:

Click Here to pay the $20 registration for The Truth About Weight And Health Workshop

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Venmo:
Send payment to @Ragen-Chastain (please include your e-mail address and that you want to order The Truth About Weight And Health workshop

Upcoming Topics:

  • Size Acceptance in Eating Disorders Community
  • Dealing with Fatphobia At The Doctor’s Office (repeat by request)

If you have a topic to suggest, e-mail me at ragen at danceswithfat dot org

Missed a Workshop? You Can Still Purchase A Video of the Talk

Available Workshop Videos
Talking Back To Fatphobia
Dealing With Fatphobia At The Doctors Office
Getting Jiggly With It – Movement In A Fat Body
Dealing With Fatphobia At The Holidays
Making Activism A Self-Care Practice
When Good Friends Do Bad Diets

Talking Back To Fatphobia

In the Talking Back To Faphobia workshop, we discuss options for dealing with the fatphobia we face as we navigate the world – from responses that encourage dialog, to responses that encourage people to leave us TF alone.

Scenarios include:

  • Family and friends
  • Work
  • Doctors and healthcare providers
  • Random fatphobes we meet online and in-person

Click here to pay the $20 Registration to get the Talking Back to Fatphobia Workshop Video

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Venmo:
Send payment to @Ragen-Chastain (please include your e-mail and that you want to order the Talking Back to Fatphobia video.)

Dealing With Fatphobia At The Doctor’s Office

In the Dealing With Fatphobia At The Doctor’s Office workshop, we discuss tips, tricks, and techniques for getting competent, evidence-based, weight-neutral (and sometimes even fat-positive!) care from doctors and other healthcare practitioners, even in a fatphobic healthcare system

Topics include:

  • Finding a fat-friendly healthcare practitioner
  • Options for handling the weigh-in
  • Asking for accommodations
  • What to do when a healthcare professional “prescribes” weight loss
  • Getting diagnostic tests (CT Scan, MRI etc.) when the machine isn’t built to accommodate fat bodies
  • Dealing with surgery denials (including joint replacement surgeries)
  • Strategies to discuss research about weight and health with your provider
  • Strategies for when a fatphobic practitioner is the only option

Click here to pay the $20 Registration for the Fatphobia at the Doctor’s Office Workshop Video

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Pay with Venmo: @Ragen-Chastain (please make sure to include your e-mail address and that you want to purchase the Fatphobia at the Doctor’s Office Video)

Pay with Venmo: @Ragen-Chastain (please make sure to include your e-mail address and the workshop you are registering for Fatphobia at the Holidays!)

Getting Jiggly With it – Movement In A Fat Body

Movement/fitness/exercise by any definition is never an obligation or barometer of worthiness. But for fat people who want to move our bodies within a fat positive, Health at Every Size framework – whether it’s because we enjoy it, or because of the benefit(s) we get from it (even if we don’t enjoy it,) whatever our reasons, a fatphobic culture can create barriers, misinformation, and other difficulties for us. In this workshop we’ll explore tips, tricks, and information to help us move our bodies for our own reasons, within a fat positive framework. (This workshop can also be helpful to fitness pros who want to create a fat-positive practice!)

Topics will include:

  • Exploring the options for movement (including doing it on the cheap, and options for those with chronic pain, illness and/or disability)
  • When you want to move, but can’t seem to find the motivation
  • Busting myths about moving in a fat body
  • Finding clothes and gear
  • Finding a fat-affirming gym/studio/instructor/trainer/coach
  • Dealing with fatphobia in the fitness world
  • Strategies for embracing and/or managing sweat, chub rub, and jiggle
  • Resources for finding support

Plus an unlimited Q&A (I stay until all the questions are answered!) so you are guaranteed to get the information you came for!

Register:

Pay with Paypal

Click here to pay the $20 Registration for Getting Jiggly With It – Movement In A Fat Body Video

Click Here For The Pay-What-You-Can Option for the Getting Jiggly With It – Movement In A Fat Body Video

Pay with Venmo: @Ragen-Chastain (please make sure to include your e-mail address and the workshop you are registering for Getting Jiggly With It)

Dealing With Fatphobia At The Holidays

In Dealing With Fatphobia At The Holidays we’ll talk about how with Halloween candy and costumes, family gatherings, work parties, New Years bashes, New Years Resolution, and a ton of diet ads… the holiday season can be a perfect storm of fatphobia. This year the pandemic adds another layer of stress. All that diet culture can really get you down. In this workshop we’ll talk about tips, tricks, and techniques to help us deal and have a happy holiday season on our own terms – whether we celebrate any holidays or not.

Remember – fatphobia (at the holidays or any other time) is never our fault, even when it becomes our problem. 

Topics will include:

  • Things we can do now to decrease fatphobic nonsense at the holidays
  • Handling the “Family and Friends Food Police”
  • Dealing with holiday diet talk at work, events etc. (in person or virtual)
  • Fat-friendly events – creating events that are fat accommodating (in person or on Zoom!) and what to do when you’re attending one that isn’t
  • What to do about all those frickin’ diet ads
  • Dealing with passive aggressive holiday fat shaming (gift membership to a diet club, I’m looking at you…)
  • Keeping diet culture out of our news years resolutions

Register:

Pay with Paypal

Click here to pay the $20 Registration for Dealing With Fatphobia At The Holidays Video

Click Here For The Pay-What-You-Can Option for the Dealing With Fatphobia At The Holidays Video

Pay with Venmo:
Send payment to @Ragen-Chastain (please include your e-mail and that you want to purchase the video for Dealing With Fatphobia At The Holidays)

Making Activism A Self-Care Practice

There’s a lot of work to be done in the world, in order to do that work we need to remain resilient and avoid burnout. Activism can create needed change, but it can also create overwhelm, especially when we’re fighting against our own oppression. In this workshop we’ll discuss philosophies and real world strategies to turn some of that work from draining and potentially harmful, into a self-care practice that supports us and helps protect us from the effects of oppression.

Topics include:

  • Concepts/philosophies of self-care activism
  • Techniques for low-risk activism
  • Techniques for low-energy-consumption activism
  • Strategies for dealing with trolls, sea lions, and other unpleasant creatures
  • Strategies to use activism to increase resilience
  • Combining activism and self-expression to create self-care

Pay with Paypal

Click here to pay the $20 registration for Making Activism a Self-Care Practice

Click here for the Pay What You Can Option for the Making Activism A Self-Care Practice Workshop

Pay with Venmo:
Send payment to @Ragen-Chastain (please include your e-mail and that you want to register for the Activism As Self-Care workshop.)

When Good Friends Do Bad Diets

In the When Good Friends Do Bad Diets workshop, we talk about how the diet industry is doing everything it can to convince all of us to make another (ultimately doomed) weight loss attempt. Even when we aren’t fooled, often our nearest and dearest are still riding the diet roller coaster. And typically that means that they want to talk about it – anywhere and everywhere – in ways that can be anything from annoying to harmful. In this workshop we’ll talk about options for dealing with this in all the scenarios that we may find ourselves in.

Topics Include:

  • Workplace diet talk
  • Workplace weight loss challenges
  • When you want to keep the friendship but need to lose the diet talk
  • Dealing with diet talk within your family
  • What if my partner decides to diet?
  • Diet talk and before/after pictures on social media
  • How to handle heroes and celebrities we’re fans of going on diets
  • How/when to tell people the truth about diets
  • How/when to talk about Health At Every Size
  • Protecting ourselves when we can’t avoid diet talk

Plus an unlimited Q&A (I stay until all the questions are answered so you are guaranteed to get the information you came for!)

Register:

PayPal:

Click Here to pay the $20 registration for the When Good Friends Do Bad Diets Workshop Video

Click here for the pay-what-you-can option for the When Good Friends Do Bad Diets Workshop Video

Venmo:
Send payment to @Ragen-Chastain (please include your e-mail address and that you want to order the When Good Friends Do Bad Diets Workshop Video)