Embracing Size Diversity

Instructor Name: 
Lindsey Schuhmacher
Course Description: 

Artwork featuring fat people of various races wearing diverse style of clothing, holding hands

Welcome to "Embracing Size Diversity!" This course focuses on weight stigma as a social and cultural construction, examining the relationship between discrimination caused by body size and gender, race, ability, and social class. Students use social justice and healthcare perspectives to question weight bias and explore ways in which we can resist sizeism individually and collectively. Emphasis is placed on the Health at Every Sizeā„¢ (HAES) approach to wellness as well as advocating for size equity.

Community partners have included the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH), the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), and the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA).

This Capstone is fully online with no required synchronous elements. The textbook is Sonya Renee Taylor's The Body is Not an Apology, Second Edition. All other learning materials, including readings, videos, podcasts, etc. are located in Canvas.

*Artwork by Max Airborne from The Fat Studies Reader.