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[This episode is part of the Health and Wellness Changemakers Series, our collaboration with Shohreh Davoodi's Redefining Health and Wellness Podcast. This post is cross-posted from Shohreh's website.]
The first time I heard the phrase “thin privilege,” I had a visceral negative reaction to the idea that my body type offered me any sort of advantage. And that’s because I had received messages my whole life that thin bodies were “earned” and that anyone could have one if they just worked hard enough. What I didn’t realize at the time is that those messages were steeped in weight stigma.
Now I know better, but I understand if your instinct is to get defensive about this topic. If you’re feeling on edge, I recommend taking some deep breaths and then wading into the discomfort of this episode anyways. What registered dietitian Kimmie Singh has to say about thin privilege and fat oppression might surprise you.
Kimmie talked to me about her experiences as a fat dietitian of color and pointed to some areas where practitioners with privilege can better support more marginalized practitioners in the Health At Every Size® and anti-diet space. We also talked about PCOS, which Kimmie has personal and professional experience with, and why weight loss and restrictive diets aren’t the answer to managing it.
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Kimmie Singh is a fat Registered Dietitian based in New York City. She is an associate at LK Nutrition, a Health at Every Size® private practice that supports clients with eating disorders and disordered eating to heal their relationships with food and body. Kimmie specializes in providing support for PCOS management and presents and consults on weight stigma in healthcare and dietetics training. You can find Kimmie on her website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
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