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Beyond the O-Word: Exploring Nuance in the Language of Body Size

  • 9 Dec 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual


  • This registration level pays for your ticket and helps subsidize BIPOC, student, and community registrations.
  • This registration level is for any Black, Indigenous, and/or Person of Color regardless of profession. This pricing structure is one way ASDAH is working to repair the historic and ongoing marginalization of BIPOC people in our movement.
  • This registration level is for students and community members who do not use HAES® in their professional lives.


Image description: event flier in pink, purple and blue color palate with header Beyond the O-Word: Exploring the Nuance in the Language of Body Size. In the center are images of the three panelists, Dr. Jonathan Higgins, Ash Nischuk, and Susanne Johnson. Text below images reads: December 9th, 12pm-1pm CST. Register at asdah.org/events. ASDAH Logo in left bottom corner.

Beyond the O-Word: Exploring Nuance in the Language of Body Size

Join us for this insightful round table discussion about navigating the nuances of body size terms and language. Susanne Johnson MSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, Family Nurse Practitioner; Ash Nischuk of the podcast The Fat Lip; & Dr. Jonathan Higgins of Nailed It! and Black Fat Femme Podcast bring their thoughtful perspectives to support both new and seasoned Health at Every Size® professionals navigating language around body size. Our discussion will be grounded in frameworks like patient/body autonomy, harm reduction, and trauma-informed care. We will discuss body size terms in various settings, particularly in healthcare and public health. We will explore the nuances of language in one-on-one settings, group settings, and public-facing media like pamphlets, websites, and social media. Most importantly, we’ll discuss language use as it pertains to all larger people, including those who don’t use the word ‘fat’ as a self-descriptor.


Recorded Event

This event will be recorded (both audio and visual). By registering for this event, you consent to this recording. The recording will be emailed to all registrants after the presentation has ended and be available for viewing for 30 days after the live event has ended.

Joining via Zoom

After purchasing your ticket for this Virtual Event, you will be emailed a link that will allow you to join the live event.

Closed Captioning & Language Interpretation 

Automatic closed captions will be available in English. Language interpretation will be available in French and Spanish.

Needed Technology for this Virtual Event

This event will require you to use Zoom. Please download any needed applications and check system requirements prior to the event.

In order to get the most from the event and to fully participate, you will need one of the following devices: 1) Laptop computer (camera is optional), 2) Desktop computer (camera is optional), 3) Smart Phone or Tablet (camera is optional) (some features are not available on devices, but you will be able to see and hear the presentation.)

If you have any accessibility questions or requests that aren't outlined here, please reach out to us via asdah.org/contact

*IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CANCELLATION, NON-ATTENDANCE, & REFUNDS: NO REFUNDS will be given regardless of cancellation or non-attendance. If the event is cancelled by ASDAH, a full refund will be issued.


The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) is committed to the practice of Health at Every Size® (HAES®) principles

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