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Fat Activism & HAES®: Advocating for Ourselves & Our Clients in Healthcare Spaces

  • 24 Mar 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
  • Virtual




Fat people deserve justice. Access to quality healthcare is a basic human right. Despite what we deserve, we know the reality is quite different. Fat people are often denied gender- and life-affirming surgeries, organ transplants, medical & diagnostic testing, and participation in medical research studies. Providers’ fatphobic attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors often lead to healthcare avoidance by fat people. As fat people it can be very daunting to navigate these situations and advocate for ourselves. As fat-positive providers it can also be daunting going against the machine and advocating for our clients.

This free community event, a collaboration between ASDAH and NAAFA, will highlight the myriad of ways both organizations are advocating for change in the areas of governance & policy, education & training, coalition building, and more. Participants will leave with actionable steps they can take to advocate for themselves and/or their clients when navigating fatphobia in our healthcare spaces and systems.

Presenter Bio

Tigress Osborn is the Chair of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA). She has been a public advocate for fat people since founding Full Figure Entertainment in Oakland, CA in 2008. She is also the co-founder of PHX Fat Force in Arizona. Her work has been featured in BBC Bitesize, AdAge, USA Today, Newsweek. Tigress is writer, teacher, and DEI consultant living outside of Phoenix.


Community Event 

This community event is free and open to both ASDAH members and non-members.

Closed Captioning & Language Interpretation 

Automatic closed captions will be available in English. Automated Language interpretation will be available through Wordly.ai.

Joining via Zoom

After registering, you will be emailed a link 24 hours before the event that will allow you to join the live session.

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, feel free to reach out to us via asdah.org/contact


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

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