The irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against folx of larger body size (for example, naming all fat people unhealthy).

Also known as anti-fat, is the implicit and explicit bias of overweight individuals that is rooted in a sense of blame and presumed moral failing. Being overweight and/or fat is highly stigmatized in Western Culture. Anti-fatness is intrinsically linked to anti-blackness, racism, classism, misogyny, and many other systems of oppression. Eurocentric ideals of feminine beauty were founded in opposition to Black women’s bodies, specifically the body of Sarah Baartman.


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NPR Short Wave, Fat Phobia And Its Racist Past And Present, July 21, 2020

Ricketts, R. (2021). Do Better: Spiritual Activism for Fighting and Healing from White Supremacy. Atria Books.