In April, we welcomed Lytisha Wyatt of Soul Fire Farm to lead a discussion around Weight Stigma and Diet Culture and the ways these ideas permeate our cultural landscape. These ideas certainly show up in the food movement, like when we make claims about the “obesity epidemic” or unintentionally shame low-income people for their eating habits when we demonize certain foods. A particularly troubling way diet culture thinking shows up in food justice is in the rhetoric we use when discussing perceived relationships between food access and weight that is stigmatizing towards people in larger bodies. These biases ultimately influence the solutions we generate to address problems like food insecurity and our food system at large.

It was an incredibly informative session about why and how our culture and healthcare system reinforce these stigmas, and how we can explore ways to make our food sytem more inclusive and accepting of larger bodies. View the video recording below to see the discussion!

Lytisha Wyatt (she/her) is currently social media and communications coordinator at Soul Fire Farm, where she was also assistant grower and managed poultry operations for two seasons. Lytisha is passionate about envisioning ways we can dismantle the industrial food system, eliminate food apartheid, move towards a food sovereign future, and redefine health without relying on narratives that perpetuate systemic weight discrimination or unintentionally promote disordered eating behaviors. As a land steward, Lytisha is particularly invested in investigating ways we can (re)create ecological relationships between livestock, pollinators, and crops in ways that honors and nourishes the land.