Unpacking Fatphobia to get to the Source of Oppression


Dr. Joy Cox, PhD | 1 CE hour

Many wonder what are the keys that unlock doing social justice the “right” way? Everyone wants a prescription of sorts. A step by step guide to achieve “success” in social justice.

But what if there was no guide? What if the keys we’re so eager to find actually required us getting our hands dirty and really learning about those who live differently than we do? That’s what this program is all about!

Through unpacking the layered complexity of fatphobia and weight stigma, we’ll take a journey that centers learning, and more importantly, doing that reconnects ourselves to our bodies and the lived experiences of others.

In this program you can expect to learn the ways that fatphobia is interconnected to racism, sexism, and ableism in fat and smaller bodies. You’ll also learn how weight stigma is perpetuated in society that shows up in our daily practices and professions. Not leaving the importance of practice out, we’ll cover some things that you can do to unpack how fatphobia shows up in your own lives and practices and what can be done to start the process of dismantling the “golden calf” that is diet culture.

Buckle up and get ready to take this ride! It will be wild and even uncomfortable at times, but I promise it’ll be worth it!

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Better understand the ways that fatphobia is connected to systems of oppression not limited to racism, ableism, sexism, and healthism
  2. Learn how fatphobia is pervasive and impacts the lives of everyone including those in smaller bodies
  3. Develop a plan for reducing internalized racism in your life and practice
  4. Start the process of unpacking internalized weight bias

Our Presenter

Dr. Joy Cox, PHD

Dr. Joy Cox is a body justice advocate using her skill set in research and leadership to foster social change through the promotion of fat acceptance and diversity and inclusion. With 37 years living as a fat, Black cisgendered woman and 7+ years of professional experience under her belt, Dr. Cox draws on her own experiences and skill set to amplify the voices of those most marginalized in society, bringing attention to matters of intersectionality addressing race, body size, accessibility, and “health.”
Joy has been featured on several podcasts and media productions such as Food Pysch with Christy Harrison, Nalgona Positivity Pride with Gloria Lucas, Fat Women of Color with Ivy Felicia, and Huffington Post’s piece, “Everything You Know About Obesity is Wrong.” She also just authored her first book, Fat Girls in Black Bodies: Creating Communities of Our Own. She is the voice of an overcomer, looking to propel others into a place of freedom designed by their desires.


Therapy Reimagined is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, and LEPs (CAMFT CEPA provider #132270). Therapy Reimagined maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Courses meet the qualifications for the listed hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. We are working on additional provider approvals, but solely are able to provide CAMFT CEs at this time. Please check with your licensing body to ensure that they will accept this as an equivalent learning credit.