Fat pride: conference to champion obesity

The Fat Studies: Reflective Intersections conference, staged at Wellington’s Massey University, features speakers on subjects such as fat pride, obesity panic, weight loss surgery and teaching children about fitness and fatness.

The movement, which publishes a journal, Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society, describes itself as “a small but emerging interdisciplinary field that challenges existing assumptions about fatness and fat people”.

Conference keynote speaker Dr Samantha Murray, a lecturer in