Training Class Details
Class Title: CANCELLED:Dismantling Fatphobia and Deconstructing Diet Culture in Working with Systems Involved with Youth and Families
Class Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Class Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Availability: Employees and Eligible Participants
Available spaces: No limit set
Class Location: Webinar - refer to the class description section for more information about how to participate.
[ Online ]
[ Online ], CA 94618
Class Trainers: Hideko Akashi
Brooke Patmor
Class Description:

Training Summary: Provide a couple sentences summary (content themes/training techniques, and how this training is relevant to working with children who live in out of home care)

The fear of fat in our culture has established a shocking tolerance for the mistreatment and violence against people living in larger bodies. The normalization of fatphobia in our society is evident on the playground where the word “fat” is learned to be a weapon at as young as 4 years old. Children are learning fat equates to shame as early as they learn their abc’s from the adults in their lives. Parents and families that are larger, not only face harsh judgments and ridicule from their communities, but deal with huge barriers to access basic needs like comprehensive health care and fair wages. Often, the people assigned to support and help these families and youth, are the biggest offenders of harm projecting their own internalized fat bias and misinformation onto them under the guise of “helping”. All of the above struggles are exacerbated, of course, when families and their children are not only fat and but hold other marginalized identities such as being BIPOC, disabled and/or queer.

This workshop is aimed to enlighten social workers and adjacent youth providers on their own beliefs around fat folks and equip them on how to support larger bodied youth and their families in navigating weight stigma and bias as they pursue resources to meet their various needs.

Providers and caregivers in the child welfare or probation systems can practice and apply their learnings in their work with youth and families.

Class Objectives: (what knowledge, ideas or skills will participants explore, learn, practice, etc during the training) Provide at least 3 class objectives.

1.            Clearly define weight bias and fatphobia

2.            Identify impacts of fatphobia on children, adults and families                      

3.            Learn the history and root of fatphobia in anti blackness and colonization

4.            Explore ‘diet culture” and its impacts on people in larger bodies

5.            Identify the misinformation of the “Obesity Epidemic” and other anti fat propaganda that has fueled weight bias in the medical and social services institutions

6.            Learn how providers of care can unpack their own bias and be an advocate for your patients and clients living in larger bodies.

7.            Explore ways to help children and caretakers how to pursue health and wellness without focusing on what size they are.

How can participants utilize their new skills and knowledge after the training to reinforce their learning? (provide at least 2 transfer of learning strategies)


1.       Participants will be able to utilize the information provided to disrupt biases and misinformation about diet culture, body size and especially the BMI that is used my medical institutions and how fatphobia is rooted in racism.


2.       Participants will identify specific ways that they can shift their own personal biases, and to guide and advise the adults and youth who face the oppressive consequences of fatphobia, by dismantling the myths around diet culture and body size.