Welcome back to a very special episode of the BodPod! Today, we are so excited to have Danielle Catton, a Canadian mental health, self-love, and body confidence advocate, take over the podcast. Danielle uses her platform to shine light on the daily struggles of anxiety that many suffer from and she hopes to normalize mental health as well as start inclusive conversations to further education on the topic.
Danielle will be sitting down with body confidence trailblazer Virgie Tovar who is one of the nation’s leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She holds a master’s degree in sexuality studies with a focus on the intersections of body, race, and gender. She is also creator of the campaign #LoseHateNotWeight and is an accomplished writer having authored multiple books as well as being a frequent contributor for Forbes and Bedsider. Recently, Virgie was named one of the top 50 most influential feminists by Bitch magazine and is a recipient of the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale University.
In this episode, Virgie will discuss how she became an advocate for fighting against weight discrimination, her book titled The Self-Love Revolution: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Colour, and her personal journey with body confidence and acceptance. In addition, Virgie will share how she was taught to believe that all of her mental health issues were connected to her weight, how she worked to unlearn this, and how she came to the realization that she was at her best mental health when she was at her highest weight. Last but not least, Virgie will touch on the way we’ve been taught to believe that love, acceptance, and happiness are equated with a certain body weight and how this is actually a lesson in rape culture. Keep listening to hear how Virgie is working to combat fat phobia and teaching others to do the same. Plus, she will give some sneak peaks into her new book coming out next year!
Danielle’s Instagram: @danielle catton
Danielle’s website can be found here.
Virgie’s Instagram: @virgietovar
Virgie’s website can be found here.