To learn more about the Health At Every Size® (HAES®) approach (including the principles, origin of the approach, frequently asked questions, and ways that you can support this work through advocacy and educational opportunities), please visit the ASDAH (Association for Size Diversity and Health) website:

When learning more about this work, it is essential that we center those with marginalized identities and lived experienced in the fat community. Here are some book recommendations (a BIG thank you to Nicola Haggett and EDRDpro for contributing to this compilation):

*Please consider purchasing these books directly from the author and/or from a Black-owned independent bookstore:

  • The Body Is Not An Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor
  • Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia by Sabrina Strings
  • Belly of the Beast: The Politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness by Da’Shaun L. Harrison
  • Decolonizing Wellness: A QTBIPOC-Centered Guide to Escape the Diet Trap, Heal Your Self-Image, and Achieve Body Liberation by Dalia Kinsey
  • Eating While Black: Food Shaming and Race in America by Psyche A. Williams-Forson
  • The Embodiment of Disobedience: Fat Black Women’s Unruly Political Bodies by Andrea Elizabeth Shaw
  • Fat Girls in Black Bodies: Creating Communities of Our Own by Joy Arlene Renee Cox, PhD
  • Bad Fat Black Girl by Sesali Bowen
  • Don’t Let It Get You Down: Essays on Race, Gender, and the Body by Savala Nolan
  • Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim by Leah Vernon
  • Hunger: A Memory of (My) Body by Roxane Gay
  • Heavy: An American Memoir by Kiese Laymon
  • Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom
  • Fattily Ever After: A Black Fat Girl’s Guide to Living Life Unapologetically by Stephanie Yeboah
  • A Hunger So Wide and So Deep: A Multiracial View of Women’s Eating Problems by Becky Thompson
  • Body Stories: In and Out and With and Through Fat edited by Jill Andrew and May Friedman
  • Fat and Queer: An Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies and Lives edited by by Miguel M. Morales, Bruce Owens Grimm and Tiff Joshua TJ Ferentini
  • Heavy Burdens: Stories of Motherhood and Fatness edit by Judy Verseghy and Samantha Abel
  • Big: Stories about Life in Plus-Sized Bodies by Christina Myers
  • Revenge Body by Caleb Luna
  • Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement by Charlotte Cooper
  • What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat by Aubrey Gordon
  • Thickening Fat: Fat Bodies, Intersectionality, and Social Justice by May Friedman, Carla Rice and Jen Rinaldi
  • Queering Fat Embodiment edited by Cat Pausé, Jackie Wykes and Samantha Murray
  • Oppression and the Body: Roots, Resistance, and Resolutions edit by Christine Caldwel and Lucia Bennett Leighton
  • Happy Fat by Sofie Hagen
  • Lessons from the Fat-O-Sphere: Quit Dieting and Declare a Truce with Your Body by Kate Harding & Marianne Kirby
  • Things No One Tells Fat Girls and Landwhale by Jes Baker
  • You Have the Right to Remain Fat by Virgie Tovar
  • Fat: The Owner’s Manual by Ragen Chastain
  • FAT!SO?: Because You Don’t Have to Apologize for Your Size by Marilyn Wann
  • The Fat Studies Reader by Esther Rothblum and Sondra Solovay
  • The Other F Word: A Celebration of the Fat & Fierce edited by Angie Manfredi
  • Fat, Pretty, and Soon to be Old by Kimberly Dark


Some other fantastic resources for intersectional and anti-oppression educational trainings, support groups, and more:

Nalgona Positivity Pride:

Fighting Eating Disorders in Underrepresented Populations: A Trans+ & Intersex Collective:

Check out lots of additional resources for books, podcasts, articles, studies, and handouts on EDRDpro’s website:


Community Resources in Portland, OR:

Call Bubbie is a group of abolitionist peer supporters in Portland, OR that creates mental health resources for-and-by people who identify as mad, neurodivergent, or disabled from a peer perspective:

Non-Police Support Lines:

Online, Free Peer-Groups:

Multnomah County Mental Health Resources:


LGBTQ+ community support groups at the Q Center in Portland, OR:

Milkcrate Kitchen (a grassroots community-supported organization providing nutritious cost-free meals to those in need):

Portland, OR Free Fridges: