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Toronto food bloggers want to be Fat in Public

Posted by Aubrey Jax / January 21, 2014

Fat in public art show torontoThe bloggers behind Toronto food blog Fat Girl Food Squad aren't afraid to take up space online and offline, and over the past year Yuli Scheidt and Ama Scriver have made a name for themselves posting restaurant reviews, fashion tutorials, personal stories, and discussions on body politics. Next week they'll step firmly into the IRL art world with Fat in Public, the blog's first art show.

About a dozen artists will show in the exhibit, which will include Sam Abel's Saucy Nüdles and Scheidt's own artwork. From their curatorial statement: "Fat In Public intends to de-stigmatize the (fat) body and give an outlet for art featuring imperfect and sybaritical characters in equal measure."

The exhibit looks to be both playful and powerful - more of these kinds of shows, please! Fat Girl Food Squad started as a blog in Toronto only last year, yet they now boast chapters - ahem, squads! - in Australia, New York, LA, Denver, Minneapolis, Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Hamilton.

Fat in Public opens at 2186 Dundas on Thursday, January 30th.



Rob Ford in public / January 21, 2014 at 12:57 am
I'm going shake my ass & strip! Look @ me, ma!
rgl / January 21, 2014 at 11:46 am
Rich, what has she done to herself? Looks like she went and made herself into a successful blogger and is now putting on an interesting artshow. Looks like she's done a lot to herself.
Just Stop / January 21, 2014 at 03:12 pm
I really wish we would stop making it okay to be overweight. I understand the need to help people's self esteem, but perhaps spending time educating youth on healthy diet choices and exercise might be a worthy cause, as opposed to throwing an art show making it acceptable to be obese.

How many doctors and experts do we need to tell us the negative effects of obesity before people start to realize this is not a safe lifestyle? Indulging a few times per week is acceptable if you're balancing that with healthy eating and a moderate exercise schedule. I'm not talking about those with a few extra pounds, I'm talking about 30-40+ extra pounds. If the "pressures of society" are not encouraging you to live a healthier lifestyle, perhaps some education will. An art show will not.

We're sending the wrong message with this "be who you are, be proud to be over weight". Foolish and dangerous.

Just stop!
So... / January 21, 2014 at 04:34 pm
"Fat is bad for you, right? That’s what doctors tell us. But a review of nearly 100 studies, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, confirms previous indications that the story is more complex. Being overweight or even mildly obese, as measured by body mass index, doesn’t make you more likely to die than a person of normal weight. It makes you slightly less likely to die."

And besides, you know what doesn't help people take care of themselves? Shame.
A huge study done in the UK over a long period of time proved that, though it's also kind of obvious.
FATGIRLSAYSWHAT / January 21, 2014 at 05:32 pm
JUST STOP judging people's health based on nothing more that their weight.

JUST STOP assuming that your problems are better than anyone else's just because you don't wear them around your middle.

JUST STOP trying to make people feel shame for not having a body you deem acceptable.

JUST STOP deciding that you know what will "help people" who HAVE NOT ASKED FOR YOUR HELP.
B / January 21, 2014 at 08:21 pm
You've got to be kidding, Just Stop. That is such an incredibly ignorant comment. There are plenty of reasons why one might be considered over-weight and a lot of the time it has nothing to do with your classification of "health" and "indulging".

I'd like to encourage you to pull your head out of your ass immediately. 

Der / January 21, 2014 at 09:30 pm
While I support people embracing their bodies and I understand the stressful social conditions that produce reactionary statements like "Fat In Public", I fear that the pendulum will soon swing too far towards the "fat acceptance" movement.

We have an obesity epidemic and I hope that these attitudes aren't enabling self-destructive individuals to continue ruining their health. I agree: in a slim minority of cases, obesity is a struggle that is nearly impossible to overcome due to underlying hormone or metabolic disorders. Yet, in the vast majority of cases, people are overweight due to gluttony and a failure of willpower, which I don't feel is healthy to encourage in our society.

H8ers gonna h8
Rosella Chibambo / January 22, 2014 at 09:40 am
The fat-phobic abuse on this comments section evidences how important Fat Girl Food Squad and this event are. Policing other people's bodies is violence. It's abuse. It's unacceptable. Power to the amazing folks behind this project. So much love for this!
hmmm / January 22, 2014 at 02:33 pm
Confirm or deny if carrying extra weight will be harder on every joint of your body, including your spine, which controls function of every part of your body and is essential to your physical and mental well-being.

There is a reason we never have people who were fat and actually worked hard to overcome it and got fit and healthy supporting all this fat stigma bs. Once they lose it, they finally see the light and never look back.
Okay replying to a comment from So... / January 23, 2014 at 03:33 pm
The BMI is a outdated metric and was tossed aside for close to 10 years until recently. Simply using body fat %'age is a more honest test to tell you if your obese or not. There is nothing wrong in having confidence but trying to tell people that nothing is wrong with being obese is not something that is wise to do.

The Fat acceptance movement uses BMI as its a faulty way to rationalize that having a high index number is okay. A muscular women or man can have a high BMI, but they would not have a high body fat %'age.
Roger that / January 26, 2014 at 08:05 am
The flip side of this would be a bunch of anorexics being proud of their anorexia and banding together to show society that you can ve proud of being anorexic. Would you all support that as well? Shameful.
Sloane / January 28, 2014 at 12:29 am
This is an art show.
If you want to make statements about women and their bodies directly to their faces, come on down to 2186 on Thursday.
Otherwise, enjoy your night in trolling BlogTO.
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