BIO

Ragen Chastain is a professional speaker, writer, and real live fat person.  She has spoken everywhere from friend's living rooms to Google Headquarters to Cal Tech and Dartmouth.  She will not stop until we live in a world where the full diversity of body sizes is respected, and fat people are able to live in fat bodies without shame, stigma, bullying, and harrasment, regardless of why they are fat, what being fat means, and if they could (or even want to) become thin. She lives in Los Angeles with her partner Julianne and their adorable rescue dogs, and is training for her first (and hopefully only!) IRONMAN triathlon. If you can't get enough of her on Ravishly, you can check out her blog www.danceswithfat.org

Ragen Chastain's Articles

What The Bu actually appears to support and donate to are organizations that engage in size-based oppression to the detriment of fat people.

Kombucha With A Side Of Fat Shaming 

Bu Kombucha's message on their bottle, “Health is our priority. The Bu supports and donates to organizations that fight obesity.”
Ragen Chastain    |   08.7.18 12am   |   SHARE
Image Credit: Netflix Insatiable

Alyssa Milano Needs To Stop Telling Fat People How To Feel About Fat Suits

Alyssa Milano take note - if a fat person has to become thin to find acceptance, that’s fat-shaming. If it requires a fat suit, it’s fat-shaming.
Ragen Chastain    |   07.27.18 10am   |   SHARE
Photo by Annie Gray on Unsplash

No, You Shouldn't Ditch Your Fat Friends ​

Slimming World (UK version of Weight Watchers) is telling those who have reached their “target weight” to ditch their fat friends.
Ragen Chastain    |   07.23.18 12am   |   SHARE
Fat shaming doesn’t have any positive outcomes, but it has plenty of negative ones. A study found that fat shaming leads to eating disorders for some girls.

How Fat Shaming Leads To Eating Disorders

Fat shaming doesn’t have any positive outcomes, but it has plenty of negative ones. A study found that fat shaming leads to eating disorders for some girls.
Ragen Chastain    |   07.10.18 12am   |   SHARE
You should know better than to market sizes to XXL as “all shapes and sizes” or “clothes for every person.”

Is It Really Clothing For Every Body If The Sizes Stop At 2XL​?

The fashion world has long screwed up when it comes to fat bodies. You should know better than to market sizes to 2XL as all shapes and sizes.
Ragen Chastain    |   06.25.18 12am   |   SHARE
Kids fitness — by any definition — isn’t an obligation or barometer of worthiness.

Fitspo Is Not For Ten-Year-Olds​

While it's fine for child athletes to be on social media, it should be clear that what they are doing certainly isn’t necessary, or even appropriate.
Ragen Chastain    |   05.7.18 12am   |   SHARE
LuLaRoe has found themselves under siege recently.

LuLaRoe Founder Profits From Sending Consultants To Mexico For Weight Loss Surgery

The founder of LuLaRoe is not just encouraging, but profiting from, pushing her workforce to go to a questionable weight loss surgery clinic.
Ragen Chastain    |   05.2.18 9am   |   SHARE
Fat acceptance allows us to free ourselves from diet culture to finally love our bodies!

Yes, It Is Fine To Be Fat 

The point of fat acceptance is to be clear that people of all sizes have the right to exist without shame, stigma, bullying, and oppression.
Ragen Chastain    |   04.30.18 12am   |   SHARE
The only person who gets to decide the right way to deal with fat shaming is the person being fat shamed.

When Fat People Clap Back At Fatphobes 

Food shaming as a form of fat shaming has happened to every fat person I know. Here are some examples of when fat people clap back at fatphobes.
Ragen Chastain    |   04.20.18 12am   |   SHARE
Keep working, keep pushing, live so that these people call you attention seeking activists every day.

A Love Letter To "Attention Seeking" Activists

Keep working, keep pushing, live so that these people call you attention seeking activists every day. You are making the world better.
Ragen Chastain    |   04.19.18 12am   |   SHARE