Body Size Diversity
People come in all sizes, though too often we are told in U.S. culture that only certain bodies are "acceptable" or "attractive" or "healthy." The result is that many people spend much of their lives feeling ashamed and isolated, or caught in an endless struggle of dieting and weight-loss strategies. The Counseling Center at the UCTC values body size acceptance, meaning we strive to combat fat bias and size discrimination, while promoting personal acceptance regardless of body size. We believe all bodies are beautiful and all people deserve to love their bodies exactly as they are.
Loving Your Body
Your body is beautiful. Right now. Exactly as it is.
Take a moment to allow yourself to sit with that thought. It is too easy to forget. For some, this may be a foreign perspective altogether. If you struggle to find a place of loving acceptance for your body, we can help. We will be curating a list of online resources that provide support and promotion of size acceptance, and will list them here as we find them. We are also available to meet with UO students to talk through your concerns and provide support. To talk with a therapist about getting started at the Counseling Center, please call (541) 346-3227 to schedule a meeting.
UO OrgSync: this is a great resource for finding opportunities to connect with others. It contains a searchable database containing most the different student organizations offered at UO currently. It's also organized alphabetically or by subject.
Dances with Fat - Ragan Chastain's blog about health at every size, misconceptions, and fat activism.
People of size- all about Health!
Linda Bacon- Researcher, writer, and activist