This online course will guide you in dismantling fatphobic beliefs within yourself and promoting a body positive outlook in your children. The course will teach you:
The easiest way to overcome toxic ideas about health and bodies is to help stop them from taking root at all. This class will give you the tools to do so.
This Course Includes:
8 Core Modules, Plus 1 Bonus Module
This core lessons will guide you through dismantling shame and toxic beliefs while giving you the tools to uplift and support your child in being comfortable with their own bodies and the diversity of others.
Readings and Exercises
Each module has written coursework for you to follow along with as well as a larger assignment at the end of the module. Throughout each lesson are also smaller exercises to help retain new information and get you thinking of how to incorporate what you’ve learned into your own life.
Email Support from the Course Leader
You can also reach out to the Course Leader via email or messaging if you have questions or need help at any time.
From the Course Leader:
We all want our children to grow up happy and healthy. But having grown up ourselves in a fatphobic culture, one that considers fat to be the worst thing you can be in many cases, we may unconsciously pass on these toxic beliefs to our children. It’s not intentional, but to resist it we must intentionally dismantle it.
Many parents don’t know how to speak about weight or health to our children without using those harmful tropes and stereotypes. You may feel nervous about speaking up to medical professionals or other family members about their harmful language.
I created this course to help parents and caregivers like you develop those skills to be better advocates for your children and help your children be better advocates for themselves.
We all deserve to be able to love our bodies as they are. This course will help you help your children learn to do just that, while providing a foundation for helping them fight back against the toxic influence of fatphobic ideas and diet culture.
Hope to see you in the course!
Module 1 – Introduction
We use a lot of terminology in this course that you may not be familiar with. This section will go over the key terms that we will be using as well as more thoroughly explain why it is so important that we recognize and end fatphobic ideas and support of diet culture.
Module 2 – Clean Your Plate: Clearing Up the Mixed Messages About Food
Food is a very tricky subject for many people. A lot of culture and ideas of stability and worth are tied into what we eat (or don’t eat). This module discusses these issues and provides solutions for breaking them down to promote a healthy relationship with food without all the moralization of dieting.
Module 3 – Weight Is Not an Assessment of Health
Weight is often used as an assessment of a person’s health by the layman and even medical professionals at times. You cannot tell someone’s health by the size of their jeans though. This section explains why weight as health is harmful and common misconceptions around fitness and body size.
Module 4 – Dealing With Yourself
A lot of the toxic ideas that our children learn about fat bodies are ones they pick up from us, their parents and caregivers. In order to fully push against them, we need to make sure that we’re eliminating these ideas in ourselves.
Module 5 – Diet Culture: The World Outside Your House
Diet culture is massive and this module will help you take on the many facets of it. The module focuses on weeding out the influences of diet culture that may have infiltrated your life as well as helping you recognize them going forward.
Module 6 – Age Appropriate Discussion Tactics
We talk about bodies and acceptance in differently to our children as they age and this section will give you age specific tools and resources for these discussions.
Module 7 – Confronting Family and Friends
Talking to family and other caregivers about a weight neutral stance may seem difficult, especially if you’re dealing with someone who has a history of being weight critical, doubly so if that person is your own parent! This unit will give you tools to confront these people in hopes they don’t undermine your own efforts for your child.
Module 8 – Talking to Health Professionals
Speaking with medical professionals, especially when your child has a medical issue, about weight and your family’s weight neutral stance can be very hard. After all, you’re coming to these people for their expertise and it can feel as though you’re undermining them. This unit will give you the tools you need to advocate for your child in a medical setting.
Bonus Module – Dealing with Bullies
This unit is being offered as a bonus because the culture of bullying is so much more than just ensuring that children play nicely. The tools in this section will help you recognize bullying, how to deal with administration and other parents, and finally how to handle it if your child is the bully.
Still Not Sure the Course is Right for You?
We really want to make sure that this course is working for you.
If you find that it’s not for any reason, you can get a full refund anytime within the first 30 days of the course just by letting us know. So there’s no risk to enrolling now and getting the support you deserve!
Donyae Coles is a Contributing Writer at RESIST and passionately believes that there is no wrong way to have a body. She has written many articles supporting Fat Acceptance, Self-Acceptance, and Body Positivity in general, and has worked with children and families as an Early Childhood Educator, helping them better communicate and navigate the tricky world of their emotions. She is also the mother of three children whom she's raised in a body positive environment using all of the techniques in this course.
When does the course start and finish?
The course is instantly available as soon as you sign-up. It is self-paced, so you decide when you start and when you finish. Each week you'll get access to a new lesson, giving you time to work with the readings and exercises before moving onto the next lesson.
How will I access everything?
After signing up, you will receive an email with directions on how to access your course. From within the course intranet, you will be able to do everything – from accessing the course lessons to contacting the teacher to leaving questions or comments. Your access never expires to the course so you can come back whenever you need support.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I can't afford the full course price?
We're committed to making Social Justice U courses accessible for those with less income and wealth.
Here are some options if you can't afford the full course cost:
I’ve taken another Social Justice U course. Do I get a repeat customer discount?
Yes! We do give a 15% repeat customer discount as our thank you! If you’ve enrolled in one of other online courses and are enrolling in a new one, please let us know via the Contact Us form. We’ll email you back to confirm that we’re refunding you 15% of the course fee.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We have a no-questions-asked 30 day guarantee. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund!
Is the course accessible for people with a hearing impairment?
Yes, it is – the entire course is text-based.