Cheryl Fuller is a Jungian psychotherapist and a fat woman, and throughout her career she has confronted the common approaches to working with fat people in therapy. Her new book, The Fat Lady Sings: A Psychological Exploration of the Cultural Fat Complex and Its Effects, explores the trauma of fat stigma and the troubling practice of recommending significant weight loss–an effort that will probably fail from the start and is overwhelmingly proven to be unsustainable in the long-term–to fat patients of therapy. In this week’s episode I talk to Cheryl about how she came to this work and how acknowledging biases is essential for patients and therapists.
Read Cheryl’s The Fat Lady Sings blog for further discussion.
The music in the episode is provided by Starcrusher. Hear more at cstarcrusher.bandcamp.com
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