Let’s Talk About (Fat) Death

Today I’m talking about a topic that I never see discussed in the fat community: death. But more specifically I’m talking about special considerations for fat bodies after death. Can you donate organs? What about donating your fat body to science? Should you choose burial or cremation? What’s alkaline hydrolysis? It’s an intense topic, but one I think we all need to think about and make a plan for.

This might be hard listen for some, so leave this one for another day if you need to.


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Alkaline hydrolysis (body disposal). (2020, June 27). Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alkaline_hydrolysis_(body_disposal)

Body Donation | Forensic Anthropology Center. (n.d.). The University of Tennessee Knoxville. Retrieved September 30, 2020, from https://fac.utk.edu/body-donation/

Doughty, C. (2018). Dying Fat: Your Funeral Options [YouTube Video]. In YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71Z677IXUak

Epley, R. (2020, April 30). Donating Your Body To Science Can Help Save Lives — Unless You’re “Too Fat.” YourTango. https://www.yourtango.com/2019326931/why-fat-people-cant-donate-body-to-science

FAQs – Aquamation Info – An Eco-Friendly alternative to flame cremation. (n.d.). Aquamation Info. Retrieved September 30, 2020, from https://aquamationinfo.com/faq/

Forensic Body Farms: What You Need to Know. (2019, June 23). TalkDeath. https://www.talkdeath.com/forensic-body-farms/

HealthDay. (2020). Hearts From Obese Donors Still Safe: Study. US News & World Report; U.S. News & World Report. https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-09-16/hearts-from-obese-donors-still-safe-studyLee, J. A., & Pausé, C. J. (2016). Stigma in Practice: Barriers to Health for Fat Women. Frontiers in Psychology, 7. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.02063


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