Episode 5: Maura Penn. What’s it like to be a fat white kid in the Middle East?

When The Fat Lip started, telling real fat people’s stories was a big part of the mission. As fat people, we don’t really hear ourselves in media. We don’t see relatable stories about people like us that often, and that lack of representation can be very alienating.

When Maura Penn wrote to me about her childhood as a Canadian living in the Middle East and how it shaped her body image and her journey to self-acceptance, I wrote back immediately to ask her to come on the show.

In this episode Maura talks about how her experiences in the Western world have differed from her early life in the Middle East and how her size acceptance journey has shaped the way she’s raising her kids.

The music in today’s show is by our friend, the very talented young DJ Citizen Starcrusher. His new album, Goodbye Halcyon Days will be out soon! In the meantime make sure to check him out at https://soundcloud.com/cstarcrusher

And if you have a minute, leave us a review, check out thefatlip.com or take a look at patreon.com/thefatlip!

Episode 3: My Own Mom, A Conversation About Bodies

When I started this podcast I didn’t tell my mom that I was doing it, but one of my brothers did. Then after the first episode was up, she texted to tell me that she had listened to it and that she wanted to talk about it. For a split second I was completely terrified that I had said something that offended her, but then she  told me that she had gained some weight in the last year and that her long term boyfriend had been making fatphobic comments.

 After I talked to my mom that night, it struck me just how crazy it was that I started a podcast about fat positivity, something that is such a huge part of my life, and the first person to really be touched by it was my own mom.

 So a couple weeks ago, right after the second episode had been published, I started to think about how little my mom and I had talked about body issues my entire life. Actually, I don’t recall a single conversation about it. So I thought that maybe it was time to have that conversation.

 And why not have a sensitive conversation about body image with your mom and then post it on the internet?

 The music in this podcast is on loan from a super talented DJ and friend of the fat positive community named Citizen Starcrusher. He’s working on a new album now, so you should follow him on Soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/cstarcrusher and become a fan before he gets big (no pun intended!)

Episode 1: The F Word: Why The Word Fat Is Okay

“Fat” is a loaded word in our culture, and it can take years to unpack the feelings and shame this tiny little word can create in a person. But “fat” is also bold and powerful. That’s why it’s so integral to the name of this show, and that’s why embracing it can change your life for the better. Today we’re talking about the word “fat” and I’m excited to welcome Virgie Tovar, celebrated fat activist, editor of the acclaimed anthology Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love, and Fashion, creator of the body positive hashtag #LoseHateNotWeight, and designer and host of Babecamp, a course on body image, self love, and breaking up with diet culture.


The music in this episode is Talking With You by Artificial.Music and is licensed under a Creative Commons License.