Emily August is an Associate Professor of Literature at Stockton University. She holds a PhD in English from Vanderbilt University, and an MFA in creative writing from University of Minnesota. As a longtime body liberation proponent, she focuses on the human body in her research and writing.
Her scholarly work examines representations of the body in 19th-century literature, art, and scientific discourse. She seeks to understand how a very narrow, specific version of the body became the authoritative medical standard defined as healthy and normative—and how this standard continues to impact clinical practice and societal power relations.
IN TODAY’S EPISODE:
- How can we move towards a more weight-neutral conversation in food addiction recovery
- How to try and help our recovery community break free from diet culture
- How to address the issue of comparison in recovery
- How we can get to that place of neutrality
- How to make that crucial shift toward accepting and committing to abstinence
- Bringing social justice tools to abstinence
- The importance of gaining tolerance to the diet culture and knowing that most people are just wounded and in the process of healing
- Determining how to have a conversation that bridges the gap between food addiction and eating disorders
- Addiction as a Health Management Condition
- How there is no heroism in a thinner body
- Fat Liberation, Fat Acceptance, Ableism
- Addiction as a Chronic Health Problem
- Chronic health conditions aren’t curable, they aren’t shameful, and we don’t have to problematize them as something to be fixed or solved.
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