Episode 3: What is Toxic Fitness Culture?

By Decolonizing Fitness

**Explicit Language** On this episode Candace and I unpack toxic fitness culture through a social justice lens. We name that fitness like many other oppressive systems is rooted in ableism and the belief that there are "good' and "bad" bodies (with the bad bodies needing to be cured or corrected and the onus being placed on the individual to do these things). Please remember your body is never wrong in the way it shows up. We discuss all the ways that toxic fitness is projected onto us under the guise of "health", "wellness" and "being fit". We talk about how mainstream fitness further stigmatizes fat folks and deems them unhealthy through medical myths and pseudo science. We break down the need to reclaim the word "fat" and put to rest the words "overweight" and "obesity" as both words pathologize fat which is a naturally occurring substance in the body and not inherently unhealthy. We talk about the faulty BMI being overused as a measurement of health...and so much more! You can find the show notes here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/df-podcast-3-26488578

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