Jana and Carlos discuss medical definitions on weight and how the medical bias affects people's access to medical care. They address the concept of cultural eating practices and "stress-eating" versus colonial and westernized approach to medicine as it relates to medicine. Bias exists in all professions and it's so hard to find health professionals who understand intersectionality. Carlos discusses finding a mental health professional who might honestly understand their many issues.
Carlos discusses the joke, "skinny for a straight man, fat for a gay man," and the way in which gay spaces validate thin body types and police marginalized body types. He describes the lingering anxieties that many gay people feel about body size and fitting the thin standard. Carlos eloquently rolls out the many exclusionary ideologies that exist in queer spaces, and especially anonymous environments. It is as if a person's white supremacy trumps their queerness. This conversation is crucial in addressing body diversity and fat acceptance as well as all body acceptance.
In terms of his own body acceptance, Carlos has learned to not compare himself to the standard and investing in his mental and physical well-being instead of meeting a physical expectation. His childhood fatness has lingering effects on his both his body and his psyche and he talks about the ways in which being a man limits his access to help and stigmatizes mental health and vulnerability. He wants to emotionally thrive and recognizes that in order to maintain healthy thinking, he wants to make healthy food choices. This is supported as well by his connection to his indigenousness and the diet and lifestyle surrounding his indigenous ethnicity. He talks about the isolating lifestyle of a fat person and how important it has been having a podcast and community that discusses these issues.
Carlos' One Cool Thing is the instagram @lgbt_history that posts specific historical landmarks in the LGBTQ community. He also loves the twitter account @racismwatchdog and it barks at racist tweets as call outs. Jana's One Cool Thing was the cancelation of the show Roseanne after she completely outs her racism on twitter. Byeeeeeeee!
Carlos is embarking on his first year of graduate school at USC so send him some love and encouragement via instagram @carbarra and follow on twitter @_caibarra.
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