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Finding Fat Joy – Fall/Winter 2023

Amy Gardner / September 27, 2023

Community and connection for people in larger bodies living in a weight-centric world

Metrowest is excited to launch our third group for people living in fat bodies to find community and connection  – exploring nourishment beyond nutrients. This group is dedicated to creating a space where people can be seen, heard, and celebrated. 

Team members, Annie and Megan, are hosting a virtual peer support group for people in fat bodies to come together to create a supportive community where people of all ages and gender identities can together share their lived experience of being in a fat body. The peer support group creates space for people to share their challenges and support one another. We do not fixate on hating or changing the body. Rather, it’s a space to move through those experiences in community and ultimately make more space for joy. 

What past participants are saying…

“I’ve been in shared space with people who share other identities of mine but never in fat space.  It was really profound to be able to talk about the highs and the lows with other people who really ’got it.’  It has helped me realize that fat is just another of my identities, it doesn’t have to be a site of grief.” 

Fat Joy made a great impact on me. I am more comfortable in my body. The sense of community in the group is unmatched. I felt very seen and connected.”

“I was very reluctant to become part of a support group. I didn’t know what to expect and I was pretty sure that my experience wasn’t relevant or relatable to others. It wasn’t that I thought I was special, it was that I was isolated and wallowing in my hurt and isolation. What I discovered over the summer was that with each session I was able to be more loving and accepting of myself. That my lived experience was echoed in the lives of the other participants and facilitators. I gained so much wisdom and strength from this experience and I am not as afraid to confront issues or attitudes that seek to make me see myself as less. I am not alone so I am not afraid.”

Is this group for me?
This group may be for you if you…

  • Are open and curious to learn about other people’s experiences. 
  • Ready to let go of self-hate and experience joy. 
  • Have established mental health support systems. 
  • Comfortable participating in and being on a virtual platform.
  • Want to increase psychological comfort in your body.
We want to be clear this experience is NOT

  • A space to talk about diets
  • A space to focus on body hate or changing the body
  • Eating disorder support group
  • A substitute for mental health
  • A therapy group 
  • A weight loss group
What we’ll do together…
Together we will …

  • Share lived experience of those with life long as well as newer experience living in fat bodies 
  • Navigate grief and anger about social systems
  • Find, create, and experience joy beyond the body 
  • Navigate and explore institutionalized healthisms, phrases 
  • Explore uncomfortable scenarios (“weight compliments”)
We’ll explore topics such as …

  • Finding clothing at retailers
  • Navigating weight based healthcare systems
  • Unsolicited commentary about nutrition or fitness
  • Honoring / respecting the body, even when you don’t like it
  • Seating designs and situations
  • Preferred language
  • Boundaries 


Please complete this form to express interest!

When? Every other Thursday 7-8:30 EST starting November 9th (11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/21, 1/11, 1/25) 

How much? $390

Where? Zoom virtual meeting. We are asking for folks to be ready to participate with cameras on.

How many? Max 10 participants

How to join? Please complete this form to see if this group is right for you. Once you apply, someone will reach out to you within 2-3 business days to confirm participation.

*DISCLAIMER We use the word “fat” here as a neutral descriptor of a person’s body. Just like we would use “tall” or “short” to describe someone’s height. We use the words “fat” and “thin” to describe the spectrum of shapes and sizes.  It’s akin to curvy, plus-size, ample, large. It is not a “bad” word, an insult, or reference to a person’s character. Using this word to describe a body is a bit of a radical move for people, to reclaim and reframe a word that had previously elicited so much shame. We recognize there are people in this world who use it as an insult or a derogatory term. But as a weight inclusive practice with a strong social justice lens, it’s our effort to create a shift in power.