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Finding Fat Joy – Summer Edition

Annie Schwartz and Megan Gammerman / May 16, 2023

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

GROUP FULL – Join the waitlist for the next group here.

This winter, we launched our first support group for people living in fat bodies. It was such a tremendous experience for our providers and participants. Metrowest is thrilled to open a summer group for folks living in fat bodies to find community and connection and explore nourishment beyond nutrients. 

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.

What is this about? 
This group may be for you if you…

  • Are open and curious to learn about other people’s experiences. 
  • 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

  • Eating disorder support group
  • A substitute for mental health
  • Therapy group 
  • 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
  • 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 


NOTE:  THIS GROUP IS CURRENTLY FULL.  Complete this form to join our waitlist.

When? Every other Monday 7:30 – 9pm EST starting June 12 for a total of 6 sessions

How much? $390 (Equity pricing available for those with historically marginalized identities)

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. 

Have questions? Join Megan and Annie on May 22nd from 7:30pm to 8:30pm EST for a LIVE Q&A Event!  Register for the free live event here!


*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.