Some authors are known fat activists, like Lindy West and Roxane Gay. Some are known for other reasons, like acting in famous television shows, but the stories we’ve shared here involve their bodies. Funny, heartbreaking, smart, and familiar—these memoirs will resonate.
We humbly present you with a few books for a course in Fat History 101. These books, researched and written by credentialed historians, anthropologists, and other experts, illuminate the social history of fat bodies.
The needs of fat students cannot continue to be ignored. A small desk tells every fat student on campus that they are not welcome. It is one more piece of evidence that something is wrong with them, and they don’t belong. Instead, college and university leadership must take steps to increase the accessibility of their spaces, especially classrooms.
This series on campus accessibility will detail common problems plus-size people experience and offer solutions for colleges and universities to implement.