The Buenos Aires administration implemented awareness initiatives on fat diversity

The Buenos Aires Undersecretary for Gender and Sexual Diversity Policy, Lucía Portos, said that the provincial administration is working on the implementation of awareness materials on issues of fat body diversity.

In a dialogue with Télam, Portos explained that the government headed by Axel Kicillof “is working on a process of disseminating the booklets and forming a team of trainers who accompany the tour of these booklets with presentations and promoting dialogue and debate.”

The booklets were presented within the framework of the promotion policies on gender and sexual diversity carried out by the Ministry of Women, Gender Policies and Sexual Diversity and introduce terms to understand what is being talked about when talking about body diversity and fatphobia, the medical discourses that circulate around these issues, the influence of the Covid-19 pandemic and the stereotypes propagated in the media. They also detail the laws that in our country promote body diversity and guarantee access to rights for fat people.

The initiative consists of three booklets that “are a summary of principles or themes of fat diversity in a very simple language for dissemination,” Portos said.

In this sense, he pointed out that although “they have the vocation of questioning the community in general”, there is one that will be used “in the training of health personnel and in dialogue with people who work in the health system who are sometimes those who reproduce the discrimination and violence suffered by fat people and expel them from the health system”.

Portos specified that one of the booklets is aimed “for specific advocacy people, a kind of trainer of trainers”; the second is “for the general public”; and the third “is going to be incorporated as the content of the training program for community leaders, Plotting Rights.”

The official stressed that the training booklet for trainers “is designed to work in the field of health.” And she added that there is “a good predisposition on the part of the Floreal Ferrara school of public health management, in La Plata, to start using it.”

In addition, he indicated that they are in open conversations with the comprehensive sexual education area of ​​the General Directorate of Culture and Education “to see how this agenda can influence the school and training curriculum up to higher levels.”

The booklets address different concepts and have the “depathologization of fat.”

“It is the first time that the State has produced material that is critical of this paradigm, of the pathologization of fat, that idea that reigns in the health system that fat is equal to disease,” highlighted Portos, for whom “Many times they are prejudices and they do not make for an integral conception from health”.

On the other hand, it also focuses on “dignified treatment by institutions above all” and points to “the other side of the coin, which is the paradigm of compulsory thinness.”

“All the mental illnesses and disorders that often mean not having the body you should have, the idea of ​​symbols and the representation that abounds in the media linked to what a body should be like.” (Telam)

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The Buenos Aires administration implemented awareness initiatives on fat diversity