Tons of Fun: Philadelphia to Hold Its First ‘FatCon’ in October to Celebrate Obesity

Haika Mrema | July 27, 2023
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A convention for obesity called “FatCon” will make its way to Philadelphia in October for fat people to “celebrate being unapologetically themselves.” 

The three-part event will offer multiple panels discussing “fashion, social media influencing, and how to navigate fatphobia,” according to the Philly Inquirer. To top it off, Sonalee Rashatwar – aka “The Fat Sex Therapist”– will be delivering a keynote address.  

Convention organizers Donnelle Jageman, Adrienne Ray, and Kenyetta Harris want everyone to know that “there are a ton of fat people in Philly who are perfectly fine with who they are.”



I wonder if these individuals are “perfectly fine” knowing that excessive body fat increases health risks such as heart disease, type two diabetes, and mental illnesses. Is that something worth celebrating?

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The convention hopes to be a “judgment-free event focused on creating a community for fat people by fat people” while assisting individuals in navigating “this fatphobic world and society in a different way,” according to Ray. 

How strange to think our society is “fatphobic” when the U.S. is one of the “fattest” countries in the world, with around 36 percent of the adult population being obese, according to studies

With fast food chains everywhere, a “plus-size” section in numerous retail stores, and companies like Dove, Aerie, and Target championing “body-positivity” all the time through campaigns and marketing initiatives, how "fatphobic" is America really?

To all the “fat Philadelphians,” the organizers of FatCon invite you to “connect with other people that look like you, think like you, feel like you, and that understand you.” Hopefully, there will be people to tell the truth and offer solutions to obesity, too.


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