Yuli Scheidt, one of The Fat Girl Food Squad duo, with a copy of the NOW “Love Your Body Issue” with herself and Ama Scriver on the cover
I love to find and read blogs. I consider myself somewhat of a ‘blog addict’ and have often thought I could use a “bloggers anonymous” group after spending more than two hours a day reading my new favourite blog. However, at this point I recognize that I am still in the ‘denial’ phase as I quickly justify to myself that by reading all of these blogs; I am doing “research” for my work. This is a part-truth- I do review blogs regularly for you, my wonderful readers, but if total truth be told, I would still read just as much if I wasn’t writing about the stuff I was reading.
My latest favourite blog sprouted in the spring of 2013, in my hometown of Toronto, Ontario and is the brainchild of two brave and fabulous women named Ama Scriver and Yuli Scheidt, who in their words, had a “…joint desire to create a space to talk frankly and openly about what really mattered to them.” What really matters to them you may ask? Some of my favourite topics in the whole universe: “the intersection between food, fat, and feminism”. They have created a community of like-minded women in Toronto and elsewhere. After only one year, their idea took off like wildfire, and their little corner of the Internet has grown to include Squads in Hamilton, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Denver, & beyond, with contributors as far and wide as L.A. and Australia.
They are called Fat Girl Food Squad and their blog is definitely worth a visit. Here is their vision:
Fat Girl Food Squad is a blog, and more importantly — a community, focused on the intersection between food, fat, and Feminism. These core ideas inform everything we do and everything we write about.
We are fundamentally about people of all shapes and sizes eating good food and feeling good in their bodies, in every way possible.
We aim to provide a safe, positive space for all bodies, while showcasing those who label and identify themselves as fat and endeavoring to break down the stereotypes and barriers that surround such a controversial three letter word. We do this both through the content we curate on our blog, with topics ranging from plus size fashion to food security to Health At Every Size, and through Fat Girl Food Squad: “In Real Life” where we attend and host events & happenings in our communities.
Inclusivity and community building are at the core of everything we do. We operate under the principle that, regardless of size or gender, there is a ‘Fat Girl’ living in everyone.
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