In a world that is highly fatphobic and skinny is seen as the epitome of health and morality, fat people experience biases and stigma that not only feel terrible but have real consequences. If you’ve ever been told or believed that you can’t do something because of your size, or internalized the narrative that you have to be in a perfect body to be good or worthy, listen in.
Shannon Hennig is a plus-sized personal trainer and wellness coach with multiple chronic health conditions, including heart failure and Type 2 diabetes. She spent years struggling with her weight and exercise until she was suddenly hospitalized in 2021. Landing in the hospital led her down a path of examining where health, fitness, and self-care fit into her life, and she’s here to show you what’s possible living in a “less than perfect” body.
Join us this week as Shannon lets us in on her story and how, instead of letting her health hold her back, she’s using it to inspire other women and help them see their own potential. We’re diving into the dangers of healthism and fatphobia, why mindset was the biggest piece of the puzzle when it came to improving her health and fitness, and how to start seeing that you and your health are worth making an effort for.
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What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- How Shannon balances her love for exercise with her health conditions.
- Shannon’s history of struggling with her weight and exercise.
- What sparked Shannon’s career as a personal trainer.
- The self-care activities that are non-negotiable for Shannon.
- Shannon’s thoughts on the possibility of being both fat and healthy.
- The dangers of healthism.
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