Fatphobia in Public Health and Dietetics: What Dietitians Need to Know
Marquisele (Mikey) Mercedes (she/her) is a fat liberationist writer, creator, and doctoral student from the Bronx. As a Presidential Fellow at the Brown University School of Public Health, her work broadly focuses on how fatphobia, race/ism, and anti-Blackness have shaped health care, research, promotion and training. She is passionate about using public scholarship in various mediums to make science and research more accessible to those outside of academic institutions and make the world safer for fat people of color. Her ultimate goal is to push the field of public health in alignment with the values of long-time movements for liberation and abolition. Most recently, she was nominated as an inaugural Junior Fellow for the new Centre for Fat Liberation and Scholarship.
Monica is a researcher and consultant from central Pennsylvania dedicated to challenging weight stigma in healthcare and public health. Monica completed her MPH at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where her work in social epidemiology and health communication classes focused on reframing weight stigma – not weight – as a public health problem. As principal of Fatty MPH LLC, Monica works with researchers to design and conduct studies of medical fatphobia and produces educational content geared toward health professions students and early-career clinicians.