You Can Read My Love Mail

A blog reader suggested that since I have a page dedicated to my hatemail, I should also have a page dedicated to my love mail, and I thought that was an excellent idea.  Below you can read e-mails from people at places where I’ve spoken, and love mail from blog readers.  If you’ve sent me love mail and it’s no on the page I apologize, going back through all of my e-mails to find it I’m sure I missed some amazing love.   Please know that whether they are here or not, your kind words do so much to help keep me going strong in my work..  I appreciate it far more than you could ever know!

From Readers:

Because of you, I don’t keep quiet anymore.

If you haven’t saved my life, you’ve made the next decade much happier. I stumbled across your blog and the scales have fallen from my eyes. I’ve been struggling and panicking about continual weight gain as I age. I’m only 41. Been trying and failing with diets for the last decade and wondering what happened to how I used to feel about my body which was just fine.
I can finally see the fat shaming going on and realise that the real problems with my weight, the ones that really are a problem, are related to fitness rather than weight. I’ve resolved to stop, starting today. Stop with the fitspo. Stop the idea of what I must weigh. Stop treating myself badly. It’s going to be a bit tricky but it feels a relief. And your dancing is beautiful. Reminded me of what I actually want for myself.

I wanted to write to let you know that you managed to completely alter my perspective, and I am very glad.
I have been thin my entire life (to the point where I would often get bullied for it, and would embark on several journeys to gain weight). Mostly due to being on the receiving end of comments such as.. men like meat bones are for dogs, real women have curves, etc.etc. I (now shamefully admit) subscribed to the notion that larger people should all be able to, and want to, be quote “healthier”, Although I never bullied or shamed anybody directly myself, I did subscribe to reddit forums such as r/fatlogic, which is where I found out about you and your blog.
For the past couple of weeks I have spend several hours reading many of your current and past posts, and have been completely enlightened. I have found myself agreeing with what you say, which in the past I believe I would not have.
I truly apologize for what I now see is completely baseless hate mail which you receive, as all you are doing is promoting equality, acceptance, and positivity for ALL. I can truly say you have completely changed my way of thinking. Thank you.

I’m a fatlete and it wasn’t until I started reading your blog that I started to feel like I had a right to exercise because I enjoyed it, and not because I *had* to exercise because I am fat. I have a long way to go to really stop shaming my own body and feeling apologetic about my training. I practice Tai Chi and have a great teacher who has never made me feel ashamed of my weight, but I really struggle with believing I can move with the control, strength and grace that comes with the art because of my size. You’re helping me change that, and I want to thank you.

Thank you for your blog and everything. I’m very tiny and struggle a lot with letting myself eat. Fat acceptance and women like yourself do help people who are skinny too. I believe that, since you help me to not be scared of eating. Just wanted to tell you. Thank you.

My childhood best friend recently raved to me about how your blog has been drastically making her feel more positively about her body… So I wanted to check it out – and also thank you! She and I have different sources for our body image problems, and that was making us feel like we couldn’t confide in each other as freely as we should (like we used to.) I cannot stress enough that your blog has been a positive influence for both of us!🙂  Thank you for being brave and putting yourself out there like this. It means a lot to people like me and Kate. Keep spreading positivity and love!

Ragen, I want to let you know how much I admire you and your work. I copied part of your blog to my desktop so I can read it everyday, You give me hope. I will turn 61 in June knowing that young women (and men) have role models I never saw or heard of growing up….( this goes for being a lesbian too!) Know that what you say has a profound impact on those of us who never dreamed ,let me say it again, never dreamed that we could be happy in our bodies. I’m crying now. I am sad that it took so long but I am happy that I am here (with you) at this moment in time.Thank you for being strong and brave.

I am writing to thank you for your work helping people discover their self worth and to end fat shaming. I stumbled across your blog awhile ago, and I am so glad I did! You are well informed, logical, concise, and humorous. You have changed my perception not only of myself but others as well. Although, what I appreciate most is your candid story about how you learned to love your body. That story had a profound affect on my life. About a year ago I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I’m not sure how much you know about this illness but it is debilitating. There are days when I can’t get out of bed. I don’t think I would be able to cope with it as well as I do if I had never heard your story. Rather than being depressed about the things I CAN’T do, I celebrate the things I CAN do. I am thankful for every “good day” I get. I am no longer concerned about whether I have a fat body or a thin one, I am just thankful that it still works. So, once again, thank you for sharing your life and experiences with a bunch of strangers.

Ragen, I just love you. You make me laugh, and you make me cry. You’re helping me to love and appreciate the body I have and to get as mad as hell at those who think that shaming, in any form, and for any reason, is acceptable.

Ragen, I read your blog every morning and put on your words like holy armor as I go out to face my day. I rarely comment, but you are so important to my life and mental health.

Thank you for everything you do. You have helped me quit my eating disorder and you make me feel better about myself, safer, and less alone every day!

I spent 35 years on that roller coaster, hating myself until I read your book.

It was such a pleasure to meet you and spend a few moments talking with you at Olivet. Thank you for changing the climate of body awareness on campus! And for inspiring me, as well.

I went to your presentation on Wednesday and just wanted to say thank you so much! You really are an inspiration and I’m so thankful that I was able to attend!! Keep up the great work and good luck for your iron man!!! :)) Best wishes!!

I am brand new to HAES and Intuitive Eating, having restricted in some form or another for 35 years. Totally scared, especially when I read the stupid “BUT HEALTH” or “YOU’RE UGLY” comments (no matter how uninformed, callous, and just plain mean they are). When I am feeling particularly anxious, I go to your blog and read your love mail and see how many other women are like me – unable or unwilling to fit society’s skinny mold, and grateful as hell to have someone showing us that it’s OK. So thank you, and please know that you’re a major force for good in the world.

I wanted to write because I’ve finally had enough of pretending that I don’t need your blog and that it’s not important to my life because I’ve never been fat. I have had my head in the sand for a long time, Ragen. In spite of reading your blog frequently and agreeing with everything you had to say, I also constantly told myself (while trying actively not to think about it too hard), that as long as I just stayed thin, everything would be fine and I’d never really have to worry about any of this. There were downsides to this way of thinking. I don’t have to tell you what they are, since you’ve already enumerated them many times.  And I have FINALLY HAD IT.  I do need your blog, Ragen, and I do need your activism. I would even go so far as to say that EVERYONE needs and deserves a space where body terrorism and sizeism and war against the body are vehemently not tolerated, and where someone has the guts to say that there is such a thing as fat discrimination, and it’s both harmful and abominable, and that as a civilized society we need to collectively get our heads on straight.  It’s time to take a stand, and I’m taking it. Fat bodies have a right to exist, and people with fat bodies have a right to every perk and privilege that people with thin bodies do. Body discrimination is unpardonable, and everybody’s body (including my own) is lovable, and no change in size or health can change that. The fact that we have to say these things, and that they are news to people, is sickening, but I will continue to say them until everyone realizes they are obvious. Thank you, Ragen. I am wholeheartedly with you.

I found your blog a few months ago and it literally transformed how I think about my body. I have struggled with self-hatred for as long as I can remember and a big part of it was always how my body looked. At one point I was anorexic, super skinny, and still hated my body. I’m now 28 and have been slowly working towards trying to love my body the way it is and appreciate all that it can do regardless of whether it meets the cultural standard of beauty or not. The difference is, I truly did not see/realize how I had internalized the messages the world was throwing at me every day (lose weight, eat less etc.) until I started reading your blog. I now am able to fight back when that voice inside my head starts criticizing. Because there is such an unrelenting onslaught of negative and flat-out untrue messages, I still get discouraged sometimes but I find that reading your blog always helps me get back into the right head space again. Thank-you so so so much for your courage and honesty, your openness and encouragement, all the research you have done and share, and for all the time, effort, and energy you put into writing your blog and all the other avenues you use to speak out against the lies and discrimination and bring body positivity. Please know that you are making a difference and blessing so many people!!!!

I’ve never met a person who writes about the weight issues that effect me and every person of size with the dignity, eloquence and force of belief that you do. You are a wonderful person who inspires millions and have personally inspired me to remember, in the face of oppression, that I am in fact a person who deserves respect. Please continue doing what you do, because you help so many.

I just listened to you talking to Wallace Chapman on radio national New Zealand, where i live, and i think you are fantastic. I was horrified at the experiences you have had and are still having at the hands of other people. I admire your sense of humor and energy and think what you are doing with your blog is so important -every woman could learn from your self confidence and body love. Good luck with the ironman/woman and thanks for the inspiration!

What an incredible book! I started with the intention to get a couple of chapters to mull over and absorb, but ended up hooked and reading the whole thing in under a day! I’ve intended to read your book since being introduced to your writing by my fabulous wife Allison (shortly before meeting you briefly at last years HHC). I greatly enjoyed learning so much about how to be a more effective ally, and some of the language that I can use as we continue to share body positivity with our daughter Chloe. I plan to read through it again (more slowly) in order to have a firmer grasp of concepts and for personal reflection. Thank you for your support and for sharing the lessons of your experience and expertise. You rock!

just want to say training for an Ironman? You go! You inspire me! You are funny, smart and articulate. The world needs more blogs like this – you are my hero!

In wandering around the web I saw some new hate stuff directed at you and it was reemphasized for me how much of a hit you take, and how personal it is, and I felt this wave of empathy for you, and admiration for how you keep delivering anyway, and keep yourself in the public eye.

What you do is so, so important. I know for me, hearing that helps counteract the hate. So I wanted to make sure to let you know how much I admire you and appreciate you.

I just wanted to write you a note to say thank you.  I just entered into a partial hospitalization program for eating disorders this last week.  I was so pleased to find a HAES approach upon being admitted, something I became familiar with through reading your blog over the last couple of years.  I have spent a lot of time restricting and getting negative comments about being underweight, restricting in a very unhealthy way and getting really positive comments about my body when I was nearly underweight (“you look great!”)  and more recently binge eating and becoming “clinically obese”.  HAES is an approach I have admired since I discovered it but have had such a hard time putting it into practice and now I have the help and structure I need to get there.

I love your blog and I love you for all the activism work you do to infuse this world with a little sanity when it comes to weight, body size, and health.  In a world that is soooo devoid of it.  Thanks again Ragen, I don’t really think that I could say it enough.

Thank you for your wonderful blog and all your amazing advocacy work. You are a wonderful inspiration to me daily🙂

Thanks for all that you do. It’s got to be exhausting.

I randomly came across your blog/Facebook when friends of mine post things of yours.  It’s always a pleasure to read your point of view.  Your healthy mind in tune with your  healthy body is refreshing to witness.  Thank you for letting me come along for the ride.  Take care🙂

You have literally changed my life. I always knew I liked me, but I always hid it because I knew I wasn’t supposed to. I knew that I was “supposed” to want to change me. You gave me the courage to like me out loud! Now I scream it from the mountains! I LIKE ME AND I WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW! Please keep doing what you are doing. You are my inspiration and my muse. You touch my life with your words every day and it’s those daily reminders of how frikken awesome I am that keep me going. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!

The first time I saw a video of you professionally dancing my thought was “if she can do it then I could do it” I have always wanted to dance ballroom and you inspired me…Thank you

So I made it to Ragen Chastain’s Body Positive talk at my school tonight. It was absolutely the best choice I have ever made in my life to listen to that woman speak. I cannot tell you how glad I am that she came to our school this week because I think she may have literally just saved my life.

I just felt the need to contact you to let you know how inspiring you were tonight. Your view on Health at Every Size is something I never realized existed before, and I am grateful I now know it does. I am 5’4” and weigh 250 pounds. I have always been fat. No matter how hard I try, any weight I lose I just gain it right back.  I also have many family members always telling and telling me about how overweight I am and that I’m single because I’m fat and that I won’t be successful in the future. But I have slowly come to realize that I do not hate my body, and you are continuing to push me in that direction, and I would like to thank you for that. And attending your event tonight has definitely put even more of a positive spin on that.   I cannot thank you enough for doing what you are doing.

Thank you for giving me the vocabulary to effect change in my tiny sphere. Last week I attended my first Parent Teacher Council for my daughter’s preschool.  On the list of upcoming topics for parent education was ‘avoiding obesity’. I was upset by this, the prospect of a weight-focused topic for small children with huge variances in physical development. And particularly the idea that this was an educational event that would be telling parents that they should be more weight-focused. At least that was the implication to me from the title alone. I suggested that the topic be changed to ‘Health at every size’. Bracing myself for a long discussion, I was happily surprised when the facilitator (a trained specialist in early childhood education) took to my suggestion immediately and made the change to the topic title on the spot. I was happy to be able to make a coherent recommendation in the moment rather than seething.  Thank you. You’re not the only one who cares about this. You are helping to elevate the conversation for the rest of us.

I just wanted to drop you a line to thank you for your blog, which is often referred to by Gwyneth Olwyn at, a recovery site for people with restrictive eating disorders. Recovering from anorexia has involved an enormous amount of weight gain, for me; I found myself shooting from an anorexic weight to an “obese” one within a few short months of recovery, which has been a bit of a headfuck, and has blasted into pieces any notions I used to have that this recovery process would be simple and controllable. I’m almost two years in, now, eating well and letting my body be what it needs to be after so many years of starvation. Your blog has been hugely inspiring to me, and along with Gwyneth’s site, gave me the courage to allow my body to recover properly, fat and all.

Thanks for your presentation today. You are helping us improve health care, and I appreciate the opportunity to learn from you.

Each day I check the blog to see if there are new posts or comments. I get so excited when you have a new post. When there isn’t, I am reminded that you are wickedly busy and living your life to the fullest, just like the rest of us. When you are so busy that you don’t post anything new, I always send up a little prayer that you are safe, healthy and happy and then I spend a few minutes thinking of the work you are doing and how fortunate we are that you travel to share the message of FA and HAES. I’m so proud of your work and blessed to be a tiny part of it.

I happened on your blog through a friend’s Facebook and got hooked on reading your posts.  I love it, it is kick-ass!  I noticed you posted your hate mail and thought ‘I’ll peruse it, how bad could it be?’  Wow! I am horrified at how callous and nasty people are but I’m really not surprised.  Shaming, bullying and degrading other people has seemed to have become a hobby and I’m disgusted and saddened by it.  You expressed yourself in response to the hate mail eloquently and with hilarity (I had to catch myself from laughing out loud since I’m at work!)  Keep up the great blogging!  Your newest fan!

Anyway, I feel like since I’ve been reading you on a regular basis I’m more aware of….everything, I guess. Last night a Facebook friend posted a fat-shaming rant, resulting comments by others added to the fat-shaming, and it upset me greatly.  This morning I messaged him and explained how much it bothered me and why. He apologized, agreed, and took down the post. Just a little thing, I know. But I don’t think I would have said anything to him before I started reading your work. So I wanted to let you know that you have, in the words of Glinda and Elphaba, changed me for good.

Can I just say a big heartfelt thank you for your book?  I’d never heard of you until the other day when a friend posted your blog post about being pelted with eggs on Facebook, and I was blown away by your strength. I’ve been fat all my life but I’ve been lucky in that I have only been publicly abused once, when my fat boyfriend and I were walking hand in hand.  I gave a mouthful back, but still replay it in my mind 5 years later.  Your book has made me feel a whole lot better about myself.

Thank you, Ragen, for reminding me to be the boss of my own granny panties ( I’m a little older than you are🙂 ) and quit worrying about being fat and start focusing on becoming more healthy and fit.

Why I love this blog is your attitude – you speak up when people are inappropriate, but your way of patiently explaining plain facts to uneducated people (such as me) made me want to read more. (It’s no fat persons duty to be patient to ignorant people, I’m just saying that your personal choice of approach has converted my opinion.)  I’ve recently started a few medications due to my depression and anxiety, and side-effects include heavy weight gain. If I do gain weight, you will know that you could have been part to saving my life, because I know my ED is (or was?) severe enough to destroy my life if I gained a single pound more. Thank you for everything, Ragen.

You came to my school and gave a lecture and it was honestly one of the most important moments of my life. I had never heard anyone say the things you had said. I had never ever before realized that I didn’t have to be ashamed of my body, disappointed in what it couldn’t do, or just generally hate it for looking the way that It does. I had never heard of a fat person being active, healthy, happy, and in love with their body. All my life I hated my fat body, felt shamed by it, and felt I deserved to be made fun of, scolded by others, and I was actively trying to hide from the world that I felt had every right to hate my body. That lecture you gave was the beginning of a new chapter for me. I had always heard people say things like, “the scale doesn’t define you” or “love your body” but those things were always said by skinny people and I always knew they didn’t mean my kind of body. You showed me differently. You showed me that there was nothing I owed the world and that I was deserving of respect simply for being human. It sounds almost silly that I didn’t know that and I often wonder how the hell I was living my life before then. Seeing someone as amazing as you are stand up and demand her right to be treated with human decency was a real game changer. If you get nothing else out of this email just know you are a huge inspiration to me, a great motivator for the kind of person I want to be (read active, happy, and confident) and you have changed my life for the better. Thank you.

I just heard you on NPR and was completely spellbound. You spoke with such clarity and poise- definitely stole the show!

I wish I had seen you book few years earlier, when I struggled with my body image. Now it seems, that I got to the healthy point by myself, but I’ll certainly let my GF read it. As a woman she gets much bigger piles of steaming bullshit, and where I only loose my sense of humor, she get heavy hit to her self esteem😦 Your book gave me some nice advice about how could I help her better, and for that you have my Big Thanks (TM)🙂

This woman is a fucking goddess, I have an autographed copy of her first book and it is my goal one day to meet her in person and just hug her and thank her for all of the good she’s done the world and me, personally, just by being who she is and doing what she does. Like seriously, the way Tumblr feels about Tom Hiddleston and Misha Collins?  Is the way I feel about Ragen Chastain.  I have never heard a problematic word come out of her mouth, and even when she’s calling actively harmful frauds out on their bullshit she’s respectful. I just ugh, can’t with her utter fucking perfection.

I wanted to tell you there were times when I laughed out loud (you have a way with words!), and times when I went what the fuck, are you fucking serious out loud (mostly at some of the crap you’ve had to deal with). Thank you for gathering all this information on studies, as well – it’s easier for me to stand firm when I know better what I’m talking about. Thank you for writing this book. It’s helping me rearrange my thoughts a bit and get rid of those lingering threads of “everybody knows” and that’s worth its weight in gold.

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your talk last night. You belong on TED and many other mediums like that. Everyone should know the things you are saying. I am very inspired by you, your talk has informed me to speak out more.

Hiya Ragen, Just wanted to say I think you’re amazing and that your blog is saving my life. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful and inspiring the book was. By far my favorite chapter was the chapter on self-esteem. It touched me so much that I went back and read it a few times. I am currently in recovery from anorexia and can’t even begin to tell you how much you have helped me. Your grace and humor is great and makes the research so much easier to digest. I have loved your blog since it was recommended to me by my nutritionist and have become an avid reader and occasional commenter. I enjoyed that your book was written in the format similar to your blog posts. I will stop rambling because there really aren’t enough words to tell you how thankful I am for everything that you do and how much you have helped me as well as how much I enjoyed your book. But I just wanted to give you a little feedback and let you know how much I appreciate everything that you do and how much it has changed my life for the better, as well as my recovery. Thank you.

Thank you for all the hard work you do. I read your blog posts every morning as a start to my day, and I can’t believe how much it’s improved my life. It took several months for the messages to sink in, but when they did? I was able to start eating in a non-anorexic manner again. Food was still sucky and awful, but it became more important to preserve what health I can control, since I have enough going on from genetics, than to be thin. I have been doing so much better starting my day with your positive messages, and your angry messages. Reading your blog posts in the morning feel like putting on my armor for the day, to do as much activism in a day as I can. Some days, that’s being able to get back in someones face when they get in mine, some days that’s sending a fairly anonymous message through the interwebs, and some days, that’s knowing in my head that my father is wrong.

Thank you for your work to expose the fallacies of diet culture and he failings of our medical establishment to confront reality about weight and health.  I have recently gotten on the HAES train after 15 years of self loathing, and it’s made a huge difference in my life.  I’m 5′ and a size 14, and I couldn’t be happier.  Your work is very inspiring.  Thank you for keeping at it day after day after day.

I wanted to thank you for your daily inspirations to love my body and celebrate bodies of all sizes. Your activism has deeply inspired my work (I am training as a clinical psychotherapist in the eating disorders field, as well as a personal trainer.) On a personal note, it is your voice I am reminded of I when I look in the mirror and am tempted to be critical. Despite being recovered from disordered eating for several years, the thoughts can be pervasive and at times I am not strong enough to resist them. Your voice and your words have helped me to be kinder to myself, to be mindful of my internalized fat phobia/prejudice, and actively question and work against it. Because of you I am smarter, kinder, wiser, and more prepared to act as an agent of social change and spread the HAES message far and wide. I am very grateful.

Thank you so much for writing this wonderful blog. I have been poking around the HAES movement for a few week and am happy to have found you. It means a lot to me. You are such an inspiration. Just know that you changed my life in one blog post for the better. I can’t wait to read more from you.

You don’t know me, but I receive your newsletter every day and love the work that you do. Right now I am in a process of letting go of all the bullshit I was fed and made believe about my body and myself. Today I love myself and truly love the reflection I see in the mirror. I just want to thank you so much. Sometimes we don’t know the impact we have on others, but your work helped me so much, I’m just grateful.

 From Universities

From Universities:

Ragen’s talk was both inspirational and well-informed by research. Students really seemed to gravitate towards her style of presenting and she seemed to have the ability to connect with audiences who are in all different places with understanding both size acceptance and the health at every size approach. I would highly recommend her to you and specifically for any of you who are interested in bringing her into a university setting.
Elizabeth Asta, Ph.D. Assistant Training Director and Senior Staff Psychologist, University of Oregon

During her interactive 60 minute keynote she shared her personal story via clever jokes, Power Point slides, statistical research, answering audience questions, and weaving advocacy all while being inclusive of all identities. She is TERRIFIC!!!!”
Shaashawn Dial-Snowden, Lead College Advisor and First Year Experience Coordinator, Central Penn College

At Florida State 66% of attendees filled out an evaluation with 100% of evaluation respondents reporting satisfaction with the event and that they learned something new.  92.5% reported that the presentation challenged previously-held beliefs and 94.3% intended to share some of the information with others. The responses were very positive with many attendees writing in comments like “Please have her come back. I would love to bring more people to this event.”  Attendees reported enjoying the question and answer session and felt inspired by Chastain’s positivity, enthusiasm, perspective, and attention to detail in her research.
–Shannon Kirkpatrick Delaney, MPH, RD, Health Promotion Specialist

We were mesmerized by her dynamic, articulate, compassionate, evidence-based, and humorous speaking style. Ragen’s abilities to connect with audiences, and to connect the dots between weight stigma/discrimination and other oppressions are AMAZING. There were tears, there were laughs, there were a whole lotta selfies taken with our honored guest.  Invite Ragen to your campus/organization and those who connect with her will never think of weight the same way again!  She not only provided a fabulous keynote on Wednesday that was well attended and thoroughly enjoyed, she also guest lectured in three general education HAES courses, provided a dance workshop at our campus rec  center, AND shared meals with students, staff, faculty, and community members in order to get her empowering messages of size and self acceptance out to as many people as possible in a one day tour de force. 

–Michelle Morris, Professor & Dietetic Internship Director, California State University Chico

The professional health student event with Ragen was very successful. Clearly, some of the students had never thought about behavior centered health before, but they were very interested in what Ragen presented. The faculty discussion was equally successful. As Ragen began sharing her evidence-based approach to public health, it was obvious some of the faculty were skeptical, but as the discussion progressed, they became more open to new ideas. If you’re looking to challenge your students and faculty at examining new public health methodologies, I highly recommend Ragen because she is an engaging, thought-provoking public health speaker.
–Dr. Barry Eckert, Dean, School of Health Professions, Long Island University-Brooklyn

Ragen Chastain is truly a social change agent. Having her visit Dartmouth College and work with our students around positive body image and health at every size was such a gift. Her message of compassion and respect for people of all sizes is clear, profound, and necessary in creating social justice on our campus. Ragen’s energy and passion is contagious and our students felt comfortable engaging with her around difficult conversations. I believe every college campus, and ultimately our country, can benefit from Ragen’s work.
–Kyle L. Carpenter, MS., Coordinator, Health Education Programs, Dartmouth College

Ragen Chastain’s programs were received extremely well by students, faculty, staff and community members during our Body Appreciation Week 2014 at SUNY Cortland.  Ragen presented a number of programs that were tailored to specific campus and community groups.  Her engaging and entertaining style and her excellent sense of humor were all great assets in conveying her message.  Ragen’s positive, upbeat message that people can be healthy at every size, that health options should be accessible and available to all, and that we can love and appreciate our bodies just as they are reinforced our week’s theme: “Appreciate the Pieces of Your Puzzle.”

Ragen has worked very hard to promote a culture that does not tolerate discrimination but rather  values size acceptance, respect for others, health at every size and appreciating our bodies.  Some of the very positive “take-away” messages and comments from participants at Ragen’s programs included: “This was very inspirational; you’re awesome!” and “I loved this speaker; I believe 100% that she should come back!”

Without a doubt, Ragen’s programs raised awareness and fostered appreciation for the diversity, complexity and uniqueness of each individual.

–Catherine Smith, Health Educator, SUNY Cortland

Ragen bridges the gap between the research of Health At Every Size (HAES) and the reality of living healthy regardless of size. After hearing Ragen speak, my students better understand HAES and felt a need to advocate for health (rather than body size or weight) among their peers. Ragen is inspirational, motivational, and presents a much needed message in the field of health!

–Bethany A. Dario, RD, LD; Health Education Coordinator, University of Texas at Austin

(Psst:  You’re only one talk away from writing your own testimonial!  Want to book me?  E-mail me at

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