Elizabeth Patch is an artist who cares deeply about
negative body image, eating disorders and self-esteem.
Elizabeth’s story is simple and touching:
a former high school art teacher who struggled with her own eating disorders, she watched in vain as a favorite student died from anorexia.
Her illustrations and writing take a lighthearted approach to some very serious issues.
“Women should be measured by the lives we lead,
not by the size we wear!”
Interviews with Elizabeth Patch
Q: Elizabeth, Why Do You Promote Being Fat?
A: I promote positive body image for all sizes.
I believe that:
- Size or shape have nothing to do with one’s intrinsic worth.
- Bodies come in infinite forms and naturally change throughout our lives.
- Shame and blame, mockery and discrimination do not encourage healthy eating habits,
promote physical activity or improve anyone’s quality of life!
- Love, honor and respect of one’s own body is an essential part of a healthy, happy life.
- We can ALL choose to live our best possible life, no matter what size we wear!
The topics of body image, size acceptance and eating disorders
affect women and girls of all ages, shapes, sizes and backgrounds.
They affect the millions of women who are not thin,
and for the millions who sadly think they will never be “thin enough”.
(yes, I know these issues affect men and boys too…)
I am not a doctor, a therapist, a researcher or a nutritionist.
Many others can debate causes, quote statistics and offer social, political, economic or scientific “solutions” far better than I can.
I am simply an artist offering some alternative images and a friendly voice in a culture obsessed with thin bodies.
My grandmother used to say
“you will catch more flies with honey than with vinegar”.
My lighthearted drawings and writing are my way of adding a little honey
to difficult topics that affect the lives of millions of people.
The Association for Size Diversity and Health
developed these concepts for Health at Every Size®
- Accepting and respecting the diversity of body shapes and sizes.
- Recognizing that health and well-being are multi-dimensional and that they include physical, social, spiritual, occupational, emotional, and intellectual aspects.
- Promoting all aspects of health and well-being for people of all sizes.
- Promoting eating in a manner which balances individual nutritional needs, hunger, satiety, appetite, and pleasure.
- Promoting individually appropriate, enjoyable, life-enhancing physical activity, rather than exercise that is focused on a goal of weight loss.