About Elizabeth

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

How I create: Q & A with Illustrator & Author Elizabeth Patch

PsychCentral.com Weightless blog Part One
PsychCentral.com Weightless blog Part Two

The Fat Girls Guide to Living
Skorch Magazine

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®

1.    Weight Inclusivity:
Accept and respect the inherent diversity of body shapes and sizes
and reject the idealizing or pathologizing of specific weights.

2.    Health Enhancement:
Support health policies that improve and equalize access to information and services, and personal practices
that improve human well-being, including attention to individual physical, economic, social, spiritual, emotional, and other needs.

3.    Respectful Care:
Acknowledge our biases, and work to end weight discrimination, weight stigma, and weight bias.
Provide information and services from an understanding that socio-economic status, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and other identities impact weight stigma, and support environments that address these inequities.

4.    Eating for Well-being:
Promote flexible, individualized eating based on hunger, satiety, nutritional needs, and pleasure,
rather than any externally regulated eating plan focused on weight control.

5.    Life-Enhancing Movement:
Support physical activities that allow people of all sizes, abilities, and interests to engage in enjoyable movement,
to the degree that they choose.