Monday, August 17, 2015

"Big, Black and Beautiful Women: Health at Every Size Offers a New Paradigm" New Chapter


Alabama State University communications professor Dr. Rev. E.K. Daufin is the author of a chapter in a new book, “Black Culture and Experience: Contemporary Issues,” published by Peter Lang Publishing.

Daufin’s chapter is “Big, Black, and Beautiful Women: Health at Every Size Offers a New Paradigm.”

The book, which will be out later this year, is about the African-American culture and other issues impacting the black community.

Daufin is a national expert about weight as well as race, gender and class in the media. Her chapter stresses that you don’t have to be thin to be healthy and that the “war on obesity” is just another war on those who are already the most stigmatized and discriminated against – predominantly African-American women.  Her chapter offers a new paradigm – HAES or Health At Every Size, which she argues is a more effective and compassionate alternative to weight loss, dieting, exercise and surgery. It encompasses self-acceptance, moving and eating for pleasure according to internal cues of hunger, satiety and appetite.

An educator, performance artist and a social activist, Daufin is the founder of Love Your Body; Love Yourself workshops. Her work has been published in several academic journals, newspapers and magazines, and she has a chapter in five other anthologies. Daufin also has been featured on radio and television programs. She is a columnist for the international nonprofit Association for Size Diversity And Health's online "HAES(R) Matters” and an officer of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s (AEJMC) Minorities And Communication Division. Daufin presented research on media and women in the “Black Power Movement” and moderated a panel on race and entertainment media this month at the AEJMC annual convention in San Francisco.

Daufin graduated from The Ohio State University where she earned her Ph.D. in mass communication and film.