Ep. 26: Eff Your Fitspo- Sarah Vance

Sarah Vance (@sarevance) began focusing on the body when she began walking in her parents' footsteps by competitively body-building. After spiraling with restriction, disordered eating and body dysmorphia, she decided she needed to realign her relationship with her body. She created #effyourfitspo and challenges ideas of "health" and "strength" that are simply diet culture with a new name. Now, as a health care professional, she keeps a vigilant eye out for fat-phobia in the health care industry. We covered a lot of ground, but there's always room to share more and ask more. Take a listen and join the conversation with us on instagram! 

"[Body positivity is] becoming more problematic because now fitspo culture and diet companies and diet culture are now co-opting body positivity... then you have a system in a culture that has now utilized something that was in the first place-- body positivity-- that was actually trying to dismantle the system that is now using it."

- Sarah Vance

This Week on the Every Body Podcast:

  • Sarah's first exposure to body consciousness with her body-building family. 
  • The internalization of body dysmorphia as our bodies naturally change with age and experience.
  • How ideas of health are tainted with fat-phobia.
  • Sarah's experience with restriction and dieting beginning with her decision to hire a "fitness coach" for competitive  body building. 
  • A look at diet culture in "healthism" and fitspo culture.
  • The ways increased exposure to social media amplifies fitspo culture.
  • How "fitspo" started as a reaction to "thinspo," but still propels diet culture.
  • Sarah's #effyourfitspo passion and realigning our priorities toward respecting our bodies.
  • How Sarah began identifying as a "health nut" and the challenges with letting that go and rediscovering her relationship with her body.
  • The sneaky layers behind diet culture that Sarah had to work through to overcome her disordered eating.
  • How Sarah became and advocate for body positivity. 
  • The steps Sarah took to step away from her superficial body obsession.
  • What it's like being in the health care industry as an advocate for HAES.
  • The merits of asking "why" to challenge peoples' biases and stigmas. 
  • Our westernized relationship with death and how that feeds into the flawed health and wellness industry.


Additional Resources:


Rate & Share

Thank you for joining me this week on the Every Body podcast. If you enjoyed this week’s episode, head over to iTunes , subscribe to the show and leave a review to help us grow the podcast. Don’t forget to visit our website , follow us on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram so you never miss an episode!  


Daria Matza