Dr Cat Pausè

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Senior lecturer

Institute of Education

Telephone: +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 84382
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Room 2.05, Collinson Village, Turitea
Ph: 021 829 088

Professional

Professional Biography

Cat Pausé, PhD is a Human Development Lecturer and Fat Studies researcher at Massey University. Her research focuses on the effects of spoiled identities on health and well-being of marginalised populations, specifically fat individuals. Her work has been featured on the cover of the Dominion Post, The Huffinton Post, Yahoo, Radio New Zealand, Radio National Australia, and 20/20. Cat engages in digital scholarship through Tumblr, YouTube, and a weekly podcast. She may be found writing for The Conversation and her blog, Friend of Marilyn. Connect with Cat on Twitter (@FOMNZ), Academia.edu, Facebook, and Research Gate.

Qualifications

  • Doctorate of Philosophy - Human Development & Fami - Texas Tech University (2007)
  • Master of Arts - Sociology - Texas Tech University (2002)
  • Bachelor of Arts - Sociology - Southwest Texas State University (1999)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

I am a Fat Studies researcher. Fat Studies is an interdisciplinary field that confronts and critiques cultural constraints against notions of fatness and the fat body. Fat studies researchers explore fat bodies as they are embodied and are shaped by/remake the world. Fat Studies creates paradigms for the development of fat acceptance and celebration within mass culture.

My current research interests include the development, maintenance, and revision of fat identity and the education of service workers on the myths associated with obesity.

During my doctoral work, I studied under Dr. Gwendolyn T. Sorell on the Adult Identity Development Project. The AIDP collects data on adult identity development, maintenance, and revision - ranging from parental identity, work identity, sibling identity, friendship identity, spiritual identity, weight identity, and body identity. My dissertation explored weight identity in fat women.

Thematics

Health and Well-being

Area of Expertise

Field of Research Codes
Developmental Psychology and Ageing (170102):
Other Studies in Human Society (169900):
Psychology (170100): Psychology And Cognitive Sciences (170000):
Studies In Human Society (160000)

Keywords

Fat Studies

Identity

Human Development

Research Outputs

Journal

Pausè, C. (2015). Rebel heart: Performing fatness wrong online. M/C Journal. 18(3)
[Journal article]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pausè, C., & Wykes, J. (2015). The dancers’ body is fat: Force Majeure’s Nothing to Lose.. : The Conversation
[Internet publication]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pausè, C. (2014). X-static process: Intersectionality within the field of fat studies. Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society. 3(2), 80-85
[Journal article]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pausé, C. (2014). Die another day: the obstacles facing fat people in accessing quality healthcare.. Narrat Inq Bioeth. 4(2), 135-141
[Journal article]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pausè, C. (2013). Discrimination against fat people increases likelihood of weight gain.. : The Conversation
[Internet publication]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pausè, C. (2013). Media’s faceless fatties fuel society’s growing sizeism.. : The Conversation
[Internet publication]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pause, C. (2012). Live to tell: Coming out as fat. Somatechnics. 2(1), 42-56 Retrieved from http://www.euppublishing.com/toc/soma/2/1?href=%2Ftoc%2Fsoma%2F2%2F1&title=Somatechnics+%282012%29&x=12&y=11
[Journal article]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C. (2012). We say what we are and we do what we say: Feminisms in education practice in Aotearoa New Zealand. Feminist Review. (102), 79-96 Retrieved from http://www.palgrave-journals.com/fr/journal/v102/n1/full/fr201150a.html
[Journal article]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C. (2012). Big belly laughs: Why it is okay to laugh at fat people?. : The Conversation Media Group
[Internet publication]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pause, C. (2012). Moving beyond weight: Why the focus on size is bad for health. : The Conversation Media Group
[Internet publication]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pause, C. (2012). Media attention suggests fat may be the new sexy. : The Conversation Media Group
[Internet publication]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pausé, C., Brown, S., Carryer, J., Wolber, F., Finn, L., Longhurst, R., . . . Dickson, A. (2011). Response to letter 'New Zealand's shocking diabetes rates can be reduced-9 urgently needed actions'. New Zealand Medical Journal. 124(1343), 87-89
[Journal article]Authored by: Carryer, J., Dickson, A., Pausè, C., Wolber, F.

Waitere, HJ., Wright, J., Tremaine, M., Brown, S., & Pausé, CJ. (2011). Choosing whether to resist or reinforce the new managerialism: The impact of performance-based research funding on academic identity. Higher Education Research and Development. 30(2), 205-217
[Journal article]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Sorell, GT., Sorelle-Miner, DA., & Pausé, CJ. (2007). Moving on: The challenges of dynamic systems perspectives. Human Development. 50(2-3), 160-164
[Journal article]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C.Friend of Marilyn [Web Tumbleog]. Retrieved from http://friendofmarilyn.tumblr.com/..
[Internet publication]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pause, C.Friend of Marilyn [Web blog]. Retrieved from http://friendofmarilyn.com/..
[Internet publication]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Book

Pausè, C. (2014). Express yourself: Fat activism in the Web 2.0 age. In R. Chastain (Ed.) The politics of size: Perspectives from the fat-acceptance movement. (pp. 1 - 8). California, United States of America: Praeger Publishing
[Chapter]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pausé, C. (2014). Causing a commotion: Queering fat in cyberspace. In Queering Fat Embodiment. (pp. 75 - 87). : Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
[Chapter]Authored by: Pausè, C.Edited by: Pausè, C.

(2014). Queering fat embodiment. : Ashgate Publishing Ltd.
[Edited Book]Authored by: Pausè, C.Edited by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, CJ.(2011). Fat women speak: Weight identity construction, maintenance, and revision. Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller
[Authored Book]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Creative Work

Pause, C. (2010). Letters from my Fatosphere. (Spoken word piece) Included in 'Bodies Abound' Aurora Gallery, Sydney, Australia (10 Sep)
[Performance]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pause, C.Letters from my Fatosphere. [Exhibition] Included in 'Bodies Abound', Aurora Gallery, Sydney, Australia (10 Sep)
[Artwork]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Thesis

Pause, C. (2008). Invisible women: Exploring weight identity in morbidly obese women. (Doctoral Thesis, Texas Tech University, TX, United States)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Conference

Pausè, C. (2014, January). Pausé, C. J. (2014, 8 January). Teaching the fat body: A consideration for the social sciences. In C. Russell (Chair), What’s the big idea? Developing a fat pedagogy in higher education. Symposium conducted at the annual Hawaii International Conference on Education.. Presented at Hawaii International Conference on Education
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pausè, C. (2014, August). Pausé, C. J. (2014, 16 August). Fat resistance: How an online community constructs non-responsible and non-responsive discourses. Paper presented at Competing Responsibilities, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.. Presented at Competing Responsibilities. Victoria University, Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pausè, C., & Grey, S. (2014, August). Grey, S. & Pausé, C. J. (2014, 17 August). Academic tensions: Reclaiming autonomy & accepting our responsibilities. Invited paper presented at Competing Responsibilities, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.. Presented at Competing Responsibilities. Victoria University, Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pausè, C. (2013, March). Pausé, C. J. (2013, March 7-10). Being productive and maintaining your sanity as an early career academic at a Land Grant University. In M. J. Erchull (Chair), Being productive and maintaining your sanity as an early career academic. Symposium conducted at the annual meeting of the Association of Women in Psychology, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.. Presented at Association of Women in Psychology
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pausè, C. (2013, January). Pausé, C. J. (2013, January 23rd). Clinging to the obesity epidemic: The structure of a fatty revolution. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Conference on Thinking, Wellington, New Zealand.. Presented at International Conference on Thinking,. Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pausè, C. (2013, June). Pausé, C. J. (2013, 2 June). Eat ALL the food: On fat people eating. Invited paper presented at c.l.i.t.fest, Wellington, New Zealand.. Presented at Combating latent inequalities together. Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pause, C. (2013, March). Being productive and maintaining your sanity as an early career academic at a land grant university. Presented at 38th Annual Association for Women in Psychology [AWP] Conference: Global Concerns, Local and Individual Perspectives: Voices of Indigenous, Immigrant, and International Women. Salt Lake City, UT, United States.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pausè, C. (2012, March). Pausé, C. J., Mehta, C., Tartaro, J., & Erchull, M. J. (2012, March 8-10). Live to tell: The experiences of early career feminists. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Women in Psychology, Palm Springs, California, USA.. Presented at Association of Women in Psychology. Palm Springs, USA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pausè, C. (2012, July). Pausé, C. J. (2012, July 12-13). You got your fatness in my intersectionality; You got your intersectionality in my fatness. Paper presented at Fat Studies: Reflective Intersections conference, Wellington, New Zealand.. Presented at Fat Studies: Reflective Intersections. Massey University, Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pause, C. (2012, March). The academic job market: Crating your curriculum vitae. Presented at 37th Annual Association for Women in Psychology [AWP] Conference. Palm Springs, CA, United States.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C. (2012, March). Live to tell: The experience of early career feminists. Presented at 37th Annual Association for Women in Psychology [AWP] Conference. Palm Springs, CA, United States.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C. (2012). Social scholarship: The use of social media in disseminating and collaborating in the 21st century. Poster session presented at the meeting of Vice-Chancellor's Symposium 2012: How are we defining ourselves as 21st century scholars?. Wellington, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C. (2012, July). You got your intersectionality in my fatness: You got your fatness in my intersectionality.... Presented at 1st Fat Studies Conference: Reflective Intersections. Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C. (2012). You got your intersectionality in my fatness: You got your fatness in my intersectionality.... In 1st Fat Studies Conference: Programme and Abstracts(pp. 22 - 22). , 1st Fat Studies Conference: Reflective Intersections New Zealand: Massey University
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C., Colwell, R., Kiesling, C., & Graham, C. (2011, July). Exploring the space of adult identity development: The adult identity development project. Presented at 17th Biennial Australasian Human Development Association [AHDA] Conference. Dunedin, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C., Colwell, R., Kiesling, C., & Graham, C. (2011). Exploring the space of adult identity development: The adult identity development project. In 17th Biennial Australasian Human Development Association [AHDA] Conference: Programme and Abstracts(pp. 71 - 72). , 17th Biennial Australasian Human Development Association [AHDA] Conference Australia: Australasian Human Development Association
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C., Waitere, H., gilling, M., Powell, K., & Wright, J. (2010, November). We say what we are and we do as we say: Feminisms in practice. Presented at Women's Studies Association of New Zealand [WSANZ] Conference 2010: Connecting Women Respecting Differences. Hamilton, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C., Waitere, H., gilling, M., Powell, K., & Wright, J. (2010). We say what we are and we do as we say: Feminisms in practice. In Women's Studies Association of New Zealand [WSANZ] Conference 2010: Connecting Women Respecting Differnces: Conference Abstracts(pp. 30 - 31). , Women's Studies Association of New Zealand [WSANZ] Conference 2010: Connecting Women Respecting Differnces New Zealand: Women's Studies Association of New Zealand
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C. (2010, September). Cleaning out my closets: Coming out as fat. Presented at Fat Studies: A Critical Dialogue Conference. Sydney, NSW, Australia.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pause, C. (2009). Weight identity in morbidly obese women. Poster session presented at the meeting of The Association for Women in Psychology [AWP] 32nd Annual Conference: Feminist Empowerment Through Unity and Diversity. Newport, RI, United States
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Heisser, P., Pause, C., Sorell, GT., & Montgomery, MJ. (2009). The role of sexual orientation in women's perceptions of the adult daughter role. Poster session presented at the meeting of Society for Research on Identity Formation [SRIF] Sixteenth Annual Conference: Identity formation from multiple perspectives: Personal, group, and cultural identities. Pacific Grove, CA, United States
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C., Kiesling, C., Sorell, GT., & Montgomery, MJ. (2009). Understanding and assessing adult identity: A psychosocial methodology. Poster session presented at the meeting of Society for Research on Identity Formation [SRIF] Sixteenth Annual Conference: Identity formation from multiple perspectives: Personal, group, and cultural identities. Pacific Grove, CA, United States
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Dickson, C., Pause, C., Sorell, GT., & Montgomery, MJ. (2009). An exploration of father role-related identity. Poster session presented at the meeting of Society for Research on Identity Formation [SRIF] Sixteenth Annual Conference: Identity formation from multiple perspectives: Personal, group, and cultural identities. Pacific Grove, CA, United States
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Dickson, C., Pause, C., Sorrell, GT., & Montgomery, MJ. (2009). Poster: An exploration of father role-related identity. In Society for Research on Identity Formation 16th Annual Conference: Programme and Abstracts(pp. 20 - 20). , Society for Research on Identity Formation [SRIF] Sixteenth Annual Conference: Identity formation from multiple perspectives: Personal, group, and cultural identities United States: Society for Research on Identity Formation
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, CJ., Kiesling, C., Sorell, GT., & Montgomery, MJ. (2009). Poster: Understanding and assessing adult identity: A psychosocial methodology. In Society for Research on Identity Formation 16th Annual Conference: Programme and Abstracts(pp. 18 - 18). , Society for Research on Identity Formation [SRIF] Sixteenth Annual Conference: Identity formation from multiple perspectives: Personal, group, and cultural identities United States: Society for Research on Identity Formation
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Heisser, P., Pause, C., Sorell, GT., & Montgomery, MJ. (2009). Poster: The role of sexual orientation in women's perceptions of the adult daughter role. In Society for Research on Identity Formation 16th Annual Conference: Programme and Abstracts(pp. 18 - 18). , Society for Research on Identity Formation [SRIF] Sixteenth Annual Conference: Identity formation from multiple perspectives: Personal, group, and cultural identities United States: Society for Research on Identity Formation
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C. (2009). Poster: Weight identity in morbidly obese women. In 2009 AWP Conference Program(pp. Unpaginated). , The Association for Women in Psychology [AWP] 32nd Annual Conference: Feminist Empowerment Through Unity and Diversity United States: Association for Women in Psychology
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C. (2008, September). Feminist methodology. Presented at Postgraduate Research Symposium: Wicked Problems in Education: Why educational research matters. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C. (2008, November). Hearing their voices: a feminist perspective on women's identity. Presented at Feminist Conjunctions. Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C. (2008, August). Thoughts on the conceptualisation of body image in anglo women. Presented at New Zealand Psychological Society's 2008 Annual Conference: Wellbeing: Individual, Organisational, Community - Hauora, Ritenga, Ia Tangata, Iwi, Whanui,. Christchurch, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C. (2008). Thoughts on the conceptualisation of body image in anglo women. In New Zealand Psychological Society's 2008 Annual Conference: Programme and Abstracts(pp. 22 - 22). , New Zealand Psychological Society's 2008 Annual Conference: Wellbeing: Individual, Organisational, Community - Hauora, Ritenga, Ia Tangata, Iwi, Whanui New Zealand: New Zealand Psychological Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C. (2008). Hearing their voices: a feminist perspective on women's identity. In Feminist Conjunctions: Abstracts(pp. Unpaginated). , Feminist Conjunctions New Zealand: Massey University
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C.(2007, March 22). To identity and beyond: Making sense of the numbers. In G. T. Sorell (Chair), To identity and beyond: Exploring the space of adult identity development.. , Society for Research on Identity Development
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pause, C., Sorell, G. T., ., & Montgomery, M. J., . (2007, October). Invisible women: Exploring weight identity in morbidly obese women.. Presented at Society for the Study of Human Development. Pennsylvania, USA.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pause, C. (2006). Does size matter?. Poster session presented at the meeting of 31st Annual Meeting of The Association For Women in Psychology [AWP]: Intersecting Identities: Multicultural Feminist Perspectives on Women's Lives. Ypsilanti, MI, United States
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Pause, C. (2006). Poster: Does size matter?. In AWP 2006 Conference Programme, 31st Annual Meeting of The Association For Women in Psychology [AWP]: Intersecting Identities: Multicultural Feminist Perspectives on Women's Lives United States: The Association for Women in Psychology
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Pausè, C.
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Other

Pausé, C., & Carryer, J. (2011, August). The science of fatness: Unpacking the obesity myths. In Science Café, Te Manawa, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Carryer, J., Pausè, C.

Pausé, C. (2010, June). Unpacking the obesity myth. In Women@Massey Lunchbox Series 2010, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pausé, C. (2008, September). To identity and beyond: The adult identity development project.. In Massey University College of Education Research Forum, Palmerston North New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pausé, C., Andrew, L, ., & Venkateswar, S, .Here and now: ‘Foreign’ women living and working in Aotearoa New Zealand. Presented at Women@Massey Lunchbox Series 2010.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C., Venkateswar, S.

Pause, C.Friend of Marilyn. [Audio Podcast]. Produced weekly as a radio show on Access Manawatu, Palmerston North, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/friend-of-marilyn/id462034226.
[Other]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pausé, C.Fat acceptance for counselling students.. Presented at Professional Development in Counselling [Workshop], Massey University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pausé, C., Waitere, H, ., Wright, J, ., Powell, K, ., & gilling, m, .We say what we are and we do as we say: Feminisms in practice.. Presented at Women@Massey Lunchbox Series 2009.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pause, C.Unpacking the obesity myths. In Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery,and Health, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Pausé, C.Big fat facts: What you don’t know about what isn’t killing you.. Presented at Capital City District Health Board, Kenepuru Hospital, Porirua, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Pausè, C.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • English
    Last used: English
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent

Supervision and Teaching

Papers Coordinated

Media and Links

Media

  • 24 Jul 2012 - Radio
    Panel: Anti-obesity campaigns and fat acceptance
    I accepted an invitation to participate in a panel discussion for ABC in Australia on anti-obesity campaigns.
  • 20 Sep 2012 - Radio
    RadioLIVE - OBESITY IS AN ADDICTION
    I accepted an invitation to speak on RadioLIVE about the assertion that obesity results from food addiction.
  • 19 Jan 2015 - Online
    Can fat be beautiful?
    BBC
  • 14 Apr 2015 - Television
    The F word
    Media Take, Maori TV
  • 05 Apr 2015 - Online, Newspaper
    Fat people have really hot sex
    The Herald
  • 02 Apr 2015 - Online
    ‘Guess what? Fat people do have sex’
    The News

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