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‘There are people who are fat, who don’t necessarily want to change that, who are OK with being fat’

We need to start a conversation about society's attitude towards fat people. New publication Fat Eire hopes to change the conversation and look at what it means to be fat and Irish

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Emily O'Brien is launching a new magazine, Fat Eire, about 'fat activism'. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Emily O'Brien is launching a new magazine, Fat Eire, about 'fat activism'. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Emily unconsciously assimilated the message that being fat was bad. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Emily unconsciously assimilated the message that being fat was bad. Photo: Steve Humphreys

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Emily O'Brien is launching a new magazine, Fat Eire, about 'fat activism'. Photo: Steve Humphreys

‘What I wanted to achieve with Fat Eire was to make fatness in Ireland first of all even a subject matter that people were aware of. And also, to start a conversation about what fatness is, versus it just simply being something that is ridiculed or shamed.” Emily O’Brien is talking about her new Arts Council funded publication, Fat Eire, an annual magazine whose first issue will be published this September, and which she shall edit.

Obviously fatness is something people don’t want to talk about or be. The publication is about doing the opposite of that, which is to show people that we are going to talk about it, and there are people who are fat, who don’t necessarily want to change that, who are OK with being fat. That is kind of what it was created for. For fat people in Ireland.”


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