Theatres and drama schools offering 'plus size inclusivity training' is laughable but dangerous, says Nana Akua

Theatres and drama schools offering 'plus size inclusivity training' is laughable but dangerous, says Nana Akua

WATCH NOW: Nana Akua criticises drama schools for offering plus size inclusivity training

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Nana Akua

By Nana Akua


Published: 16/06/2024

- 16:37

'This shouldn't really be about inclusivity and phobia - this is actually about health because, in my view, Ruth is conflating the two'

I'm sorry, but I had to laugh at this.

Theatres and drama schools are being offered plus size inclusivity training. Come on. Seriously, is this really a thing?


It's in order to tackle fatphobia to apparently make the theatre more inclusive for bigger bodies, by a lady called Ruth Anna Phillips, who is a plus sized theatre director. She's behind the drive.

Apparently her own research, so it's not exactly independent, showed that nine out of ten respondents should have training on size inclusion, and she's running workshops which she's been able to develop thanks to an Arts Council of England grant funded by the National Lottery.

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Nana Akua criticises 'plus-size inclusivity training' being launched by movement director Ruth Anna Phillips

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Ruth is also the co-founder of Inclusion Collective, which is an organisation that provides training in creative wellbeing, body positivity and inclusive movement.

Her website contains resources on fat activism, advocacy for the rights and dignity of fat people, combating discrimination and the body conscious scale.

But in truth, this shouldn't really be about inclusivity and phobia. This is actually about health because, in my view, Ruth is conflating the two.

Professor Karol Sikora, Consultant Oncologist, said: "Normalising obesity has become fashionable in advertising and the media simply to sell stuff. But it's got nothing to do with celebrating diversity.

"Nobody needs to be fat. It's like encouraging risky behaviours such as smoking, driving after a booze up or lying like a lobster on the beach in the sun. A balanced diet and lots of exercise are the cornerstones of a healthy lifestyle."

He went on to say: "How can anybody possibly justify these projects? Plus size inclusivity training? Please bring back common sense."

Well, exactly. I'm for equal opportunity, for giving people credit based on merit and what they bring to the table, even if it is food. Only joking.

That's where the way to my heart is, through my gut. I'm looking for a man that can cook. But in truth, being a beast can be dangerous.

And whilst I absolutely agree you should love what God gave you, obesity is the biggest killer and cost the health service a fortune.

People come in all shapes and sizes and it's a wonderful thing. But to convey body positivity with obesity, it's very dangerous.

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