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Jes Baker
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Jes Baker is a positive, progressive, and magnificently irreverent force to be reckoned with in the realm of self-love advocacy and mental health.

Jes is internationally recognized for her writing on her blog, The Militant Baker, the “Attractive and Fat” campaign, and her dedication to shifting social paradigms into a place where all people are offered the opportunity to love themselves just as they are. The "Attractive and Fat" campaign drew coverage from CNN, the Today Show, the BBC, and many other national and international media networks. Jes harnesses the power of vulnerability, honesty and candor through dialogue about living in a world where worth is determined by your dress size, diagnosis, and deference to authority.

Jes draws on her own experiences as a “fat chick” in mainstream society, and incorporates her experience as a Psych/Social Rehabilitation Specialist to open up conversations about the correlation between self-esteem, body image, and mental health. Jes explores the historical evolution behind our current idyllic body type, the stigma surrounding mental illness, and what we can do individually to reframe the way we perceive ourselves and others. She encourages each person to “change your world, not your body,” uses empirical data to explore the correlation between weight and health, and discusses the “Health At Every Size” movement.

Jes spends her work week coaching adults with mental illness on how to re-enter the workforce through on the job training. She specializes in the forefront of behavioral health services through peer support, offering assistance as someone who has experienced mental illness herself. She offers new and inventive ways to engage in successful recovery from neurological imbalances and has also has written a state funded curriculum that teaches those with diagnoses how to become peer support professionals themselves.

Ms. Baker currently writes for several large online publications including xoJane and Volup2 Magazine. Jes is the founder The Body Love Conference, which is to be held at the University of Arizona in April of 2014, and is currently pursuing her degree through Arizona State University's Social Work Program.

Entries by Jes Baker

6 Things I Understand About the Fat Acceptance Movement

(17) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 2:21 PM

First, a little information about me, because I'm sure the first thing people will do upon reading this is make assumptions about who I am: I am a 27-year-old American woman who is comprehensively involved in the Body Advocacy movement and additionally works 40 hours a week as a mental...

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Cosas que nadie (sin contarme a mí) le dirá a una chica gorda

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 12:01 AM

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Ojalá hubiese sabido estas cosas antes. Cosas que he aprendido en la vida real. Cosas de las que la gente debería hablar más, en serio:

Todo el mundo tiene michelines cuando se sienta. Todo el mundo. Voy a dejarlo claro ya mismo....

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Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls... So I Will

(651) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 8:57 AM

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Things that I wish I knew earlier. Things that I've learned in real life. Things people really need to talk about more:

Everyone has rolls when they bend over. Everyone. Lets just get this out of the way right off the bat. In...

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Here's My "Excuse," Maria Kang

(217) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 10:19 AM

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By now, we've all seen the fitspiration mom of the year who "unknowingly" unleashed all kinds of fat shaming rage across the world. The family photo of her toned body with her three children asks "Whats your excuse?"; perpetuating the ever-present belief...

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