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Looking forward to the Fattylympics

The Fattylympics is a community event satirising the You Know Whats in East London, 2012.

It takes place on Saturday 7 July 2012, at Grassroots, Memorial Park, West Ham. It is free to attend and children are welcome.

The Fattylympics is organised by two fat activists living in East London, it has been paid for by a series of community fundraising events, and is supported by a handful of volunteers. It is non-commercial.

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These are some of our values.

We will be publishing the programme closer to the day but for now we can say that the Fattylympics will be an afternoon larking around in the park. We will have Opening and Closing Ceremonies, a Fattylympics torch and specially-written anthem. There will be four participatory events, plus performances and stalls. Egg’n’Spoon are the official Fattylympics mascots, and they will be making an appearance too. The Fattylympics is non-competitive and everyone will get a medal. We are hoping for an afternoon that is silly, relaxed and low-key.

The Fattylympics is an event that’s about fat activism, and it’s also about lots of things relating to the You Know Whats. Please read the following if you would like to know more about how these issues intersect:

Cooper, C. (2010) ‘Olympics/Uhlympics: Living in the Shadow of the Beast’, thirdspace, 9(2). [Online] Available: [accessed: 11 May 2012].

Smith, C. (2012) ‘Under the radar: Fat activism and the London 2012 Olympics: An interview with Charlotte Cooper’, Games Monitor. [Online] Available: [accessed 15 May 2012].

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