People with fat bodies went on stage because they wanted to see how people would respond.

What happens when a group of people with large bodies get on stage and shake it for the world to see?

Well, for one, it challenges our perceptions of weight, size, health, and mobility.

That's exactly what Kate Champion wanted to do when she created this performance for bigger-bodied, plus-sized, fat dancers. It's called "Nothing to Lose."


Kate wants to figure out: "What does it mean when you put really big bodies stage and call them professional dancers, and why is it even controversial?"

Kate knows that bigger bodies move differently than her own.

She did not want to pretend she understood living in a larger body, so she partnered with Kelli Jean Drinkwater, a dancer herself.

Together, they created a space where we can strip away our preconceived notions about larger bodies and enjoy the beauty of a larger form.

Dancing in a fat body is radical and controversial because it's not encouraged. When's the last time you saw a fat dancer?

That's why this show is interesting — we've become so alienated from physical otherness that the idea of a fat dancing body is controversial.

There are dancers on award shows, music videos, commercials, movies, and Broadway. Why don't we see more fat people dancing? Do we think fat people don't dance?

Or does this tell us more about we think is culturally acceptable for fat people to do?

"Nothing to Lose" ran at the Sydney Festival in early 2015.

On February 19, 2020, a group of outdoor adventurists took a 25-day rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. During the trip, they had no cell service and no contact with the outside world. When they ended they ended their journey on March 14, the man who pulled them ashore asked if they had been in touch with anyone else. When the rafters said no, the man sighed, then launched into an explanation of how the globe had been gripped by the coronavirus pandemic and everything had come to a screeching halt.

The rafters listened with bewilderment as they were told about toilet paper shortages and the NBA season being canceled and everyone being asked to stay at home. One of the river guides, who had done these kinds of off-grid excursions multiple times, said that they'd often joke about coming back to a completely different world—it had just never actually happened before.

The rafters' story was shared in the New York Times last spring, but they're not the only ones to have had such an experience.

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The global eradication of smallpox in 1980 is one of international public health's greatest successes. But in 1966, seven years after the World Health Organization announced a plan to rid the world of the disease, smallpox was still widespread. The culprits? A lack of funds, personnel and vaccine supply.

Meanwhile, outbreaks across South America, Africa, and Asia continued, as the highly contagious virus continued to kill three out of every 10 people who caught it, while leaving many survivors disfigured. It took a renewed commitment of resources from wealthy nations to fulfill the promise made in 1959.

Forty-one years later, although we face a different virus, the potential for vast destruction is just as great, and the challenges of funding, personnel and supply are still with us, along with last-mile distribution. Today, while 30% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated, with numbers rising every day, there is an overwhelming gap between wealthy countries and the rest of the world. It's becoming evident that the impact on the countries getting left behind will eventually boomerang back to affect us all.

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The international nonprofit CARE recently released a policy paper that lays out the case for U.S. investment in a worldwide vaccination campaign. Founded 75 years ago, CARE works in over 100 countries and reaches more than 90 million people around the world through multiple humanitarian aid programs. Of note is the organization's worldwide reputation for its unshakeable commitment to the dignity of people; they're known for working hand-in-hand with communities and hold themselves to a high standard of accountability.

"As we enter into our second year of living with COVID-19, it has become painfully clear that the safety of any person depends on the global community's ability to protect every person," says Michelle Nunn, CARE USA's president and CEO. "While wealthy nations have begun inoculating their populations, new devastatingly lethal variants of the virus continue to emerge in countries like India, South Africa and Brazil. If vaccinations don't effectively reach lower-income countries now, the long-term impact of COVID-19 will be catastrophic."

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