Featured Contributor – Ragen Chastain, Activist and Author

ragen-chastain-headshotRagen Chastain, Activist and Author


Ragen Chastain is a National Champion dancer, marathoner, and trained researcher who writes and speaks full-time about self-esteem, body image, and health.  Ragen is featured in the documentaries “America the Beautiful 2 – The Thin Commandments,” “Ragen’s More Cabaret” (2014 for PBS Independent Lens)and “A Stage for Size” (2013 by USC Films.)

Ragen’s writing has been published in forums including the Huffington Post, Calgary Herald, Jezebel.com and The Frisky.com.  She has been a guest on programs including  NPR, BBC, HuffPost Live, , Fox, ABC and NBC News, and has been featured as an expert in media including The Associated Press, Bloomberg Businessweek, and FITNESS. She us the author of the blog www.danceswithfat.org and of the book Fat:  The Owner’s Manual, as well as a writer for NBCs iVillage, a columnist for Ms. Fit Magazine, and the editor of the multi-volume anthology The Politics of Size – Perspectives from the Fat Acceptance Movement, due out by Praeger in late 2014.