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Virginia Sole-Smith

Journalist & Author of "Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture"

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Virginia Sole-Smith Biography

As a journalist, Virginia Sole-Smith has reported from kitchen tables and grocery stores, graduated from beauty school, and gone swimming in a mermaid’s tail. Sole-Smith’s latest book, "Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture", investigates how the “war on childhood obesity” has caused kids of all ages to absorb a daily onslaught of body shame from peers, school, diet culture, and parents themselves — and offers research-based strategies to help parents name and navigate the anti-fat bias that infiltrates our schools, doctor’s offices and family dinner tables.

Sole-Smith began her career in women’s magazines, alternatively challenging beauty standards and gender norms, and upholding diet culture through her health, nutrition and fitness reporting. Motherhood inspired a reckoning of harm caused, and led to her first book, "The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image and Guilt in America", in which Sole-Smith explored how we can reconnect to our bodies, and our own innate understanding of how to eat, in a culture that’s constantly giving us so many mixed messages about both those things.

Sole-Smith is a frequent contributor to the New York Times. Her work also appears in the New York Times Magazine, Scientific American, and many other publications. She writes the newsletter Burnt Toast, where she explores fatphobia, diet culture, parenting and health, and also hosts the Burnt Toast Podcast. Sole-Smith lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, two daughters, a cat, a dog, and way too many houseplants.

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Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture

Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture

The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image, and Guilt in America

The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image, and Guilt in America

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  • What topics does Virginia Sole-Smith speak about?

    Virginia Sole-Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Authors, Culture, Empowerment, Inspirational Speakers, Journalism, Personal Growth, Self Esteem, Virtual Speakers.
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    Virginia Sole-Smith generally travels from New York, NY, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
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    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Virginia Sole-Smith for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Virginia Sole-Smith for your next private or corporate function.
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Journalist & Author of "Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture"

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Virginia Sole-Smith Biography

As a journalist, Virginia Sole-Smith has reported from kitchen tables and grocery stores, graduated from beauty school, and gone swimming in a mermaid’s tail. Sole-Smith’s latest book, "Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture", investigates how the “war on childhood obesity” has caused kids of all ages to absorb a daily onslaught of body shame from peers, school, diet culture, and parents themselves — and offers research-based strategies to help parents name and navigate the anti-fat bias that infiltrates our schools, doctor’s offices and family dinner tables.

Sole-Smith began her career in women’s magazines, alternatively challenging beauty standards and gender norms, and upholding diet culture through her health, nutrition and fitness reporting. Motherhood inspired a reckoning of harm caused, and led to her first book, "The Eating Instinct: Food Culture, Body Image and Guilt in America", in which Sole-Smith explored how we can reconnect to our bodies, and our own innate understanding of how to eat, in a culture that’s constantly giving us so many mixed messages about both those things.

Sole-Smith is a frequent contributor to the New York Times. Her work also appears in the New York Times Magazine, Scientific American, and many other publications. She writes the newsletter Burnt Toast, where she explores fatphobia, diet culture, parenting and health, and also hosts the Burnt Toast Podcast. Sole-Smith lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, two daughters, a cat, a dog, and way too many houseplants.

Virginia Sole-Smith Videos

  • Fearless Rebelle Radio #165: Feeding Kids Intuitively
  • "When You're Told You're Too Fat To Get Pregnant"
  • "The Eating Instinct": an Interview with Virginia Sole-Smith

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  • How do I book Virginia Sole-Smith to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Virginia Sole-Smith for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Virginia Sole-Smith, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Virginia Sole-Smith or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Virginia Sole-Smith

    Speaking fees for Virginia Sole-Smith, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Virginia Sole-Smith are $10,000 - $20,000 for live events and $10,000 - $20,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Virginia Sole-Smith, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Virginia Sole-Smith speak about?

    Virginia Sole-Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Authors, Culture, Empowerment, Inspirational Speakers, Journalism, Personal Growth, Self Esteem, Virtual Speakers.
  • Where does Virginia Sole-Smith travel from?

    Virginia Sole-Smith generally travels from New York, NY, USA, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Virginia Sole-Smith’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Virginia Sole-Smith for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Virginia Sole-Smith for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Virginia Sole-Smith or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Virginia Sole-Smith is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Virginia Sole-Smith for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Virginia Sole-Smith generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Charlotte Markey, Christy Harrison, Jessi Kneeland, Ragen Chastain and Sabrina Strings. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Virginia Sole-Smith for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Virginia Sole-Smith Speaker Videos

  • Fearless Rebelle Radio #165: Feeding Kids Intuitively
    "When You're Told You're Too Fat To Get Pregnant"
  • "The Eating Instinct": an Interview with Virginia Sole-Smith

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