My name is Layla Cameron, and I am a queer fat activist living in Vancouver, BC.

I am a PhD Candidate in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. My research focuses on reality television, media literacy, and fat activism.

I also work as a freelance journalist and filmmaker. You can learn more about my professional work on LinkedIn, or on this website.

Be in touch! You can reach me at layla.a.cameron@gmail.com.

Fat Hiking Club

In 2017, I completed production on my first short documentary film, Fat Hiking Club.


A woman seeks to make the outdoors more accessible for fat people – just as they are and without shame. Armed with her slogan “Trails Not Scales”, she soon finds herself hosting events all over North America.

Fat Hiking Club has screened at film festivals around the world! Would you like to host a screening for your community or classroom? Let’s chat!

Check out the Fat Hiking Club website here.

You can also follow the film on Instagram and Facebook!

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VIRGIE TOVAR’S Take the Cake: Why Fat Liberation Isn’t About Whether Fat People Are Healthy

If we truly, truly wanted health as a nation we would see the decision to end militarization, we would see initiatives to end homelesness, we would see true moves toward closing prisons, we would see campaigns to end discrimination (which we know causes long term health damage to stigmatized people), we would see earnest efforts …


INTERVIEW: Moving Beyond Fat Phobia with Fat Activist and Phd. Candidate Layla Cameron. Zura Health Podcast.

November 22, 2019

COMMENT: Can you be body-positive and on a diet? SLICE Network.

October 7, 2019

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INTERVIEW: Fighting fat stigma, Breakfast Television Vancouver. (Re-posted on CityNews 1130).

October 23, 2018

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INTERVIEW: CBC On The Coast, Segment from 36:30-45:09.

October 20, 2018

INTERVIEW: BC Woman honoured for her fat activism work, Global National News.

October 19, 2018

INTERVIEW: Global News 680 CJOB Winnipeg.

October 19, 2018

INTERVIEW: CBC Vancouver News, Segment from 8:20 – 10:20.

October 18, 2018

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VIDEO: 2018 Sterling Prize Ceremony and Lecture with Layla Cameron, SFU Public Square

October 18, 2018

INTERVIEW: Canadians are unhealthier than ever, This is Why podcast – Global News.

September 28, 2018

PROFILE: SFU student wins Nora and Ted Sterling Prize for work on fat activism, The Peak.

September 12, 2018

INTERVIEW: Jim Harrison Show, Radio NL Local First News

August 30, 2018

FEATURE: Metro’s Layla Cameron happy to be face of fat activism, The Vancouver Sun.

August 27, 2018

INTERVIEW: Talking to the Recipient of the 2018 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize for her short “Fat Hiking Club” about her mission and the film’s purpose, The Lynda Steele show.

August 22, 2018

Our next guest is working to combat some of this fat shaming and she is being honored for her work.  Layla Cameron is the Recipient of the 2018 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy – she also just also produced her first film Fat Hiking Club which was screened at The Queer Film Festival Last Week.

Guest: Layla Cameron – Recipient of the 2018 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy/Currently pursuing PhD in Communications at Simon Fraser University-her research focuses on reality television, media literacy, and fat activism.

PRESS RELEASE: Layla Cameron receives 2018 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy, Simon Fraser University.

August 18, 2018

INTERVIEW: The Rational, Vancouver Co-Op Radio. Segment from 27:47 – 36:00.

August 13, 2018

INTERVIEW: Fat Girls Hiking brings body-positive fitness to Vancouver, The Star Vancouver

August 4, 2018

Her message of inclusion in exercise has already begun to resonate with Vancouverites — including filmmaker Layla Cameron. After Cameron moved away from Toronto seeking the adventure of the West Coast trails, she found herself put off by the messaging she was seeing with regards to outdoor exercise in B.C.

While she wanted to explore the mountains, she was tired of not seeing other people who looked like her in the exercise community.

“It was really isolating, and I think that’s a common experience for a lot of fat people in the Vancouver area,” Cameron said.

“We feel like we don’t belong in those spaces, and it’s pretty tough to do that as the only fat person …When you can’t find other people who look like you to do activities that may take you out of your comfort zone, that’s a deterrent from being able to do something that otherwise you might really enjoy.”

When she discovered Fat Girls Hiking, Cameron was immediately excited about the group and their story. In 2016, she went to Portland to meet with the group and film a short hike with the group, returning last year to finish the full film project.

MENTION: Why this hairy beer belly bum-bag is dividing opinion, The Lonely Planet

September 22, 2017

Not everyone sees the bum-bags as funny however, with Canadian journalist, Layla Cameron, saying in her blog that when thin people dress up in ways that temporarily locate their bodies in fat identities, it “perpetuates fat oppression and discrimination.”

MENTION: Hate Free Blog – “World Experts on Bodily Stigmatization Will Go To Prague”

May 24, 2017

Among the leading speakers at the conference are Carlos M. Grilo of the American Yale University. He makes a contribution on the impact of discrimination on the basis of increased weight, race, and sex on the prevalence of cardiovascular disease on the selection of adult Americans. It is also worth mentioning Layla Cameron’s contribution from Simon Fraser University in Canada, who asks how to overcome the long-standing conflict between television showing of people with higher mass on TV and targets for rights of people with higher body weight. The conference will also present several workshops that will focus on activism or sharing good practices in the fight against stigmatization. Check out the complete conference program.

CONTRIBUTOR: Round Table: Are We Loving Nature To Death?, The Rabbit Hole

May 1, 2017

INTERVIEW: For The Record With Layla Cameron, PhD Student and Filmmaker 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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Vancouver Sun – “BMI modifier for surgeons nothing more than a ‘fat tax'”

August 2, 2019


CBC – “Why weight loss isn’t on my New Year’s resolution list anymore”

January 7, 2019


XTRA – “Students at Trinity Western University don’t have to sign its covenant anymore – now what?”

August 30, 2018


XTRA – Vancouver: “BC’s human rights commission is finally coming back and these LGBT experts are looking forward to it”

October 26, 2017


XTRA – Vancouver: “The painful truth about being gay at Canada’s largest Christian university: Trinity Western’s covenant and the queer students it hurts”

April 12, 2017


XTRA – Vancouver: “Universities Canada’s new policy could be bad news for Trinity Western: Can a university respect human rights law while banning gay sex?”

November 21, 2016


XTRA – Vancouver: “After 25 years at Little Sister’s, Janine Fuller now faces her toughest battle”

August 30, 2016


XTRA – Vancouver: “Why this collective is focused on young, non-binary femme artists”

July 22, 2016

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