I have served as an expert voice on local, national, and international media outlets on topics related to fat studies, fat activism, queer issues, reality television, social justice topics and debates, public health, outdoor recreational culture, documentary filmmaking and media production. Some of these outlets include: a range of CBC programs and channels, Canadian Geographic, ROOM Magazine, Glamour UK, the Vancouver Sun, Breakfast Television, Global National News, CKNW News, and the ZuraHealth podcast.
INTERVIEW: “S2 E6: A closer look at anti-fat bias and embracing the authentic you” Intersections.
March 8, 2022
MENTION: “Episode 47: Depression!!!” The Manic Episodes.
December 11, 2020
INTERVIEW: “Episode 332.” Friend of Marilyn.
December 9, 2020
INTERVIEW: “Fat activism in the outdoors with Layla Cameron.” Canadian Geographic.
December 7, 2020
COMMENT: “Racism is rampant on reality tv and Netflix’s Million Dollar Beach House is just the tip of the iceberg.” Glamour UK.
September 22, 2020
INTERVIEW: “BackRoom: Layla Cameron.” Room Magazine
Volume 42(4); Winter 2020
PANEL: BIG Talk – Book Panel Discussion & Online Launch.
April 21, 2020
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
October 23, 2018
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
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
MENTION: A Year In Review 2016: Janine Fuller’s Toughest Fight, Daily Xtra
Earlier this year, Xtra writer Layla Cameron spent time with Fuller, who opened up about how friends have distanced themselves, not knowing how to treat someone who was dying…
… The honest way in which Fuller and her partner Julie Stines opened up about their struggles, resonated with Vancouverites, leading it be one of the most read pieces from Xtra this year.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
INTERVIEW: Fat Hiking Club: A Discussion About Fat Activism, Politics, and Liberation for All, The Rabbit Hole
Monday, October 3, 2016
INTERVIEW: Peeking into Inside Out, Daily Xtra
Former festival coordinator Layla Cameron says politically charged films often go over best in Ottawa, a city with a lively activist community. “I think Inside Out shows a lot of cinema that needs to be seen,” she says. “Being able to show documentaries about social-justice issues both at home and abroad and how they affect different queer communities is so important and so valuable, and Ottawa definitely does have an audience for that.
“Film is such a great way to reach out to an audience and encourage action after the film,” she says. “I mean, film is one of the only art forms where people are leaving a performance and you hear them talking about what they want to do now after what they’ve seen. Inside Out, I think, provides that platform.”
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Re: “Sexism and Religious Rights on Campus, The Toronto Star
Rosie DiManno misses the opportunity to facilitate an important discussion. The line, “I know of no religion that makes this proscription, though patriarchal and misogynistic cultures certainly do,” is pretty spot on. I wish she had expanded on this thought as I believe that this is the core issue within this debate. I agree, there is no dilemma when we think about the issue above.
Instead, DiManno opts to include information that was not relevant to her point but encourages Islamophobic attitudes (and contrary to her argument, Islamophobia is clearly a real thing, as seen by her constant discussion of Islam throughout the article in comparison to “Western values”), and by counting religions in a list which includes “dingbat woman-hating cult adherent’s.”
This perpetuates stereotypes and knee-jerk reactions to issues such as the one at York University, instead of encouraging thoughtful discussions as to the structural and institutional forces at hand that create instances such as this one. The issue here is one of misogyny, and arguing for the identification of the student and his religion would typecast all members of that religion as misogynistic and ignorant. That isn’t fair.
Because of this, as a fellow journalist, I am shocked that she objects to the privacy laws York University upheld in dealing with this student, laws which she argues are part of this ‘human rights black hole of ethical relativism,’ when it largely has to do with the decision-making process, safety of all students, and trying to avoid perpetuating ignorance regarding social groups such as religious minorities.
These privacy laws are laws that we try to uphold in our jobs as reporters and editors, abiding by faithfully when covering sensitive topics, or those that end up in court, for the exact same reasons. Individual rights, including the right to privacy, are a “Western value,” which she seems to disagree with here when they are extended to all members of Canadian society — whether we agree with them, or not. We can still have conversations and build opinions against this student’s request without identifying this information.
Unfortunately, I think DiManno “can no longer see the inconsistencies” of her argument, as she so eloquently illustrates in her column.
Saturday, January 18, 2014
INTERVIEW: Sexual assault victims deserve better, Centretown News
April 12, 2013
EVENT: Frats have no eros for feminist panel, The Leveller