Celebrated activist who fought against “fat bias in healthcare” dies suddenly at age 42

How could this have happened?

Cat Pausé is an internationally known “Fat Studies Scholar” and “Fat Activist” who was currently working as a senior lecturer at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. She advocated against so-called “fat-shaming in the medical community.” Her work was promoted by the Huffington Post and other media outlets across the English-speaking world.

Among other things, she ran a Tumblr account titled “[email protected], Yeah! Fat PhDs.”

She died in her sleep at age 42. The exact cause of death is not being released to the public.