Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Hail Mary —

Happy New Year, everybody. I hope you had a wonderful welcome into 2015 and that this year is more peaceful and prosperous for everyone. As for me and mine, I’m spending New Year’s Morning curled up in bed with family and nursing myself and Lottie back from the Cough from Hell (Veronica and Linny have […]



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Happy New Year!

I want to thank each and every one of you for reading and interacting with me, whether it’s here on the blog, or on any of the various social networks I’m on. I love writing and hanging out with y’all in this space, and you help make me great! I hope y’all were able to […]



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Breathing Out the Fat?

Want us to continue bringing you fascinating stories about the science of fat? Please donate to our fundraiser. We’re one-third of the way to our goal! Trigger warning: Discussion of the science of weight loss. Perhaps some of you have seen this NPR article titled “When You Burn Off That Fat, Where Does It Go?” […]



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Filkish Merry Christmas

From Vixy & Tony comes this concert recording of “Santa Baby” (with slight editing of lyrics for the modern day….)Filed under: Music



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A Tale Of Three Dresses

It’s New Year’s Eve! Tonight, I’m going out with my friends to celebrate in a gorgeous outfit it took me some time to find. Story time! I really had not planned on buying something new for New Year’s, because until maybe two weeks ago I had no definitive plans. My best friend suggested a club, […]



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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Eric Garner and Mike Brown: adding insult to injury

Rep. Peter King of New York has blamed Eric Garner’s death on his weight. Well, on his weight and asthma, but he’s emphasizing the weight more,probably because his weight is perceived as something that’s his own fault and therefore King … Continue reading



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Christmas Comedies

Happy Holidays Everyone! Since it’s the Christmas Season, I’d like to tell you a story about an old miser. This is the story of The Grinch Who Stole Reason: Once upon a time, in a land full of peaches and guns, lived a flashy old man who liked to play music for fun. When first […]



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Jazzy Musical Merry Christmas

I’m not the only one who discovered Vince Guaraldi through A Charlie Brown Christmas, right?



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Monday, 29 December 2014

Mental Masturbation —

Do you enjoy hard-hitting, in-depth analysis of idiotic assumptions about Health at Every Size? Please donate TODAY to our fundraiser to keep the content flowing. Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss and surgical weight loss by a dickweed who profits off bullshit weight loss maxims. I hate it when I can’t tell if the reason […]



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It’s Okay To Change Your Big Dreams

It’s been nearly five months since I’ve written a blog post. For someone who used to write one every week, this certainly feels very weird. A lot has changed for me in this last year. I got engaged, got married, and started a new “day job” working as a lawyer again. Because I’m working as [...]



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Make a New Year’s Revolution

We are reaching another of the Dieting Axis of Evil days – New Year’s. Where we are inundated with messages insisting that it’s in our best interest to resolve to diet, again. The Underpants Rule is very clear on this – people are allowed to do whatever they want with their bodies and that includes […]



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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Quote of the Day

In dealing with the “encouragers” who want you to eat less, move more, and maybe have a few organs amputated to lose weight: These fat hating types don’t know you and they don’t want to. They don’t care to know if you are or aren’t doing sit ups or exercising or what you really eat. […]



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Marathon Update: Ch…Ch…Changes

So in October I logged onto the LA Marathon site to register for the marathon and I noticed that the website had changed. Most importantly to me, the sentence that started “Participants who cross the finish line after…” had changed. When I decided to enter the LA Marathon that sentence had read “Participants who cross […]



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Saturday, 27 December 2014

Musical Christmas in the Northwest

From a benefit album for Seattle Children’s Hospital (Christmas in the Northwest, Vol. 1) comes this song by Brenda Kutz White.



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Thursday, 25 December 2014

Musical Merry Christmas ;)

Day 2: Bruce Springteen’s Merry Christmas Baby



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Musical Merry Christmas!

It’s (finally) Christmas! From The Doubleclicks: Sexist bullshit ends with us this Christmas!



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Bye, Becky: My Take on Black Girl Makeover Shows

The idea of Black women being called on to impart their essence into a white woman in order for her to become empowered is laughable, when you consider the fact that actual Black women are systematically disempowered in American society. Yet when viewed in the context of the social construction of an essential Black culture, […]


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the HAES® files: Murder at the Intersection of Fat and Black

by David Spero, RN When a fat person dies, many people say s/he died because s/he was fat. That’s the standard narrative, so we don’t need facts to support it in any particular case. Everyone knows it’s true because that’s the way the story is always told. Another narrative that needs no facts to support […]



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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Resources for the “Holidays”

Today I’ve received a couple hundred emails from people who are dreading the holiday tonight/tomorrow because their families treat them poorly because of their size – which is bullshit, obviously. For many people, this time of year is filled with happy memories and festivities. For many people, it’s very much not. I came out in […]



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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

But What Will People Think?

Yesterday in response to my post about boundary setting for family and friends food police, I suggested that one option for creating a boundary with a consequence attached was to say “It is not ok to talk about my weight or eating. If anyone says one more thing about my weight or eating I’m going […]



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Monday, 22 December 2014

Happy Holidays





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Glossybox Review: Yuletide Cheer

So I got my December Glossybox, all wrapped up like a precious gift: Fancy! :) And of course, so are the contents: I was so excited I didn’t even want to move my laptop out of the way! Do you see the wealth of goodies here? I keep telling y’all, go get yourselves a Glossybox, […]



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Sunday, 21 December 2014

The Holiday Boundary Song

One of the most frequent questions I get during the holidays is about how to deal with family who are behaving badly. For me the secret is boundaries. I think it’s best to start by deciding what constitutes behavior that you will put up with. If it’s anything other than “anything goes” then I would […]



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Friday, 19 December 2014

Fatshion: Fall Layers

Happy Friday, friends! I’m spending the day with my nephew and his mom at Knott’s Merry Farm today but I wanted to pop in and share a recent outfit I wore and managed to take photos of. I work from … Continue reading



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Getting Crafty: The Christmas Edition–Quick Hit

Alright, I’m likely going to postpone the dramatic conclusion of this series next week, when I get the rest of my supplies. But I’ve still got a little something to tide you over until then. So, we decided to Secret Santa at work, and we had a limit of $20 to spend. I didn’t even […]



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Is “Obesity” a Disability

Today in a landmark decision a European Union court decided that “obesity”in and of itself does not constitute a disability, but that if it creates a situation that meets the criteria of disability (where, “under particular conditions, it hinders the full and effective participation of the person concerned in professional life on an equal basis […]



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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Getting Crafty: The Christmas Edition, Part 2

I have been a busy bee these last couple of days. I’ve been making all types of goodies. :D Of course, this happy crafting did not come without a bit of legwork. Ready for a story? :) Alright, so the goal for my staff gifts this year was to make them some shea butter hand […]



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Freedom to Be Spontaneous: Online Dating Edition

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TheMoodStrikes #CollectiveBias Hi friends! So full disclosure – I’m no stranger to online dating. I’ve probably met half of the partners I’ve dated … Continue reading



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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Big Boy Connection Launch Party

Friends! So if you follow us on Instagram (which you should be!) or remember our Maric√≥n Collective post, then you already know how much we love Rudy Bleu around these parts. One of the many reasons is Big Boy Vintage. … Continue reading



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Is fat about to be classified as disability in the UK?





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Holiday Look Book: Sparkle and Shine

‘Tis the season for being with family and friends, enjoying good food and company. But you want to look lovely doing it, right? Of course! And that’s where I come in. I have a round-up of pretty things to wear to your holiday shindigs this year! Let’s get to it! From Monif C. This is […]



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Monday, 15 December 2014

Holiday Lookbook: The Beginning

Y’all, we are full swing into the holiday party season. I have a whole post of pretty dresses for y’all to rock out and be as glittery and sparkly as you want to be coming soon! But first, an appetizer. The good folks over at Invaluable contacted me to ask if I’d like to do […]



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Realistic Slogans for Diet Companies

Twas the week before Christmas and all through the mail, the diet companies shill programs guaranteed to fail. It’s that time of year – diet companies try to convince us to join them before “the holidays”, or to make them our New Year’s Resolution and we are inundated with diet ads on television, radio, and […]



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Friday, 12 December 2014

Honey for Cesarean Wound Healing?





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Getting Back to 30 Minutes a Day (or Haters Can Kiss My Fat Ass)

Help us keep bringing you sharp, critical commentary like this by donating to our fundraiser and voting for a dollar whether you prefer Fat Santa or Skinny Santa. Trigger warning: Discussion of diet and exercise to improve health. Just about a year ago, I realized I had to do something to help myself feel better. […]



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I Came Back For You

Damn, y’all. It’s been almost a year since I’ve written anything. A lot has gone down since that last post, personally. I’ve kind of come full circle, back to where I was when I first started this blog–jobless. I stopped writing because of the craptastical job I got to save me from my previous state […]


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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Nudity and Disability

Representations of nudity in Western popular culture are rarely inclusive of “physically disabled” or “non-normative” bodies. If nude disabled bodies are represented at all, it’s usually in a medicalized, Othered context–case studies of the “disfigured” or collections of outrageous pictures of “freakish” bodies. Our cultural relationship with physical disability is contradictory; we’re trained to look […]


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Gift Exchange —

After nearly five years of writing about the issues that matter most to fat people, we are doing something we’ve never done before: ask you for help. We’ve supported a great number of worthy projects over the years because we strongly believe in supporting our fellow fatties as they create public awareness of what it’s […]



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When the fatties win, they just change the rules.

Recently I came across a link to this important story in the Guardian that talks about what happened when a fat man won the Mr. Gay UK contest. The contest was open to all comers. There were 4 judges and several rounds of elimination. And at the end of the day, the contest came down […]



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the HAES® files: News Flash! Did You Hear The Beatles Broke Up??

by Dr. Deah Schwartz The brain is a mysterious, complex and marvelous thing. No News there. The ability to selectively remember some things and conveniently forget another is astounding! No News there. When one rules out any organic etiology/causes for forgetfulness, e.g. dementia, traumatic brain injury (TBI), etc., the puzzle of what people remember and […]



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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Thin is NOT the X Factor

The British Television talent show “The X Factor” has reportedly told two contestants that “unless the pair lose weight it will impact their position in the competition and their future career.” When someone laments about the fatphobia inherent in such a pronouncement we are often told that the show is “just being realistic” and that […]



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Monday, 8 December 2014

.EYBS Babe Army!.





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.Tess x Yours Clothing- My UK adventure.





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Being Fat and Winning in the Face of Challenge

I am not on a journey to convince others that my way is the best or right way. I am simply on a journey to bring my truth to the world to be heard by those who need to hear it.



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Friday, 5 December 2014

Widespread Misconceptions About Obesity





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Soul’s Breath —

Note: The following piece is my own opinion and does not reflect the opinion of the blog as a whole. I will allow our bloggers to decide whether they agree or not. When I first saw #Ferguson on Twitter, I thought “Ferguson Ferguson?” I grew up across Highway 270 in Florissant, a city comparable in […]



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Thursday, 4 December 2014

the HAES® files: Where’s the stigma?

by Fall Ferguson, JD, MA Are current discourses within the public health fields that emphasize place and geography as key components to identifying and addressing health inequities actually preventing us from seeing the existence of inequities that are not as rooted in place? I believe they are. In October, I wrote about the need to […]



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Long-Term Benefits of Weight-Loss Plans Unclear

Trigger warning: Weight loss research. Here’s another article to add to the “No shit, Sherlock” file: “Long-term Benefits of Weight-loss Plans Unclear.” Long-term benefits unclear? Well, how on earth can you begin to know what benefits, if any, are due to weight loss when researchers consider a weight loss plan “effective” if fat people manage […]



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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

That Time When “Before and After” Wasn’t a Nightmare

Trigger warning: Discussion of diet culture and before and after photos. In general, “before and after” photos are the bane of a body positive existence because they imply that the body in the “before” image is not beautiful, noncompliant, and not worthy of being lived in, while the “after” photo — usually a thinner version […]



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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Why I’m Looking for WLS Narratives (Especially, But Not Only, Norwegian)

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss surgery and eating disorders. So I want to do a little crowdsourcing about weight-loss surgery (WLS). Are you up for that? I’ve been interested in the subject a long time, ever since I knew such a thing existed. I remember in 7th grade —before I was fat myself — […]



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Getting Crafty: The Christmas Edition, Part 1

I’ve already gotten myself a present this year, so I’m looking to find some supplies to make my friends, family, and coworkers some nice things for Christmas. Normally, I get my staff little things to show my appreciation. This year, the size of both my store and staff has doubled, so I won’t be able […]



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Monday, 1 December 2014

MY FAT ASS IS BLOWN AWAY

Two researchers (R.E. Brown and J.L. Kuk) looked at the issue of weight and health and concluded that Therefore, an emphasis on maintaining a healthy lifestyle that includes a high level of physical activity and physical fitness may be a more appropriate recommendation for some obese populations than just focusing on the goal of weight […]



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Nail Adventures: World AIDS Day

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve done a Nail Adventure! I haven’t had as much time as late to dedicate to designs, so I’ve been letting my nails breathe and treating the cuticles. And of course, I had to let my finger heal after I managed to close it in the closet […]



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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Labor Length in "Obese" Women: Dig Deeper





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Fat Kids Can’t Jump

In grade school, we used to have to do this thing called the President’s Physical Fitness Test. This was generally sprung on us with no warning, twice a year, and we would suddenly have to demonstrate and be evaluated on our ability to do sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups, a standing broad jump, and a run. Please […]



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Friday, 28 November 2014

Scavenging fat activism





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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Blocked out seat on an airplane

Happy Thanksgiving! This isn’t a Thanksgiving post, but it might be useful if you’re traveling for the holidays, or any other time. I recently flew an American Airlines 737, and paid a little extra to get a better seat. They have two levels of better seats, and I paid for the lesser of the two. […]



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The Magic of Hello Kitty Con 2014!

Oh my gosh, friends! So it’s been a month already and I AM STILL REELING from the magic that was Hello Kitty Con. If you would have told me growing up that I would get to go to something this … Continue reading



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#BlackOutFriday

Happy Thanksgiving, my US loves! I hope it is a day filled with food and fun, or if you’re working like me, a day where customers don’t make you want to break things. :) Now, in the States, one of the biggest family traditions around this time of year, after carving up the turkey, is […]



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HAES® Matters: American Thanksgiving

Knowing that American Thanksgiving can generate a mix of reaction, be it about the politics and history of the day or the current focus on consumerism (Black Friday shopping), consumption (of food or material “stuff”) or being thankful and expressing thanks, ASDAH’s blog committee wanted to hear from some of our HAES Experts on this […]



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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Good News Everyone!

I received and accepted an incredible job offer today!!! I’m over the moon! Sending my love to you and yours. <3 I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and weekend!



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Ridiculous holiday eating advice

Today I was waiting for my husband at the doctor’s office. I looked through a little mini-magazine that said “WebMD” and “Diabetes” on it. One page had some advice for holiday eating, including the strangest such advice I’d seen in a while: Wear something snug: In a big, flowing dress or loose pants, you won’t […]



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Stairs and stares

Recently, I was in Portland for a scholarly conference about sport and exercise sociology. It was a fantastic conference overall, but the space confirmed some fears I have about the combination of weight stigma and ableism in a space dedicated to studying how people move their bodies. Let me start by saying that I didn’t […]



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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Join the Family Dinner Project Movement

This post represents a compensated editorial partnership with The Family Dinner Project. All storytelling and opinions are, of course, my own. Friends, with all the consumerism and shopping going on now, it’s important to remember to give back to our … Continue reading



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Fatshionista Cooks: Hatchery Tasting Box Review

Hello my lovelies! I am back with a review of deliciousness. It’s Thanksgiving week here in the States, otherwise known as “Eat all of the things and Buy all of the things week.” We’ll discuss the buy all of the things aspect later on this week, but for today? Today is about eating all of […]



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The Healthy Role Model Myth

When I was doing research for my post about the most recent obsession with Melissa McCarthy’s weight, I broke the cardinal rule of being fat on the internet and read the comments. There I saw something that I see whenever a fat person is shown being successful at something other than weight loss – that […]



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Saturday, 22 November 2014

MY FAT ASS DOES NOT COST $2 TRILLION, IT’S PRICELESS

The media is all over a report by McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) which claims being fat costs the world economy $2 trillion. http://ift.tt/11vV3DF Balls. And if that isn’t bad enough, it is also one of those papers that predicts that in the near future fatties will be close to ruling the world. I wish. Okay, […]



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Fatshion: Hello Kitty Con!

Oh my gosh, friends! I am so happy and grateful that I got to attend Hello Kitty Con! My love for Hello Kitty and Sanrio runs deep! I will tell you more about the whole experience soon but I wanted … Continue reading



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Friday, 21 November 2014

Increase in Cesarean Rate in Morbidly Obese Women Over Time





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Big Boy Is Taking the Purina ONE 28 Day Challenge

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #OneSmartDifference #CollectiveBias I know you all know me as resident cat lady here at Skinned Knees but I love all animals – they … Continue reading



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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Combating Holiday Weight Shame

The article “Tell Loved Ones They are Overweight This Christmas” is making the rounds again. I will not be linking to it because I have no interest in driving traffic there. I will say that should my loved ones take this advice the follow up article will be “I Told My Loved One She Is […]



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You look so good with less weight on you

Trigger warning: Discussion of unintentional weight loss. I had two new experiences at my last doctor’s appointment. One of the things I love about my doctor’s office is that the receptionists will give me a copy of my blood work when I check in. That gives me time to go over it in the waiting […]



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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Fat is the go-to metaphor and point of comparison

Ever notice how fat/the obesity epidemic seems to be people’s go-to metaphor or point of comparison? When we found out how deadly loneliness is, we said it was deadlier than obesity. When commenting on how much Americans were panicking about Ebola, we compared their worries about Ebola to their worries about obesity. I can’t as […]



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Meet Tiana the Fat Health Coach

Due to the recent departures of Angela and Deah, we are bypassing the typical voting regimen to encourage new bloggers to join us. Tiana is our latest blogger. If you’re interested in participating, please check out our Join Us page. Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss. My name is Tiana, pronounced like Diana with a […]



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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

At the Intersection of Obesity and Poverty

“Poor, fat people have no excuse to not eat healthy.” This was a statement I saw a while ago on Facebook and it had me thinking. Do these people that say these kinds of thing understand what they are talking about? Do they know what it is like to be this way and not have […]



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Why Don’t We Charge Passengers By Weight?

A really common response to my piece yesterday about flying fat people is to suggest that, as one person put it, “the only fair thing is for airlines and trains etc. to charge people by weight – just weigh the person and their luggage and charge by the pound.” I think that when you really […]



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Monday, 17 November 2014

Changes

Hello all, I've decided to take a short break from blogging until January to work on National Novel Writing Month and a few other fiction projects. Not to mention the holidays. I have also found my weekends have become so...



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10 Things More Annoying Than Fat People On a Plane

I fly a lot and it has been made clear to me by people’s ridiculous complaint letters that get published on the internet, and even a few fellow passengers, that some not-fat people are irritated that fat people want to access the same modes of transportation that they do, and that it’s much more convenient […]



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Friday, 14 November 2014

Jaundiced? Weight loss will cure that, no need to look for a reason.

Reader A writes: This touches on fat health a bit but also queer health and mental health. This was all in one thirty-minute whammy of a visit. I made an appointment for a pap smear because I have been going through a lot of tests and pokes and prods trying to figure out why I […]



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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Fat Crash Test Dummy Drama

When I talk about fatphobia being life threatening to fat people, I’m often told that I’m being over-dramatic. I don’t think so and here’s an example. Several news outlets ran a story recently about the manufacture of fat crash test dummies. It turns out that fat people are 78% more likely to die in an […]



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See my Practice Variation Post at Science and Sensibility





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It’s All About The Bellies! (Part 1)

Image reads: “Do not touch your body with bad intentions. Stroke your soft skin. Rub your belly when it is full. Hug yourself because it feels good. Pleasure yourself. Do not pinch at the fat on your hips. Do not do violence to yourself. Do not hate the shell you have been given. It is […]



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the HAES® files: Funny how things can turn out

by Dr Rick Kausman and his daughter Meaghan Kausman What’s a Dad to do? As a Medical Doctor, I started working in the areas of food, eating behaviour and body image after graduating in 1988, over 25 years ago. Since that time, I have listened to tens of thousands of my patients, over thousands of […]



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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

It Came From The Search Terms

Delving into what WordPress says folks searched on… for over 6 years i have no where to exercise unemployed can’t afford to go gym over weight has a massive amount of stress Exercise has become something that many people can’t afford. Often it’s due to the lack of some or all of: Time Safe space […]



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“‘Cause Sunbeams Are Not Made Like Me”

I know my last post sounded dire, to be honest it felt that way at the time. Being unemployed is an emotional roller coaster. I cannot stress that enough, especially to folks who’ve never had to look for work or been out of work for extended periods of time. It’s fucking brutal! But things have […]



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Fatshion: Eye See You

Hey friends! It’s been a minute since I’ve done a Fatshion post for you! I have been so busy with school that sometimes I just roll out of bed and go. Also Aria moved to San Diego so it’s been … Continue reading



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Funhouse Mirror —

Trigger warning: The “wacky” in Wacky Wednesday today refers to my public mockery of hateful, ignorant redditors whose comments I share in all their grotesque glory. Read at your own risk. It’s been nearly a decade since I’ve had to do a job interview, but I can still pinpoint the one question that will make […]



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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: 5 Coats I’m Loving This Season

Naturally, I’m writing this when it’s a balmy 60 degrees outside. NYC, please pick a season. *side eye* Anyhow! I love coats, and even coat weather. I use them like accessories, mixing and matching them with my outfits like I do my shoes and bag. This year, there are so many different coats to love […]



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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

The advice column letter-writer who complains about SO’s weight: an unreliable narrator

I happen to believe it’s sane, not shallow, for you to balk at marriage (!) with someone you apparently don’t like as much as you used to. I generally respect Carolyn Hax and the advice she gives. And in the end, I think she arrived at the right result, but the path she took to […]



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The Tinder Fat Suit Experiment

I am fascinated by the concepts of social experiments; the question of what people say or do when certain circumstances arise is interesting to me. There are many types of social experiments that have been done either formally or informally, like gender swapping or race swapping and it’s fascinating to see how people react to […]



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Monday, 10 November 2014

THIS FAT OLD LADY HAS A GOOD BODY

If you have the time and desire and if you don’t already follow my blog fatoldladyblog.wordpress.com, I wanted to share the link to my latest blog on the subject of every body is a good body. http://ift.tt/1u3xhus



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Start Your Holiday Morning with Nestle Fall Flavors

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Feast4All #CollectiveBias Holiday preparations tend to be hectic for me for one reason: I procrastinate…a lot! I am always trying to better myself … Continue reading



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Dancing SWAGGA at SPILL





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Gaslighting

Gaslighting is a kind of psychological manipulation designed to mentally unstick someone from reality. I don’t know if the term is appropriate for the kind of coopting that we see among various industries that thrive on a consumer’s insecurity, but it caught my eye in this post by Olivia over at Skepchick: http://ift.tt/10QUNyZ However you […]



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Saturday, 8 November 2014

ASDAH Conference Call for Proposals

No Blog Post this week as I am very busy. But please participate in the ASDAH conference which will be in Boston Next Year (And I hope to be there). 2015 ASDAH Educational Conference Theme & Call for Proposals With...



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Self Acceptance vs. Self Esteem

New comic blog post - Self Acceptance vs. Self Esteem. >> Read More



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Friday, 7 November 2014

Quick weight loss works too (but you’ll still regain it)

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss and weight loss surgery. Saying that “Quick weight loss works too” about as well as slow weight loss isn’t saying much. How many times have we been told that losing weight slowly is the way to lose the most weight? And how many of us have done that, and […]



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Thursday, 6 November 2014

the HAES® files: “Body Acceptance” in the Media

In the past weeks there have been at least two articles about size/body acceptance that have wiggled their way into the mainstream media. Both are complicated in that the messages they convey have both pro and con body acceptance messages. These kinds of articles can generate mixed feelings in those of us involved in HAES […]



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Wednesday, 5 November 2014

My Psychic Commenter – Fat People and Disabilities

I received this comment a few days ago (presented here exactly as it was sent to me, all of the ellipses are part of the original comment) “honestly, I am happy to see that you love your body no matter the size…..but… being fat puts alot of extra pressure on your joints…so you might not […]



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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

F-grade tips from Buzzfeed

Trigger warning: Frank discussion of eating disorders and weight loss. On Saturday, Buzzfeed published “15 Former Couch Potatoes Share Their Best Tips For Getting In Shape.” You know, 15 former couch potatoes share how they got healthy. In other words, it’s a pretty safe bet you’re going to read how 15 people lost weight. The […]



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It’s Not You, It’s Bullshit

Recently I’ve written about the government funding discrimination against fat people from spending over $200,000 to get an estimate of a measurement (an exact measurement of which can be obtained with a scale and tape measure), to helping employers discriminate against fat employees, to spending billions on the “obesity epidemic” when it could be solved […]



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Monday, 3 November 2014

Halloween Round Up

Hey lovelies! Sorry for the radio silence over here last week. Halloween is an insanely busy week for me at work, what with the supplies and the painting… You know the deal. Anyhow, I did make it a point to adorn myself last week, so I wanted to give you the two nail looks and […]



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Sunday, 2 November 2014

Friday, 31 October 2014

Make Believe —

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss and an infamous dickweed. “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” — Andy Warhol (or not) “The future is now.” — George Allen I suck at “going viral.” I’ve always been proud of my writing, but I’ve long since given up the ghost on writing the […]



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Last Minute Halloween Make-Up Idea with SpookyEyes!

Disclosure: I’m partnering with Spooky Eyes to bring you this post! Hi friends! I’m super excited to share this last minute Halloween make-up idea with you featuring awesome contacts from Spooky Eyes! I’m wearing the Cobra Eye Contact Lenses here … Continue reading



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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Picture Framing

~HI Everyone! I’m knee deep in grad school papers write now (typo and it stays), so I’m going to leave you with a slightly annotated excerpt from one I wrote a while ago that addresses framing in our movement, juxtaposed with some similar experiences faced by those in gay rights activist communities. Please leave a […]



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the HAES® files: Social Barriers to Intuitive Eating

by Daxle Collier I’m going to be outlining some of the social barriers to intuitive eating, but before beginning, I’d like to make a disclaimer. When talking about social justice, it is important to know whose voice is being prioritized, and whose voices are not. I identify as a thin, white, pansexual, cis female. I […]



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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Lies They Told Me About Health

One of the things that completely floored me when I started looking into the research on weight and health was that there wasn’t a single study of people who had maintained weight loss that showed that it led to greater health. Studies that look at body size and health (but don’t factor in or control […]



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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Intuitive Eating Again — Finally

Trigger warning: Discussion of intuitive eating and health strategies. As a Fat Acceptance (FA) activist and proponent of Health at Every Size® (HAES), I advocate intuitive eating. I’ve done my best over the past four years, since finding HAES and FA, to follow it myself. Problem is that I’ve also had chronic nausea that entire […]



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Monday, 27 October 2014

Walmart’s Fat Girl Costumes

The internet briefly exploded into a freakout today because the Walmart website had a page for it’s Halloween Costumes called “Fat Girl Costumes.” People took to social media to discuss their displeasure and Walmart took the page down, tweeting things like “This never should have been on our site. It is unacceptable, and we apologize.” […]



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Slow, Fast, or Steady, diets don't work.

No blog post next week. I will be away. I've done all kinds of diets including lose weight slow and lose weight fast ones. They all ended up the same way. I'd regain all the weight plus more. Eventually I...



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Vote, Damn You!





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There Goes Honey Boo Boo…

As of this post, TLC has canceled their popular reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, after alleged accusations that June, the mother of Honey Boo Boo (a.k.a. Alana Thompson), who recently separated from her husband Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, is dating a convicted child sex offender. TLC had a whole new season in the […]



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What Fat People Deserve

I notice that sometimes the stereotyping of fat people that is encouraged by our current culture leads to a conversation about fat people that makes us sound as if we’re a different species, or that our pursuit of the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is somehow a pursuit for “special privileges” […]



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Saturday, 25 October 2014

McDonalds and Zombie Factoids

It’s almost Halloween! Time for some scaaaary zombies! Or zombie factoids. Now, you might wonder why I’m defending McDonald’s on a pro-HAES, fat acceptance blog. But A) even though we know here that there isn’t as much of a link between fast food consumption and BMI as people think, the fact is that many people […]



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All the Comebacks We’ll Never Say

TRIGGER WARNING: I’m going to talk about verbal abuse. So I don’t know if you got a chance to see this, but it’s pretty awesome. Chelsea Handler lays a stupid kind of mean spirited fat joke on Andy Richter and BOOM, he comes back with an amazing zinger that not only puts Chelsea in her […]



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Friday, 24 October 2014

October Glossybox Review

You know, I almost didn’t sign up for Glossybox because I thought it was too much money for not enough goodies. As time has gone on, and boxes have come, I am loving Glossybox more and more. This month is another winner! Let’s get to the good stuff! Chock-full of goodness! Matte Top Coat from […]



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Does Weight Loss Before Knee Replacement Surgery Really Improve Outcomes?





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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Nail Adventures: Mentality Nail Polish It’s A Baby! Palette Review

When it comes to nail polish, I tend to be pretty mainstream. I usually stick with OPI, Essie, Orly, and the like. For some time, Julep nail polishes were as indie as I got. Until now. Mentality Nail Polish reached out to me and sent me their It’s A Baby! Palette for me to try […]



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the HAES® files: If You Don’t Eat Wheat, Then Why Aren’t You Thin?

by Stacey Nye, PhD FAED I recently went to see Dr. X for my physical. Dr. X had just taken over the practice he shared with Dr. Y, who moved away last year. I have known Dr. X for many years and although he is a fine physician, he has never been known for his […]



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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Emme’s Fashion Emergency Response

I came across this article on Emme recently in People. When I was a 90s teenager, Emme was my first exposure to the idea of plus-size modeling. Prior to her, Cindy Crawford epitomized modeling to me. These days, outlets like Instagram make anyone a model. A fashion blogger provides more relevant content than Seventeen does. […]



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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

A Weight-Inclusive Approach to Health





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Monday, 20 October 2014

Beautiful vs. Marketing Beautiful

October 14th was Love Your Body day. This summer I wore a bikini top. I was inspired by another fat woman who also wore one. I did it for a lot of reasons. Mostly to prove I wasn’t ashamed of...



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I have an eating disorder. I will probably always struggle with it.

It reads 2:30 and it taunts me. I’ve been awake for hours and made my first priorities relieving my bladder followed by filling it, with coffee. This would stave off the inevitable headache and belly ache. It fills it and fools it. It begins the cycle of false control. I know this. Not always while […]



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Nerdy Girl Adventures: Riddle Me This, Batman

I meant to have this post up Friday, but Life. Then Hangover. I had fun. :) Anyway! I wanted to show you all the look I did for NYCC on Saturday (about a week ago.) So, when we last left off, I’d changed my costume at the last minute. I decided I wanted to be […]



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Saturday, 18 October 2014

When is Weight a Symptom?

I received a question from a reader that I want to address : Is there a point at which you think that it’s reasonable to view a person’s weight as an outward symptom of a health issue? …I don’t ask because I want to get into someone else’s business, but only because I’m trying to […]



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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Nerdy Girl Adventures: Cosplay at New York Comic Con

I took pictures of damn near any/everything that moved at NYCC (with permission, of course.) And let me tell you, it took everything in me to cut down the pics I put in this post because it was well over 150 photos. I’ll do my best to provide context and names of the characters listed. […]



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the HAES® files: We Only Think We Understand Health Inequities

by Fall Ferguson, JD, MA I recently listened to a panel that took place in February 2014 at AcademyHealth’s National Health Policy Conference. The panel was entitled “Community Health & Disparity: Moving Beyond Description.” As the title suggests, the panelists addressed the idea that we need to shift our policy focus from describing health inequities […]



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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Put Your Hands in the Airf

Today, I want to dedicate this post to someone whom I hold in high regard; someone whom I have had the explicit pleasure of meeting in real life, a true biz superstar in my profession; someone who has, just by her presence, encouraged me to not only exist in public, but to flourish. Her name […]



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Nerdy Girl Adventures: Makeup Of New York Comic Con

Usually, I can’t be bothered with putting a lot of makeup on. Even though I do makeup and sell skincare for a living, most of the time you’ll see me in tinted moisturizer, eyebrows, eyeliner, and mascara if I’m feeling fancy. That’s it. But not for NYCC. No, no, I have to show off for […]



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PCOS and Birth Control Pills, Part 3: Use for PCOS





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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

500 Spartans —

As it happens, this is my 500th post for Fierce, Freethinking Fatties, the community blog I started five years ago with good omens. At the time, this blog was a reaction to my anger and frustration with what I saw as a provincial, judgmental movement that had no place for me. As with every endeavor […]



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Nail Adventures: Nails of New York Comic Con

Hey folks! So, I needed some time to recover from NYCC. I had SO much fun! There are like, a million pics I’m gonna share with y’all this week, but the organizer in me says I have to make it make some sense. So, since I normally do nail posts on Tuesdays, here’s a round […]



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Monday, 13 October 2014

Spacing Out

I have been thinking a lot about space and relationships and how these meet and interact and have an effect on us all. Today, on my personal Facebook page, I posted the following: What’s on Your mind? What’s on mine? How the way people act shows you how they feel about you, regardless of their […]



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Is obesity a cancer risk?

Is Obesity a Cancer Risk? is rather difficult to take at face value, especially when most of the co-authors have ties to pharmaceutical and diet/exercise companies. However, even without those ties and the resulting conflicts of interest, there’s a lot to deconstruct in this article. Obesity represents “a central challenge” to cancer prevention and care […]



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No Blog Post this Week! Taking a break.



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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Fat at a Movie Marathon

[CW: discussions of violence and sexual assault] There are a fair amount of spoilers in this post; if that’s a concern, click on the link for the Music Box of Horrors to see what films I’ll be talking about. This weekend I attended [most of] the 10th annual Music Box of Horrors, a 24-hour marathon […]



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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Lipstick and Lies





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Thursday, 9 October 2014

the HAES® files: Time for a cease-fire

by Katja Rowell, MD Congratulations! It’s October— you’ve just survived another “childhood obesity awareness” month. The war rages on and children continue to suffer “friendly” fire from well-intentioned policies, professionals and even other children. It’s time for a cease-fire. Consider the battlegrounds: The school cafeteria An actual “obesity prevention” program in schools has pre-pubescent “peer […]



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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

I’m Alone Out Here: My Soylent Adventure, Part 3

Trigger warning: Discussion of dietary restrictions for reasons other than weight loss, as well as people who engage in similar restrictions for weight loss. Also, mention of eating disorders and weight loss surgery. Check out the first and second installments of Jean’s exploration with soylent. So, the first thing I do after reading the soylent […]



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Nerdy Girl Adventures: Things To Remember For NYCC

Last year, at my first Comic Con, I made several rookie mistakes. 1. I didn’t stop by the ATM before getting there. 2. I didn’t bring snacks. 3. I didn’t map out a planned touring route. 4. I didn’t bring my phone charger. I did do a couple of things right, though. 1. Wore comfortable […]



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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Putting myself first – Anxiety and becoming a dog owner

My life has been a huge transition over the last year. I started and finished my first year of graduate school. I presented research at two different national conferences. I’m now working a steady job for the first time in what seems like forever. Overall, things seem to be going great but I’ve felt like […]



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Changing Hearts is Sometimes Easier than Changing the Patterns in Our Minds

I have recently been reminded that even when we “get” it, even when we are 100% on board with the struggle to undo our culture’s fat-hating tendencies, we can still easily slip into patterns that understand fat as negative and thin as positive. Some of you may know me well enough to know that fighting […]



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Monday, 6 October 2014

The Non-Diet Diet

You will not find Weight Watchers calling itself a diet, even though its main focus for you is not only losing weight but eating less calories than your body needs. Many diets try to trick you by not referring to...



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Nerdy Girl Adventures: When Costuming Goes Awry…

So today marks my official countdown to New York Comic Con (NYCC). In two days, I’ll be a part of a huge gathering of fellow nerds, comic enthusiasts, cosplayers, and more. Four days of amazing makeup, costumes, comics, and panels await me. I’m almost ready for it all, but… I decided to change my showpiece […]



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Friday, 3 October 2014

Draft Card —

As you may have seen by now, two of our wonderfully talented and prolific Generals in the War on Fat, Angie Meadows and Dr. Deah Schwartz, are stepping down to focus on their own projects. They’re going to continue fighting the good fight by leading the charge in other theaters, and we look forward to […]



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New research finds that weight loss makes you feel terrible, no surprises there





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Chipotle Chilaquiles with La Morena Latin Foods

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser, La Morena Foods /#VivaLaMorena. All opinions are mine alone. I didn’t grow up eating chilaquiles and instead had them for the first time in my twenties, but when I … Continue reading



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Thursday, 2 October 2014

When It All Ends, the First Ones to Go Will Be the Skinny People and the Habitual Grammar Correctors

There are times when I sit around and imagine that *all this* (the societal norms, the demands, the organized religion, the rat race, the status quo, basically western civilization as we know it) falls. It all crumbles into a steaming dung heap of what used to be, leaving a lucky few remaining bastards holding all […]



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Caffeinated Underpants for Weightloss?

Reader Jenna sent me a link to an article that brings a whole new meaning to The Underpants Rule and has one of the best first paragraphs I’ve ever read: “If you purchased caffeine-infused underwear because of promises it will make you thinner, federal regulators say you were hoodwinked — but at least you can […]



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PCOS and Birth Control Pills, part 2: Obesity





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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Nail Adventures: Adorned

So my body still feels like a truck hit it (omg sore!) After a hot shower and meal, I decided to take my mind off of it by doing my nails. And then I fell asleep, hence yesterday’s post. However, last week’s mani was starting to chip and look bad, so I made sure to […]



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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Fit Fatties Radical Activists for Self Care and Love

In this world of constant movement, relentless work and achievement focus, sometimes the most radical thing you can do is to take time to care for yourself. That’s why Ragen and Jeanette have decided to switch things up with our new self-care challenge. The program invites you to be a RASCAL which means a Radical […]



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Punching Down for Cheap Laughs

Trigger warning: Discussion of anorexia and assholes who tell fat jokes. Hiya Folks, With the recent death of Joan Rivers, and many discussions around her type of insult comedy arising on the interwebs, I thought it the pertinent time to discuss an encounter with my favorite comedian that left a permanent bad taste in my […]



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Stock Up with Dollar Tree’s Anniversary Event (Plus a Bonus Halloween DIY)!

Disclosure: I’m thrilled to be partnering with Dollar Tree to share their special Anniversary Event Bonus Buys with you! Aria and I are both huge fans of Dollar Tree, especially when our budgets are tight (like they currently are) and … Continue reading



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Nail Adventures Teaser

So, normally this is when you see my weekly manicure. Well, I went back to yoga yesterday, and let me just say that my ass is sufficiently kicked. I’ll finish up the post tonight so you’ll have it tomorrow. In the meantime, have a pic of what I used for my newest look: Yep, the […]



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Self-Esteem For Sale

Today I have seen multiple commercials for diet companies and beauty products and it reminds me of something that my friend CJ Legare says – that the companies take our self-esteem, cheapen it, and sell it back at a profit. The basic process is that first they make a normal human experience (wrinkles, eyebrows, cellulite, […]



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Monday, 29 September 2014

Row, Row, Row your Boat

Happy Belated Weight Stigma Awareness Week (It was actually last week). Growing up I was picked last for all team sports. Even when I was thin, I had terrible coordination. Everything got even worse when I gained weight. This made...



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Oceans Aweigh

This is my FFFinal blog post for FFF, and needless to say it isn’t easy for me to say goodbye. So you may notice a bit of rambling in this post because I want to try and squeeeeeeeze in as much as possible! My reasons for leaving are entirely due to time constraints. There are […]



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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Online Dating in a Fat Suit

Recently a site dedicated to “the fine art of picking up girls” decided to see what happens when men and women get dates online using pictures of them thin, and then show up at the date with fat suits on. According to a piece in the Huffington Post, when men showed up looking fatter than […]



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Friday, 26 September 2014

Every Purse Is a Purple Purse with Allstate Foundation

Disclosure: We have partnered with Allstate Foundation and Latina Bloggers Connect for this post. A year ago, I told you about Allstate Foundation Purple Purse and shared with you a story about my friend, Jenn and her experience with domestic … Continue reading



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I Did a Thing

Eleven weeks ago, I tried my first parkour class. Seven weeks ago, I decided to sign up for a weekend long parkour event happening in Boston. I also made a commitment to myself that I would go to three classes a week between then and the event. I would give my training my all and […]



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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Nymphomaniac (2014, dir. Lars von Trier); Concussion (2013, dir. Stacie Passon)

Two recent films, Nymphomaniac and Concussion, spend ample time exploring the marginalized sexualities of their (thin) female protagonists. Joe (Charlotte Gainsboug/Stacy Martin), the titular character of von Trier’s epic, labels herself as a nymphomaniac and constructs her life around her insatiable libido; Abby (Robin Weigert), the heroine of Passon’s directorial debut, is a lesbian who […]



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the HAES® files: My Mom Has a Disease

by Lizabeth Wesely-Casella My mom has muscular dystrophy. It’s a disease that wastes the muscles and grows increasingly more serious over time. My mom will die with a brain as sharp as a blade but a body that disintegrates on her; her diaphragm losing its strength and her heart slowly losing its ability to pump. […]



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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Falling out of love with Lane Bryant

I remember the first time my mom took me to Lane Bryant. It was the summer of 1988 and we were back-to-school shopping. I couldn’t believe there was an actual store that catered to fat girls and women. I was a size 13/14 at the time and for years it had been a struggle trying […]



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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Celebrating My Hispanic Heritage with Nestle

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Hey friends, so September 15th kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month and I wanted to do something special to celebrate it here on the … Continue reading



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Conflict of Interest

Trigger warning: Frank discussion of weight loss surgery. Confession time: a close family member got a gastric sleeve about a year ago. A very close family member, in fact. I see her less often now that we live in different states, but her physical changes are still evident. She has knee problems and her back […]



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Nail Adventures: Rawr

Looks like animal print will be all the rage for fall! Cue a million pieces of zebra/leopard/giraffe/etc. printed EVERYTHING for me to wear. That, for me, is quite scary. Animal print is one of those things I love to see other people rock but on me…it just makes my brain short circuit. I always feel […]



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Monday, 22 September 2014

Diet Drugs Still Don't Work

Bupropion aka Wellbutrin is an anti-anxiety/depression drug and Naltrexone is an alcohol and drug dependency (opioids) drug. Put them both together and we have another useless diet drug: Contrave Ignoring the stupid and fat hating graphic of this article (A...



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The #WeAllGrow Summit : If One Grows, We All Grow

Have you heard about the #WeAllGrow Summit happening February 26-28 at the Line Hotel in Los Angeles? It’s being hosted by Latina Bloggers Connect, one of my favorite blogging collectives and some of my favorite people are on the staff, … Continue reading



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Partial Allies and Crabby Friends

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss. So I’ve had an Health at Every Size® (HAES) philosophy ever since I read Shadow on a Tightrope in December 1983 — which is before that term even existed as such. Later, much later, I wrote my own book, FAT: The Story of My Life with My Body, narrating […]



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Monday Motivation

Mondays are hard to deal with. Either you had an awesome weekend, and you want to continue to bask in the glow that comes from it, or you had a horrid weekend, and the fact you have to go to work today and tell people (or not tell people) about it makes you want to […]



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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Getting Waisted by Monica Parker

I was asked to read and review the book Getting Waisted by and about Monica Parker, who is a fat actress and writer (whom I had never heard of before this book) who was born in Scotland and grew up in Canada. The bottom line is that I didn’t like the book and do not […]



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Sudden weight gain? You’re eating all the cake!

A reader writes: I am 24, 5’9″ and currently 240lbs. I gained a bit of weight over the years between the age of 17 (where I was 150lbs) and 22, but my highest was only ever around 185lbs, which is not TOO bad for my height. Despite this I hated the weight gain, it made […]



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Fat Discrimination Is Real Discrimination

In an absolutely ridiculous piece for The Mirror, Fiona Phillips tries to make the point that discrimination against fat people is somehow not “real” discrimination. Now, obviously, we can’t really take someone seriously as a journalist when she says “overeating costs the NHS alone over £5billion a year and takes up beds that could be […]



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Friday, 19 September 2014

PCOS and Birth Control Pills, Part 1: Information about Oral Contraceptives





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Uptown Fashion Week: The Recap!

So, last Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend one of 4 fashion shows hosted at Uptown Fashion Week. There was a plus size show I ended up missing because it was too far away ( :( ) but I did get to see the huge 11 designer extravaganza. Super cool and excited. One of […]



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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Uptown Fashion Week Recap: Sneak Peek!

Hey lovelies! So, I’ve been in the bed sleeping off my cold. I hate being sick. I smell like the medicine cabinet and sound like I’ve been gargling gravel. :( Anyhow, I’m still sorting through pictures. I attended one of the shows for Uptown Fashion week last week, and I wanted to share this video […]



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the HAES® files: Workplace Wellness Revisited

by Fall Ferguson, JD, MA “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” ~ Oscar Wilde I planned this blog post as a follow-up to a piece that I wrote about a year ago suggesting possible actions that the HAES community might want to consider taking with regard to workplace wellness […]



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Things that Aren’t Bullying

I was in a conversation where I was pointing out how completely screwed up I think it is to body shame strangers for sport on the internet, and someone responded to suggest that what I was doing was “the same thing I was arguing against” by speaking out against the behavior, and that I was […]



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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

.Brands I love: Yours Clothing.





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Hollywood Peer Pressure

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss and asshole commenters. Note: Although there are male actors who feel the pressure to be thin, muscular and attractive, they are often given more leeway than female actresses, hence why I am going to be focusing this article on women in Hollywood. It’s no big secret that to succeed […]



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Plus Night Out–The Recap

Positive energy makes me as happy as shopping does. When I can get both combined into one event? Score! And I didn’t want to enjoy it all by myself (who would?) So, I called up my hard working, dissertation writing friend and got her out of the house for a day of shopping and her […]



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BELVIQ – Hilarious if It Wasn’t Horrifying

I talked a couple of days ago about why I think it’s important to avoid supporting organizations like the Obesity Action Coalition. Today at the gym I saw an advertisement for the weight loss drug BELVIQ (whose manufacturer gave the OAC over $100,000) that reminded me why I think it’s so important. What I learned […]



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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Nail Adventures: Fall Simplicity

Fall is upon us here in NYC. The temps have dropped, but it’s still nice enough to only need a light sweater. Oh, fall. This is the time of year I love, rivaled only by the time between winter and spring. You know, that time when it’s not too hot, not too cold? Perfect. And...



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Body Politic —

Note: I received a review copy of the book I’m discussing. I’ve been asking questions about Health at Every Size® (HAES) since before I really understood what HAES was all about. Of course, Dr. Linda Bacon’s book, was out there as a resource, but I didn’t have access to a copy when I wrote an […]



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Monday, 15 September 2014

Eating Disorders

For 17 years I suffered from disordered eating. I wasn’t anorexic. The Diets I followed usually came to about 1200-1600 calories. Only on occasion did I starve myself but it never lasted. My body would rebel and bingeing would follow...



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Gastric bypass on TLC TV show





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ANY HELP FOR THIS OLD FAT LADY?

Question: Is there an existing organization, place, or group where fat people and those who support them can unite to improve the lives of fat people? I envision a place where fat people are encouraged to live their best possible lives where and who they are now. I envision a place where all fat people […]



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Yoga for Larger Bodies – Documentary Animation

Yoga for Larger Bodies is an animated documentary of one woman’s experience of being a plus-sized yoga instructor. It is the origin story of London’s first yoga class specifically for larger bodied individuals. Uniquely, and in keeping with the themes … >> Read More



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Continuous Line Pet Portraits

Ok, Y’all. I’m opening up freelance availability again now that school is over. I’m starting slow with pet portraits in this continuous line style – Just $30 on Etsy for a custom illustration! Only 20 slots available. http://ift.tt/1nbsn9u



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Fatshionista Paper Doll Download

On this, the second day of freedom from my undergrad coursework, I got a wild hair to draw. Today inspiration struck in the form of a fat fashion paper doll. Just two outfits and one doll for now. Download the … >> Read More



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Queer Melancholia

Yesterday I had a conversation on Facebook that deeply infuriated me. Admittedly, as an activist, I have a tendency towards being infuriated. This conversation, though, made me as angry as I have been in a very long time. As some … >> Read More



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Sketchnoting Foucault and Judith Butler

I thought I’d try my hand at this ‘sketchnote’ thing and see what happened. Aside from Foucault’s wonky face and the fact that the guy from the Milgram experiment looks a bit like Buffalo Bill, I think it turned out … >> Read More



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Fat Girl as Ballerina

Just a passing thought I wanted to place somewhere rather than a well thought-out blog post: Spatially – I am aware of my body as I move through the world, as I navigate a larger-than-it-was-designed-for body through a never-ending obstacle … >> Read More



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Body Positive Custom Illustration

I don't generally use this forum for self-promotion but I've recently reignited my love for illustration and I'm making a few custom portraits available between now and the holidays. Check out the gallery below and if you like my style, consider ordering a portrait from someone who will draw your body lovingly, exactly as it is. >> Read More



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VJ’s Fat Experience – An Illustrated Story

I’ve been working on this under wraps for a couple of weeks. It’s not often I’m quiet about something I’m working on but this story, as told to me by the amazing woman who narrates it, has been heavy on … >> Read More



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DOMA Goes Down

An historic moment. My joy is complicated, but it’s still joy. Thinking about the day I called my Mama crying when the vote came down that voided the beautiful marriage she and her partner had. Thinking about being on the … >> Read More



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Antifragility and Activist Burn Out

Trigger warning: Brief mention of eating disorder and weight loss. “Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.” ― Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder I want to be antifragile. The opposite of fragile. I want to get stronger when I meet […]



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Fat Para-Academics, read this!





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SWAGGA at SPILL Festival of Performance





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PCOS Series Resumes





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Friday, 12 September 2014

Swift and Brutal —

Trigger warning: Violent imagery regarding cosmetic manipulation. Guys, my work is trying to kill me. I’ve got a great job and I really can’t complain considering I don’t have a college degree, but I’ve gotten so good at my job (#HumbleBrag) that I’ve got customers coming at me from all sides wanting my magic touch. […]



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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Paying for Our Own Oppression

I was in an interesting conversation on Facebook where people were discussing whether or not, as Size Acceptance activists and/or Health at Every Size practitioners, they buy “diet’ products and why or why not. This is something I’ve thought about a lot. There is a quote by Anna Lappe that says “Every time you spend […]



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the HAES® files: One by One

To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of Judith Matz’s and Ellen Frankel’s Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Comprehensive Guide to Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating, and Emotional Overeating – and the release of its 2nd edition –ASDAH’s blog committee invited Judith to reflect on the book’s enduring impact. If you have felt a […]



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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Clothes Modding for the Frustrated Fatshionista

I’ve been seeing a few posts on Facebook lately about clothing options, and the lack thereof, for fat people, especially for those of us who are DEATHFATZ. Now I’m not talking fat women who can wear a size 24/26/28, I’m talking about those of us who wear sizes above 28. I wear anywhere from a […]



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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Preparing Your Family for an Emergency





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Monday, 8 September 2014

Silence the Diet Voice

I plan a careful diet (little d) because certain foods don’t agree with me, namely corn (especially corn syrup), gluten, cabbage, tomatoes, and some nuts. I do my best to eat whole foods in a well rounded variety. Trolls don’t...



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Soylent adventure, part 2: Clashing Food Philosophies

Trigger warning: Discussion of sparse eating, both as a lifestyle and as the obsessive calorie-counting version. So I read this New Yorker article about Rob Rhinehart, who created a total-nutrition meal-replacement product he calls Soylent, which he’s been living on for a year, and before I was even done reading I knew I’d be trying […]



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Sunday, 7 September 2014

On fat responsibility and activism

In August, I had the pleasure to attend two (very different) conferences. The first was the Competing Responsibilities conference held at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. This conference brought together scholars from across disciplines to explore the idea of responsibility. From the CFP, Calls to ‘be responsible’ pervade public and private life. Notions of […]



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Saturday, 6 September 2014

The Joy of Not Apologizing

In the past couple of days I’ve seen the following responses from fat people to fat shaming behavior that they experienced: “I mean it’s true I’m a big lady, but being big shouldn’t be a reason to treat me like crap.” “Yes, I had a second piece of pie, but nobody asked him to be […]



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Friday, 5 September 2014

From the Kitchen: Orange Chicken

Looking for a simple meal that will transition nicely between the dwindling days of summer and the beginning of autumn? Try this recipe for orange chicken, which boasts a mild citrus flavor with a bit of spice. I made it years ago for a work luncheon and it got a lot of compliments. Here’s what […]



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Thursday, 4 September 2014

LA Times Confused About Science

The LA Times ran a headline in their science section that read “Diets work, but brands don’t make much difference, study finds” It goes on to talk about a meta analysis that found: Low-carb diets were linked to 8.73 kilograms of lost weight (19.25 pounds) at 6 months, and 7.25 kg (15.98 pounds) at 12 […]



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the HAES® files: Body Respect

Our culture perpetuates myriad anti-fat myths and prejudices that keep people depressed and at war with their own bodies: a war where few battles might be “won” in the short term with restrictive diets, but then lost overall because those who turn to dieting can rarely maintain the behaviors and appearance that become socially accepted […]



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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

On Mental Illness

Trigger warning: talk of mental illness and suicide The news broke last month that well known actor and comedian Robin Williams died of suspected suicide. Since then, I’ve seen a ton of quotes, movie clips, photos, and declarations of grief. But Fox News really stepped in it when Shepard Smith called him a coward for […]



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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Obstetric Insanity: An 80% Cesarean Rate in Super Obese Women?





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Louis C.K. and Meghan Trainor Just Aren’t Getting it Right!

A while back there was that Louis episode with the fat girl who goes on a diatribe about life as a fat girl. Did you see it? You can watch it here: When it aired there was a lot of noise about how amazing and groundbreaking this scene was, and as a fat activist, I […]



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Monday, 1 September 2014

A Better Workplace Wellness

I have blogged before about workplace wellness. I don't mind volunteer programs and at work classes. I don't mind incentives and discounts on gyms. It bothers me when it goes from voluntary to mandatory. I believe Workplace wellness programs are...



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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Artist Profile: Chali 2na

We were recently invited to hang out with the prolific Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli fame and profound lyricist. I had been a fan of his music for a while but was totally unaware that he is also … Continue reading



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the HAES® files: HAES Goes to Campus — Lessons Learned

by Dr. Dawn Clifford, RD and Dr. Michelle Neyman Morris, RD As we gear up for back-to-school season, consider the many opportunities for supporting a weight-neutral paradigm at your school or university. Over the last five years, we’ve been on a mission to educate students, faculty and staff about the HAES principles at our university, […]



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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Goose and Gander —

Warning: Assholes ahead. In 2013, Caitlin Seida wrote about how her cosplay photo as Lara Croft became the subject of viral mockery. Her story has recently gotten a second lease on life thanks to Twitter. I had already been mulling over this whole “public humiliation for sport” thing because of some reddit shenanigans that pulled […]



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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Dance Break at the Ball Park!

We just finished the First Annual Fat Activism Conference and I am still a bit giddy. Of course there’s plenty of stuff we can do better next time. And of course it was far from perfect. But WE. DID. IT. I’m talking about 3 days, over 40 speakers and over 30 hours of live content. […]



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Spend Labor Day Weekend in LA with Budweiser’s #MadeinAmericaFest

This post is sponsored by the Budweiser Made in America Fest. All opinions are my own. So if you’re spending Labor Day weekend in Los Angeles, you should definitely check out the Budweiser Made in America Fest! The two-day music … Continue reading



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Learning to stop

Hurting my back ended up being a real blessing in disguise. Prior to starting rehab, my legs would cramp multiple times a night. Now I can’t remember the last time I’ve woken up and cramped. The majority of my exercises lent themselves well to off-ice training, which made me more motivated to keep up with […]



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Monday, 25 August 2014

Fundamental Principles

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss. Earlier this summer I tried to make a comprehensive chart of all the logical inconsistencies in the conventional wisdom about how fat operates physiologically. Here’s one example: for around half a century now our culture has taken it for granted that fat tissue itself (at least above a certain […]



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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Tripping Up and Rolling On

I’ve been a bit busy lately. I created a feast for my regional group of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) that was five courses, 25 dishes. Most of the recipes I used were my own recipes, adaptions (or redactions) of recipes that were in existence pre-1600. And then, with the help of friends, I […]



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Two? Two?! TWO!?





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If Our Fat is Our Fault

Recently I’ve seen a lot of discussion around the idea of fat and fault so it seems like a good time to repost this. One of the comments on my blog asked: Basically, even though I may be genetically predisposed to it based on my family’s size and the fact that I have PCOS, I […]



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the HAES® files: The Art of the Backhanded Compliment

by Jenny Copeland, PsyD Mainstream media sources are up to their subterfuge again. Whether it is non-retouched ‘selfies’ or summer anthems, they seem to be missing the target. It brings to the forefront the question of why attempts to promote body positivity and make each other feel better may be doing more harm than good. […]



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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

The Great Outdoors

Normally, this is the time of year when I begin winding down from my stretch of scalding, water-based summer activities and easing into the wooded, soothing greenery that borders the cusp of fall. After making no less than three ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos, washing sand out of every body crevice and blanket we own, […]



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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Social Justice, Mythic Foundations and Miss Piggy

This is going to sound odd, but I think I owe really big thank you to Muppets Covergirl, Miss Piggy. Let me explain myself. Lately, I’ve been thinking about fat activists and other social justice-y types and wondering stuff. For instance, what makes someone the kind of person who can look at the status quo […]



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Monday, 18 August 2014

Even "Complicated" Pregnancies Should Labor Whenever Possible





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