Friday, 31 January 2014

Cooking for yourself: You are worth the effort.

I think this is a lesson that all of us could stand a refresher in, myself included, as we continue down the path toward feeding ourselves like competent adults. Caveat: Feeling that it’s not worth the effort to prepare food for yourself is very different from literally not having the energy or resources to prepare […]



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Chubby Babies and Fat Kids





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Chubby Babies and Fat Kids

It never ceases to amaze me the difference in language between speaking about a fat child and a fat baby. One of my jobs is at a pet store right now (and I’ll leave the hype around obesity in pets for another day) and the other job is at a well known children’s clothing store. […]



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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Xojane, fails again and hard.





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On making resolutions

The beginning of a new year sees many people rushing to make resolutions; promises they make themselves and others about changes they intend to make moving forward. Often times, those resolutions are around health and health behaviours. But, as anyone who has ever made a New Year’s Resolution can tell you, veryfew resolutions see the […]



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Swapping Body Talk

Last month I had the good fortune of receiving some body positive wares from our very own Dr. Deah, an exceptionally talented Health at Every Size® (HAES) educator, a creative artist, and a superb author (in an upcoming post, I will review Dr. Deah’s Calmanac, which can be found at her online shop). Today I […]



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Thoughtful Thursday: Poem





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Fat activism talk in Glasgow this April





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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

After the Bleach. On the fallout and trauma.





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Intersection of disability and fat — bigotry abounds around them

An ecard was posted to a site on Facebook, which was then posted to Rolls Not Trolls on Facebook. This ecard happens to resonate with me particularly since I am fat and disabled. I don’t know who created this ecard, but frankly, there is no way in hell I would ever want to meet this […]



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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

the HAES® files: Revising the HAES Principles

by Fall Ferguson, JD, MA, President, Association for Size Diversity and Health I began contributing to this blog before I became the President of ASDAH. Since then, I have considered it important to write as “just me” rather than from the point of view of an official of an organization. While this post is not […]



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Fierce, Freethinking Fatty Feminists

I had my first encounter with feminism when I was 15 years old and attending Woodmere Junior High School South in New York. Ninth grade was a complicated year for me in a multitude of ways; the most significant perhaps being my mother’s death the previous year. As an adolescent it was difficult enough going […]



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Further than before

I have written multiple times about the stigma fat people face when they try to exercise. They feel uncomfortable with stares and ridicule. Recently dancer Ragen Chastain completed a 26 mile marathon because she was slower than the rest, she...



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Monday, 27 January 2014

Mother Jones Meltdown

When you read that “researchers have found a statistically significant correlation between [thing x and thing y]” what do you imagine the percent of correlation to be (after, of course, you realize that since it’s just correlation so all they’ve found is that two things sometimes happen at the same time, without any idea of […]



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Sunday, 26 January 2014

Blogroll returns!

One more thing: while poking around with the website design, I realized that I could put back the blogroll without changing themes. So I did it, first making sure that all the blogs I pointed to were still alive (not all are very active, though). So take a look to the right, and click away!



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Note about the Fatosphere

Ever since June of last year, traffic here at Fatties United is down, way down. We used to see a big spike after every post, and now, some posts get noticed and some don’t. For example, Part 1 of my two-part Skeptical Inquirer series didn’t cause a ripple, but Part 2 caused a nice little […]



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Saturday, 25 January 2014

How can fat be good?

Given the continual media assault on fatness, the average person is forgiven for asking, “How can fat be good?” And yet, study after study has shown that, among people with many chronic diseases, fatter patients do better on average. This is called the “obesity paradox”, although it’s only a paradox if you believe that fatness […]



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Friday, 24 January 2014

Me, My Body, and Relationship Counseling

My body and I used to have a seriously bad relationship, and looking back it’s not that surprising. I grew up the daughter of a Marine and a multi-sport athlete. If I fell and ran to my father, I could expect to hear “Are you hurt or are you injured?” Hurt meant that it was […]



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Thursday, 23 January 2014

Spicy Plum Chutney





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Just By Looking At Us

People believing that they can glean tons of information about others based only on their body size is reaching *cough* epidemic levels in this country. As has been said by the brilliant Marilyn Wann, there are exactly two things that you can tell by looking at someone’s size: What size they are What your preconceived […]



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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Raise the Wage





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Coming to Terms With My Dreams of a Fat Pregnancy…

The following is the second post from Lindsey, our new blogging candidate. This is a quasi-cross-post that has been updated from her blog, “Feminist Cupcake.” After one more post, we will vote on her inclusion. Recently, my husband and I have started talking about having a baby. I want kids — for sure, but the […]



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I See You

Dear professors, student/peers, people at the gym, people at the grocery store, and everyone I come into contact with daily, I see the way you look at me. I see the look in your eyes when you look at me. I see when you look me up and down and I see the sneer you […]



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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Belly dancing

I’ve taken my first belly dancing class. I know several larger belly dancers, and Casey has written about her experience as well, and being able to see how graceful and beautiful they are, combined with an almost lifelong love of belly dancing started to get to me. So when my friend told me she was […]



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the HAES® files: Health, Not Weight Focus. What a Relief!

by Katja Rowell, MD Upon waking, three year-old Amalia cried for buttered toast. She’d gobble her half piece while sliced cucumbers and apples were urged on her. At the local park, she didn’t play but wandered from mom to mom asking for snacks or taking food from other children. Amalia’s mother called, desperate for a […]



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Doc prescribes weight loss drug without patient's knowledge or consent





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Monday, 20 January 2014

I tried the bleach and failed.





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Randomized Controlled Trials for Dummies (and for smart people like you too!)

In my previous post, I talked about why “normal” people shouldn’t be afraid of science and that you don’t need a specialist degree to follow along with the majority of papers in the fields most likely to interest readers of this blog. This time, I’m going to talk you through a published paper, showing you […]



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Music Monday w Michael Franti





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Research, the Media and Obesity – A Case Study

In a discussion about fatness and health that I was involved in on Facebook, someone posted an article called “Direct Link Between Obesity and Pancreatic Cancer” with the statement “there is an animal study that shows a direct, causal link between obesity and pancreatic cancer.” This is a perfect example of how the media does […]



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Sunday, 19 January 2014

No Chill 2K14.





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Friday, 17 January 2014

Taco Soup —

I’m taking a mental health day, so I’m going to share a recipe that Veronica makes in the crock pot from time to time which is delicious and couldn’t be any easier: taco soup. 1 pound ground beef or turkey, browned and drained 1 can of black beans 1 can of the beans of your […]



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Thursday, 16 January 2014

FYI





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Currently in January





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Stuck in the Middle. Vegans hate fat people, Fat Acceptance people hate vegans. Where do I go?

Trigger warning: Discussion of veganism as a weight-loss diet and disordered eating. I know, y’all might be tired of me talking about veganism all of the time, but it definitely has a special brand of fat hate. There was the Plan V that PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals… and objectification of women) […]



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Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Eating the Food: Four Weeks

Trigger warning: Discussion of diet and weight loss, as well as diet-related behaviors like food journaling. I’m writing this on day 28 of my 100 day Eat the Food adventure. In case you’re just tuning in, four weeks ago I decided to start eating 2,500 calories a day, which is a couple hundred more than […]



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Spicy Ginger Applesauce





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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Fashion Bashing and Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe attended the Golden Globes and was criticized for her body, her dress, and how the dress fit her body. Although she shouldn’t have had to deal with it, her response was brilliant and, if it were possible for me to be more of a fan of her, this would do it: Obviously I […]



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Big Fat Fallacies: Appeal to the People





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My Fat is Not Camouflage, It’s Who I Am and That’s Awesome.

Please help us welcome our newest blogging candidate, Lindsey (aka Feminist Cupcake), who will be submitting three posts before our community votes on her inclusion. If you’d like to join our blogging team, check out this page. Trigger warning: Discussion of adolescent dieting and weight loss. There is a picture of me. I’m six. I […]



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Losing their “Curves”

Trigger warning: Discussion of Jillian Michaels and a gym with weight loss culture. There are many reasons why I don’t go to Curves. One being that I’m not a fan of having to move from one machine to another for exercise. When I find something I like, I stick with it. I had to take […]



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I Overpay My Babysitter





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the HAES® files: Exploring Healthy Weight

by Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD For the past two decades, anti-weight-loss-diet proponents throughout the U.S. and several other countries have celebrated next week, the third week in January, as Healthy Weight Week. The event was founded to call out the sense of defeat experienced by millions of people who subscribe to the #1 New Year’s […]



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Monday, 13 January 2014

Skeptical Inquirer and Fatties, Part 2

[Part 1 is here.] Kenneth W. Krause has a column in Skeptical Inquirer magazine in which, lately, he has been taking on fat activists. By comparison of this page and this page, he appears to be the same guy who tried to shame fat newscaster Jennifer Livingston into losing weight for the good of society. […]



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Accepting that it just doesn't work

No blog post next week. I will be away. In 2013, Sandra Aamodt, a neuroscientist, who does not appear pro-fat acceptance gave a Ted talk were she tells the audience that dieting doesn't work and can be harmful. She further...



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A World Without Fat People

In a conversation on the Facebook Page Everyday Feminism I read this comment: “I don’t want to live in a world where being unhealthy and obese is the cultural norm. It speaks volumes about the decline of our social structure and our values.” This, to me, actually speaks to the way that people confuse their […]



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Tuned Out

Trigger warning: Brief discussion of New Year’s resolution weight loss commercials. Now that we’re well into January, it hit me. Isn’t this the time of year for New Year’s resolution weight loss ads? I hadn’t heard many prior to Christmas, on New Year’s Eve, or in the New Year. Has the world gone sane? Definitely […]



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Saturday, 11 January 2014

Skeptical Inquirer and Fatties, Part 1

Skepticism emphasizes science and facts over mysticism. I’ve blogged about fat acceptance within skepticism here and here, and about skepticism toward medicine here. While I like a skeptical approach when examining health claims, Skeptical Inquirer magazine, a leading outlet of the skeptical community, often sides against fat acceptance, as I’ll explain below. The first fatty […]



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Friday, 10 January 2014

My Little Beauty





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Mother Nature’s Daughter

When I was a kid running amok like an untrained savage through the world, I didn’t stop to ponder the big questions. I just kept plowing forward with a kind of furious intent that got me where I wanted to go. Most of my time was spent attempting various pursuits, with overtones of a sort […]



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Thursday, 9 January 2014

Fatshion: Light, not White

Wow! So I managed to not post at all in December. Truth be told, it was a really rough month for me. I got some bad news about a dear family member around the end of November, my dad’s birthday … Continue reading



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Send Some Love

Our last post of 2013 was about Alexis Shapiro, the 12-year-old girl who developed hypothalamic obesity after having a brain tumor removed. A new friend of the Shapiro’s posted a comment that included an address to send cards and letters to Alexis to cheer her up while she’s going through this difficult period. I can’t […]



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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Air Idiotica —

There’s a lot of bullshit out there. People do incredibly stupid things to get noticed, like making up stories of obnoxious airline passengers named Diane who throw a fit over a Thanksgiving Day flight home. Reality show producer Elan Gale did just that, including fabricated notes to and from “Diane.” It was a bizarre spectacle […]



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Personal Pet Peeves in Plus-Size Clothing





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Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Round Like Mom





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Fat People Get to Love Themselves

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss guru, calorie counting and dickweeds who body shame fatties. If you’ve been reading my posts here, you know that I’ve been an eating adventure the last few weeks. So, as part of this Eating the Food thing, I’ve been looking back at my history with dieting and restriction and […]



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the HAES® files: On Origin Stories

by Jenny Copeland, PsyD “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.” ~ Horace ~ On some level I am convinced that members of the size acceptance community are superheroes fighting for social justice and against the muddled ideals of modern medicine. I picture us in fabulous capes […]



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Monday, 6 January 2014

We Made It Through

I would first like to take a moment to thank the folks who have reached out to me while I’ve been struggling. Thank you!!! Your kindness, thoughts, well wishes and support really mean a lot to me. I know I’m not alone, and neither are you, even when we feel it’s true. 2013 really beat […]



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2014 the year to love your body all over again.

Happy New Year! I guarantee this year all woman (and now even men) will hate their bodies. They will think it's too fat, too skinny, too old, not enough or too much hair, too curvy or not curvy enough. They’ll...



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Weekday Routines





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The Other F Word

With 2014 here, I took the opportunity to sit quietly and reflect on 2013 and all that transpired to make the world a more fat-friendly place. I know it is easier to focus on the speed bumps along the Fat Acceptance road; and to a certain extent, that is important in order to keep the […]



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Sunday, 5 January 2014

No More Stitch-Ups! Developing Media Literacy Through Fat Activist Community Research





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Friday, 3 January 2014

Strawberry Trifle

The holidays can be overwhelming for a diabetic. It’s hard to keep your blood sugar in check when everyone is in the baking and sharing spirit. I, myself, am not a baker, and I don’t enjoy most baked goods, save for cookies, the occasional plain brownie, and a few muffins/sweet breads. I am very picky […]



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Thursday, 2 January 2014

Eating the Food: Two Weeks

Trigger warning: Discussion of a personal diet (as in eating) plan and previous commitment to caloric restriction. I’m two weeks into my 100-day Eating the Food Adventure. To recap, two weeks ago I decided to start eating at least 2,500 calories a day. That’s a minimum, not a maximum. After years of studying Health at […]



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Promises and Wishes





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Is The Childhood Obesity Crisis A Big Fat Red Herring?

I grew up in Freeport, New York, a suburb of New York City on the south shore of Long Island. For decades, Freeport has been a very diverse community, with mostly lower middle class, working class, and poor people. Rather than pay the dollar or so to the cafeteria lunch lady, many of my elementary [...]



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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

War Is Over —

Dear Linny and Lottie, The other night at dinner, Linny said, “I want to be a gymnast.” When I asked you why, your response was, “Because I’m thin.” Based on a comment that a relative made, you now associate gymnastics with being thin. It’s understandable, given that every gymnast you’ve ever seen on TV is […]



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