Monday, 31 March 2014

Doctors, Compassion, and size

Last week I wrote about two stories where "Obesity experts" just don’t get it. This week I'm writing about a doctor who tries but fails to get it. Dr. Edward Thompson writes about treating a 600 pound man and seems...



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Sunday, 30 March 2014

Small fatties, Acceptable Fatties and more.





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Wait for Spontaneous Labor If the Cervix Isn't Ripe





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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Beauty Bees: Lavender Swirl Hair

Excuse my pouty face but I have lavender hair thanks to my super star stylist, Rachel Arvizu!! I had waited so long to have this – years ago, probably close to ten now, I saw an editorial in a magazine … Continue reading



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Friday, 28 March 2014

From the Baker’s Corner

Spring is here, although in Maryland you wouldn’t know it from the way old man winter is still hanging on with his icy grip. Easter is also fast approaching, and if you’re looking for a simple but tasty dessert to serve up at your holiday gathering, or just want something sweet that isn’t your typical […]



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Fatshion: Lace and Hearts and Meows

You saw a tiny glimpse of this outfit for our Getting Spring Pretty post recently but now you get to see the whole thing! I feel like this photo is like one of those old school 70s portraits where you … Continue reading



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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Trapped in the System

There is a story I have been following for some time through conservative and Pro-Life news sources. When I initially considered writing about it here, I was shocked at the lack of coverage in mainstream news sources. Even today, I was debating between doing a roundup of miscellaneous links or signal-boosting the story. In light […]



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the HAES® files: The (Long) Road to My PhD Study

by Lily O’Hara, BSc, Postgrad Dip Hlth Prom, MPH, PhD (c) I have recently submitted my PhD thesis in public health and health promotion, and as part of the process, I was reflecting on my position as a researcher and how I came to that position. I realised that the road leading to the study […]



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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Skepchick and Two Forms of Weight Stigma

I know I’ve been linking to Skepchick a lot. That’s because, when it comes to size acceptance, they are not preaching to the choir as I am, but rather bringing size acceptance to an audience that is less aware of it. Today’s post is about weight stigma conversations, and it’s by Olivia, who is not […]



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Double the Divas, Double the Fun

I found this show too late, Lifetime has cancelled it. Of course they did — it shows women having fun, being “outrageous,” opinionated, and most, unacceptable of all (to TV producers, anyway), accepting of women of all sizes. Cynthia and Molly’s motto is “No bust too big or small, we fit them all.” Molly (on […]



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Emergency Preparedness: Food Without Power





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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Quick Link: Depression, Side Effects, and Skepchick

In the interest of strengthening the links between fatties and skeptics, I am once again posting a link to a post on Skepchick. This one is by Elyse, is called Doctors vs Orgasms, and is about a series of discussions with her doctor about medications and their side effects. The reason I’m linking to it […]



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Mirror Mirror

“if you are searching for that one person that will change your life look in the mirror” I posted a pic with this quote the other day on this blog’s Facebook page and while at the time I liked it, it wasn’t until I saw how many people were into it that I gave it […]



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Fatshion: Vintage Magenta and Purrfect Teal

I know this outfit is kind of basic but I love it for a lot of reasons – one of them being this top. Years ago when I was heavily into the fat activism movement, a fat fashion blogger said … Continue reading



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As a Fatty, My Street Harassment Isn’t Your Street Harassment…

Once a month I participate in Rarely Wears Lipstick’s “Ask a Feminist” series. The series is akin to the old ”Dear Abby” column. Basically, someone sends in or poses a question about living in a patriarchal culture and a group of feminists, including myself, give our insight on how we would handle that particular issue. […]



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Monday, 24 March 2014

Not so much fail and other stuff.





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Stop Minimizing You

“Everyone is done a disservice when we try to cram our vibrancy into tiny packages to make others more comfortable with our presence.” The above quote was from an article on elephant journal about how to be an aggressive bitch that people still wanna be around. Ha! Yeah, that spoke to me, but truly, the […]



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Zero Steps Forward and Eight Steps Back

Living in New York City, I climb stairs. In my house, in the subway, at my job, and in random places you wouldn’t think would have stairs. Two months ago I climbed the Manitou incline which was like a giant...



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Mice and Men —

Last year, I had a plan. In May 2013, I wrote about my intention to do the Fight for Air Climb in St. Louis. Forty flights with a goal of ten minutes, the median from the previous year’s stair climb. I began with 10 flights and worked my way up to 30 with the plan […]



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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Perfectly Fitted with Sculpted Silhouette

Jen and I recently visited Sculpted Silhouette, a bra boutique in Culver City. The boutique owner, Lorne Wellington, eagerly told us all about how her passion for bra fitting was born, how she held bra parties for her friends and … Continue reading



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Friday, 21 March 2014

Wild Mushroom Show at the LA County Arboretum

I mentioned a few posts ago about going to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens with Aria recently for a local mushroom show put on by the Los Angeles Mycological Society. We both love visiting the Arboretum and … Continue reading



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Knock On Wood —

One year ago from yesterday, I sounded the alarm on a new “wellness program” at CVS Pharmacy, wherein employees must participate in a “voluntary” health screening where they must disclose their personal health information, including weight and sexual activity, or else face increased insurance premiums. Shortly thereafter, Michelin Tires announced a similar punitive, but “voluntary […]



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Fattylympics talk in London





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Thursday, 20 March 2014

The Demise of a Great Blog





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Help Wanted —

Our very own Casey (Adventures of a Part-Time Wheeler) is raising $2,769 to purchase a scooter so she can get around campus faster. You can read here more about why she has decided to bite the bullet and become the dreaded Scooter Fatty of concern troll cautionary tales. Casey has created a Go Fund Me […]



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Choosing scooting

Last week I had the awesome opportunity to go on a cruise with my family, but for numerous reasons I didn’t want to bring my manual wheelchair (internalized ableism, ableism from my family, structural ableism). I picked up a rollator on Ebay so I could be more supported than my forearm crutches….which worked, kind of. […]



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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

13 Bloggers to Get to Know Giveaway!

Hi friends, We’re partnering with 12 other bloggers to bring you a bunch of ad space and some cool gift cards!! Check out what you can win and then scroll down to enter the giveaway! ♥ The Petite Mrs – … Continue reading



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Filling in the Fox Gap

Trigger warning: Discussion of eating disorders. It’s been a while, huh? A month at least. So what’s been going on? Shiiii, a lot. I’ve talked a bit about what’s happened in college and about the looks I get as well. As far as school has gone, my sign language teacher is still a bigot and […]



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The HAES® For The Holidays Ecourse Is Back For Spring!

Easter and Passover are almost here. Did you ever notice that the holidays can bring up a lot of . . . stuff? Being with family can mean being scrutinized about your weight, your food choices, and even bigger life choices. Whether you come from a family of constant dieters or one where cleaning your [...]



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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Hypoglycemia or calorie deprivation: a focus on food

Trigger warning: Talk of eating disorders, restrictive eating and eating enough calories for minimum function. I’ve struggled with hypoglycemia-like symptoms for years — more years than I can remember. My doctor finally diagnosed me with hypoglycemia and recommended eating every two to three hours, or eating when symptomatic. The odd part is that I don’t […]



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Monday, 17 March 2014

What happens when there is weight loss/gain?

When I gave up dieting, I wasn’t fully into size acceptance. I realized dieting didn’t work and if I continued, I would wreck my body even further. At first I worried I would gain an enormous amount of weight (this...



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Getting Spring Pretty (and Free from Allergy Issues) with Well at Walgreens!

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This content has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its client. All health related suggestions and opinions expressed in this post are … Continue reading



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Sexy stats and vegetable soup

Trigger warning: Any statisticians out there, look away now. There’s a new kid on the block in the world of statistics, and it’s called regression. Actually, it’s not that new. The newest, sexiest statistical whizz-bangery is something called structural equation modelling, but I don’t understand that, so you’ll have to make do with regression. Welcome […]



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Cosmos Is Back





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Fat and dancing and life and everything: SWAGGA begins





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A Woman Your Size Has No Business Being Pregnant





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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Swallowed





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Saturday, 15 March 2014

Fatshion: Best Friend Date at the Arboretum

My hair looks so orange here! So you may have recently noticed that I’ve bleached my hair from its dark brown color to a blonde color. I have a hair surprise coming that I can’t wait to show you but … Continue reading



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Friday, 14 March 2014

Mrs. Tumble

I don’t know what we did before the internet. I mean, I know that that’s a thing people say, but I really don’t know what we did. Want to know the menu for the highest rated Italian restaurant two cities over? Tough. Interested in the filmography of that guy you saw in that thing? Hard […]



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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Fails: Intuitive eating, doctors and stuff.





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Laziness or Pain Mitigation

This is the thought that occurred to me the other night whilst looking for a parking spot at the grocery store. I parked my car and began to gather my things (purse, keys, phone, bags) when I noticed the same car pass by me again and again, searching for a better parking spot? I wondered, […]



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DIY: A Fox for a Fox

I’m a big fan of A Beautiful Mess (who isn’t, right?) and when I found out that my partner likes foxes, I knew I had to make one of these for his birthday! This little plush fox was super easy … Continue reading



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the HAES® files: Size Matters

by Dana Schuster, MS The following post was published on Feb. 25 in the “Not In Our Town” Blog, a movement whose goal is “to stop hate, address bullying, and build safe, inclusive communities for all.” Not in Our Town and Not in Our School are both projects of The Working Group, an Oakland-based nonprofit […]



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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Oh, You Average Doll

The news this week has been abuzz over a young man’s attempt to create an alternative fashion doll to the ultra-popular Barbie, by modeling it on the measurements of an “average” 19-year-old woman, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meet Lammily: Named after creator Nickolay Lamm, the doll is shorter and […]



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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Supporting Friends through Eating Disorders

Below is tumblr question that was submitted to me and I thought it was a really important topic that should be spoken about. So often as fat people we have thin friends in our lives who are going through disordered eating patterns and negative thoughts about their own bodies. We want to support them but […]



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Grace Blue

Last Saturday while having lunch at an upscale mall my boyfriend and I were chatting and I had to explain that often such places make me very uncomfortable if not desperate to leave. “Nice stuff or places make you uncomfortable?” he asked, and I simply replied, “Yeah.” He grew up poor as well, but in […]



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Laughing at failure

I hurt my back in a freak skating accident recently. Not wanting to do cortisone shots or surgery, I’m looking into chiropractic care. Whether it works or not is up for debate, and I’m certainly skeptical myself. After my consultation, I could go either way. My assessment entailed several self-report surveys, a motion test, a […]



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Monday, 10 March 2014

Is the Faux Epidemic Over?

Fatness among 3-5 years old has dropped 43% and fat adults and kids over 5 and adults have stayed the same and have been for the past decade. Not just in the US but the world. Paul Campos writes: As...



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Many News, Such Fatness. Wow.





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Sunny Side Down

What a weekend! I had so much going on this last weekend and such little energy to accomplish it all on. Whew! All in all it ended well, but it was a struggle. The truth is, I feel like I might be having a bit of an identity crisis. I didn’t have the words to […]



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Fat Bitch

Fat or bitch… which word is more offensive? Language — ain’t it a pip! The NFL has just voted to implement a 15 yard penalty for using the N-word during play on the field. The decision to do this stems, in part, from a recent debacle involving locker room bullying by Richie Incognito who used […]



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Sunday, 9 March 2014

Saturday, 8 March 2014

THIS FAT OLD LADY IS FEELING LIKE SUCH A WRITER

I missed blogging yesterday. My reason for missing blogging was I was tired. I was tired because we drove to a Con (FogCon). FogCon is being held in Walnut Creek – about 60 miles from our home. It took 2 hours to get there. It took 2 hours because traffic was a fucking nightmare. Even […]



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Friday, 7 March 2014

Buzzz…

My work event last night went well. Unfortunately I hit the caffeine beast a bit too hard yesterday with all of the hustle and bustle of setting up and managing the event that I couldn’t get to sleep until stupid-late. I woke up feeling extra tired as a result, but such is life. I’m wearing […]



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I’m Allowed To Be Angry

Trigger warning: Brief mention of rape in reference to misogyny This post was inspired by two things this week. The first was a feminist post which was shared by a Facebook page I follow which had an image with the words “I’m a feminist and NO I don’t hate men.” The second thing was a […]



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Chins Up: Talking Fat and Performance





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Why Can’t You Just Be Positive?

I got to be on the radio today with the fabulous Substantia Jones (when it’s up, the archive will be here!) One of the callers expressed a sentiment that I hear expressed to civil rights activists a lot “If you’re happy just live your life and don’t worry about what other people think!” Other iterations […]



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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Processing…

A big part of being the Director of Happiness (my job title, btw) is knowing how to direct my own happiness so that I can do a better job of supporting the rest of the office. This has forced me to see happiness in many different ways and perspectives. Happiness is so much and yet […]



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Baby Steps

Trigger warning: Detailed discussion of disordered eating. I have been reading the progress of Shaunta and her Eating the Food experiment and it has inspired me to my own experiment. My experiment has been nothing so structured as hers, which is partly why I haven’t written about it yet. Also, I fail more than I […]



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the HAES® Files: First Comes Acceptance, Then Comes…?

by Dr. Jenny Copeland I want to talk about something uncomfortable, something that I wonder if we all think about in the corners of our mind but dare not say out loud. This is not a simple question of “I’ve accepted my body, now what?” Rather, I find myself curious about what happens when elements […]



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The Problem with Just

Just is a word that gets slung around by everyone from doctors who fail at practicing evidence-based medicine to the self-styled, self-declared (or is it self-deluded) internet health gurus in the comment sections who try to tell everyone how to live: Just eat less and exercise more and you’ll get thin Just send your kids […]



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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

World’s Tiniest Violin —

Trigger warning: Eating disorders, diet talk and assholes. When I first started blogging about Fat Acceptance in 2009, I made the clever decision to begin by immediately pissing off everybody. As I recall, there was only one other guy writing on the subject, but unlike him, I had zero experience with feminism outside of my […]



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Jog On





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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

“Not everyone lives happily ever after”

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss surgery and its consequences. I don’t remember where I saw “WLS: Not everyone lives happily ever after” (I’ve slept since then and my memory is shot, another complication from that failed weight loss surgery (WLS) I had in September of 1997), but my first thought on seeing the headline […]



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Monday, 3 March 2014

Movement, the News Media, and Another Lie.

A study in the Mayo Clinic indicated that fat women only do about an hour of exercise every year. This was the headline at Time: Obese Women Get Only One Hour Of Exercise in a Whole Year That isn't true....



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My 5 Steps to Nice Skin





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Panel: This is What a Fat Activist Does





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Sunday, 2 March 2014

Lots of Fatties

In fatness news, there’s been some talk about how there are now a lot fewer fat children ages 2 to 5, and how wonderful that is. Here’s the study: http://ift.tt/1fDApFr, and here’s a (mostly) glowing report on it: http://ift.tt/1etXkhQ. And, of course, anti-fat warriors have questioned the significance of the decrease: http://ift.tt/1cULbpO In this case, […]



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