Thursday, 31 July 2014

Getting over my body

Thanks to everyone who has gotten us this far. Please support Casey in improving her mobility while fighting the fat haters by donating whatever you can afford. Read more here or click the image above to donate. Trigger warning: Discussion of health. My sister and I look nothing alike. I have red hair, she has […]



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the HAES® files: Fat Studies in Popular Culture/American Culture

by Rev. Dr. E-K Daufin The Popular Culture/American Culture Association is an international, academic organization whose different areas of research and interest cover alphabetically from Academic and Collegiate Culture through World’s Fairs and Expositions, with a lot in between. Popular Culture includes discovering the social impact of media, media support industries, live exhibits and performances. […]



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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Fatties aren’t supposed to enjoy physical activity

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The Chub Rub Solution!

Here it is, nearly August, and I have yet to write a post about the all-important topic of chub rub and how to avoid it. As silly as it may seem, I think being chub-rub-free has a big impact on your clothing choices. When you’re not worried about your thighs rubbing together, you can pick [...]



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What They Never Consider

I’ve heard about studies linking fat to everything from diseases to lower cognitive function. There are any number of issues with these studies – from sample sizes so small that everyone in the study would fit in a efficiency apartment in LA, to correlation vs. causation mistakes that would make a first semester statistics student […]



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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Fatshion: Skulls, Vintage, and Florals

Hi friends! So we’re still catching up from our little mini hiatus over the spring (you can read a bit more about it here). This was an outfit I wore to the Los Angeles Ultimate Women’s Expo at LA Mart … Continue reading



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The Samsara Food Sequence

Thanks to everyone who has gotten us this far. Please support Casey in improving her mobility while fighting the fat haters by donating whatever you can afford. Read more here or click the image above to donate. So this week I watched the “non-narrative documentary” Samsara (2011, directed by Ron Fricke and produced by Mark […]



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Monday, 28 July 2014

Study Accidently Finds Out Dieting doesn't Work.

Researchers at Duke have put together a study to find out which diet (including drugs but excluding Weight loss surgery and Medifast, Optifast, and Slimfast) gives you more bang for the buck. Finkelstein and research assistant Eliza Kruger first conducted...



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Goodnight Dear Blog.





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Is it or isn’t it all about that bass?

There’s a song doing the rounds on T’Interweb at the moment – Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Bass’. It’s cute, it’s catchy, and it’s being held up as an anthem to body acceptance. But, while Trainor is all about accepting curvier bodies, she does it at the expense of the less-curvaceously blessed. The wonderful Jenny…





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Progress Report —

Thanks to everyone who has gotten us this far. Please support Casey in improving her mobility while fighting the fat haters by donating whatever you can afford. Read more here or click the image above to donate. Trigger warning: Discussion of articles about weight loss, eating disorders and weight loss surgery. Welcome to Parents Night, […]



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What could fat activist choreography look like?





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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Induction or Waiting in Obese First-Time Mothers?





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Are you in? Summer Of Body Love Starts This Monday!

Summer is supposed to be a time of relaxation and fun. Picture summer and you probably think of spending time at the beach or pool, backyard barbecues, and time off from school or work. But when you hate your body, summer can be particularly treacherous. You can no longer cover up your body with lots [...]



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the HAES® files: In the summer haze, a season full of HAES-inspired events!

by Amy Herskowitz,MSc Being connected to various size acceptance and fat activism listservs, blogs, online groups and social media sites allows us to broadcast some of the incredible events going on around the globe, both virtually and in-person that are welcoming, celebratory, educational, political, or any combination of these, and more. Today’s blog post invites […]



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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Princess FIona Cosplay Dilemma

Thanks to everyone who has gotten us this far. Please support Casey in improving her mobility while fighting the fat haters by donating whatever you can afford. Read more here or click the image above to donate. In October of last year, I attended Mile Hi Con in Denver. This is not an unusual occurrence. […]



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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Hello again Haters and a wee announcement.





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The Bethenny Frankel Body Debacle

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Run, Climb, and Swim to Your Top

In two weeks I will be on my annual vacation in Vermont. I call it my week to live my life on my terms. I get in plenty of movement, eat whole local foods (i.e. local food co-op and farmer's...



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Exercise as Medicine

Thanks to everyone who has gotten us this far. Please support Casey in improving her mobility while fighting the fat haters by donating whatever you can afford. Read more here or click the image above to donate. I’ve noticed there are two kinds of people. There are people who are constantly active — they have […]



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Friday, 18 July 2014

Good and Evil —

Thanks to everyone who has gotten us this far. Please support Casey in improving her mobility while fighting the fat haters by donating whatever you can afford. Read more here or click the image above to donate. I’ve always been hyper-self-conscious. I was a bit of a doofus growing up and simultaneously vigilant about not […]



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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Fatshion: Garden Blooms

Hey friends! I wore this sometime back in April or May I think, back when it was still cool enough to wear leggings in Southern California! That time has since passed (although, I am wearing some today so what do … Continue reading



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Learning from Mistakes

Thanks to everyone who has gotten us this far. Please support Casey in improving her mobility while fighting the fat haters by donating whatever you can afford. Read more here or click the image above to donate. In the past few years, I’ve reluctantly adopted the title of prepper because it shorthands the conversation. “I […]



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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Young Adult revisited: A critical look at Sweet Valley High

Thanks to everyone who has gotten us this far. Please support Casey in improving her mobility while fighting the fat haters by donating whatever you can afford. Read more here or click the image above to donate. Trigger warning: Discussion of anorexia in a fictional story. Young adult literature was a lot different back in […]



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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

I Wonder/Cultivating Compassion

Thanks to everyone who has gotten us this far. Please support Casey in improving her mobility while fighting the fat haters by donating whatever you can afford. Read more here or click the image above to donate. Today, I have the honor of introducing our latest blogger: Jean Braithwaite. I made the executive decision to […]



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Monday, 14 July 2014

When weight stigma causes brain drain

Thanks to everyone who has gotten us this far. Please support Casey in improving her mobility while fighting the fat haters by donating whatever you can afford. Read more here or click the image above to donate. An article by Rachel Fox titled “Too fat to be a scientist?” has been percolating in the back […]



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When fat people are fat in public

A few days ago, Linda Kelsey wrote a fat-hating diatribe in the Daily Mail, in which she railed against the horrors of fat people being fat in public, and wearing, you know, clothes and shit. I won’t link to it. And I’m also not going to write another response – the Fatosphere has already produced…





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Saturday, 12 July 2014

Friday, 11 July 2014

Douche Shaming —

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On hearing the news this morning about NICE and WLS





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Thursday, 10 July 2014

the HAES® files: Exclusion

by Fall Ferguson, JD, MA The U.S. Supreme Court’s Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision, ostensibly about abortion and religious liberty, may not seem like a Health At Every Size® issue at first glance. However, I would argue that we encounter a HAES issue any time someone’s health rights are limited or circumscribed based on morality […]



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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Freeze Yo Body

Thanks to everyone who has gotten us this far. Please support Casey in improving her mobility while fighting the fat haters by donating whatever you can afford. Read more here or click the image above to donate. Trigger warning: Weight loss idiocy. Welcome to today’s addition of Snake Oil Inc., where we lovingly sell you […]



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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

CropTopGate and why beauty is irrelevant

A few days ago, activist Amanda Levitt (@FatBodyPolitics) was featured in a local magazine, taking a break from national television! The story was well handled and it was accompanied by a lovely photograph. But she felt there was something odd about the photo. Then she realised what it was. They had photoshopped her crop top…





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When You Have to Be Around Body Shamers

Maybe it’s at a work function, or maybe it’s at a family event – if you know that you are probably going to have to deal with people who will mistake your body for their business, there are some strategies you can employ. If you’re dealing with the friends and family food police (think “Do […]



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The Duality of Visibility

We don’t ask much of our readers, but we are asking you to support Casey in improving her mobility while fighting the fat haters. Read more here or click the image above to donate. The past couple of months have been busy for me. The last couple of weeks have been downright hectic. I’ve been […]



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Monday, 7 July 2014

Yet another useless Weight Loss Drug

No blog post next week, I will be away. Weight loss drugs have a history of not working and/or causing dangerous and deadly side effects. This new one coming down the pipe doesn't look any better. This new pill Gelesis100...



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Eating: back to basics





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Fat activism and tattoos





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Sunday, 6 July 2014

Do rich people really get more diabetes?

A couple of weeks ago, the American Diabetes Association had their annual conference. A bunch of news reports found their way into my inbox and left me chomping at the bit with stuff I wanted to rant about. This one is about two large epidemiological studies in Canada, both showing that highly walkable neighbourhoods are…





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Saturday, 5 July 2014

So very many things wrong with the Hobby Lobby decision

The Supreme Court decided last week that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act applies to closely held corporations as well as to individual people, and that because of that, the ACA’s standards for insurance coverage that include contraception cannot be applied to companies with religious conflicts with contraception. The RFRA doesn’t explicitly apply to corporations, but […]



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Looking for PCOS Stories





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Movie monsters get fatter: OMG it’s an epidemic!

This evening I had the dubious pleasure of sitting through 2 and a 1/2 hours of extremely meh robotic action, appalling dialogues, very off-colour humour, disturbing sexualisation of underage girls, and impressively excess product placement in Transformers: Age of Extinction. The movie spectacularly fails the Bechdel Test, with its main female character spending most of…





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Friday, 4 July 2014

Freedom and Vaccination

So, recently on the Unfundamentalist Christians page, the discussion came up about a recent ruling that people who choose not to vaccinate their kids for religious reasons don’t get to send them to school during an outbreak. One person was arguing that this is a slippery slope to letting the government decide what you do […]



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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Redditors hit rock-bottom, then break out the dynamite

I’m pretty much past being shocked by the hateful things people say to and about fat people for daring to exist in the world, but every once in a while, the trolls still manage to surprise me. In this case, it’s a bunch of redditors making fun of a woman with a spinal injury who’s […]



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Why hating us is bad for you too

Content note: Discussion of stigma and discrimination against fat people and other targeted groups. We all know that being a member of a stigmatised group is incredibly stressful. Not just the major, overt things, like people throwing stuff at you when you’re out exercising, or not being hired for a job because of your size.…





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Flying Monkeys —

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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Need a laugh?

This video from The Doubleclicks gave me one today. Growing up isn’t fast In fact it’s so slow you don’t see it happen I turned around one day to find That I worked a job & I had to file taxes But I still like fun And I still like games And I still want […]



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What am I doing wrong?

Before I started on this 30-day blogging challenge, I hadn’t posted since September last year. As a result, my regular viewing numbers were pretty low – just people who accidentally came across my blog, usually by typing “cracker and water diet” into google, which took them to this post. I hope I didn’t disappoint them…





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Superstars Don’t Have Time For Haters

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Breakfast, weight-loss and crappy science

Content note: (1) irony – could be considered offensive – isn’t intended that way; (2) weight loss dieting. I’m not sure how we got onto the topic, but a few days ago, a group of us were talking about people who try to stow away in the wheel wells of airplanes, usually with tragic results.…





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Free to enjoy your life

We don’t ask much of our readers, but we are asking you to support Casey in improving her mobility while fighting the fat haters. Read more here or click the image above to donate. As I’ve been racing to meet July 1 deadlines, it hit me that Independence Day is just around the corner. As […]



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I Only Need Birth Control Because . . . I’m Only Fat Because . . . And The Politics Of Appeasement

Following the recent, horrendous Hobby Lobby decision, I’ve been seeing a spate of articles talking about why so many women need birth control not for controlling birth but for medical issues like irregular periods. I find this argument not only irritating but detrimental. I think the argument that birth control is not just birth control [...]



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