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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Panic Schmanic

Am I really doing this again? Yup, fifth time I’ve been laid off. #ValleyLife A title is just a title, it turns out, but this one hit home for me. I am sad to have to let it go, but perhaps I’ll just continue to refer to myself as the “Director of Happiness” just the […]



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On fat activism in the Web 2.0 age

On 22 August, I’m hosting a workshop on how to use Web 2.0 to promote your activism. It’s a subject I am passionate about, and have been thinking about for years. (It dovetails nicely with my interest in how scholars may use Web 2.0 tools to disseminate their research and build a profile as a […]



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An Open Letter to Dear Abby. Re: Bikinis

Dear Abby, For the first time in my adult life as a fat person, I wore a bikini top in public. I wore one before at a NAAFA (National Association to Advance FAT Acceptance) convention knowing there I wouldn’t feel...



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What To Do Instead of Worrying About Your Kid’s Weight

Trigger warning: Discussion of body dysmorphia and eating disorders. Last week, one of my childhood best friends (Belerma, on the far right) posted this picture she found of us taken during our sixth grade camping trip, circa 1982. I was 11 years old. That’s me, in the yellow, in the middle. The girl to my […]



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Thursday, 14 August 2014

The Little Black Yippy Dog: A Post on Anxiety Disorder

A common metaphor for depression is a black dog, a constant, menacing presence, lurking wherever you go. I don’t have depression, but anxiety, which I do have, is often thought of as a different side of the same kind. I think anxiety is a black dog too, but definitely a different breed. It’s more of […]



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Nickel and Dime: The Interview —

Trigger warning: Discussion of calorie counting, weight loss and weight loss surgery. I should be surprised, but I’m not. After yesterday’s introduction to today’s interview on the ubiquitous 5-10% rule, the subreddit /r/FatLogic has broken out its tiny violins and begun pushing back against the peer-reviewed research and expert testimony I presented because BOOTSTRAPS! Granted, […]



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the HAES® files: Shameless

by Fall Ferguson, JD, MA It’s the opening minutes of a weekend workshop on embodiment. We – 25 participants and I – sit in a circle. About a third of them are there voluntarily, but the other two-thirds of the participants are required to be there for their graduate degree program. I begin by welcoming […]



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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Nickel and Dime: Prelude —

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss and weight loss surgery. In my mind, there are two tiers of weight loss fraud. There’s the blatant fraud that brought Dr. Oz to Capitol Hill. Blatant weight loss fraud is easy to spot (e.g., diet pills, shakes, supplements, “superfoods”) and most of society eagerly points to it when […]



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O Captain! My Captain!

Sitting in that theater, watching that movie was like a crash course in who I was striving to be and why. As I sat in the dark theater, sobbing while the credits rolled, I knew for sure that I wanted to spend the rest of my life standing on desks, inspiring other people to stand on desks or, preferably, doing both at the same time.



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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Food for Thought

From the St Louis Post-Dispatch on the policing in Ferguson, Missouri: A “best practices” study published in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin two years ago says it’s generally accepted that “crowd violence escalates if people think police offers treat them unfairly.” Furthermore, the study says, when a crowd perceives that “officers act with justice and […]



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On Being Fat, Disabled, and Adapting to Life

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss and weight loss surgery. I’ve been fat for most of my almost 61 years of life (from the time I was 22). Up until about 20 years ago, the only problems I really had were finding clothing that fit (that I liked), and putting up with the fat-phobic comments […]



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Fat Lives on Hold

Yesterday I discussed some absolutely horrible advice that Dear Abby gave to a reader in which she perpetuated the idea that the best thing for fat people is to never ever be happy with ourselves, never be comfortable in our skin, always hide our bodies, live in constant shame, have low self-esteem and poor body […]



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Monday, 11 August 2014

Punching Down While Punching Up

There’s a phenomenon I’ve been thinking about for a while–I think it started after I read this Salon piece about Justine Sacco–I think of it as ‘punching down while punching up’. People like Justine Sacco, who become not just targets of internet outrage but disproportionate and widespread internet outrage, that spreads beyond subsectors of the […]



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Soylent: My Fantasy Come True?

Trigger warning: Discussion of anorexia and weight loss. So, before I explain my strange food fantasies, a quick synopsis of my personal history: thin/athletic up until age 14, totally unaware that I enjoyed thin privilege. Taught in school that anyone’s body can be made fat or thin through diet and exercise, because 3,500 calories = […]



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Saturday, 9 August 2014

How to Have a Movie Star Body (It’s not what you think…)

In a recent interview, Elizabeth Banks dared to step outside of the common, “I look like a movie star because of my alfalfa smoothies, my personal trainer and my guru” rhetoric to admit that she really can’t take that much credit for her gorgeous body. In a recent interview in New You Magazine Banks said: […]



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Friday, 8 August 2014

When Positive Turns Negative

If you’ve read this blog in the past you might know that I’m generally a very positive person. I am this way because I haven’t always been and I know how it feels to not be. Everything is more difficult when you are actively hating, yourself, the world, whatever. I have been able to do […]



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Happy Heart —

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 diet, exercise, health and weight loss. I know, I know, I promised you all […]



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Thursday, 7 August 2014

the HAES® files: The Dangers of Living in a Safe House

by Stacey Nye, PhD This article originally appeared in the September 2006 issue of the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle. I recently presented a workshop at a local spa on healing disconnected eating. As a guest presenter, my husband and I were treated to a weekend of complimentary food, exercise classes and other presentations by the spa’s […]



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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Life Goes On!





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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

.House of Harlow Review.





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Workplace Woedown

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 office weight loss and diet talk. Hi Everyone! It’s been a while. I had […]



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Monday, 4 August 2014

On The Road Again

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 got some exciting news about The Fat Naked Art Project. First, the project and myself will be […]



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Refusing to Feel Bad

One of the common tactics that people use to bully fat people – whether it’s for fun or profit – is to make sure that we never feel good about anything – not our bodies, not our achievements, nothing, ever. One way this is done is by insisting that there is “no excuse” for not […]



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Sunday, 3 August 2014

Restating the obvious.

Short blog today and no Blog post next week, I will be on vacation. If you read my book, the introduction is all about my my dieting history. Somehow I managed to resist dieting pressure until junior high but starting...



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Very Low Weight Gain or Gestational Weight Loss in Pregnant Obese Women





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