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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