Monday, 29 February 2016

Zebra Awareness: Rare Disease Day



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11 Reasons Why I Focus On Health and Not Weight

I got the following e-mail today: This whole Health at Every Size thing is nothing more than fat people justifying being fat and being too lazy to diet. It simply makes no sense in any other context. Setting aside the fact that my body needs no justification,  I came to a Health at Every Size […]

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Saturday, 27 February 2016

A Few Thoughts On Consistency

Today I received my last Sojourner medal in Ingress.  It’s a deceptively simple one to earn – get within a certain distance of a game portal and perform a certain game action daily. The number of days starts at 15 and  increases over time. As of today, I have visited a portal 360 days in … Continue reading

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Cheryl Tiegs – Former Model, Current Fat Shamer

Nearly 500 readers e-mailed and Facebooked me asking for a post about this, so here you go!  For the first time ever, a “plus size model” (or, as I like to call them, models) is on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition. Now there are any number of issues that one might have with the concept […]

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Friday, 26 February 2016

Calories In-Calories Out: Not Even Wrong

I recently read an overall-pretty-good article in The Atlantic called “What Does a Calorie Measure?” about how calorie counting is being criticized by some people, often in favor of focusing on satiety. This helped me to hit on what I’ve … Continue reading

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12 Good Fatty Archetypes now available as a zine!

This has been my life today! A long-overdue (41 years, to be exact!) foray into zine making and a very frustrating lesson in Adobe Indesign! But, after 8 solid hours I am successful in both endeavors! I’ve got several personal zine projects in the works but the […]

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Thursday, 25 February 2016

the HAES® files: This is For the Fat Ambassadors, their Allies, and a Call Out to their Detractors (Well-Intentioned and Not)

by Linda Bacon, PhD, with Melissa A. Fabello, M.Ed. Sarai Walker emails me, disillusioned, feeling beaten down after months of being in the public eye as a fat ambassador. Sarai is author of the recently released Dietland, a feminist manifesto wherein heroine Plum Kettle confronts her fantasy of becoming thin, the false promises of diet […]

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Fatphobic Nurse Makes Me Say F*ck Seven Times

Tristy Taylor is a super cool woman who I met through fat activism.  I think I was first introduced to her via her video Fat Strong Lady, about being an Olympic-style lifter, we connected through Facebook and through various events. A little over six months ago her husband passed away, unexpectedly, in front of her.  She has […]

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Fatshion: Photoshoot at the Madonna Inn

Hi friends! So last month, my best friend and artist, Aria, my friend and beautifully talented femme, Jade, and I all went to Portland, OR together for a little road trip. The trip was beautiful for...

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100 Fat Activists #2. Steve Post's Fat-In Placard



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Dealing With Bad Body Image Days

Bad body image days can happen to anyone, any time, no matter where they are in their body love journey.  How we deal with them can help determine whether they are a minor irritation or a major setback. In our final preview video for the Body Love Obstacle Course, Jeanette DePatie and I talk about […]

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Imagine a Body Positive World

In my last blog post, I talked about the importance of asking for help.  In this post, I’m going to talk about imagining a body positive world, AND I’m going to ask  YOU for help. Imagining a body positive world is something I talk about a lot when I am hired to speak.  Imagine a […]

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Apparently Our Necks Are Too Fat Now

Reader Ana let me know about a YouTube Channel that focuses on hairstyles and has almost 900,000 followers.  In a tutorial about “Hair Hacks Every Girl Should Know”  they suggested to those 900,000 people that they should use make-up to contour the back of their necks to make “slimmer graceful looking Updos!” Fuck. That. People are allowed […]

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Monday, 22 February 2016

Fat Activist Vernacular and other zines



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Fat and Eating Disorders

It’s National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and I wanted to talk a little bit about the ways that our culture screws up when it comes to the discussion of body size and eating disorders, because those screw ups can kill people. The first is when we see “obesity” compared to “eating disorders” as if they […]

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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Eighth Annual Turkey Awards: Weight Bias in Lipedema Care



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Link: Is Hamlet fat?

When we talk about the lack of representation for marginalized groups in media, we often make creating new characters and stories synonymous with meeting the need for greater diversity.  This is, undoubtedly, vital to the continuing evolution of art and entertainment in a changing culture that is moving towards a more accurate and inclusive reflection of its audiences.  But […]

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Saturday, 20 February 2016

Hot links, week of 2/14/2016

(I’m trying out a new title for this week’s media and research items. Some of the links are a week or so old, but they’re still relevant, and therefore “hot”, I think.) February 2016: Two articles feature Dr. Linda Bacon as she discusses her own journey to body acceptance, and how HAES (Health At Every […]

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Plus 40 Fabulous – What Makes Me Happy

Another month has rolled around and it’s time for my latest Plus 40 Fabulous post!  This month’s theme is “What Makes Me Happy”.  One of the things about fat activism work is that you’re dealing with SO much bullshit – from the media and government pushing out anti-fat propaganda, general arsehole behaviour from strangers, dealing […]

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Ify Ufele Stole Fashion Week and My Heart

Regular readers know that I’m not much of a Fatshionista, though I’m happy to fight for other fatties to be able to get their fashion on.  But I saw the story of Egypt “Ify” Ufele and I couldn’t not write about it. Ify is the creator of chubiiline, a plus size fashion line that is “bringing […]

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Friday, 19 February 2016

Something to Look Forward to

Living with mental or chronic illness is a constant challenge and learning experience. As time goes on we change, we age, our bodies and minds shift in ways we could never have foreseen or prepared for. We freak out about these changes in different ways and we come to accept these newer versions of ourselves, […]

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Asking for help.

If I’ve learned anything this week it’s this.  Ask for help.  Ask for it sooner rather than later.  Do NOT spend time exhausting every other option on the planet first.  Just ask for help. I think a lot of my identity is tied up with the notion that I am self sufficient.  I can handle […]

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This Time Is Different



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Thursday, 18 February 2016

Other Places I’ve Been Lately

Hi friends! I’ve been all over the internet lately! But before I tell you about that, I wanted to thank my friend, Ava Alamshah for the photo above. She’s taken photos of my for my blog...

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Or Maybe Fat People Aren’t Doing It All Wrong

Every day we are lied to about dieting, weight loss, weight, and health by people who profit from the lies. We are told that anyone who tries hard enough can lose weight and maintain that weight loss.  This despite the fact that there isn’t a single study, anywhere, in which more than a tiny fraction of […]

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the HAES® files: When Clients Come to Us with a Desire to Lose Weight

by Daxle Collier The question seems to come up frequently between Health At Every Size® (HAES) oriented health professionals: “What do you do when a client or patient tells you they want to lose weight?” It’s a loaded question. I want to outline some of the considerations I believe should go into answering this question, but […]

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On irresponsible reporting (just another day in the fatpocalypse)

“‘Fat people should be fined’ – experts say” reads the headline of a story posted on the NZ Herald website this afternoon. It’s yet another example of irresponsible reporting on fatness by the NZ media. The story gets a lot wrong, including that the study in question doesn’t say anything about fat people being fined […]

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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Deepak Chopra Wants Us To Meditate Our Fat Away

  Now in addition to shilling for Weight Watchers, Oprah is shilling for Deepak Chopra’s new weight loss gimmick, a 21-day meditation challenge called “Shedding the Weight: Mind, Body and Spirit.”   Chopra told ABC News Meditation is a way of progressively quieting the mind. We are also introducing the idea of shedding emotional baggage, which frequently […]

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New Video and a New Plan

There’s no question, I’ve been away for a while.  As this video demonstrates, I’m still spending plenty of time talking about Health At Every Size and loving the skin you’re in.  And now I am BACK baby, and I am super excited to tell you what my dear friend and business partner Ragen Chastain and […]

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Let’s Talk Classism in Plus-Size Clothing

Wow.  In the past 24 hours I have seen some of the most disgusting displays of classism in discussions about plus-size clothing that I think I’ve EVER seen in the fatosphere.  Wait until you see the doozy I just screen capped. As most of you probably already know, Beth Ditto dropped her new plus-size clothing […]

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Craigslist Ad: Free Weight Loss Surgery for Marketing

File this under “I didn’t think they could sink any lower.” Marilyn Wann let me know about a San Francisco medical practice that used Craigslist to offer free weight loss surgery in exchange for  “aggressively marketing our hospital and its services.”  See for yourself:   Image used with permission from http://ift.tt/20AJRNQ The text says:  We are a hospital […]

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Monday, 15 February 2016

I feel like I win when I lose: Muriel’s Wedding (1994, dir. PJ Hogan)

Acceptability is a theme that comes up time and time again as I overthink the films I see.  Achieving and maintaining acceptability is often essential to navigating the social sphere, yet also so fraught with paradoxical traps and narrowly-struck balances, it might as well be obtained by switching it with a bag of sand from […]

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100 Fat Activists: The Venus of Willendorf



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Here’s a New Way to Make Delicious Ceviche

Hi friends! I have a special recipe to share with you today! Over a year ago, I attended this magical event for the Los Angeles Femmes of Color Collective called Femme Fest. I say magical because it...

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Sunday, 14 February 2016

Fatshion: I’ve Got Hearts for Eyes

Hi friends! Happy Valentine’s Day! I don’t normally celebrate the holiday but I do love any excuse to spread love. Plus all the heart-shaped stuff that comes out is always fun, right?...

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Healing One Doctor At A Time – Say Something Sunday

Far too many healthcare practitioners operate out of size bias and “everybody knows” beliefs about weight and health that are not backed up the research – diagnosing people as “fat” and prescribing “becoming less fat” and telling their patients that everyone who tries hard enough can manipulate their body size and that it will make […]

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Saturday, 13 February 2016

Interview with Essence Magazine – Full Transcript

Sometimes I am really honoured by the things that come to me thanks to my writing and activism.  This week, I sent out a tweet (below) that was shared far and wide and ended up bringing me to being interviewed by a writer for Essence magazine, which for me is truly an honour.  I’m still […]

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Fat Tax and Diet Failure – The Perfect Storm

As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed two articles came across in a row. The first was about how a University health sciences lecturer in Barbados made a public address at the Ministry of Health’s town hall meeting where the topic was the future of health care financing, and suggested that fat people should be subjected […]

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Friday, 12 February 2016

Media and research, week of 2/7/2016

Here’s the latest batch of media and research items; we’re finally up to the current week! In the future, I will probably be posting these on the weekend following the week in question. (Some items predate this week because we didn’t see them before.) November 1, 2015: A 67-year follow-up study finds no apparent association […]

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5 Meatless Meals to Make

Hi friends! If you’re a long-time follower of Skinned Knees, you may have seen these before but with Lent in full swing, I wanted to give you a round-up of delicious meatless meals you can make...

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Thursday, 11 February 2016

More Weight Loss Surgery ads on TV disguised as shows



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An Easy Way To Show Love With A Big Impact

Hello friends! I am SO excited to work with FTD for this post, especially because of who the recipient is for this gorgeous bouquet! But before I get into that, I have to say that I had such a hard...

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Some Dreams Might Be Better Stolen

Today I was accused, not for the first time, of “stealing people’s dreams.” This happens to those of us who are very vocal about the mountain of research that shows that long term weight loss is nearly impossible. People criticize me for this despite the fact that I am very clear that people have every […]

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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Yet More Evidence That You Shouldn't Go To The Hospital Too Early



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Media and research, week of 1/31/2016

Here’s the second batch of media and research items; these are for the week that ended this past Saturday. (Some dates are earlier because they didn’t cross my radar until that week.) June 26, 2015: Researchers find that weight loss interventions that target the physical environment and access as well as health behavior for the […]

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Transformation Tuesday

In several Facebook groups that I belong to, most of which are fitness/athletics related, they have “Transformation Tuesday.”  This is code for “Weight Loss Tuesday” as people post before and afters of their weight loss “successes” and other people tell them how much prettier/younger/better they look now than they looked before. People are allowed to […]

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Monday, 8 February 2016

Stereotyping and Fats Against Humanity Cards

This is a story of using a problematic framework to do kick-ass activism.  There is a popular card game called Cards Against Humanity. The description from its own website is: Cards Against Humanity is a party game for horrible people. Unlike most of the party games you’ve played before, Cards Against Humanity is as despicable […]

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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Visiting Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn

Hi friends! I’m super excited to share this post with you but let me first state that it may not be for everyone! As the name itself, Morbid Anatomy Museum, suggests, the museum is for those of...

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Genes and BMI Part 2: Evidence for a genetic influence on weight in a post-‘obesity epidemic’ world

My previous post talked about how it is possible for differences between groups to have one cause, and differences within those groups to have a different cause–that disproving changing genes as a cause of the ‘obesity epidemic’ does not prove … Continue reading

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Saturday, 6 February 2016

Media and research items, week of 1/24/2016

To prime the pump for this new weekly (hopefully) feature, here are the news items from the week prior to the one that ends today. Enjoy! (or get angry, as appropriate) January 24, 2016: Johnson & Johnson, Vitality Group, and some pharmaceutical companies are trying to use false data and shoddy studies to sell companies […]

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The Media and Research Roundup

Those of you who receive the NAAFA Newsletter are familiar with the Media and Research Roundup included at the end of each issue. You can look at past issues at http://ift.tt/1L7i3d2 Since I haven’t posted in so long, and to get the ball rolling again, we’re going to be doing a roundup here. My next […]

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Store Deletes Employee’s Instagram Pictures Because She’s Not a Size Small

The store Dainty Hooligan sells clothes up to a size large, so employee Sherene Zarrabi was shocked when Jessica Issler, the founder and CEO of the company sent her store manager an e-mail about the pictures, including those of Sherene, that appeared on the store’s Instagram account: Something I want to make sure you keep in mind: I […]

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Friday, 5 February 2016

Fabulous Fat Comic Book Hero

I was being interviewed for a podcast yesterday, talking about being a fat athlete, and the host asked me to define fat as it applies to me.  I said “I’m fat. I’m not ‘I ate big burrito for lunch’ fat, or ‘Hollywood’ fat. I’m 5’4 and 300 pounds, I’m everybody’s definition of fat.” That was in […]

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Thursday, 4 February 2016

the HAES® files: Actually, This IS Our Job

IMAGINE THIS: You are 40 years old. You have founded a nonprofit organization that mentors high school students, and teaches them to mentor one another, in acknowledging, respecting, taking joy in, creating sanity around, and celebrating their bodies just as they are. You know what you’re up against. You’ve always known what you’re up against. […]

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10 Reasons I Ditched Dieting

A friend of mine was added to a Facebook group about dieting without her permission. She responded to the person who added her with this post, and in her honor I’m reposting it today. I wasted many, many dieting and now that I’m off that roller coaster, I’m never getting back on.  Here are 1o reasons […]

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Val Chmerkovskiy Sued for Fat Shaming a Little Girl

Val Chmerkovskiy is one of the pros on the US television show Dancing with the Stars. His fame on the show has garnered him 365,000 Facebook followers.  That’s a big platform. So it’s too bad that he decided to use it to fat-shame a 9 year old girl with Down syndrome. He posted a picture of […]

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Monday, 1 February 2016

Roundup: January 2016

A summary of films I saw over the past month with fat characters that I didn’t write about.   Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (Frank Capra, 1939) A classic story of a purehearted little guy versus the corrupt juggernaut of American politics, where the little guy wins because that’s totally a thing that happens.  Jimmy Stewart’s breakout […]

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Should You Check Your Home for Radon?



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