Thursday, 31 March 2016

Link: ‘You Cannot Shame Me’: 2 New Books Tear Down ‘Fat Girl’ Stereotypes

Usually when I post links to interesting articles, they’re a few years old, things I’ve stumbled across doing research or something of that sort.  But today, I’m delighted to be able to signal boost something that not only was released today, but that I came across listening to the radio on the way to work.  NPR’s […]

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the HAES® files: Evidence-Based Practice

by Fall Ferguson, JD, MA Everybody likes to claim that their approach to health is “evidence-based.” But who has the right to make this claim? We can’t all be right, can we? Practitioners of and advocates for weight-inclusive approaches, including Health At Every Size® (HAES) models, claim that their approaches are “evidence-based”. Indeed, the evidence […]

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The Thing About Concern Trolls

I get a lot of mail from people who asked someone to please stop making inappropriate comments/giving inappropriate “advice” etc. only to find out that the giver of unwanted advice is upset that their sincere efforts at helping fat people are not being taken well. It might be food policing, body policing,  negative comments about our bodies, […]

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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Can Inositol Prevent Gestational Diabetes?



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100 Fat Activists #7: NAAFA



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Monday, 28 March 2016

Help Get This Fatty to New Zealand!

Well, I’m tickled pink to announce that I have been accepted to present a paper at the 2016 New Zealand Fat Studies: Identity, Agency and Embodiment Conference in Palmerston North in June.  My paper, with the tongue-in-cheek working title “Hey! Fat Bitch!” will be on the long term abuse and harassment that fat people (particularly […]

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What You Missed at LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show

Hi friends! How many of you went to LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show last month? If you didn’t get to go, here’s what you missed: a lot of cookies, sweets, beautiful cakes, and some...

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It’s okay to love food.

Last time, I wrote about sometimes when people have been abused or neglected around food, it makes sense that they might grow up to dislike feeding themselves. But what is equally true is that, sometimes, when people are deprived of food, their inborn love of food does not desert them, or they go on to […]

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Fit to Fat to Fit on TV?



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The War On “Obesity” is Seriously Harming Kids

Recently PS Mag posted an article called “The Youngest Casualties in the War on Obesity.” It opens with the story of Jaime, a 11 year old who developed an eating disorder after she her school publicly measured and announced her BMI, and she decided that lowering her BMI might make her more popular. “I don’t think […]

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Sunday, 27 March 2016

A Tribute to Nurse Kellye

Do you ever watch an old TV show that you thought you knew really well, and find a whole bunch of new things about it that you missed when you first watched it?  Especially watching something as an adult that you watched as a kid – you notice characters that you didn’t before, story threads […]

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Saturday, 26 March 2016

Trigger Warnings Part 3: You don’t have to call it a trigger warning

Remember how, almost a year ago, I critiqued “The Coddling of the American Mind,” but said it had some good points I’d come back to in a later post?  Well, it’s later. The article touches on the idea that warning someone about a trigger might actually make it more likely for them to be triggered […]

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Thursday, 24 March 2016

the HAES® files: Marketing for HAES® Professionals: Six Tips for Marketing without Selling Weight Loss

by Rachel Dhanya Smith, MA, LPC, NCC, CAC II, RYT 500 Marketing your own business is hard. It can be doubly hard when you are a Health At Every Size® (HAES) professional in a field that typically uses weight loss to sell services. Our culture is steeped in marketing messages that highlight (or invent!) flaws and […]

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“Obesity” and Smoking – There’s No Comparison

In response to my recent post about how unlikely significant long-term weight loss is, someone on Facebook posted the following: “If most people who try to quit smoking fail, does that mean doctors shouldn’t advise their patients to quit?” This a a common argument that comes up every time I talk about the failure rate […]

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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

100 Fat Activists #6: Civil Rights



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You don’t have to like food.

Some kids were not just neglected around food, but abused. This is a bit different than just not having enough to eat – it also includes being badgered and harassed about how you eat, what you eat, your weight, your appetite, having food withheld from you, being force-fed, force-weighed, forced to diet, forced to exercise, […]

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

DIY Gel Air Freshener Tutorial

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #UltimateLitter #CollectiveBias Hi friends! You know how litter boxes can sometimes be, well,...

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Amazing Response from Girl Bullied for Her Size

Dannie “Dee” McMillan, a 16-year-old junior at Lampasas High School in Texas was in study hall when her friends broke the news that someone had created a Twitter account for the sole purpose of bullying her. Here’s the story in her own words: I was recently a victim of cyberbullying. Someone at my school made […]

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Monday, 21 March 2016

Weight Loss, Joint Issues, and the Man Behind the Curtain

One of the things that I find incredibly frustrating in discussions that I have about weight and health happens when I point out that there is not a single study where more than a tiny fraction of people have succeeded at maintaining long term weight loss, and people agree with me. Stay with me, I’ll […]

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Sunday, 20 March 2016

Most Babies Suspected to be Large Actually Aren't



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On the legality of weight discrimination in New Zealand

It is legal to discriminate against me in Aotearoa New Zealand. Even though research clearly demonstrates that fat people are discriminated against in educational, employment, and housing, settings, New Zealand hasn’t legislated to make it illegal. In fact, very few places around the world have provided protection for individuals from facing discrimination based on their […]

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Fat news, through 3/14

I hope you folks are enjoying these. I hope to build up a library at some point. It would be great to create a database by which users could sort through all links and just pick up the specific type of story or research paper they want. I don’t know how to do that, though. […]

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Fatshion: The Hat of My Dreams

Hey friends! I know it’s been a minute since I’ve done a fatshion post.  Thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway that Luna Inspirations and I held. Your love and support meant a...

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Dealing with a Fat Shaming Massage Therapist

I have found massage therapy to be amazing – most of the massage work I get is sports massage but I’ve also had the occasional relaxation massage.  It can be great, but it can also be a fraught situation – you’re lying on a table, vulnerable, while someone is touching you. It’s a terrible time […]

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Saturday, 19 March 2016

Street Harassment – An Update

Just a quick place holder and update for anyone who is interested. The man who harassed me on Friday afternoon has been positively identified by police and I am happy with their handling of the case, so I have closed down the post seeking his identification. This was my aim, to find out who he […]

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“I’m not going to let her be a joke:” What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993, dir. Lasse Halström)

I’ve written previously on CPBS about trying to pin down the parameters of fatness.  My approach to selecting films and characters to write about is to see fat (and, implicitly, average/thin) as a contextual label that tacitly includes socially ascribed values, un/acceptability almost always being one of them.  This open definition has room for a […]

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Friday, 18 March 2016

Nobody Tells This Woman How to Dress

How messed up do you have to be to take to social media in order to try to tell people of a certain weight what they can and can’t wear? That’s a question that I don’t have a definitive answer to (“pretty messed up” is as close as I can get.)  When it comes to options […]

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Street Harrassment Happens to Fat Women Too

Writing this one on the train on my way home from work, shaking with fear and anger. I’ve had a bad 24 hours or so. First I got food poisoning from a breakfast had out with my work team. Then my Grandad passed away. But as I peacefully walked to the train station from work […]

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Thursday, 17 March 2016

Here’s What to Feed Your Senior Dogs #BrightMind

This post is sponsored by Pro Plan BRIGHT MIND and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated for helping enrich the lives of senior dogs, but we only share information we feel is...

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the HAES® files: Breaking up with Shopping; It’s Not Me, It’s You

A HAES® Approach to Fashion and the Shopping Experience by Debbie Christel, B.A., M.S., Ph.D. and Susan Dunn, B.S. I think we’ve all heard those infamous breakup words, “It’s not you, it’s me.” Well, when it comes to clothing, this is the message we hear everywhere from yogurt commercials, to runways, to clothing stores: If the clothes […]

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When Every Body But Yours is Beautiful

We had our first call for the Body Love Obstacle Course tonight.  This subject came up so I decided to repost this.  One of the most common e-mails that I get is from blog readers who say that, while they completely understand size acceptance for everyone else, and they find bodies of all sizes beautiful and valuable […]

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Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Feeling safe around food again.

When you haven’t been fed enough, either as a kid, or as an adult for a significant period of time, the fear of going hungry kind of seeps into you. It starts to change your behaviour around food and eating. All of this is your body’s way of making sure it gets fed. This is […]

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100 Fat Activists #5: Stigma



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Dear Ashley Graham

Dear Ashley Graham, Please stop.  Just… stop.  Look, I know you’re the hot name of the moment in plus-size models and you’re getting a lot of media and marketing attention.  Congratulations, enjoy it.  But you seriously need to knock it off with the whole thing about not wanting the term “plus-size” to be used.  What […]

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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

On not being fed enough as a child.

This is one of the painful truths of my job: discovering that sometimes children, especially fat kids, or kids whose caregivers suspect they will one day be fat, don’t get fed enough. Sometimes those grow up and become my clients. Sometimes considerable abuse and neglect in other domains comes along with being underfed as child, […]

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Good Fatty Bad Fatty BS

The Good Fatty/Bad Fatty Dichotomy (originally named by the fabulous Kate Harding) happens when people try to divide fat people up into two categories, and suggest that one group deserves to be treated better than the other group. “Good Fatties” are seen as doing the “right” things by the people who think they have a right to judge […]

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Monday, 14 March 2016

Best Response Ever to Thin Model Wearing Plus Size Clothes

I can’t go ten minutes without hearing about how 257% of the people in the world are fat Everybodypanicthisisacrisesdeathfatzarecomingtogetyou! So imagine my surprise when internet sales company wish.com apparently couldn’t find a single 3x-5x model to show off their 3x – 5x shorts.  Instead, they had a thin thin model put both of her legs in […]

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Sunday, 13 March 2016

Once Again, Metformin Does Not Reduce Birthweight



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Saturday, 12 March 2016

Fat news through 3/9

I’m still playing with different names for this feature. See below, click, and enjoy! January 2016: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics outlines its recommendations for the successful treatment of fat adults. While recognizing the bias that fat people face, the focus is still on weight loss rather than coping with or countering the bias. […]

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Lane Bryant, Indecency, Sexiness, and Fat People

Recently Lane Bryant claimed that their ad has been rejected by major networks ABC and NBC for being “indecent” because they contained plus sized women, despite the fact that similar imagery of thin women is shown on those networks all the time. If these ads were rejected because their subjects are plus-sized then NBC’s rejection is particularly stinging […]

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Friday, 11 March 2016

New links, through 3/5

Late again, and in fact this collection of links covers two weeks of gleaning the web. Also, I’m identifying the content by the end date and not the starting date of the week. Enjoy. February 2016: Researchers discuss three studies regarding beliefs and weight stigma, finding that negative evaluations of fat people depend upon the […]

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Introducing: Roses In Concrete Photography

So, I promised y’all on Wednesday that I’d give y’all a little more info about where I’ve been the last month. Short answer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU9TouRnO84 Longer answer: Fancy! So, remember when I had those pictures done in January? My wonderfully creative and talented friend Stephenie and I thought that we would do a photo project (we’re […]

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Flying Fat – You’re Right, It’s Not Fat Shaming

Whenever I speak out about the fact that people of all sizes should receive the same service when traveling by plane (specifically – travel from point A to point B in a seat that accommodates them) people on the internet lose it.  I want to address some of the common responses: I’m not fat shaming you, […]

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Thursday, 10 March 2016

Diet Pills?



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the HAES® files: Mommy, Isn’t That Lady Beautiful?

by Joanne P. Ikeda, MA, RD Last year I met with a group of mothers of young children who asked me to come and talk to them about feeding their families. I am not sure how they found me, but quite likely it was through a search on the internet. I am a retired faculty […]

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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

100 Fat Activists #4: More people should be FAT



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Metallic Neutral

*taps mic* This thing on? Hi!!!! Did y’all miss me? I sure missed y’all! More info on my radio silence to come Friday, but first: can we talk about my nails? I feel like it’s been a million years since I’ve really had time to paint them up all pretty. Since I had some time […]

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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

I Quit Body Positivity!

When I began my journey towards self acceptance and self esteem, the term body positivity was not something I’d heard before. In fact, when I first heard of a movement in this realm at all it was called Fat Acceptance. Something about those two words together felt radical and oh so right. Fat acceptance for […]

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Monday, 7 March 2016

So You’ve Been Inconvenience by a Fat Person

A couple of days ago I wrote a blog to remind people that equal access is not special access. What followed was a predictable flood of comments (that I will never publish) with stories (many of which strained credulity) from people who claimed to have been inconvenienced in some way by fat people who dared […]

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A response to Emma Lindsey’s “Why do fat people even care about dating skinny people?”

I thought that this Emma Lindsey piece did have some good points, but she also misses some stuff that seems obvious to me, as someone who’s actually fat and involved in fat acceptance, and she definitely comes off as condescending … Continue reading

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The Perfect Phone Plan for Living That Conference Life

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser, Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #DataAndAMovie #CollectiveBias Hi friends! I just got home from a...

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What To Call Fat People – Person First Language and Fat People

I posted a piece called Person First Language and Ableism on my Facebook page.  It started an interesting conversation about language, including as it relates to fat people since this has been coming up recently. First, a bit of background, Person (or People)  First Language started as a tool in disability community and is based on the […]

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Sunday, 6 March 2016

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Creating a Size Friendly Gym

Nobody is ever obligated to go to the gym or work out.  But for fat people who want to go to the gym, it’s important to remember that it’s our gym too and we deserve for them to act like it.  Here are 5 things that they should already be doing Asking about your goals […]

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Thursday, 3 March 2016

the HAES® files: Committed to a New HAES View

by Dana Schuster, MS, Internal Policy Chair NOTE: I am writing this as an individual and not as a representative of the ASDAH leadership. All viewpoints and perspectives are solely my own. When I was first introduced to the Health At Every Size® concept some thirty years ago, I think I needed it to tell […]

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Armless Chairs – Equal Access Is Not Special Access

Far too often people create spaces as if fat people don’t exist.  Reader Chloe wrote to tell me about an experience in which she arrived at the doctor’s office for a checkup for her broken leg (remember that, it will be important in a second) and found that all of their chairs were narrow with […]

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Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Fatshion: Luna Inspirations Earrings Giveaway

Friends, I have yet another giveaway for you! So I wanted to include Luna Inspirations into a holiday gift guide here on Skinned Knees but let’s be real, the holidays were HARD for me with my...

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100 Fat Activists #3: Aldebaran's Books



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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Roundup: February 2016

A summary of fat characters in films I saw over the last month but didn’t write about. This is Spinal Tap (1984, dir. Rob Reiner) Reiner inserts himself in this classic mockumentary as documentarian Marty diBergi, both a dorky outsider to the world of rock and the frequent reminder of the real world outside the band’s bubble […]

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I can’t do it alone, thankfully I don’t have to.

  I’ll admit it.  I’ve been working in the body  positive, Fat Acceptance and Health At Every Size movements for nearly 20 years now.  And while certain things have gotten better and certain things have gotten worse, one thing is consistent. It’s tough.  I mean really tough.  And I admit that I have certain privileges […]

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What To Do When A Kid Is Fat Shaming Themselves

I’ve talked in other posts about how to to help a kid who is being fat shamed.  But perhaps even more heartbreaking is when you hear a kid fat shaming themselves. Reader Lindsey sent me the following: Last night at Target my daughter wanted a new swimsuit. She wanted a 2-piece but had a certain […]

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