Saturday, 30 April 2016

Sleepy in Sudbury



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It’s Prom Time – Let’s Shame Fat Girls

Amy took great pains to make her prom night special in a way that worked for her – she got a dress that she loved, she had her hair done, she did her make-up.  It was her dream night.  Well, only if you think that crying in the bathroom, being repeatedly body shamed by a […]

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Thursday, 28 April 2016

the HAES® files: The Spirit of HAES

by Michelle Pitman I am not an academic. I dropped out of university after my first semester to deal with some health issues at the time and never went back to obtain my degree.  Sometimes it is one of my biggest regrets. I wonder how am I going to help others, how will I fulfill my […]

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

100 Fat Activists #9: The Fat Underground's Position Papers



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Sunset on 30

I’ll be 31 in three days. Hmm. Sunshine and melanin. Last year, I was getting ready to turn 30. I had a lot of expectations for myself that I was supposed to reach before I turned 30. I was supposed to be a lawyer. I was supposed to be married. I was supposed to have […]

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Fat Activism Book Update



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Your Hospital Choice Significantly Influences Your Cesarean Risk



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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Desperate Measures

Last Monday was devastating. In a way, I think, it needed to be. I needed to let go of whatever it was that I was holding onto. The week that followed was nuts! I had four in person job interviews and three phone interviews. I had another interview yesterday and have some more scheduled later […]

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Stop Telling People to Just Be Positive

Rarely does a day go by that someone doesn’t respond to my activism by saying something like “If you’re happy just live your life and don’t worry about what other people think!” Other iterations of this are “If you were really happy with yourself, you wouldn’t have to talk about it all the time” and “Don’t […]

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Sunday, 24 April 2016

People Change, Activism Works – Say Something Sunday

We can never control the outcomes of our activism, we can only decide what it is we want to put out into the world. The best we can do is give people opportunities to question their own biases and preconceived notions, what they do with those opportunities are entirely on them.  Different people respond to […]

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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Fat news through 4/21

Not as many items this week, and it’s the usual mix of good and bad news. Read on . . . April 13, 2016: A study finds that fat children and teens eat less chocolate and other candy than their non-fat peers. http://ift.tt/1T5N18n April 18, 2016: Large sized actor Quinton Aaron urges children who are […]

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Michelle Bridges Can…Meet Me

Not content with the fame and money she has acquired for mentally and physically abusing fat people on the television show The Biggest Loser Australia, Michelle Bridges used an interview to see if she couldn’t do some damage to people who manage to avoid her horror of a television show. “It might be seen that I have […]

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Friday, 22 April 2016

Boston Cream Pie Cheesecake

I’m here! Albeit late, as usual – but I have resurfaced! I know I missed all the hullabaloo and postings of Christmas and New Year’s, but I have to say, I really enjoyed my break. Although the self inflicted pressure of posting is just that ~ self inflicted ~ it was pressure I didn’t need… Continue reading Boston Cream Pie Cheesecake

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I’m Being Intentional About my Marriage Today

I usually post a meal plan each Monday, but I won’t be posting one today – and I wanted to let you know why. If you’ve been reading my blog posts for the past few weeks, you know that I’m focusing on being intentional in several areas of my life in 2014. One way I’m… Continue reading I’m Being Intentional About my Marriage Today

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Goals vs. Reality

I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth – I’ve been right here being intentional about a great many things, just not my blog. I’ve been intending to start posting again for a while, but it’s been so long I had a really hard time getting started again. A progress report on my goals… Continue reading Goals vs. Reality

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Happy Birthday John Waters

The king of filth turns 70 today. With films like Cry Baby, Pink Flamingos, and problematic fave Hairspray, Waters has graced an undeserving world with outrageous stories of irrepressible outsiders, including some truly amazing fat characters played by Divine and Rikki Lake, who don’t subvert stereotypes as much as crash into them at full speed. It’s been over a … Continue reading Happy Birthday John Waters

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Thursday, 21 April 2016

the HAES files: Covered But Not Immune: Body Image Eating Behaviours and Weight Stigma in the Middle East

by Lily O’Hara BSc, Postgrad Dip Hlth Prom, MPH, PhD Long before I even thought about moving to the Middle East, I read Geraldine Brooks’ Nine Parts of Desire, and agreed with the blurb that it was ‘a rich and riveting account of her six years living among the women of the Muslim mideast’. Until […]

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

We Dont Have To Earn Body Love

I recently blogged about a truly ridiculous article that was yet another remix of the mistaken belief that fat people have some obligation to be “healthy” by whatever definition.  I received the following comment: You have said that people don’t take care of things they hate, so if someone doesn’t “take care of” their body in the […]

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Monday, 18 April 2016

Desperate Times

I can’t say that I’ve reached rock bottom because I have actually been there before and this isn’t it, but I always had a safety net and this time I do not. I don’t have family to turn to. This time it feels so much worse. This time it feels like my own fault, though […]

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Basic mammal maintenance, or How to be nice to yourself.

Continuing on the theme of childhood neglect, my nonscientific gut-check tells me that if people were mean or indifferent or unable to care for you while you were a kid, you might lack the skills to care for yourself as an adult. This can lead to a place of acute suffering. It can also make […]

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Parkrun, Fat People, and Exactly What Not To Do

If you’re not familiar with Parkrun, here is how they describe themselves: From humble beginnings in 2004 with 13 runners at Bushy Park in London, parkrun has grown to become the world’s biggest running event with over 800 volunteer-led events worldwide and more than two million registered runners. Committed to breaking down barriers to participation […]

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Saturday, 16 April 2016

Fat news through 4/15

As always, thanks to Tante Terri for working with me on these. Let’s begin! March 14, 2016: As more children have eating disorders, often triggered by school programs such as public weighing and BMI report cards, parents are fighting to stop these school programs, which have no proven benefits, in favor of those that focus […]

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Friday, 15 April 2016

It’s True: Body Positivity Isn’t An Excuse To Be Unhealthy

In their column “Unpopular Opinion” xojane gave Rutvi Mehta the opportunity to engage in the same tired healthism, sizeism, and body positivity bashing that has been floated by many before her.  The piece is called “Body Positivity Has Become an Excuse to Be Unhealthy” and the subtitle “If you hide under the gauzy blanket of body positivity to […]

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Thursday, 14 April 2016

the HAES® files: Body Mass Index Is Not a Good Measure of Your Health

by Janet Tomiyama, Ph.D. and Jeffrey M. Hunger, M.A. Note: This piece, with slight modifications, originally appeared in Zócalo Public Square. You’ve just returned from your morning run and you’re rustling through your snail mail when you receive some shocking news—an official memo from your employer informing you that your health insurance premium is increasing by […]

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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The Magic of We All Grow

Hi friends! So I had the ultimate pleasure of attending We All Grow 2016 at the Hotel Maya in beautiful Long Beach last month. Talk about a powerhouse of amazing energy and inspiring bloggers! One of...

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Monday, 11 April 2016

American Eagle Thinks Body Positivity is a Joke

Several weeks ago Aerie, a subsidiary of American Eagle Outfitters, launched a series of videos that they described as a body positive approach to marketing men’s underwear. I was excited to see them making their work more inclusive, I even have a half-finished blog in my drafts about it. Unfortunately that draft will never see […]

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Sunday, 10 April 2016

Fat news through 4/8

Why two “Fat news” posts in two days? We were away last weekend and are catching up, that’s why. Read and enjoy! (Or get angry, as appropriate.) March 4, 2016: A recent study claims that increasing BMI among African Americans is associated with an increasing risk of heart failure and heart failure hospitalization. However, all-causes […]

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Saturday, 9 April 2016

MY FAT ASS IS TIRED OF BLATANT DECK STACKING

  A recent study claims that there is an association between rising BMI and heart failure in African Americans. http://ift.tt/1S9SyQO Kind of worrisome, wouldn’t you say? Could be. EXCEPT, the raw data is garnered from the Jackson Heart Study. What is the Jackson Heart Study?  I’m so glad you asked. The JHS is a large, […]

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Trope Deep Dive: Fat Men and Thin Women in Judd Apatow Productions (Superbad, 2007, dir. Greg Mottola; Knocked Up, 2007, dir. Judd Apatow)

(CN: rape culture) As Superbad and Knocked Up are both Judd Apatow productions, they share many key elements:  not only cast and crew, among them Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Bill Hader, but also a focus on young men who are reluctant to move on to the next phase of their lives, and how this reluctance affects both existing […]

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Fat news through 4/4

March 2016: When given an assignment asking what BMI is and how to calculate it, an 8th grade student provides an answer that is amazing, enlightening, and can teach us all a lesson. http://ift.tt/1UvVcAG March 27, 2016: Dyanne Weiss discusses the type of discrimination fat people face in social, educational, and workplace environments, starting from […]

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Trope Deep Dive: Fat Men with Thin Women

Romantic love is a fraught topic for this blog.  It’s an incredibly common motivation in film, but one that fat characters are so often disconnected from.  Frequently, they are assumed to be undesirable, unlucky in love (whether unable to attract a mate or part of an unhappy couple), non-sexual, or grotesquely hypersexualized.  Not including this […]

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Friday, 8 April 2016

Fatshion: Polka Dots and a New Tattoo

Hi friends! I’ve been a busy bee lately! I’m working on a bunch of writing projects right now including opening submissions for issue two of Hairy Femme Mother zine. Please consider...

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100 Fat Activists #8: Radical Therapy



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Thursday, 7 April 2016

the HAES® files: “Do I Really Get to Eat What I Want?”

by Ellen R. Glovsky, PhD, RD, LDN Ideas about nutrition and dieting are a common topic of conversation in my life. I am a Registered Dietitian, and once people find out what I do for a living, they often want to tell me about their struggles with diet, food, and weight. In this context, I often […]

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Activism, engineering, satire in Tim Hunkin's subversive universe



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Woman Fired For Saying “Fat”

Reader Erin let me know about this situation that recently happened at Addition Elle which is, according to their website: [T]he style destination for fashion forward and fun-loving plus-size women. We offer the latest trends in women’s clothing, lingerie and denim with a high quality design and a superior fit. At Addition Elle we believe […]

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Fat activism by the algorithms



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Forced Cesareans Because of Weight



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When Not to Make Fun of Fat People

Recently a number of people sent me an internet meme.  It shows a fat person, shot from the back on a machine at the gym with the caption “Making fun of a fat person at the gym is like making fun of a homeless person at a job fair.” So obviously my first response was “WT Actual […]

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Monday, 4 April 2016

Fat news through 3/24

Another round of goodness and wakeup calls from me and Tante Terri! March 16, 2016: “Active commuting” (walking, cycling or a combination of the two) is associated with lower BMI and body fat for 40-69 year old men and women in the UK. Unanswered is which came first, the size or the commuting method. http://ift.tt/1Z4yOxt […]

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Wentworth Miller’s Fat Shaming Apology Falls Short

A website called The LAD Bible, which describes itself as “home to the best funny, viral and interesting photos from around the world,” posted a meme that fat shamed Wentworth Miller, an actor possibly best known for the television show Prison Break. Miller responded directly [TW: Discussion of suicide] Today I found myself the subject of […]

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Saturday, 2 April 2016

Roundup: March 2016

A summary of fat characters in films I saw over the last month but didn’t write about. Take This Waltz (2011, dir. Sarah Polley) This romantic drama follows Margot (Michelle Williams), a writer who finds herself torn between her loving, stable marriage to chef Lou (Seth Rogen) and her prickly, burgeoning crush on their rickshaw-driving artist neighbor, Daniel […]

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