Monday 30 September 2013

What’s the Point of Clothes

“Part of the /point/ of clothing, when thoughtfully chosen, is to enhance/disguise/manipulate the appearance of our body shape.” I saw this in a comment online and it irked me, including and especially the emphasis on the word “point” as if I were an idiot for missing it and the inclusion of the word “thoughtfully” to […]

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How is food like a drug?

First of all, let’s get this out of the way: Food is not a drug. But drugs do tap into the natural reward pathways used by food (and other things). Which is why I think that Rat Park is relevant when we look at the ways food, eating, fat, and weight are studied. Why? The […]

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Still not a disease

As I talked about a few months before, the American Medical Association decided that fatness is a disease, whether you're healthy or not. They are ignoring all logic and science. Some fat people are metabolically healthy while in some people...

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Insurance Questions?

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The Great Denim Hunt of ’13

Ha-ha! I just like how that sounds. So, I have been searching for the perfect replacement for my beloved denim lite jeans from Avenue since I found out they were discontinued way back when. My brick and mortar store options are more plentiful than many other places around the world, yet at my size this [...]

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That’s Thin Bashing! (and other stupid things privileged people say)

For those who cannot access this link or don’t have time to read it all (I highly recommend it), basically it boils down to this: Any person of any identity can be an asshole to any person of any other identity. But that doesn’t make it oppression. It doesn’t even make it racism or sexism […]

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You’re Not Fat

Calling ourselves fat in a derogatory way seems to be part of the price of admission for being a woman in this society. We’re never supposed to be happy with our bodies and saying “I’m so fat” because we don’t fit into size two jeans, or because we do but they are tight because we […]

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Sunday 29 September 2013

Placenta Accreta, Part Four: Diagnosis, Treatment, and a Cautionary Story

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Saturday 28 September 2013

Everybody Chill the Fuck Out!

First of all, on the weekends I try to not do blog stuff because it takes up so much of my weekly time and attention. So I’m a bit irritated at all sides that I have to come deal with more drama over what is essentially a conflict of personalities. Therefore, I have temporarily set […]

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Friday 27 September 2013

Double-Edged Sword —

Stigma is a double-edged sword. I don’t mean that in the traditional “it cuts both ways, positive and negative” definition, but in the “sword with two serrated edges facing opposite directions that shred your flesh and innards going in AND coming out” kind of way. First, there’s the gut-wrenching pain inflicted by the stigma directly: […]

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the HAES® files: Stress Mess: How “Fighting Fat” Makes People Sick

by Linda Bacon, PhD, and Lucy Aphramor, PhD, RD The Health At Every Size® Blog is honored to feature this post, which is also being posted as part of the “Featured Bloggers” online conference taking place for Weight Stigma Awareness Week 2013. The World Health Organization uses the term ‘globesity’ to describe a supposed epidemic […]

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Thursday 26 September 2013

A fat man walked into a bar…

Ah yes, the fat joke — the old standby of tired hacks who need a quick laugh in a dying set. But is it ever OK to tell a fat joke? A few days ago, Plus Model Magazine & Blog reported that actress Rebel Wilson had talked about using her own body size as a […]

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Ask Golda! Dealing With Body Shaming at the Doctor’s Office

We’re talking weight stigma at the doctor’s office all week this week. So check out my new Ask Golda! vlog post below! For more support with this topic, check out this post. Get great body love tips and more when you subscribe: Name: Email: Golda is a certified holistic health counselor and founder of Body [...]

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Wednesday 25 September 2013

Killing the Fantasy of Thinness One Pants Size at a Time

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Killing the Fantasy of Thinness One Pants size at a time.

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Weight Stigma Awareness Week Almost Goes Unnoticed By Busy Lady Wearing Pajamas

While some writers have spent the entire week meticulously researching and formulating thought-provoking pieces to appear in their respective publications in honor of (or perhaps in response to) Weight Stigma Awareness Week, I had to be reminded and hit with the cattle prod several times by Shannon to even get me started. You see, it’s […]

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Meow Meow! Cat Bearding and the New Fresh Step Cat Litter!

As part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias Social Fabric Community, my kitties and I got to try the new Fresh Step Cat Litter! So it’s a well-known fact that I am a crazy cat lady. You’ve probably seen … Continue reading

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Tuesday 24 September 2013

Things I've said before.

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"of course"

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Handicapped accessible? Don’t make me laugh.

Warning: This post is about accessibility in restrooms, along with some minor details of what people do in restrooms. This was going to be a post about our vacation to Norfolk, VA — the naval base there, Colonial Williamsburg, and the other tourist spots we hit. Instead, it’s going to be a post about the […]

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the HAES® files: It’s Weight Stigma Awareness Week

It’s Weight Stigma Awareness Week (WSAW), an initiative from the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA) with the goals of: increasing awareness of the pervasiveness and destructive nature of weight stigma, and providing effective strategies for combating the problem. It’s a packed week with activities such as: A blog conference with over 40 prominent bloggers—many of […]

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Monday 23 September 2013

Hello My Name is FEMINIST

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Stigma Hurts

This week is Weight Stigma Awareness Week. Weight Stigma often comes from assumptions. The strongest stigma is if fat people just eat less they will be become thin and healthy. It is at the bottom of every cure for fatness:...

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No One’s Gonna Stop Me…Now!

I have a feeling that some of you check in on this blog just to see how long my “happy” lasts. With all of the ups and downs I’ve had the last couple of years, let alone months, certainly the permanency of joy is always going to be held in question or doubt. Yeah, even [...]

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Your Fat Is (Allegedly) Killing You!!!: Weight Stigma And The Dangerous Nocebo Effect

When you work pretty exclusively with plus-sized women, like I do, you hear some harrowing tales of stigma. To be honest, though, the most horrifying and enraging stories I hear often take place in a doctor’s office. I’ve noticed that many of my twenty-something clients were told at some point in their lives by some [...]

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The High Cost of Weight Stigma

It has become quite a popular practice to calculate the “costs” of obesity. (As if it’s ok to decide that a group of people with shared physical characteristics should be eradicated to make things cheaper.) There are many, many problems with the calculations, but I think it’s important to realize that in our society fat […]

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Sunday 22 September 2013

Guest blog - Daily Life with a gastric bypass

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Friday 20 September 2013

Book review: Gorgeously Full Fat by Sarah Clark

A couple of weeks ago, a colleague shared about a new book on Facebook. The book was called ‘Gorgeously Full Fat — Live like you love yourself!’ by plus-size body-image blogger Sarah Clark. So I checked it out on Amazon (available in paperback and Kindle) and had a look through the free preview. It looked […]

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Announcing The HAES® Master Class Anniversary Special!

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I brought together 16 amazing speakers to talk about Health At Every Size at the HAES® Master Class! In honor of this anniversary, I’m running a very special deal on access to all 16 HAES® Master Class recordings! Now through midnight Eastern on Sunday, September 22nd, you [...]

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New fat theatre! Fat actors! Validation at last!

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Thursday 19 September 2013

Broken Clock —

If there’s one thing you need to know about me, it’s that I like to be right. If you’ve read this blog for a while or seen me arguing with haters and trolls, you’ve no doubt seem me dig in for a fight. I’m skeptical by nature, which is why I’ve written a ton of […]

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Can I love my body and still wear Spanx?

(Note: a shorter version of this post originally appeared in SLiNK magazine) As plus-size women, things have never been better for us when it comes to fashion. Gone are the days when the only things that fit were dark-coloured tent-like smocks hidden in the dusty back corners of BHS. Now, designers are starting to cater…

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Poor Not Poor

You all know that I got a new job and that I like it a lot so far. What I haven’t shared yet or truly put into words except with maybe one or two friends is that I’m a bit overwhelmed by my soon to be financial status. I’m not saying that I will ever [...]

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Activism Win at Penn State

Starting in November, Penn State faculty and their university health care covered spouses and domestic partners were scheduled to be required to complete an online wellness profile (including questions like “do you plan to become pregnant in the next year” and “how often do you have arguments with your spouse”), a physical exam, and a […]

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Wednesday 18 September 2013

Bully Apologizing Sucks

Last week, CNN ran a story about a little boy who wrote an early (very early) letter to Santa asking him to help is twin sister, who is bullied in school. The letter was sweet and heartbreaking and it included a picture of the third grade girl next to her brother, who is half her […]

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Win an Awesome Pillow from Kult Decor!

I met the awesome Kimberly of Kult Decor at the LA Mart Galla event last month and fell in love with the Kult Decor designs! Not only are the pillows politically progressive, they also include short stories (on things like … Continue reading

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Tuesday 17 September 2013

Friend, Can You Spare a Dime?

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the HAES® files: A Different Kind of Understanding

by Fall Ferguson, JD, MA Next week is Weight Stigma Awareness Week. As I pondered what to write about that, I found myself getting irritated that we need an awareness week. (Perhaps a recent viewing of Morgan Freeman schooling Mike Wallace on Black History Month was influencing me.) The problem of weight stigma is well-described […]

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Monday 16 September 2013

My Body Reminds me.

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Phoenix, Marvel Girl and SuperGirl go to a Con

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Victory Parade —

Congratulations to our two newest bloggers, Gingeroid and Casey, who have been voted into our community. One note for those who may have voted against Gingeroid due to her political beliefs: I strongly recommend you give her a chance. Although I’m a staunch, dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, it can be immensely valuable to have people of different […]

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VJ’s Fat Experience – An Illustrated Story

I’ve been working on this under wraps for a couple of weeks. It’s not often I’m quiet about something I’m working on but this story, as told to me by the amazing woman who narrates it, has been heavy on … >> Read More

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Health is not an obligation

Trigger warning: Talk of suicide, dieting, eating disorders, self harm, strong language In all our frenzy about Health at Every Size® (HAES) and our desire to negate the stereotypes of the unfit, unhealthy, unattractive, un-everything fatty we forget a key point: Health is not an obligation. Health is not an obligation. Health is not an […]

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Ask Golda! How Can I Exercise In A More Body Positive Way?

Hi there! I’ve decided to do some vlogging! I’m answering questions that people asked me over on my facebook page. I think you’ll really dig it. Here’s my first video. Be gentle with me. :) For more support with this topic, check out this post. Get great body love tips and more when you subscribe: [...]

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Sunday 15 September 2013

No Blog Post

See you next week. Here's a lovely picture of fat Wonder Woman.

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Friday 13 September 2013

Food Fight!

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Food Fights

Usually when you hear the words “food fight,” your mind instantly imagines a large gathering of people, probably in a cafeteria of some kind, gleefully throwing food at each other. It’s a fun and exciting scene, colourful and bright. When I think of the words “food fight,: I imagine my dinner table on certain nights; […]

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Placenta Accreta, Part Three: Risks to Mother and Baby

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Thursday 12 September 2013

Why I Forgive Holley Mangold

Trigger warning: Discussion of the desire to be thin and what it takes to get there. A few things happened over the last couple of weeks that have me thinking about Body Acceptance even more than I usually do. Which is a lot. I started lifting weights again with my friend Albert. It’s been almost […]

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National Suicide Awareness Week

Trigger warning: Discussion of suicide, self-harm, and weight loss. So, how many times can I write about my past suicide attempts without becoming repetitious? How many times can I lament about the number of people who attempt or complete suicide because of bullying? How many times can I repeat myself that self-harm is often just […]

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Fat Yoga in the UK

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Wednesday 11 September 2013


Coming home after a long absence can be a wonderful and exhilarating experience, especially if that return is preceded by three years living in a less-than-desirable situation full of frustration and misery. I recently moved across the country back to the place which I know as home. As I crossed the state line, I immediately […]

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Tuesday 10 September 2013

Zelda RPG Part 1

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Another store, another case of fat shame

In my last post, I blogged about Lululemon, a store that sells yoga pants, which got some backlash for not catering to larger customers. Now another clothing company is getting backlash and bad publicity for fat-shaming a customer. Shelby Buster, a 14-year-old girl who lives in Eugene, Oregon, was at the Valley River Center Mall […]

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Building Bridges: Interview with Rebecca Puhl (Part 2)

by Dr. Jenny Copeland, PsyD From the ASDAH Blog Committee: Last month, the Health At Every Size® Blog initiated a series of “Building Bridges” interviews which will explore the impact and influence on the Health At Every Size model of work being done by professionals who are not HAES®-identified. The first of these posts was […]

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Monday 9 September 2013

Maybe we're just normal.

I remember when Leptin was touted as the hormone that would cure fatness forever. There would be drugs to fix fat and you would become slim, trim, and be able to live like a first class citizen. When it turned...

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Fall Into Body Love This Fall!

If you’re like I used to be, you’re probably thrilled that the summer is ending. Soon you’ll be able to wear a sweater without being sweaty. No more spending hours trying to figure out what to wear to a pool party. But it’s not like your body image issues go away in the Fall. You’re [...]

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[insert witty title here about my big butt bike commuting]

This is the third and final guest post from Casey, who will now be voted on for inclusion in Fierce Fatties. As a graduate student at a pretty large public university in the US, getting my body and my various scholarly accoutrement to campus is a constant source of frustration. Like a lot of students […]

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Clean and Jerk —

Trigger warning: All about weight loss. There’s nothing quite as heartbreaking as watching an outspoken advocate for self-acceptance and body love make a complete 180 degree turn and begin promoting the status quo of “Get thin quick!” and “Get your new body now!” It feels like the ultimate betrayal, an abandonment of what once seemed […]

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Steampunk Zelda

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Sunday 8 September 2013

Adaptation supported!

A quick note: Last year, I posted that fatness is an adaptation, not a disease. An adaptation has pluses and minuses, while a disease doesn’t have any pluses (except for getting you out of work, perhaps). Well, whatayaknow? I missed an article that also came out last year that explored that very concept: Sadly, […]

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Friday 6 September 2013

On the road AGAIN

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Thursday 5 September 2013

Service Failure —

Not an actual post. Just an apology for lack of content today. We will be back in action tomorrow. Now, to distract you, here’s an adorable monkey eating a leaf.

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Reefclaws and F**king Sharks

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Wednesday 4 September 2013

Placenta Accreta, Part Two: Life-Threatening Complication of Prior Cesarean

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Sensa Sensability —

Trigger warning: This post is all about one particularly stupid weight loss product. Have you ever been about to dig into a great big slice of chocolate cake when somebody nearby suddenly squeezes out an SBD gas attack that completely destroys your ability to enjoy said cake? The importance of smell cannot be overstated. Without […]

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As I mentioned in my last OOTD post, spring has well and truly sprung in Sydney. As soon as the temperature started nudging the mid-20s (celcius, obvi) I got my pins out (and proceeded to tell the world about it). I promise I wasn’t feeling as surly as I looked in the photo above. I […]

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Tuesday 3 September 2013

This is Real Shit.

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The National Federation of Independent Businesses, National Retail Federation and National Restaurant Association all operate on the premise that none of their workers will ever be their customers. Customers, they assume, are magical creatures who come from a world in which no one works in a store, or a restaurant, or manufacturing, or the service […]

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Self-respect and body love: not just for thin people

Trigger warning: Discussion of eating disorders and messages promoting health in the guise of weight loss. Something very disappointing happened today. I’ll need to give you a little background first. In the UK, one of the commercial TV channels has a programme called “Secret Eaters.” I won’t bother linking to it — you can look […]

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Let’s All Put Our Titties Up For Bridget Everett! (Interview)

The crowd is energized. The stage is lit up, and Bridget Everett’s back up band, The Tender Moments, is on stage. We’re all waiting for her, and then we hear her big, gorgeous voice over the P.A. system: “My mind is telling me no! But my body . . . my body . . . [...]

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the HAES® files: The Long Road Home (to the ASDAH Conference) – Part 2

by Rev. Dr. E-K Daufin To read the first part of this blog post, please click here. On the first full day of the conference, two different women looked at my name tag and confirmed that I had written the response to the listserv posting, “When Your Mother Says You’re Fat” that talked about my […]

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Monday 2 September 2013

UCLA and Duke are late to the HAES Party

UCLA school of nursing has done a study showing that fat and thin children when doing lifestyle changes rather than dieting improved their health with very little weight loss. "These findings suggest that short-term lifestyle modifications through changing diet and...

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OoTD No. 35 – Donut Steeze

It seems ridiculous to be posting this outfit now; I wore this over a month ago on a trip to the Blue Mountains with the in-laws. Being Sydney, winter is now well and truly over (and has been for weeks) so it somehow feels wrong to be featuring an outfit that involves ear muffs and […]

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Sunday 1 September 2013

I’ll Just Be Here, Hanging Out in My BreastNest (Review)

I was really excited when Susan, the developer of the BreastNest, contacted me about doing a review. After all, I’d seen Marianne Kirby’s post about it and it looked really comfy. As someone who works from home 90% of the time, I’m lucky that I don’t have to wear a bra for much of my [...]

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my brain malformation and fat shaming

Katrina writes: As cheesy and cliche as it sounds, on June 25th, 2012 my entire world was turned upside down. I was diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Malformation, Type 1. Before my diagnosis, I was working five days a week, I had only fifteen credits left to obtain my Associates Degree, I was volunteering at a […]

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