Saturday, 31 May 2014

Self care like a boss V2.0 is out.

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Friday, 30 May 2014

Midwives Can Safely Care for Obese Women

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Do You See What I See?

Perception, it’s a funny thing. When you imagine yourself in any one of the various case scenario daydreams you indulge in during your waking hours, what is it you see? How do you characterize yourself? Maybe it’s fantasy and image crafting on your part, or perhaps you see a terrible person who’s not really there? […]

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the HAES® files: Smashing Judgment – Millennials’ Adventures in a Weight-Obssessed World

by Stacie Fanelli To get to meetings of my body positive club at Syracuse University, SHAPES (Students Helping Acquire, Promote, and Enhance Self-Esteem…I know, it’s a stretch), I have to walk past the university’s newest fitness center, outfitted with glass windows all around and located right above the main campus dining hall. I pass classmates […]

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

What does a fat activist do when their self esteem is suddenly in the toilet?

Cry! Ha-ha! It’s true though. Gawd I cried a lot over this past weekend. It was part hormones, mega chunk of stress and communication issues. UGH!!! Friday night I was just feeling so beat up from work that I was almost relieved when my boyfriend had to cancel our date because of work…almost. *Sigh* I […]

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Maya Angelou, Gone Today

Normally, I like to shut my mouth and thing when someone of incredible importance passes away. I take a few minutes to think about how the world will be a little less enjoyable without their contributions, the state of their lives when they died and the immeasurable sadness that must be felt by their families […]

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014


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Took a trip, and flew Southwest Airlines. I was already stressed about this; being aware of SWA’s lousy history with dealing with fat flyers. SWA’s current policy is ( “Customers who encroach upon any part of the neighboring seat(s) may proactively purchase the needed number of seats prior to travel in order to ensure the […]

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What I’ve Learned From HAES and Eating the Food

Trigger warning: Discussion of calorie counting, healthy behaviors, weight loss and eating disorders. I’m halfway through the second 100 days of my Eating the Food experiment that started in December, back when I felt half dead. The experiment itself is pretty simple: For 100 days at a time, I’m eating above my Basal Metabolic Rate […]

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Monday, 26 May 2014

The Tale of Two Pants

I hope everyone in the States had a good holiday weekend and didn’t worry about calories at the multi-BBQ’s they went to (I ended up going to two.) A lot of the pants I use for work were in dire...

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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Prenatal Vitamins, Pre-Eclampsia, and Obesity

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Friday, 23 May 2014

Chicken Pasta Salad for the Weak and Feeble

Oh look, it’s another Memorial Day weekend! Perhaps you’ve been in your car for ten hours already with another five to go until you reach your destination. Or maybe you’ve already arrived at the dark comedy of disaster that is your family picnic and you are currently all raising your glasses to the death of […]

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Thursday, 22 May 2014

Secondhand Buyer Beware

Hopefully this isn’t really news to you, but … I dutifully logged into eBay to change my password — granted my address etc are still in the hands of hackers, but it seemed the thing to do anyway, so I did — and started looking for clothing because, hey, why not? I have had good […]

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Market Forces —

Trigger warning: Human scum ahead. Read with caution. Over the last week, I noticed a new trend among the fat haters. Let’s call it the Dudebro Evopsych Manifesto. In meme form, it goes a little something like this: To understand how utterly ridiculous this idea of evolutionary disdain toward fatties is, you just need to […]

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Things are happening!

This summer is going to be jam packed with so many amazing things I cannot wait for everything to happen. I thought I would give a rundown of where I will be and what I will be up to the next few months. 1. I just had an article about trolling posted on Bitch Magazine’s […]

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the HAES® files: What the What?! ⎯ 3 Steps to Discover What It Means to Embody You

by Dr. Jenny Copeland Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are. ~Brene Brown ~ What does it mean to be able to embody yourself in a genuine and authentic way? This question came up in conversation this week, and I was […]

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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

The Queen of the Fat Aria

Tara Erraught is singing Octavian in the Strauss opera Der Rosenkavalier. It opened Saturday night. Of the six opera critics from London who reviewed her performance, 5 of them body shamed Erraught in their reviews. Some called her names, some suggested that it wasn’t possible that she could be a thin person’s lover, one wrote […]

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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Spuriouser and Spuriouser

A few days ago, I came across a Tyler Vigen’s Spurious Correlations. It’s really amazing the things that have absolutely NOTHING to do with each other, and yet there are some amazing correlations. I really like the next one: I mean, who would have thought that eating cheese would cause a person to die by […]

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Food for Thought, Thought for Food

Recently researcher Alia Crum gave a group of subjects a drink called Sensishake, the label let them know that it was low-calorie with zero percent fat, zero added sugar, and 140 calories. Another group of subjects were given a drink called Indulgence, the label let them know that it had high sugar, high fat, and […]

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Monday, 19 May 2014

Geek Pride at Gorn Rock

Weekend before last, my bf and I and our two little puggymen drove down to “Gorn Rock” near Santa Clarita, CA. Google said it was a five hour drive, but we took the scenic route down the coast to absorb the beauty and natural wonders that are California. I love going just about anywhere with […]

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SWAGGA: fat dancing, bodies, watching and shame

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Tarot Card of the Week: May 19th 2014

This is a new weekly series I started because many people I meet express an interest in the tarot who do not study it themselves. I often pull cards for myself and do readings for others. I think they are … Continue reading


Reading Between the Lines

The long-running comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live, no stranger to controversy, was in the spotlight again after writer and comedienne Leslie Jones, a newly-added cast member, appeared in a Weekend Update segment last week where she portrayed an “image expert” who made some edgy jokes about how she would have been popular back in […]

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Yup, It’s the Underpants Rule

Here on DancesWithFat we have some posts that are annual traditions, one of them is this post about The Underpants Rule. I have found there are rules that, if I follow them, usually steer me in the right direction. There’s the Golden Rule (treat others as you would like to be treated) though I prefer […]

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Friday, 16 May 2014

700 Club —

Trigger warning: Discussion of the science of weight loss as presented by weight loss charlatans and snake oil salespersons. So I’ve got this little project I’ve been working on since last July. I’ve been taking screencaps of Huffington Post’s front page stories about weight, diet and exercise to get an idea of how they cover […]

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Thursday, 15 May 2014

Fat Godzilla Rules

I was recently pulled out of semi-retirement, where I basically sat in a back room letting my soul wither and die, to discuss the dark comedy of disaster that is the Fat Godzilla Controversy of 2014. I’m qualified to pontificate on this subject because I’ve spent a vast majority of my life imagining everyone around […]

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When health is not on your side.

This post is part of the crowdfunding campaign for my dietetic internship. It is not intended to replace advice from a doctor or other health care practitioner. It represents my opinion alone and not any organization of which I am a member. Dear Michelle, How can one achieve Health at Every Size if they don’t […]

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Famous Fat Folk: Sophie Tucker, Last of the Red-Hot Mamas

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the HAES® files: The Part of the Problem, Problem

by Fall Ferguson, JD, MA There is no more neutrality in the world. You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.” Eldridge Cleaver is credited with saying this in 1968. I have heard myself and others utter some version of this with some frequency lately, […]

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Flying While Fat

Today, Ragen Chastain posted a really excellent take-down of an Etiquette Hell piece arguing that if you don’t fit in a standard airplane seat, it’s your obligation to pay for a first-class seat or two seats to, as Ms. E-Hell puts it, “never presume I am entitled to more seat than I paid for and […]

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Fed Up? You bet your sweet ass I’m fed up.

Sugar is the real enemy, not fat itself. This is the first line in this article about “surging” obesity rates. Can I just say that yes, I’m fed up. Fed up with all the lies, mythperceptions, and mythrepresentations about being fat, what it means, and what’s “causing” it. Now comes Fed Up, a film that […]

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When Bigotry Unites

Do you ever wonder what a double standard looks like? WELL LOOK NO FURTHER, MY FRIENDS, Olivia Barker from USA Today has got us covered! I’m sure everyone here knows about internet trolls and how they just looooOOoove to comment negatively on someone’s selfies or pictures. I mean, some of the worst stuff comes out […]

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Monday, 12 May 2014

Weight Watcher's True Colors

Happy Belated International No Dieting Day! I've been on multiple diets, but the one I did the most was Weight Watchers. I started when I was 16 and was off and on until I was 24. For eight years I...

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Tarot Card of the Week: May 12th 2014

This is a new weekly series I started because many people I meet express an interest in the tarot who do not study it themselves. I often pull cards for myself and do readings for others. I think they are … Continue reading

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Chaos, catering, and conferences

There’s a reason I haven’t posted here in a while and I’d like to tell you about it. I’d also like to ask for your help. It all started in December 2012, just after Christmas. I was a about a month and a half into my PhD studies, reading my university emails over the holiday […]

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Thin or fat, we ALL get the “lecture” about weight loss, exercise, eating habits

D writes: I just want to start this with a bit about my personal history. I’m a pretty average-sized person, but I feel like HAES has had a huge positive impact on my life, especially as I was recovering from an eating disorder. I just want to share it as an example of how fat […]

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Just A Little Soap Can Go A Long Way

I get, literally, about ten email pitches a day. Most of them go directly to the trash folder (and, to be honest, my spam folder), but the email I got from Erin Zaikis made me want to reach out. Erin is the founder of a social enterprise and soap company, Sundara ( Her soaps are [...]

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Saturday, 10 May 2014


In the for fuck’s sake column goes a study out of Korea. The researchers took 14,828 adults, ages 30 to 59, some fat and some not, but all metabolically healthy and with no known cardiovascular disease. The participants underwent a health checkup, including cardiac tomography estimation of coronary artery calcium (atherosclerosis) . As usual, […]

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Friday, 9 May 2014

Support Fat Community Projects!

This is a round up of current projects that need funding or support. 1. Abundant Bodies Track at the Allied Media Conference The Abundant Bodies track at the AMC this summer needs your help to support the work of fat activists with their workshops and activist organizing. I’m part of two different sessions but there […]

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Fat Activism for Unruly People, a workshop in Detroit

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Thursday, 8 May 2014

17 Years Since I started Over

*Content warning for talk of abuse and domestic violence* Today marks 17 years since I escaped the clutches of my abuser (ex-boyfriend) once and for all. I often tell a sort of cliff notes version of my abuse story, but the truth is, even after I moved twenty miles away, he still kept popping into […]

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Better Representation —

I have a longer post coming tomorrow, but for today I thought I would share some interesting developments. On April 17th, I got an email from a casting company asking if I’d help them put out the word that they’re casting for a new reality show about a fat family. I get these kinds of […]

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Fatshion: Windblown Bumblebee

So I wore this to the first day of #LALLBLOG14, aka the Latina Lifestyle Bloggers Conference, held at the gorgeous LA Mart in Downtown LA. I am not going to lie – the night before I was totally checking out … Continue reading

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Let’s Ignore Why You Came Here And Talk About Your Weight

Christa writes: Since I was seven, I had been going to the same doctor’s office for 20 years. In the entire time I had been there, the only comment any doctor had made about my weight was after I had lost twenty pounds. She asked what I was doing to lose weight to ensure it […]

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the HAES® files: Creating a Buffet of Movement©

by Rochelle Rice This information can be used by the health professional to discuss with a patient/client as well as for the person desiring to lead an active lifestyle that is NOT about going to the gym. Running, jumping, skipping and laughing…all activities you may have done as a child. But as you got serious […]

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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

.EveryBODY is Flawless.

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Diet Talk Detox

Trigger warning: Diet and weight loss talk. With various injuries, detours to specialists, and other tasks that need taken care of, I’ve been putting off my routine medical visits for about a year at this point. When my NuvaRing prescription ran out, I finally had to address my lack of check-up. I hate that chemical […]

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Fluffy Fatshion Poll

I haven’t done a fatshion post in a while, and with the stores and catalogs premiering their new spring and summer items, I thought it would be fun and informative to conduct a poll on what you’d like to see when it comes to fat fashion as the weather turns warmer, and what you’re tired […]

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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Emergency Phone Numbers to Keep Handy

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The Religion of Weight Loss

For the past two weeks, I have been observing and participating in #notyourgoodfatty on Twitter, which you can read the genesis of here. In summary, the hashtag was started when fat activist Amanda Levitt and mazzie had a conversation during which mazzie came up with the hashtag as a reply to Amanda; thus, the #notyourgoodfatty […]

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On International Diet Day 2014

These pictures were taken during #INDD14 celebration at the Wellington campus of Massey University (New Zealand)

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Monday, 5 May 2014

Feeling at Home

On Friday a train in Queens derailed. Thankfully no one was seriously injured. Unfortunately I needed that train to get to Big Fat Flea on Sunday. That wasn't about to stop me. I hate shopping in most stores. I procrastinate...

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A Superhero for Size Activists?

I recently attended two Popular Culture Association (PCA) conferences. One was the regional conference in Albuquerque, where I filled in as the Chair for the Fat Studies track, while the other was the national conference in Chicago. At both conferences I presented to audiences about fat activist literature and the importance of infiltrating popular culture […]

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Fatshion: For the Love of Men and Mustaches

Hey friends! Aria & I recently attended the grand opening party of mr. nail lounge in West Hollywood. It’s a new men’s salon that honestly looks more like a swanky bar or lounge than a salon but they offer some … Continue reading

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SWAGGA has begun

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Watch me eat raspberries.

I made a new eating video just for fun, but then it became the video for my fundraising campaign for my upcoming dietetic internship. (Since videos of me talking are booooooring.) Video transcript If you want to help out, share my campaign, or get yourself a perk (including an ebooklet, private forum membership, t-shirts, and […]

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Tarot Card of the Week: May 5th 2014

This is a new weekly series I started because many people I meet express an interest in the tarot who do not study it themselves. I often pull cards for myself and do readings for others. I think they are … Continue reading

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Sunday, 4 May 2014

Gabourey Sidibe’s Internet Doctors

Gabourey Sidibe recently gave a beautiful speech on confidence: “I hate that [being asked about the source of her confidence] I always wonder if that’s the first thing they ask Rihanna when they meet her. ‘RiRi! How are you so confident?’ Nope. No. No. But me? They ask me with that same incredulous disbelief every […]

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Friday, 2 May 2014

Continuous Line Pet Portraits

Ok, Y’all. I’m opening up freelance availability again now that school is over. I’m starting slow with pet portraits in this continuous line style – Just $30 on Etsy for a custom illustration! Only 20 slots available.

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Chicken of Tomorrow —

When I was around 10 years old, I remember going to my Uncle Ray’s house for the weekend. Uncle Ray worked in an auto-body shop, but in his free time he was a weightlifter and an avid “coach” to each of his sons who wrestled, two of whom went to State Championships in the 1980s. […]

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Your Mask First

I get lots of questions from parents asking how to help their kids have a positive body image and high self-esteem, and I get questions from people asking about how to help friend with body image and food issues. I keep thinking of the flight attendants and their pre-flight safety speech – “put on your […]

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Thursday, 1 May 2014

Hospital Pains

Trigger warning: Discussion of disordered eating. Hey e’rybody, how’s it goin’? (<—best Southern accent) Do you remember when I was talking about trying to survive my hospital and their terrible doctors to get a much-needed surgery out of the way? Yeah… so let me tell you. Back in December, I went to the hospital (that […]

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First of May

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the HAES® files: Recognizing Momentum in Every Encounter⎯The HAES Perspective in Toronto

by Kori Kostka, BSc, RD Sometimes we all need a little R&R (what I like to call rest and rejuvenation), taking a break from the work we do so that we can come back with a fresh perspective. Over the last several months I have had the opportunity to attend conferences and visit people working […]

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What Fat Acceptance Doesn’t Mean

Sorry for the lapse in blogging, More Cabaret hosted our first all plus-size variety show in Los Angeles and it was awesome. Then we moved, that was less awesome but is more awesome now that we’re actually in the new house. Anyway, I’m back and I’ve missed you all! I’m not sure why, but recently […]

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