Tuesday 30 September 2014

Fit Fatties Radical Activists for Self Care and Love

In this world of constant movement, relentless work and achievement focus, sometimes the most radical thing you can do is to take time to care for yourself. That’s why Ragen and Jeanette have decided to switch things up with our new self-care challenge. The program invites you to be a RASCAL which means a Radical […]


Punching Down for Cheap Laughs

Trigger warning: Discussion of anorexia and assholes who tell fat jokes. Hiya Folks, With the recent death of Joan Rivers, and many discussions around her type of insult comedy arising on the interwebs, I thought it the pertinent time to discuss an encounter with my favorite comedian that left a permanent bad taste in my […]

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Stock Up with Dollar Tree’s Anniversary Event (Plus a Bonus Halloween DIY)!

Disclosure: I’m thrilled to be partnering with Dollar Tree to share their special Anniversary Event Bonus Buys with you! Aria and I are both huge fans of Dollar Tree, especially when our budgets are tight (like they currently are) and … Continue reading


Nail Adventures Teaser

So, normally this is when you see my weekly manicure. Well, I went back to yoga yesterday, and let me just say that my ass is sufficiently kicked. I’ll finish up the post tonight so you’ll have it tomorrow. In the meantime, have a pic of what I used for my newest look: Yep, the […]

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Self-Esteem For Sale

Today I have seen multiple commercials for diet companies and beauty products and it reminds me of something that my friend CJ Legare says – that the companies take our self-esteem, cheapen it, and sell it back at a profit. The basic process is that first they make a normal human experience (wrinkles, eyebrows, cellulite, […]

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Monday 29 September 2014

Row, Row, Row your Boat

Happy Belated Weight Stigma Awareness Week (It was actually last week). Growing up I was picked last for all team sports. Even when I was thin, I had terrible coordination. Everything got even worse when I gained weight. This made...

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Oceans Aweigh

This is my FFFinal blog post for FFF, and needless to say it isn’t easy for me to say goodbye. So you may notice a bit of rambling in this post because I want to try and squeeeeeeeze in as much as possible! My reasons for leaving are entirely due to time constraints. There are […]

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Saturday 27 September 2014

Online Dating in a Fat Suit

Recently a site dedicated to “the fine art of picking up girls” decided to see what happens when men and women get dates online using pictures of them thin, and then show up at the date with fat suits on. According to a piece in the Huffington Post, when men showed up looking fatter than […]

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Friday 26 September 2014

Every Purse Is a Purple Purse with Allstate Foundation

Disclosure: We have partnered with Allstate Foundation and Latina Bloggers Connect for this post. A year ago, I told you about Allstate Foundation Purple Purse and shared with you a story about my friend, Jenn and her experience with domestic … Continue reading


I Did a Thing

Eleven weeks ago, I tried my first parkour class. Seven weeks ago, I decided to sign up for a weekend long parkour event happening in Boston. I also made a commitment to myself that I would go to three classes a week between then and the event. I would give my training my all and […]

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Thursday 25 September 2014

Nymphomaniac (2014, dir. Lars von Trier); Concussion (2013, dir. Stacie Passon)

Two recent films, Nymphomaniac and Concussion, spend ample time exploring the marginalized sexualities of their (thin) female protagonists. Joe (Charlotte Gainsboug/Stacy Martin), the titular character of von Trier’s epic, labels herself as a nymphomaniac and constructs her life around her insatiable libido; Abby (Robin Weigert), the heroine of Passon’s directorial debut, is a lesbian who […]

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the HAES® files: My Mom Has a Disease

by Lizabeth Wesely-Casella My mom has muscular dystrophy. It’s a disease that wastes the muscles and grows increasingly more serious over time. My mom will die with a brain as sharp as a blade but a body that disintegrates on her; her diaphragm losing its strength and her heart slowly losing its ability to pump. […]

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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Falling out of love with Lane Bryant

I remember the first time my mom took me to Lane Bryant. It was the summer of 1988 and we were back-to-school shopping. I couldn’t believe there was an actual store that catered to fat girls and women. I was a size 13/14 at the time and for years it had been a struggle trying […]

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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Celebrating My Hispanic Heritage with Nestle

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Hey friends, so September 15th kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month and I wanted to do something special to celebrate it here on the … Continue reading


Conflict of Interest

Trigger warning: Frank discussion of weight loss surgery. Confession time: a close family member got a gastric sleeve about a year ago. A very close family member, in fact. I see her less often now that we live in different states, but her physical changes are still evident. She has knee problems and her back […]

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Nail Adventures: Rawr

Looks like animal print will be all the rage for fall! Cue a million pieces of zebra/leopard/giraffe/etc. printed EVERYTHING for me to wear. That, for me, is quite scary. Animal print is one of those things I love to see other people rock but on me…it just makes my brain short circuit. I always feel […]

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Monday 22 September 2014

Diet Drugs Still Don't Work

Bupropion aka Wellbutrin is an anti-anxiety/depression drug and Naltrexone is an alcohol and drug dependency (opioids) drug. Put them both together and we have another useless diet drug: Contrave Ignoring the stupid and fat hating graphic of this article (A...

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The #WeAllGrow Summit : If One Grows, We All Grow

Have you heard about the #WeAllGrow Summit happening February 26-28 at the Line Hotel in Los Angeles? It’s being hosted by Latina Bloggers Connect, one of my favorite blogging collectives and some of my favorite people are on the staff, … Continue reading


Partial Allies and Crabby Friends

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss. So I’ve had an Health at Every Size® (HAES) philosophy ever since I read Shadow on a Tightrope in December 1983 — which is before that term even existed as such. Later, much later, I wrote my own book, FAT: The Story of My Life with My Body, narrating […]

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Monday Motivation

Mondays are hard to deal with. Either you had an awesome weekend, and you want to continue to bask in the glow that comes from it, or you had a horrid weekend, and the fact you have to go to work today and tell people (or not tell people) about it makes you want to […]

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Saturday 20 September 2014

Getting Waisted by Monica Parker

I was asked to read and review the book Getting Waisted by and about Monica Parker, who is a fat actress and writer (whom I had never heard of before this book) who was born in Scotland and grew up in Canada. The bottom line is that I didn’t like the book and do not […]

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Sudden weight gain? You’re eating all the cake!

A reader writes: I am 24, 5’9″ and currently 240lbs. I gained a bit of weight over the years between the age of 17 (where I was 150lbs) and 22, but my highest was only ever around 185lbs, which is not TOO bad for my height. Despite this I hated the weight gain, it made […]

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Fat Discrimination Is Real Discrimination

In an absolutely ridiculous piece for The Mirror, Fiona Phillips tries to make the point that discrimination against fat people is somehow not “real” discrimination. Now, obviously, we can’t really take someone seriously as a journalist when she says “overeating costs the NHS alone over £5billion a year and takes up beds that could be […]

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Friday 19 September 2014

PCOS and Birth Control Pills, Part 1: Information about Oral Contraceptives

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Uptown Fashion Week: The Recap!

So, last Thursday, I had the opportunity to attend one of 4 fashion shows hosted at Uptown Fashion Week. There was a plus size show I ended up missing because it was too far away ( :( ) but I did get to see the huge 11 designer extravaganza. Super cool and excited. One of […]

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Thursday 18 September 2014

Uptown Fashion Week Recap: Sneak Peek!

Hey lovelies! So, I’ve been in the bed sleeping off my cold. I hate being sick. I smell like the medicine cabinet and sound like I’ve been gargling gravel. :( Anyhow, I’m still sorting through pictures. I attended one of the shows for Uptown Fashion week last week, and I wanted to share this video […]

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the HAES® files: Workplace Wellness Revisited

by Fall Ferguson, JD, MA “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” ~ Oscar Wilde I planned this blog post as a follow-up to a piece that I wrote about a year ago suggesting possible actions that the HAES community might want to consider taking with regard to workplace wellness […]

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Things that Aren’t Bullying

I was in a conversation where I was pointing out how completely screwed up I think it is to body shame strangers for sport on the internet, and someone responded to suggest that what I was doing was “the same thing I was arguing against” by speaking out against the behavior, and that I was […]

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Wednesday 17 September 2014

.Brands I love: Yours Clothing.

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Hollywood Peer Pressure

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss and asshole commenters. Note: Although there are male actors who feel the pressure to be thin, muscular and attractive, they are often given more leeway than female actresses, hence why I am going to be focusing this article on women in Hollywood. It’s no big secret that to succeed […]

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Plus Night Out–The Recap

Positive energy makes me as happy as shopping does. When I can get both combined into one event? Score! And I didn’t want to enjoy it all by myself (who would?) So, I called up my hard working, dissertation writing friend and got her out of the house for a day of shopping and her […]

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BELVIQ – Hilarious if It Wasn’t Horrifying

I talked a couple of days ago about why I think it’s important to avoid supporting organizations like the Obesity Action Coalition. Today at the gym I saw an advertisement for the weight loss drug BELVIQ (whose manufacturer gave the OAC over $100,000) that reminded me why I think it’s so important. What I learned […]

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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Nail Adventures: Fall Simplicity

Fall is upon us here in NYC. The temps have dropped, but it’s still nice enough to only need a light sweater. Oh, fall. This is the time of year I love, rivaled only by the time between winter and spring. You know, that time when it’s not too hot, not too cold? Perfect. And...

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Body Politic —

Note: I received a review copy of the book I’m discussing. I’ve been asking questions about Health at Every Size® (HAES) since before I really understood what HAES was all about. Of course, Dr. Linda Bacon’s book, was out there as a resource, but I didn’t have access to a copy when I wrote an […]

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Monday 15 September 2014

Eating Disorders

For 17 years I suffered from disordered eating. I wasn’t anorexic. The Diets I followed usually came to about 1200-1600 calories. Only on occasion did I starve myself but it never lasted. My body would rebel and bingeing would follow...

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Gastric bypass on TLC TV show

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Question: Is there an existing organization, place, or group where fat people and those who support them can unite to improve the lives of fat people? I envision a place where fat people are encouraged to live their best possible lives where and who they are now. I envision a place where all fat people […]

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Yoga for Larger Bodies – Documentary Animation

Yoga for Larger Bodies is an animated documentary of one woman’s experience of being a plus-sized yoga instructor. It is the origin story of London’s first yoga class specifically for larger bodied individuals. Uniquely, and in keeping with the themes … >> Read More

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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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Fatshionista Paper Doll Download

On this, the second day of freedom from my undergrad coursework, I got a wild hair to draw. Today inspiration struck in the form of a fat fashion paper doll. Just two outfits and one doll for now. Download the … >> Read More

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Queer Melancholia

Yesterday I had a conversation on Facebook that deeply infuriated me. Admittedly, as an activist, I have a tendency towards being infuriated. This conversation, though, made me as angry as I have been in a very long time. As some … >> Read More

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Sketchnoting Foucault and Judith Butler

I thought I’d try my hand at this ‘sketchnote’ thing and see what happened. Aside from Foucault’s wonky face and the fact that the guy from the Milgram experiment looks a bit like Buffalo Bill, I think it turned out … >> Read More

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Fat Girl as Ballerina

Just a passing thought I wanted to place somewhere rather than a well thought-out blog post: Spatially – I am aware of my body as I move through the world, as I navigate a larger-than-it-was-designed-for body through a never-ending obstacle … >> Read More

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Body Positive Custom Illustration

I don't generally use this forum for self-promotion but I've recently reignited my love for illustration and I'm making a few custom portraits available between now and the holidays. Check out the gallery below and if you like my style, consider ordering a portrait from someone who will draw your body lovingly, exactly as it is. >> Read More

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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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DOMA Goes Down

An historic moment. My joy is complicated, but it’s still joy. Thinking about the day I called my Mama crying when the vote came down that voided the beautiful marriage she and her partner had. Thinking about being on the … >> Read More

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Antifragility and Activist Burn Out

Trigger warning: Brief mention of eating disorder and weight loss. “Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.” ― Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder I want to be antifragile. The opposite of fragile. I want to get stronger when I meet […]

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Fat Para-Academics, read this!

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SWAGGA at SPILL Festival of Performance

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PCOS Series Resumes

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Friday 12 September 2014

Swift and Brutal —

Trigger warning: Violent imagery regarding cosmetic manipulation. Guys, my work is trying to kill me. I’ve got a great job and I really can’t complain considering I don’t have a college degree, but I’ve gotten so good at my job (#HumbleBrag) that I’ve got customers coming at me from all sides wanting my magic touch. […]

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Thursday 11 September 2014

Paying for Our Own Oppression

I was in an interesting conversation on Facebook where people were discussing whether or not, as Size Acceptance activists and/or Health at Every Size practitioners, they buy “diet’ products and why or why not. This is something I’ve thought about a lot. There is a quote by Anna Lappe that says “Every time you spend […]

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the HAES® files: One by One

To celebrate the ten-year anniversary of Judith Matz’s and Ellen Frankel’s Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Comprehensive Guide to Treating Binge Eating Disorder, Compulsive Eating, and Emotional Overeating – and the release of its 2nd edition –ASDAH’s blog committee invited Judith to reflect on the book’s enduring impact. If you have felt a […]

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Wednesday 10 September 2014

Clothes Modding for the Frustrated Fatshionista

I’ve been seeing a few posts on Facebook lately about clothing options, and the lack thereof, for fat people, especially for those of us who are DEATHFATZ. Now I’m not talking fat women who can wear a size 24/26/28, I’m talking about those of us who wear sizes above 28. I wear anywhere from a […]

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Tuesday 9 September 2014

Preparing Your Family for an Emergency

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Monday 8 September 2014

Silence the Diet Voice

I plan a careful diet (little d) because certain foods don’t agree with me, namely corn (especially corn syrup), gluten, cabbage, tomatoes, and some nuts. I do my best to eat whole foods in a well rounded variety. Trolls don’t...

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Soylent adventure, part 2: Clashing Food Philosophies

Trigger warning: Discussion of sparse eating, both as a lifestyle and as the obsessive calorie-counting version. So I read this New Yorker article about Rob Rhinehart, who created a total-nutrition meal-replacement product he calls Soylent, which he’s been living on for a year, and before I was even done reading I knew I’d be trying […]

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Sunday 7 September 2014

On fat responsibility and activism

In August, I had the pleasure to attend two (very different) conferences. The first was the Competing Responsibilities conference held at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. This conference brought together scholars from across disciplines to explore the idea of responsibility. From the CFP, Calls to ‘be responsible’ pervade public and private life. Notions of […]

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Saturday 6 September 2014

The Joy of Not Apologizing

In the past couple of days I’ve seen the following responses from fat people to fat shaming behavior that they experienced: “I mean it’s true I’m a big lady, but being big shouldn’t be a reason to treat me like crap.” “Yes, I had a second piece of pie, but nobody asked him to be […]

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Friday 5 September 2014

From the Kitchen: Orange Chicken

Looking for a simple meal that will transition nicely between the dwindling days of summer and the beginning of autumn? Try this recipe for orange chicken, which boasts a mild citrus flavor with a bit of spice. I made it years ago for a work luncheon and it got a lot of compliments. Here’s what […]

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Thursday 4 September 2014

LA Times Confused About Science

The LA Times ran a headline in their science section that read “Diets work, but brands don’t make much difference, study finds” It goes on to talk about a meta analysis that found: Low-carb diets were linked to 8.73 kilograms of lost weight (19.25 pounds) at 6 months, and 7.25 kg (15.98 pounds) at 12 […]

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the HAES® files: Body Respect

Our culture perpetuates myriad anti-fat myths and prejudices that keep people depressed and at war with their own bodies: a war where few battles might be “won” in the short term with restrictive diets, but then lost overall because those who turn to dieting can rarely maintain the behaviors and appearance that become socially accepted […]

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Wednesday 3 September 2014

On Mental Illness

Trigger warning: talk of mental illness and suicide The news broke last month that well known actor and comedian Robin Williams died of suspected suicide. Since then, I’ve seen a ton of quotes, movie clips, photos, and declarations of grief. But Fox News really stepped in it when Shepard Smith called him a coward for […]

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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Obstetric Insanity: An 80% Cesarean Rate in Super Obese Women?

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Louis C.K. and Meghan Trainor Just Aren’t Getting it Right!

A while back there was that Louis episode with the fat girl who goes on a diatribe about life as a fat girl. Did you see it? You can watch it here: When it aired there was a lot of noise about how amazing and groundbreaking this scene was, and as a fat activist, I […]

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Monday 1 September 2014

A Better Workplace Wellness

I have blogged before about workplace wellness. I don't mind volunteer programs and at work classes. I don't mind incentives and discounts on gyms. It bothers me when it goes from voluntary to mandatory. I believe Workplace wellness programs are...

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