Thursday, 31 December 2015

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That Time I Was a VOTY Honoree at BlogHer15

Hi friends!! So I know technically Blogher ’15 was back in July but I know you still wanna hear about my experience, right? Especially since you helped me get there! This was my first time at BlogHer and in New … Continue reading


GlitterForce is Sparkletastic!

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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Justifying my Existance

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Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Obligatory End of the Year Post: 2015 Can Suck it!

Yeah I know, look on the bright side, but to be honest, and I mean brutally? 2015 beat me up in every possible way. I started the year off with a new job that was already kicking my ass with constant changes in management and endless and impossible tasks. So much so that I sprained […]

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New Years Revolutions

I’m honored to be included in a group of kick ass women in a Mashable piece about New Year’s Resolutions and the pressure to lose weight.  The wight loss industry tries to sell us this whole “New Year, New You” BS because they know that even though it’s a new year, it’s the same old them, with […]

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Friday, 25 December 2015

Fatshion Friday: Finishing Touches

Before we get into the meat and potatoes of this post, I’d like to wish all of you that celebrate a Merry Christmas. I hope that you’re spending it with people you love and that you’re in a loving environment. For those of you that don’t do holidays: I hope that you’re able to spend […]

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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Holiday Resources

Every year, this is one of my biggest e-mail days – when I receive the most e-mails asking for help or support dealing with fatphobia during the holidays – from those who are celebrating and those who aren’t.  For some people, the holidays are filled with fun family get-togethers and happy memories and festivities. For many people, […]

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

New Year Shoe Candy

So, last Friday I gave y’all some ideas for really cute outfits for New Year’s Eve. Now, y’all can’t go out barefoot, right? Unless you’re headed to a beach or something (if you are, take me with you!) So: here are a few choices for some really pretty shoes, from heels to loafers. Let’s go! […]

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

April's Birth Story (respectful natural hospital birth)

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If Gyms Were Honest

As the New Year hurtles toward us here in the States, gyms are beginning to (even more than usual) write checks that their actual results can’t cash. But don’t worry, when their promises turn out to be not worth the annoying postcards they’re printed on, they’ll blame you for failing, and try to sell you the same […]

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Monday, 21 December 2015

Makeup Monday: Take It Off!

The title tells you the best tip in the world about having great skin: take your makeup off at night! It’s advice I would do well to practice consistently. But don’t be me, y’all. Be better than me! Anyway. I’ve gotten questions about my skincare regimen for a while, and since we’re in the middle […]

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Five things I have learned from writing this book

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Sunday, 20 December 2015

Say Something Sunday – Say Nothing Edition

All year long we’ve been doing “Say Something Sundays,” a day dedicated (at least on this blog)  to activism.  I want to take today to remind you that activism is always an option, but it’s never an obligation. It’s ok if you see or experience injustice/oppression/bullying and you choose not to do anything.  It might be because […]

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Friday, 18 December 2015

Around We Go Again – The Plus-Size Retailer Merry-Go-Round

It seems every week we see the same conversation hashed out in social media/articles over plus-size retailers.  It goes like this. ·         Plus-size clothing brand puts out new set of photos of “curvy” women (all too often in their underwear rather than the clothes they are selling) with “Everyone is beautiful” strain of slogan.  (Note: […]

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Fatshion Friday: What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

I certainly hope you’ll be getting all dolled up and going out for the night! I know I am. January 1, 2015 I was happily dancing away in a club with my friends, and I’m looking to do that all over again. Now, I told y’all about all my mishaps getting my outfit. This year, […]

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When the Dinner Table Becomes a Stage

I wrote yesterday about people’s bad behavior around fat friends and family at the holidays.  I got a bunch of e-mails telling me that discomfort around food is the worst, so I thought I would re-post this piece examining the ways that our culture screws us up around food, and some things we can do […]

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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Who else but Fat Amy? Pitch Perfect (2012, dir. Jason Moore), Pitch Perfect 2 (2015, dir. Elizabeth Banks)

One of the inspirations for this blog was an article I came across on AV Club:  Fat Monday: 16 realistic depictions of overweight people in pop culture. (The comforting tagline: “Eddie Murphy doesn’t appear once on this list.”)  I appreciated the intention, but it didn’t go far enough for my liking (obviously).  “Realistic” is a […]

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How to Not Ruin the Holidays for Your Fat Friends and Family

I spend a lot of time helping fat people deal with the bullshit fat shaming that comes our way daily, and that often escalates at the holidays (whether we celebrate them or not.)  I try to be clear that these things are not our fault, even though they become our problem and that the problem isn’t […]

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Nail Adventures: Disco Snowflakes

It’s December, and NYC hasn’t seen an inch of snowfall yet. As a matter of fact, I’m typing this in a tank and leggings. Like, it’s warm outside. I am not complaining. I do like the snow, and do miss it just a little bit. It’s really pretty when it first falls. It’s even prettier […]

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What If You Hate Exercise?

I got this e-mail today: “I’m thinking about my New Year’s resolutions and I want to make exercise one of them (not for weight loss, I know that doesn’t work) but because I understand that it’s good for my body. The problem is, I absolutely hate it so I don’t know if doing it fits […]

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

The Healing Effect of Health At Every Size College Courses

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Currently in December

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Til Weight Do Us Part

A man wrote a letter to Dear Prudence saying that he had “zero feelings” for his wife of 25 years, and mother of his three kids, as she had gain 50 pounds in the last 10 years which he referred to as a “major turnoff.” You can see his full question and Prudie’s answer (which […]

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Monday, 14 December 2015


How do you handle rejection? How do you handle repeated rejection…for like 7 months?! I just received two rejection letters from jobs that I was certain would come through. I’m beside myself at the moment and need to find the energy and motivation to clean my apartment tonight and paint my nails because I have […]

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Makeup Monday: Day at the Museum

Hello Lovelies! So, Saturday I actually took a day off. No work, no writing, just a day to actually enjoy my life a bit. I have a habit of living life with all cylinders going. If I’m not at the day job, I’m grinding on my cookbook and photography projects. And I love being busy, […]

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Archiving Fat Activism

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If These Bodies Could Talk

I was trying to decide what to write about today and then I got a comment from Hera339 that absolutely inspired me: “I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, but just found this post, Since finding SA 2 years ago, I have come to accept my fat body, but this post…this made me fall […]

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

On Candles and Darkness

I’m just coming back from a week-long vacation, seeing family, relaxing, and reading a lot. But in the world beyond my little personal bubble, it’s been a really bad couple weeks. Terrorist attacks in Paris, Libya, Mali. An outpouring of religious hatred against refugees fleeing for their lives, with presidential candidates fanning the flames. And […]

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Saturday, 12 December 2015

The Holiday Boundary Setting Song

One of the most frequent questions I get during the holidays is about how to deal with people – especially family – who are behaving badly. For me the secret is boundaries. I think it’s best to start by deciding what constitutes behavior that you will put up with. If it’s anything other than “anything goes” […]

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Friday, 11 December 2015

Feed Me Friday

I have shared previously that I have an eating disorder (anorexia) and often struggle to eat when my anxiety, stress or other factors are looming heavily in my day/life. Living alone for the first time in my life has also proved to be challenging in that I no longer receive external cues for when to […]

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Thursday, 10 December 2015

To the person/entity commenting as Wheelchair

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Celebrate Your Special Occasion at WP24 by Wolfgang Puck

Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal for two and compensation for this post courtesy of JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. Live. That said, all opinions are 100% my own. Hello friends! Last weekend, my cub and I ended our long … Continue reading


the HAES® files: I am free to have a body that is unique to me

by Jessica Andersen and Ashley Simon of My Body Does   Living in the United States, it is clear that anyone and everyone has a right to women’s bodies – sometimes more of a right than a woman herself. People talk about women’s bodies, police women’s bodies. As women, we are completely surrounded by images that reduce […]

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It’s a Lifestyle Change Alright

Harriet Brown, wrote a fabulous piece for Slate called “The Weight of the Evidence:  It’s time to stop telling fat people to be thin.”  It is making the rounds on social media again and I shared it on my Facebook wall.  Immediately (and completely predictably) someone jumped in and attempted to win Diet Bingo all […]

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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

2015 studies on d-chiro-inositol

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Fatshion Fantasies: My Colorful Faux Fur Jacket Dreams

Being the proud owner of this fine, fat body, I have often longed for certain garments that are not readily available or accessible to my size. Growing up it was more due to poverty than anything else, with Guess jeans and Keds and so many other trends I couldn’t follow (for the best I think […]

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What This Cat Teaches Us About Body Positivity

One of my favorite thing about the work I do is when people tell me that they finally “get it” that the world is messed up, but they are fine, and they always have been.  Sometimes I get e-mails from people who have had the revelation reading my blog or book, and the blogs and books […]

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Tuesday, 8 December 2015


No, seriously, they make me laugh! Just not my thing. No judgement for those who enjoy making them or the few that actually do stick to and achieve them, but that’s not what this post is about. This is about the societal pressure to conform all in the name of resolutions. Shall we? res·o·lu·tion ˌrezəˈlo͞oSH(ə)n/ […]

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LA Radio’s “The Woody Show” Fat-Shames for Fun and Profit

The Woody Show, the morning show on LA radio Alt 98.7, has a regular segment called “Fat Chick/Skinny Chick.” According to Allison Ficht, who blogged about this for the Ms. Magazine Blog: The game starts with the DJs asking the participant a series of questions, and then filing the answers under a “fat” or “skinny” column. […]

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Monday, 7 December 2015

Pic-Filled Update Post Part 2 (Whoa Selfies!)

I used to really struggle with having my picture taken. I would hide or scowl or whatever I could to avoid it. On my journey to self acceptance I took it upon myself to get over that shit. I started by doing really bland and generic outfit posts for the Fatshionista group back in the […]

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DIY Publishing and Fat Activism

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Ridiculous Holiday Diet Tips

The “holiday season” means being bombarded with ridiculous diet advice (“The Holidays are Coming” being one third of the Dieting Axis of Evil along with “New Years Resolutions” and “Bikini Season is Coming”.)  Since you’re likely to have to deal with this whether you celebrate the holidays or not, in another DancesWithFat annual tradition I’ve […]

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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Sex Toy Company’s Failed Fat-Shaming Ad

A sex toy company created an ad featuring a fat woman in a bra, panties and fishnets with the captain “Make the right decision.”  It turns out that people were not impressed with the idea a company would think it was ok to suggest that you should buy their toy rather than have sex with […]

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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Fatlicious Holiday Gift Giving Guide 2015

Tis the season to spoil those you love, and yourself, with some fatlicious gifts. Below is my guide to fatlicious shopping for the 2015 holiday season. Must haves The Adipositivity Project 2016 calendar   Bellies are badass tote from Kirsty Winters   For the stocking Back Fat is Bitchin patch   Start a revolution: Love your […]

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Amy Schumer Isn’t Fat and Other Things That Don’t Matter

In response to the ridiculous fat shaming that Amy Schumer’s mostly nude photo has wrought, one of the common defenses of Amy that I’ve been seeing is “she’s not even fat!” The thing is that if someone is being shamed, stigmatized, bullied etc. for being fat, and we say “they aren’t fat” or “they aren’t even […]

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Friday, 4 December 2015

Sundries, November 2015

A rundown of fat characters in films I saw over the past month, but didn’t post about. Stranger by the Lake (2014, dir. Alain Guiraudie) A French thriller set at a remote cruising spot, following Franck (Pierre Deladonchamps), who witnesses his favorite hookup Michel (Christophe Paou) committing murder.  Almost all of the characters in the […]

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Pic-Filled Update Post Part 1

I kept meaning to post an update with a ton of pics from Halloween through Thanksgiving, but a lot has happened in the last month and well, Life! So, here it is and I hope you enjoy! My birthday was shit, but here’s what I wore: RebDolls long tank dress in black with Torrid pink sweater […]

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Gut bacteria and blood sugar

There is an interesting new study out that looks at gut bacteria, a personalized-diet-creating algorithm, and blood sugar. Basically, they collected a bunch of data including biometrics (e.g. age, weight, hip circumference, A1c), family history, and, notably, gut bacteria (in … Continue reading

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Steven Crowder – A Study in Impotent Fat-Shaming, Sexism, and Misogyny

The “Pirelli Calender” is released each year by the Pirelli Tire company, heretofore featuring nude, partially nude, or nearly nude models chosen for their ability to approximate the current stereotype of beauty as models.  This year Pirelli deliberately took a different approach, choosing photographer Annie Leibovitz to photograph women chosen for their achievements across various fields from […]

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Thursday, 3 December 2015

“Anyone, no matter how odd or pale or chubby, can still have a good time:” The Addams Family and Addams Family Values (1991 and 1993, dir. Barry Sonnenfeld)

At first I was ambivalent about Uncle Fester, but it didn’t take much research to convince me that he is a fat character.  On his Wikipedia page, there is a quote from creator Charles Addams describing him as “fat with pudgy little hands and feet.”  Although his body is obscured under his black robe, he has […]

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Why is “Precious” Still a Punchline?

I am a comedy geek. I love comedy! I often think it’s my own odd version of therapy in some ways. I mean, I love The Walking Dead and American Horror Story, but for me those are more fantasy than straight up drama. I like a good drama, mind you, but on television I tend […]

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the HAES®. Body Peace, World Peace: Freeing Ourselves and Each Other Through Yoga.

by Julie Norman, BS, E-RYT   I came to know body peace and recovered from an eating disorder long before I ever struck a pose, saw a therapist, or journaled. However when asked how I got better, and stay that way despite dismal statistics, I say yoga. In this piece I’ll share why and invite you […]

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When Fat People Show Up

One of the ways that fat people are oppressed is through media erasure – as a culture we choose our singers, actors, dancers, comics, entertainers etc. based on their ability to meet a stereotype of beauty first, and then their talent.  Thinness and the current ideal of beauty become the golden tickets that allow people […]

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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Too Much

I woke up late in the day, relying on my trusty drug store brand NyQuil knock off to keep my cold symptoms in check enough for me to get some healing sleep. I wipe the sleep dust from my eyes and roll over to grab my water bottle. The puggyman stirs in his slumber until […]

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A Place for Separatism: Straight Talk About Survivorship Part One

I’m a survivor of trauma and domestic abuse. I’m a survivor of economic hardship. I’m a survivor of a lot …

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Raging Liberal Bias Redux

It has been three years since I posted this and I am, in many respects, a different person with a …

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What I Accept, What I Deny, and Random Facts about your Host

So it’s been some time since I’ve updated a blog regularly. Now that I have a few new followers, I …

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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Physical Recovery After CBAC

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A Response to the Fat Shaming on the London Subway

If you’ve not heard by now, someone on the subway in London was giving out fat shaming cards to women and then,  like the cowards these people always seem to be, running away off the train. The cards said that they were made by a group called “Overweight Haters Ltd.” When the story first broke there was […]

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Monday, 30 November 2015

What You Need to Know About IndulgeLA: Chocolate Festival & Pastry Show

Did someone say chocolate and pastry?! I’m super excited to attend Indulge LA in less than a month! It’s toted as the party of the year for dessert lovers, so me basically. The event will feature celebrity & top chocolatiers, pastry chefs and … Continue reading


Good citizenship and fat hate

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Tales From Retail: Black Friday

I actually wanted to put this up last week, but I’m still traumatized 6 years later. Listen. If you’ve never had to work a Black Friday before, count yourself lucky. It is some of the most dehumanizing foolery you can imagine. The customers turn to creatures possessed, and the workers end up snapping at each […]

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Three Steps to Loving Your Body More

Nobody is obligated to love or even like their bodies, but I believe that everyone should have the option. We live in a culture that tells us that our bodies are not good enough and never will be. A culture that, as my friend CJ Legare says, works hard to steal our self-esteem, cheapen it, […]

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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Lane Bryant’s Horrible Holiday Ad

Fat people are considered a target market for all kinds of sleazy industries all year long (diet industry, beauty industry, surgeons who perform stomach amputations etc.)  There are even conferences that teach these people how to target us. The holidays up the ante quite a bit since two of the three Dieting Axis of Evil events fall […]

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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Australian Brands Plus Size Research – Can You Help?

I’ve been contacted by a student who would like some assistance with some research she is doing.  Ana Maria Gonzalez is studying a Master of Commerce and is a textiles designer who loves fashion and new ideas.  Currently, she is doing her final project research about the marketing communication strategies of the Australian Plus Size […]

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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Review: Secrets from the Eating Lab

I first became interested in this book after reading an interview with author Traci Mann from shortly before the book came out. If her name seems familiar, you may recognize it from a study that is often cited in fatosphere … Continue reading

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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

We're all People Under the Same Sky

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When They Say Fat Like It’s a Bad Thing

Sometimes the insults that are flung at me just make me laugh (seriously – landwhale – seriously?  There are fat animals that live on land, there is no need to make up an animal just for the sake of sizeism.)  A couple common insults, however, always make me think “you say that like it’s a bad thing.” […]

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Monday, 23 November 2015

Help Me Understand

I received an e-mail from reader Jeany saying “When someone says something to me that’s rude, often the only thing that I can think to do is be rude in return, or I can’t think of anything at all.  Do you have some kind of “go to” phrase that can help start a conversation?” First of […]

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Pre-Order my book, Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement!

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Saturday, 21 November 2015

“You’re not such a dog as you think you are:” Marty (1955, dir. Delbert Mann)

I hadn’t heard of Marty until my partner recommended it for the blog, which was a little embarrassing when I found out how well-received it was in its day.  A low budget film version of a tv production, Marty won both the Palme d’Or and the Academy Award for Best Picture, and was a career […]

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Friday, 20 November 2015

the HAES® files. WARNING: This Post is High in Trans Fat (May Contain Nuts).

by Sara Connell Please be aware this piece includes descriptions of bullying as well as eating disorder behaviors which may be triggering for some. Some language notes: “transgender” refers to people whose assigned sex at birth (what the doctor said when they looked at your genitals) doesn’t match up with their internal sense of their […]

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Health at Every Size Lies

I see a LOT of misinformation being spread about Health at Every Size, sometimes by well-meaning but misinformed people, sometimes by those intentionally trying to discredit the concept. So today I thought I would clear up some of what I think are common misconceptions: 1. Health at Every Size says that if you love your […]

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Saturday, 14 November 2015

Plus 40 Fabulous – An Introduction

I am thrilled to participate in the Plus 40 Fabulous project created by the lovely Leah and Mookie.  Leah and Mookie wanted to claim a space in fatshion/plus-size blogging for people over 40, which considering the way women are relegated to the sidelines as they get older, is a fantastic idea.  There are plenty of […]

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Friday, 13 November 2015

My CBAC series on Science and Sensibility

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You and the Underpants Rule

Here on DancesWithFat we have some posts that are annual traditions, one of them is this post about The Underpants Rule. The Underpants Rule is simple: everyone is the boss of their own underpants so, when it comes to your personal choices, you get to choose for you and other people get to choose from […]

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Thursday, 12 November 2015

the HAES® files: Yoga as Fertile Ground for the HAES Paradigm to Grow

by Kimber Simpkins It’s thanks to my yoga practice that I landed in the lap of the Health at Every Size® (HAES) movement and philosophy.  Who would have guessed that learning how to do cat-cow on all fours would prepare me to readily embrace the three points of the HAES pledge: Respect, Compassionate Self-Care, and […]

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

3 Amazing Quick and Easy Honey Salad Dressing Recipes

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HoneyForHolidays #CollectiveBias Hi friends! So it’s no surprise that I love bees and I love honey. Anyone who knows me knows that I love … Continue reading


Remembrance Day

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Monday, 9 November 2015

How to support Fat Activism: A Radical Social Movement

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Fat is Bliss

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The “Thin Woman Inside” Lie

This picture has been making the rounds on Facebook again (thanks Natasha for bringing it to my attention!)  It’s an extra-disturbing iteration of the idea that there is a thin person inside every fat person. In this case it used to advertise someone’s fitness/weight loss business with the quote “Your TRUE potential is hidden deep within. It […]

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Saturday, 7 November 2015

Weight loss balloon - a good or very bad idea?

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Fat Activism is Not About Your Boner – Part 2

Ugh.  It’s happening again.  There’s another round of posts/tweets/talk declaring “You can’t force me to find you attractive!” responses to fat activism.  Post after post after post from random dudes, usually crawling out of reddit or 4chan, loudly declaring that fat activism has no place in modern society because “You can’t force me to find […]

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Friday, 6 November 2015

Fatshion: Vintage Plaid and Pleats

Hi friends! You probably remember this photo from my crowdfunding campaign to get me to BlogHer ’15! Now you finally get to see the whole look. Because I look out for you like that. 😉 Really though – I’m still … Continue reading


Thursday, 5 November 2015

Proud (Diet) Quitter

Recently I got the chance to be on Aron Bender’s show on KFI Los Angeles (a recording of the interview and pictures are below.)  Aron, Brent, and the entire team were amazing and we had a blast (if only I had video of the dancing!)  He asked me a question that I get asked a […]

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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Cesarean Birth After Cesarean, 18 Years Later

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Yes, BMI Report Cards Are Bulls#*t

I’ve had a number of requests recently from parents who are dealing with their kids getting weighed in at school, including one school that is doing it now and after the holidays to “inform parents and kids if dangerous holiday weight gain is happening” so I wanted to re-post this.   If you’re not familiar with […]

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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Sundries: October 2015

October was a busy month for me, but I did manage to squeeze in some quality moviegoing experiences at the Chicago International Film Festival and the Music Box of Horrors.  Unsurprisingly, it was a month of fat villains and fat victims. Behind the Mask: the Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006, dir. Scott Glosserman) This charmingly deconstructionist mockumentary […]

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Monday, 2 November 2015

Come back, you selfish person, we’re not done hurting you yet!

This post, The Selfishness of Skipping Church, came across a progressive Christian Facebook group I belong to. I was, to put it mildly, not impressed. People don’t go to church, he argues, because they’re selfish and lazy, and view church like buying a car. He does say he isn’t criticizing ” the shut-in, the sick, […]

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Pumpkin, Bean and Goat Cheese Vegetarian Tamales Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MejorRecetas #CollectiveBias Hi friends! Have you made tamales before? I grew up making them with my family and now that I am vegetarian, … Continue reading



“Total and annual percent change in age-standardized death rates and years of potential life lost before age 75 years for all causes combined and for heart disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), stroke, unintentional injuries, and diabetes mellitus.” YAY! Between 1969 and 2013, for All causes of death there was a 42.9% reduction. […]

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A Discussion of the Barriers to VBAC

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HAES is Not Spooky, but Bad Research Methods Are

I recently had the opportunity to speak at The University of New Hampshire.  I gave a talk to their healthcare and health promotions staff, taught a dance class, and then did two keynotes “Queer Bodies Great and Small” and “Athletes at Every Size.”  The morning talk and the dance class went great and I was […]

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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Fat in Fiction – A Review Post

I think this post is going to be an ongoing one. I’ve been working on it for ages now, slowly building up a collection of books with fat characters that I can review for you all, and I know there will be more in the future, I’m sure there are plenty that you can recommend […]

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Saturday, 31 October 2015


Here’s what I think about Oprah Winfrey buying 10% of Weight Watchers! THIS FAT OLD LADY GETS HER DOSE OF IRONY | Thoughts from a Fat Old Lady

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Friday, 30 October 2015

Fat Studies Conference 2016

Call for Papers: Conference Fat Studies: Identity, Agency, and Embodiment   Venue: Massey University, Palmerston North New Zealand Date: 29-30 June, 2016 Abstract submission deadline: 1 Feb 2016 Contact: Cat Pausé, PhD   Fat Studies is a post-disciplinary field of study that confronts and critiques cultural constraints against notions of “fatness” and “the fat […]

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Fabulous Representations of Fat Bodies

One of the most powerful things that I do to reinforce my personal body love journey is to seek out positive representations of fat bodies.  I live in a culture that barrages me with negative images of, and messages about, fat bodies. It’s important to me that I counteract that. I was thinking about it today because […]

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Thursday, 29 October 2015

the HAES® files: Artificial Acceptance

by Emily Brown “Look at how happy she is,” you think to yourself as you see your friend walk across the parking lot towards you. She has recently lost a few pounds and seems vibrant and energetic. You can tell by the new, colorful clothes she is wearing that she has recently gone shopping for […]

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Eating In Public While Fat

Blog reader Linda wrote me the following question: When I am with people who eat less than I do, I feel really uncomfortable. Sometimes I eat about what they do and have a snack later. Sometimes I eat what I want and just feel insecure. This is NOT about anyone saying anything or looking at me […]

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Halloween Costumes for the Curvy Girl

Halloween is coming. Do you have your costume yet? No? Well. I’m here to help. I’ve said before how much I adore Halloween because of being able to dress up as someone/something else for the night. I still haven’t quite decided what I want to be (and the clock is winding down), but I’m here […]

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When Someone Can’t Believe Fat People Can Be Happy with Our Bodies

I received this question from reader Jeanine: I was talking to a good friend of mine about Size Acceptance and she said “I just can’t believe that you could be happy with your body!”  Except it sounded more like a judgment than an acknowledgment that she didn’t understand.  What could I have said? This is a […]

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Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Domestic Terrorism: Feminized Violence in Misery (1990, dir. Rob Reiner)

BitchFlicks’ theme week for October 2015 is Violent Women, including an article I wrote on Misery, which features Kathy Bates’ breakout role as deranged nurse Annie Wilkes.  I’m happy to say that this is my third time being part of one of BitchFlicks’ theme weeks, and the subject is a complicated and fascinating one.  It […]

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Link: The Creepypodsta Podcast, Episode 1

Admittedly this is veering away from the blog’s topic, but– aw shucks, it’s [the week of] Halloween, ain’t it?! My friend Jeff had the great idea for a panel discussion podcast about creepypastas, and an even better idea to have me and our friend Louisa as guest panelists.  On the maiden voyage, we talk about Candle Cove, one […]

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Vexing Vaccinations

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Monday, 26 October 2015

PodCast: Dedicated Fats Part 5: Super Size (size 30+) Fatshion Options!

PodCast: Dedicated Fats (Yay! We have a name for our podcasts!) This is part five The still wonderful Sarah from Not Blue At All blog and Raven of Alternative Fats sat down again to talk about clothing companies for us fatties. This time: we talk companies who carry size 30 and above. We’re so happy to bring […]

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Tales From Retail: Costume Dos And Don’ts

Halloween is upon us once again. I’ve noticed as of late it isn’t as popular a holiday as it was when I was a peanut, but I still adore the holiday so much. It’s the one day dressing oddly is actually OK. At least to a certain extent. It can be a hard day to […]

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Sunday, 25 October 2015


Well, actually, I did just throw up in my mouth a little bit when I saw this article. Oh boy, we now have a whole group of “Fat Concern Trolls,” getting together to help fatties like me to live with our chronic “disease” of obesity. Let me make this clear – FUCK YOU!!!!!!!! Is obesity […]

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Is cheese an addictive substance?

I’ve come across a couple articles recently alleging that cheese is addictive, based on a study that pointed to pizza as the most addictive food out of the 35 foods they looked at. Both articles point to the supposed opiate … Continue reading

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Saturday, 24 October 2015

When Online Trolls Become In-Person Stalkers

I’ve written before about some of the ridiculous antics of my trolls. My IRONMAN 70.3 last weekend upped the ante, and resulted in not just online troll shenanigans, but also creepy in-person stuff. I’ve gone back and forth about how much of this to disclose – both because it will be disturbing to some people, […]

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Friday, 23 October 2015

Metformin Does NOT Lower Birthweight Among Non-Diabetic Obese Mothers

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Celebrating Day of the Dead in My American Home

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #LoveAmericanHome #CollectiveBias Hi friends! I am sharing something really special with you today – a look at my altar. I keep this up … Continue reading


Thursday, 22 October 2015

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Oprah and Weight Watchers, a Match Made In…

In 1988 Oprah Winfrey pulled a red wagon full of 67 pounds of fat – the amount of weight she had recently lost – onto the stage in what would become the highest rated episode in the history of her talk show. In addition to being a powerful woman and a role model and hero […]

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