Monday 31 August 2015

Hangover Square (1945, dir. John Brahm) and the Tragedy of Laird Cregar

(CN dieting, death) Art that foreshadows the death of its creator– especially the death of a younger artist– contains an emotional gravity that’s hard to put into words.  This is certainly true for artists who intentionally create art to communicate their pain and self-destructive tendencies, like Elliott Smith or Amy Winehouse, but for a film […]

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Podcast-The Clothes: Part Three

This is round Three! (Check out the first two here: And here: My beloved Raven and I sat down to talk about clothing companies for us fatties. This time, we talk about smaller clothing companies! Episode Guide: Sarah doesn’t know the name of Raven’s blog A brief talk about Sarah’s Lane Bryant Pants and […]

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This is part two of a series in which I dive deeply (or try to) into the mind of the author of this: Seems like writer Ms. Weinberg ignores one of the main reasons fat people do not engage in healthier behavior – starting from a very young age, fat children are taunted if […]

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Sophie Simmons Mystical Magical Weight Loss

 Let’s play a little game.  If someone said: “Now that I’ve lost all that weight, I’m being hit on…” “When I was bigger I was invisible.” “I used to think people were intimidated by me, but the truth is they were just uncomfortable being around me because I was overweight.” How much weight would you […]

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SWAGGA film trailer and screening

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Sunday 30 August 2015


… As a culture, we must embrace different body types and accept that a person’s weight and waist circumference are not a commentary on their worth. Governments and societies must address the social deficits that contribute to obesity – poverty, food deserts (districts with no ready access to fresh, healthy and affordable food) and lack […]

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Fatshion Sunday: Which Do I Pick?

So, bonus story time! I was out with one of my very good friends, helping her find an outfit for her dissertation defense. We ultimately decide to stop off at Lane Bryant (the huge one on 34th and 8th) Now, we’re looking at things, trying to find something that matched her aesthetic, and two lovely […]

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Telling Truth to Power

It’s “Say Something Sunday,” a day dedicated, at least on this blog, to personal Size Diversity activism. I did the math and if everyone who views the blog each week did one piece of Size Diversity Activism a week, it would add up to over 1.5 million body positive messages put out into the world […]

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Saturday 29 August 2015

Experts… Experts Everywhere

So I’m not writing as much as I used to.  I want to, but I’m just so bloody tired.  No, not physically tired – on that front I’m feeling pretty perky, especially since I’ve just had a lovely two week holiday.  I’m intellectually and emotionally tired.   Worn down by all the experts who spend all […]

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“It’s Sick, Being a Virgin:” Fat Girl (2001, dir. Catherine Breillat)

(CN: rape) Given that the subjects of my last two posts are films about fat kids that take place in summer, I decided to use the dwindling time that remains before Labor Day to write about a third film that utilizes these subjects.  Fat Girl is a coming-of-age story about two sisters on summer vacation […]

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5-year-olds on a Diet

Sometimes people ask me why I do this.  I work in Hollywood.  Writing a blog doesn’t really pay all that well.  And it can be a solitary process at times without a lot of feedback. But sometimes I come across something that reminds me why.  Like this study which talks about “dietary restraint” (the cognitive […]


George Takei and Why I Can’t Take a Joke

Once again, George Takei has used his massive social medial platform to encourage fat shaming. George has almost 9 million followers on Facebook, a massive platform, and today he chose to use it to post that ridiculous “Fattest Thing I’ve Ever Done” meme.  (Basically it’s story after story of people who ate a lot one time.) […]

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Friday 28 August 2015

What If I’m Not Happy With My Weight

A question I get from readers pretty often, especially readers new to Health at Every Size/Size Acceptance is some version of “I’m all for Size Acceptance and Health at Every Size for anyone else and I want to end weight stigma, shame, and bullying for people of all sizes,  but I still want to lose […]

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Thursday 27 August 2015

Keep Your Concern to Yourself

Reader Sara told me about some food-shaming dishes.  One of the plates says “It’s hard to be around you when you eat like this / Did you really need that second helping? / Please stop eating, we’re worried about you / For the love of God, stop eating.” Let’s start with my answers in order: […]

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Wednesday 26 August 2015

We deserve to look like ourselves.

One day a while ago, my husband asked me, “Why do you have three-thousand pictures of yourself on your hard drive?” This was not an easy question to answer. A little background: From the time I was about nine, I was told almost daily by my peers that I was unforgivably ugly. During childhood, for […]

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Nail Adventures: Pretty Penguins

How long has it been since I’ve done one of these?! I know, right? I’m back… :D Ok, so I was perusing YouTube and came across the cutest nail art tutorial: Adorable, right? I love the art, but since we’re still in the heat of summer, I wanted to do something like that but with […]

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Apparently Body Positivity Goes to Size Large (or maybe XL)

I recently came across a link for a “Body Positive” fitness company (not gonna name it or give it linky power) that had the word “Thick” in their company name and states as their goal: …body positive movement that encourages women to accept and become the best version of themselves through health and fitness. Sounded […]


the HAES files®: Excuse me Doctor, Your Bias is Showing

by Tiina Veer I ripped up my knee when I was 18, downhill skiing. It was my family religion. We skied every winter weekend, Christmas and March break at the hills near Toronto. There were parts of it I enjoyed, but I was never as into it as the rest of my family (I discovered […]

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Fat, Red Bull, and Unnecessary Middlemen

A story is making the rounds about a woman who was drinking 28 Red Bull Energy Drinks a day, and is fat.  She developed a health condition called “idiopathic intracranial hypertension” and in every story I read about it, the health condition was blamed on her body size.  In fact, almost every article said that […]

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Tuesday 25 August 2015

Cruel Days…Cruel Days

…Dear old golden rule days.  How many of you remember that song? If some of you are experiencing a Dr. Deah ja Vu, you are correct.  You have read this before.  One of my walky talky clients noted that I … Continue reading

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The Abstinence-Only Approach to Weight

Many people reject same arguments in favor of abstinence-only education, or arguments for why it’s okay to slut-shame, that they apply to weight loss/maintenance attempts*: -If people don’t have sex, they do not get STDs or become pregnant from sex. … Continue reading

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Stop watching paint dry.

When you make toast, you can put bread in the toaster and push the lever down. What you can’t do is turn bread into toast through the powers of your mind. And if you stand around watching the toaster, you’re wasting your time. Drying paint is the same way. What you can do: paint the […]

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Fat Ands Over Fat Buts

Someone shared a Facebook meme with me that said “I may be fat, but I’m fabulous!”  I’ve seen this in any number of iterations: I may be fat but I”m fit, or I may be fat, but I’m not lazy, even though I fat I’m still beautiful etc. I’ve certainly done this myself in the past […]

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Monday 24 August 2015

Tales From Retail: They Don’t Pay Me Enough For This…

Picture it, NYC, 2012. It’s a fairly warm afternoon, right around that elusive time we used to call “spring”, but now is just that week of “not snow” and “not hell” outdoors. The lunchtime rush is starting to ramp up, and I’m busily recording some sales in the notebook when I notice a gentleman walking […]

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That Sad Little Fat-Shaming Photoshop Project

Recently some of the pathetic trolls from the usual internet troll playgroups have cooked up yet another fat-shaming project, and today I reached 100 requests to blog about it, so here we go. In this project, they photoshop pictures of fat people including singers, actresses, models, and activists (they’ve e-mailed me two pictures of me that they used […]

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Saturday 22 August 2015

Rebirth Through Compassion

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Are the three white powders ruining our civilization? Or is the screaming a bit overblown?

Nope, I’m not talking about heroin or cocaine or meth.  I’m talking about flour (gluten) salt and sugar.  And it seems like you can’t open a magazine or newspaper or newsfeed without another article warning us of the dangers of these killer substances and reminding us that they are “almost as bad as smoking” or […]


Friday 21 August 2015

Lipedema, Part 5e: Treatment Options Summary

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I Guess You’ve Wondered Where I’ve Been…

I searched to find the love within… I came back to let you know… I got a thing for you…and I can’t let it go… I love that song so much. (If you don’t know it, I’m going to put up a link so you can hear it. :) ) Anyway. I know, I know. […]

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I’m on a semi-starvation diet, why am I so hungry?

Today, I have another reader question shared by Mealtime Hostage. I’ve cut my portions to 1/2 of what I would usually eat (or) I’m trying to stay at 1200 calories a day but I’m soooo hungry! Of course you’re hungry! You’re eating less than you need, and your body is poking you, trying to get […]

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the HAES® files: When Prejudice Precludes Proper Healthcare

by Ragen Chastain When I was in college I had knee pain.  I was at the lowest weight of my adult life thanks to an as-yet undiagnosed eating disorder.  I went to the doctor and he gave me over a dozen options – had I considered massage or rolling it out on a rolling pin […]

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Lessons from a Salad Bar

I had to have the AC in my car worked on today so while the car was in the shop I went to a local salad bar to have some lunch and do a little work.  I had some… interesting experiences; Broccoli is corruptible apparently The restaurant has a delicious salad with broccoli, cashews, onions, […]

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Thursday 20 August 2015

A Little Inspiration

The fight for fat acceptance is a going to be a long haul, so today I thought I would post about inspiration. I am unrepentant inspiration lover:  inspirational quotes, cheesy songs, this is one of my favorite videos: Some people I know make fun of me good-naturedly.  They say it’s silly, they say that they […]

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Wednesday 19 August 2015

the HAES® files: Fit or Fat – Can You Be Both?

by Dianne Bondy, E-RYT 500 I am a fat black woman. I am used to discrimination in everything I do, as well as the criticism that follows when I speak my truth about my experiences. I have been raised in a white, supremacist culture that continually reminds me I am less than the white norm. […]

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The “Healthiest Possible Body” Myth

One of the ways that those who wish to promote fatphobia argue against Size Acceptance is to say that it doesn’t “promote health”, suggesting the only way Size Acceptance could be legitimate is if it was shown to “promote health”.  This is very messed up in many ways. I’m thinking about this today because I […]

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Tuesday 18 August 2015

Extrapolating to Absurdity–Reporting on New Study Takes Things FAR OUT.

I was driving around in my car yesterday, minding my own business, when a story came onto my local NPR station that caught my attention.  Kevin Hall PhD was on the air talking about his new study comparing how the body responds to low fat vs. low carb diets.  He was careful to state that […]


Grandes Maestros at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles

Hi friends! Earlier this year I got to check out Grandes Maestros, a current exhibit (hurry, it closes September 13th!) at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles. The visit was part of a field trip offered to WeAllGrow attendees. … Continue reading


the HAES® files: I’m A Fat Anti-Assimilationist (& No I’m Not Sorry)

by Virgie Tovar, MA Note from your blog committee: The following op-ed by Virgie Tovar was originally published on Virgie’s website. It is posted on the Health At Every Size® Blog, with permission, as a part of the #StopTheShame campaign. For so long I saw myself as a failure. Even though there were so, so many signs […]

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When Bad Euphemisms Happen to Good Fat People

I see a lot of mistaken euphemisms for being thin or, said another way, being “not fat”. To be clear, there is nothing wrong with being thin, just like there’s nothing wrong with being fat.  There are no bad bodies.  There is something wrong with making assumptions based on body size. Let’s take a minute […]

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Monday 17 August 2015

You’re Not the Fat Person Whisperer

I do not know what the deal is with people who feel the need to make unsolicited comments/suggestions etc. to fat people about how they think we should live our lives, but my readers have told me about everything from strangers at restaurants making food suggestions to people trying to pray their fat away (something […]

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Sunday 16 August 2015

Say Something Sunday – “Of Course” Edition

It’s “Say Something Sunday,” a day dedicated, at least on this blog, to personal Size Diversity activism. I did the math and if everyone who views the blog each week did one piece of Size Diversity Activism a week, it would add up to over 1.5 million body positive messages put out into the world […]

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Saturday 15 August 2015

PADS Saturday–Grandpa Pushes It Good!

As the nearby “Cabin Fire” has us coughing and staying inside, I thought I’d cheer myself (and you) up with a PADS Saturday.  What is a PADS Saturday you ask?  PADS Saturday is a semi regular Saturday-only blog feature which includes Public Acts of Dancing Spontaneously I ran across this video and frankly love everything […]


Friday 14 August 2015

Lipedema, Part 5d: Alternative Medicine Treatments

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Part 3: Offering yourself new foods.

This is the third part of my very long-winded response to a reader question forwarded to me from Mealtime Hostage. It didn’t really hit me until I wrote the second post in this series a few days ago, but there’s a huge part of my work that I never blog about: I work with a […]

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the HAES® files: I Trust in Second Opinions

by Jeanette DePatie, MA, ACE I hate going to the doctor.  I mean, a lot of people dislike seeing their doctor, but I truly loathe it.  This is especially true when I’m seeing a new doctor for the first time.  For days ahead of time I feel anxious.  By the time I’m driving to my […]

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How NOT to Sell Leggings to Fat People

Ah, remember the good old days when the most offensive thing that clothing stores did was using models for plus-sizes (or, as I like to call them, sizes) who were far too small to wear the clothes.  Well, hold on to your hats because the ante has officially been upped. Aliexpress, a division of huge import company Alibaba […]

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Thursday 13 August 2015

Trigger Warnings Part 2: It’s not coddling; it’s informed consent.

TW: Mentions of animal abuse (as a trigger, not detailed or visual) The Coddling of the American Mind argues that trigger warnings are terrible for pretty much the usual reasons: students believe they have a “right not to be offended” and want to pass classes without actually engaging with the material, and besides, bringing up […]

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Recent Tests Show Sending “Fat Letters” Home from School Earns a Failing Grade

Forgive me for once again pointing out the blazingly obvious, but recent studies have not been able to find any actual benefits from sending “fat letters” home from school.  What is a “fat letter” you ask?  Many schools are now doing BMI testing on the entire student body.  When a student’s BMI is considered to […]


the HAES® files: Fat, Health & Being an Advocate With Your Doctor

by Lana Simmons, NASM-CPT, RYT-200 It’s 2011 and I’m sitting in my Doctor’s office, naked from the waist down with only a thin paper blanket covering me, hoping this OB/GYN visit will be quick, painless and weight-loss-talk free.  Actually I’m hoping for positive feedback, and dare I say “Congratulations,” from my Doctor due to my 100 […]

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Wednesday 12 August 2015

But What About Obesity?

One thing that I find really irritating is when someone wants to draw attention away from a discussion, and so they play a game of “look at the fatties.”  I’ve seen this won’tsomebodythinkofthefatties technique used in discussions from global warming, to contraception, to politics.  It goes like this – someone writes a blog or article that […]

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the HAES® files: The Expert Stance

by Hilary Kinavey, MS, LPC I met with a new-to-me physician to talk about some challenging symptoms I had been experiencing – unprecedented fatigue, changes in my cycle and sharp mood fluctuations that were outside my norm.   I was ready for someone new to take a look at my symptoms and my history with fresh […]

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Tuesday 11 August 2015

Link: This is the exact moment that Jack Black became a movie star

In ongoing AV Club feature Scenic Routes, Mike D’Angelo analyzes the importance of specific film scenes.  His most recent article, he makes an argument for High Fidelity as Jack Black’s star-making vehicle, specifically his character Barry’s introduction to the film. High Fidelity was my favorite film in late high school/early college.  These days, the shittier aspects of Rob’s personality […]

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the HAES® files: The Time Has Come: #StopTheShame with ASDAH and Women’s Health Magazine

by Dr. Jenny Copeland Shame needs three things to grow exponentially in our lives: secrecy, silence, and judgment.” ~ BrenĂ© Brown, PhD, LCSW ~   Body terrorism. Weight stigma. Shame. These are things the Association for Size Diversity and Health inherently stand against. We as a community are working to raise awareness of the consequences which […]

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Part 2: How can I eat healthy foods if I’m a picky eater?

Yesterday, I covered the weight-related and healthy-eating related parts of a reader question from Mealtime Hostage. Today I’m going to address the possible picky eating aspects. If you have trouble eating healthy food because you’re a picky eater who experiences significant anxiety when trying new things, or eating things outside your comfort zone, and because […]

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Beauty diversity and unlikely animal buddies.

Well this video recently surfaced in my facebook feed (thanks Gina) and I woke up singing the song and thinking of these adorable animals.  It was much more pleasant than the mental tug of war that is finding a topic for a blog post today.  And then it hit me–do a blog post about adorable […]


Political Correctness, Donald Trump, and Fat Bashing

In case you missed it, during the recent Republican Presidential Debate, Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly asked candidate Donald Trump “You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘slobs,’ and ‘disgusting animals,’ At which point Donald interrupted to say Only Rosie O’Donnell For reasons passing my understanding, the crowd cracked up. Because when you are […]

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Monday 10 August 2015

How can I lose weight if I can’t eat healthy foods?

I recently received a set of reader questions from Skye at Mealtime Hostage, and I figured I would take a crack at answering them. Here’s the first one: I’m overweight because my diet is so unhealthy (mostly carbs, no meat, no fruit or veg … *ps…There might be juice, or a blueberry muffin-ish type thing). […]

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Sunday 9 August 2015

Link: Listen to Chris Farley as the Original Shrek

Footage of the original voiceover work and matching storyboards for Shrek, with Chris Farley as the title character, was recently leaked.  This coincides with the premiere of biographical documentary I Am Chris Farley, which will be available on VOD on Tuesday.  Word from the limited theatrical release is that I Am Chris Farley is a touching tribute to […]

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Saturday 8 August 2015

Stuff That Weighs More Than Me: Wilson Observatory 100-Inch Hooker Telescope

On a recent, beautiful, sunny, California day my husband and I snaked our way 5,710 feet up the steep and winding roads to Mt. Wilson Observatory.  We took the 2 hour walking tour.  The site was amazing and full of scientific wonders.  And naturally, it contained more than a few things that weighed more than […]


The Size We’re Supposed to Be

I get a lot of questions about set point theory – the idea that each person’s body has a genetically determined set point. I think it’s an interesting theory and not implausible – I do think that bodies come in varied sizes just like everything else in nature. I think the evidence also pretty clearly […]

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Friday 7 August 2015

Chubby (2015, dir. Bruno Deville)

Fatness exists on a spectrum that is important to look at (but difficult to do in a way that isn’t objectifying or disrespectful).  Chubby’s protagonist, Kevin (David Thielemans), is on different place on this spectrum than many fat characters we’re used to seeing in film, especially fat children.  Gerry from Heavyweights is fat, but not to […]

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Lipedema Treatment, Part 5c: Tumescent Liposuction

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Freezing Fat People for Fun and Profit

A company is joining the legion of diet companies perpetrated a fraud by suggesting that they can produce lasting weight loss.  In this incarnation, it’s shoes and a vest that make you cold. They claim that based on the research, being cold (almost, but not to, the point of shivering) will lead to weight loss. […]

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Wednesday 5 August 2015

Checking out iPro Academy For The First Time

There are numerous companies that are using affiliate marketing to get their products marketed and it can be a lucrative job, but you need to know how to set it all up. There are a few steps that you should … Continue reading

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When Good Friends Post Bad Fat Jokes

The internet is chock full of fat jokes so they can be difficult to avoid, but it’s always extra upsetting when someone we think of as a friend posts one of them.  I’ve talked about those terrible “People of Walmart” pictures before, today I’m talking about something more subtle  – jokes that suggest, for example, that just […]

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Tuesday 4 August 2015

Picnic Perfect Salad Recipe with Farm Fresh to You

I received this product as part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media® and Farm Fresh To You, but all my opinions are my own. #weavemade  #farmfreshtotable Hi friends! Have you gotten outside to enjoy … Continue reading


I run because–t-shirts and food policing.

Today, while visiting my sister, I happened to look at an ad flyer for a local department store.  And guess which t-shirt was being advertised (just in time for back to school body hatred…) Look, I have no problem with people making their own choices.  Want to run?  Awesome, me too!  Want to eat cupcakes?  […]


There’s No Such Thing as “Acting Fat”

This is something that came up several ways in several places today so I wanted to address it.  It’s the concept that someone can “act fat.” The three situations that I saw were: Someone ate a lot and said that they “ate like a fat kid” Someone had a slow run and said that they “ran […]

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Monday 3 August 2015

When Fat Women Prefer Thin Models

In a conversation I was having today, several of us were talking about our frustration with stores that sell plus-sized clothing but don’t use plus-sized models (and by “plus-sized models” I mean models who wear actual plus sized clothes – preferably models in all the sizes that the clothing comes in, but definitely someone who could actually […]

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Sunday 2 August 2015

First Harvest - Lughnassad

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Sundries, July 2015

Content note: self-harm.  A summary of films I saw over the past month featuring fat characters that I didn’t write about. Chef (2014, dir. John Favreau) A dramedy focused on a middle-aged man who is stagnating in his professional life and distanced from his family, with the most tantalizing cooking scenes I’ve seen since Eat Drink Man […]

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