The funny thing about weight stigma

This post was written for the Binge Eating Disorder Association’s Weight Stigma Awareness Week 2013. The funny thing about weight stigma, the only funny thing, and then only if you enjoy gallows humor, is that most people don’t even realize it’s there. I think it’s fairly normal for people who don’t belong to a stigmatized group…

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Can I love my body and still wear Spanx?

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

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New dangerous body image message from UK department store

A disturbing new trend is on the rise in high street fashion. In the past, retailers have been rightfully criticised for using ‘size 0′ mannequins and promoting an unrealistic standard of beauty, likely to be emulated by impressionable young girls. The retailers have always argued that these representations are aspirational, and more importantly, clothes simply…

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You are not alone

This post originally appeared on Fierce Freethinking Fatties. It’s not easy being ahead of your time. The emotional resources required to go against the status quo can sometimes seem more than you can spare. And that’s just to be you. Let’s not even think about the resources needed to actually do something about that status…

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One of the good guys?

I seem to have kicked off a bit of a s**t storm this week. If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen things get a little more heated than usual. Let me tell you how all this started. Last week I had the honour of guest posting for the @FatStigma twitter ID. All…

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Naming and shaming: Liz Shaw is a bigot and a sorry excuse for a human being

I have just been sent a link to one of the most offensive outbursts of anti-fat prejudice I have seen in some time. Sadly, it is not possible to comment on the offending blog itself, so I shall write my response here. First off, naming and shaming. Liz Shaw is 26, is from Auckland, New…

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“Death by accidental adverse healthcare”

Yes, that was the official coroner’s verdict in the case of 41-year-old, mother-of-three Tracey Korkmaz. What she actually died of, besides medical malpractice – let’s give it its real name – was being fat and unimportant. Her life was unimportant to the kids who bullied Tracey’s children about their mother’s weight. She wasn’t a human…

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It was never about health

This Sunday saw the start of series 14 of The Biggest Loser in the US, and for the first time, three adolescent participants have been introduced to the show. In case you are lucky enough never to have seen this monstrosity before, let me describe the format to you. Severely overweight participants compete to be…

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Project Not This Year 2013: be a part of it

It’s finally here. The Project Not This Year channel goes live on YouTube today, 26th December, 2012. In case you’ve come straight to this post and don’t know anything about Project Not This Year yet, it involves us all putting our collective feet down and making a different kind of new year’s resolution: we will…

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Not This Year!

UPDATE: If you already know all about Project Not This Year and want to find out how to take part, or just check out the end product, visit this link. I was having a bit of a clear out a few weeks back and I got to thinking. I still have some of my old…

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