Why do heavier children do worse at school? It’s not about their abilities

  Negative stereotypes towards heavier individuals starts to affect long-term life opportunities from a young age. A number of studies in recent years have suggested that bigger children fare less well in school than their slimmer peers. The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children followed nearly 6,000 children in the south-west of England and…

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Enjoy your HAES while it lasts (or is metabolically healthy obesity a myth?)

Yet another study was published this week that challenged the concept of ‘metabolically healthy obesity’. MHO is a phenomenon that has been recognised for over a decade now, with more and more studies coming out that suggest not all fat people are unhealthy. How many exactly varies with study, but a 2011 review found that…

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Is it or isn’t it all about that bass?

There’s a song doing the rounds on T’Interweb at the moment – Meghan Trainor’s ‘All About That Bass’. It’s cute, it’s catchy, and it’s being held up as an anthem to body acceptance. But, while Trainor is all about accepting curvier bodies, she does it at the expense of the less-curvaceously blessed. The wonderful Jenny…

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When fat people are fat in public

A few days ago, Linda Kelsey wrote a fat-hating diatribe in the Daily Mail, in which she railed against the horrors of fat people being fat in public, and wearing, you know, clothes and shit. I won’t link to it. And I’m also not going to write another response – the Fatosphere has already produced…

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CropTopGate and why beauty is irrelevant

A few days ago, activist Amanda Levitt (@FatBodyPolitics) was featured in a local magazine, taking a break from national television! The story was well handled and it was accompanied by a lovely photograph. But she felt there was something odd about the photo. Then she realised what it was. They had photoshopped her crop top…

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Do rich people really get more diabetes?

A couple of weeks ago, the American Diabetes Association had their annual conference. A bunch of news reports found their way into my inbox and left me chomping at the bit with stuff I wanted to rant about. This one is about two large epidemiological studies in Canada, both showing that highly walkable neighbourhoods are…

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Movie monsters get fatter: OMG it’s an epidemic!

This evening I had the dubious pleasure of sitting through nearly 3 hours of extremely meh robotic action, appalling dialogues, very off-colour humour, disturbing sexualisation of underage girls, and impressively excess product placement in Transformers: Age of Extinction. The movie spectacularly fails the Bechdel Test, with its main female character spending most of the movie…

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It’s worse than we thought: new weight stigma study

Content note: Discussion of weight stigma experiences and use of medicalised term ‘obesity’ and BMI categorisation. A number of scientific studies have shown that weight stigma is prevalent and on the rise, affecting just about every facet of daily life.  More recently, numerous studies (including my own) have used a questionnaire called the Stigmatising Situations Inventory…

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Why hating us is bad for you too

Content note: Discussion of stigma and discrimination against fat people and other targeted groups. We all know that being a member of a stigmatised group is incredibly stressful. Not just the major, overt things, like people throwing stuff at you when you’re out exercising, or not being hired for a job because of your size.…

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What am I doing wrong?

Before I started on this 30-day blogging challenge, I hadn’t posted since September last year. As a result, my regular viewing numbers were pretty low – just people who accidentally came across my blog, usually by typing “cracker and water diet” into google, which took them to this post. I hope I didn’t disappoint them…

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