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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Breakfast, weight-loss and crappy science

Content note: (1) irony – could be considered offensive – isn’t intended that way; (2) weight loss dieting. I’m not sure how we got onto the topic, but a few days ago, a group of us were talking about people who try to stow away in the wheel wells of airplanes, usually with tragic results.…

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What goes down, must come up: yo-yo dieting and your health

Content note: talk of dieting, yo-yo dieting, fat shaming, and use of the medicalised terms ‘overweight’ and ‘obesity’ throughout. I think blog-worthy material is like buses. You wait absolutely ages and then three come along at once. All of a sudden today there are so many things that have happened that I want to write…

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Tracking: not always a force for evil!

Content note: Diet talk and exercise for weight loss A couple of days ago I blogged about mHealth and wearable technology that allows us to monitor our every metric. One of my readers commented that she had a FitBit and really loved it. As it happens, I have one too, and also love it. I…

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Ballet, Bodies, and Basement Jaxx

This evening I went to a performance of Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance: Rock the Ballet (video link). The term ‘rock’ was used somewhat loosely, but six male and one female dancers performed to a range of popular music. All were clearly classically trained, and what they could do with their bodies was truly…

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What’s the point?

Earlier this week, at the 2014 Weight Stigma Conference (yes, I know – I’ll start talking about something else soon), Dr Lee Monaghan talked about how weight stigma was part of a larger problem, and how framing ‘obesity’ as a personal tragedy, shifted the focus to the individual, and deflected attention away from wider structural…

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iFat. Or self-flagellation 101

Content note: Contains description of body shaming weight loss mobile apps and an ironic mention of weight-loss surgery One of the presentations at this week’s Weight Stigma Conference was entitled ‘Digitising Fat – Digital technologies, Embodiment and the Governance of Fat?’ by Dr Emma Rich. She talked about the rise in mHealth – the use of…

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Are you ready for a fight?

Yesterday was the 2nd Annual International Weight Stigma Conference, this year held at the University of Kent, Canterbury. It was an amazing day and people came from all over the world. I want to thank everybody who was involved in helping put the event together, and to all those of you who sent me good…

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The invisibility of weight stigma

After my blog on weight stigma and the personal responsibility trope the other day, somebody commented on the Never Diet Again facebook page, about whether or not people can actually recognise weight stigma. She referenced an article about aspects of sexist behaviour that are so ingrained in modern society that nobody questions them. I’ve written…

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