Loving my body: a work in progress

This afternoon, I had the pleasure of circumnavigating London on an open-top bus with the inimitable Dr Deb Burgard. We’ve been having a bit of a heatwave this week, at least by UK standards, and I found myself hot, sticky, and rather uncomfortable. Oh, and grumpy (sorry, hubby). I’ve written before about dressing for the…

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Blame and responsibility: the chicken or the egg?

At the beginning of this week, I took part in a Twitter chat about weight stigma. I mentioned in my previous blog post about it that I spent a lot of time expounding the view that it matters not a whit whether people are fat through their own ‘fault’ or ‘weakness’ or ‘poor character’ or…

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Am I good enough?

Hi. My name is Angela, and I’m a perfectionist.I’ve been a perfectionist for as long as I can remember. I remember being good at school, especially maths. This made my dad very proud and he’d trot me out at parties to do math tricks. You can see where I get my Geek from! I was…

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Is banning ‘body talk’ the way to go?

Yesterday, the NY Times ran a story about how some summer camps are banning body talk. Fat talk, skinny talk, no insults, no compliments. No. Body. Talk. I’m not going to talk about the article itself, you can read it. I’d like to talk about some of the comments. Mostly, they fell into two camps.…

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Get on your bike!

Over here in the UK, a store called Halfords is running their summer ad campaign on TV to get people cycling. Regular readers will be bracing themselves at this point for another rant about how awful and fat shaming it is. Sorry, not this time. I love it. It makes me smile every time I…

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Why stigma is bad, in 140 characters

Last night I stayed up reeeeeaally late to take part in a Twitter chat about ‘Fat Stigma and Health Ethics’ run by @BioethxChat. The chat was hosted by bioethicist Dr Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD. He was introduced by the host at 5.35 and 17 seconds (PST). At 5.35 and 33 seconds @mloxton, a healthcare analyst…

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Fatties who lose weight not necessarily healthier: studies

One of the assumptions of the War on Obesity is that if we fatties lost weight, our health risks would go back to ‘normal’. There’s a lot wrong with this line of thinking. First of all, many ‘overweight’ and ‘obese’ people are indeed healthy, and many ‘normal weight’ people are not.* Epidemiological studies consistently show…

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Chaos, catering, and conferences

Note: This post was originally published on Fierce, Freethinking Fatties It all started in December 2012, just after Christmas. I was a about a month and a half into my PhD studies, reading my university emails over the holiday period, and I came across a notice about some funding that was available to PhD students…

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Legacy of a female activist

Moving away from fat today to another kind of activism. Bear with me. This week, London has been host to the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, bringing together over 900 experts, NGOs, survivors, activists and world leaders from over 100 countries. It is the largest such gathering of its kind ever conceived.…

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Double standards

Apparently, Facebook will no longer be nixing breastfeeding photographs. Sort of. So long as they comply with its community standards. It’s not clear what the exceptions might be. There have been numerous cases of photos being removed for not complying with Facebook community standards – not just photos of women breastfeeding, but also women survivors…

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