Chasing a number

Content note: discussion of dieting, exercise for weight loss A few years back, before I discovered Health At Every Size®, I would embark on a New Plan every few weeks. For a couple of weeks I would launch into my latest This-Is-It diet and exercise programme with vigour and zeal. I would go gung ho…

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I don’t want to talk about it

What to write about when you don’t want to write about anything? I don’t want to write about the piece in a UK newspaper asking whether surgeons are selling weight-loss surgery without being honest about the risks (and benefits). Simple answer: yes. But they let the obnoxious, data-inventing, fat-hating Tam Fry have the last, fat…

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But I can’t trust my body

When I talk to people about intuitive eating, a look of horror tends to pass over their face. “But I can’t trust my body!” they exclaim. “If I let my body lead me, I’d just eat everything in sight until I explode.” Giving up dieting can be scary. Actually, let me rephrase that. Giving up…

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Public support for anti-weight stigma and eating disorder policies: new study

Since I have to read a lot of published papers for my studies, and since some of them are quite interesting, I think I’ll use some of my daily blogs to write about them. I hope you find them interesting too. The one I’m writing about today was just published and is freely available, so…

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A personal update

I received a message a few days ago from a new reader who had just subscribed to my blog (thanks CB). She’d noticed that I hadn’t posted since September 2013 and was wondering whether or not I was still blogging. I was actually surprised to find out that I had posted as recently as September…

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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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