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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The National Weight Control Registry: the gold standard in bullcrap (Part 3)

In Part 1 of this series on the National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), we looked at the pretty underwhelming response to the launch of the Registry, and in Part 2, we looked at the even more underwhelming results of 2-year follow-up. This was supposed to be a 3-part series. But as it turns out, the…

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The sad story of Mrs X, and why her husband called her a fat pig

I want to tell you a story. It’s not my story to tell, but the woman in question has given permission for it to be told. I first heard about, let’s call her Mrs X, about a year ago, when I was doing some training in eating disorders at the National Centre for Eating Disorders…

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Fit vs Fat vs OMG Where Did My Head Go?

This week saw the publication of yet another study showing that fitness is more important that fatness in predicting long-term health outcomes for everything from heart disease and hypertension, to cancer mortality and death in general! It joins the likes of this, and this, and this and dozens more. One of the things that particularly annoys me is that every time a…

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Dare to bare!

This post started out life as a personal rant in one of the Never Diet Again newsletters but I’ve been thinking about it a lot since then and so I decided to post it here too. About a week ago, self-styled ‘Etiquette Expert’ and all-round stuffed shirt, William Hanson went on ITV’s This Morning (a…

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The National Weight Control Registry: the gold standard in bullcrap (Part 2)

 Last time we looked at the origins of the NWCR and the somewhat underwhelming evidence that weight can be successfully lost and maintained without descending into some seriously disordered ‘health’ behaviours. This time, we’re going to look at what happened to those people after they’d been in the registry for a couple of years. In…

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