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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“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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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 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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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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Walking the walk

It’s been about a year since I discovered Health At Every Size and my life turned upside down. Despite years of yo-yo dieting, compulsive eating, binges, cravings, and a generally wacky messed up history with food, the first step – normalising my relationship with food – was actually the easiest part for me. Once I…

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Feeling fat more dangerous than being fat!

Content note: Discussion of scientific paper using medical terms BMI and ‘obesity’ etc. A few years ago, Peter Muennig, a public health researcher at Columbia University in the States, and his colleagues published a really interesting paper looking at the impact of how unhappy we are with our bodies on our physical and mental health.…

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