Lost for words: Esquire publishes horrific hate fest column – and what you can do about it

As a stigma research and advocate I sometimes think I’ve seen it all. apparently not. Esquire have published a column by Giles Coren called “I Don’t Care What My Son Becomes… As Long As He Isn’t Overweight.” That sounds bad, but you literally can’t begin to imagine how much worse the article itself actually is.…

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Why do heavier children do worse at school? It’s not about their abilities

  Negative stereotypes towards heavier individuals starts to affect long-term life opportunities from a young age. A number of studies in recent years have suggested that bigger children fare less well in school than their slimmer peers. The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children followed nearly 6,000 children in the south-west of England and…

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Enjoy your HAES while it lasts (or is metabolically healthy obesity a myth?)

Yet another study was published this week that challenged the concept of ‘metabolically healthy obesity’. MHO is a phenomenon that has been recognised for over a decade now, with more and more studies coming out that suggest not all fat people are unhealthy. How many exactly varies with study, but a 2011 review found that…

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When fat people are fat in public

A few days ago, Linda Kelsey wrote a fat-hating diatribe in the Daily Mail, in which she railed against the horrors of fat people being fat in public, and wearing, you know, clothes and shit. I won’t link to it. And I’m also not going to write another response – the Fatosphere has already produced…

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CropTopGate and why beauty is irrelevant

A few days ago, activist Amanda Levitt (@FatBodyPolitics) was featured in a local magazine, taking a break from national television! The story was well handled and it was accompanied by a lovely photograph. But she felt there was something odd about the photo. Then she realised what it was. They had photoshopped her crop top…

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Movie monsters get fatter: OMG it’s an epidemic!

This evening I had the dubious pleasure of sitting through nearly 3 hours of extremely meh robotic action, appalling dialogues, very off-colour humour, disturbing sexualisation of underage girls, and impressively excess product placement in Transformers: Age of Extinction. The movie spectacularly fails the Bechdel Test, with its main female character spending most of the movie…

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It’s worse than we thought: new weight stigma study

Content note: Discussion of weight stigma experiences and use of medicalised term ‘obesity’ and BMI categorisation. A number of scientific studies have shown that weight stigma is prevalent and on the rise, affecting just about every facet of daily life.  More recently, numerous studies (including my own) have used a questionnaire called the Stigmatising Situations Inventory…

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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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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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