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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Tracking: not always a force for evil!

Content note: Diet talk and exercise for weight loss A couple of days ago I blogged about mHealth and wearable technology that allows us to monitor our every metric. One of my readers commented that she had a FitBit and really loved it. As it happens, I have one too, and also love it. I…

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Are you ready for a fight?

Yesterday was the 2nd Annual International Weight Stigma Conference, this year held at the University of Kent, Canterbury. It was an amazing day and people came from all over the world. I want to thank everybody who was involved in helping put the event together, and to all those of you who sent me good…

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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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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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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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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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