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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Double standards

Apparently, Facebook will no longer be nixing breastfeeding photographs. Sort of. So long as they comply with its community standards. It’s not clear what the exceptions might be. There have been numerous cases of photos being removed for not complying with Facebook community standards – not just photos of women breastfeeding, but also women survivors…

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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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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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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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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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