Why stigma is bad, in 140 characters

Last night I stayed up reeeeeaally late to take part in a Twitter chat about ‘Fat Stigma and Health Ethics’ run by @BioethxChat. The chat was hosted by bioethicist Dr Daniel Goldberg, JD, PhD. He was introduced by the host at 5.35 and 17 seconds (PST). At 5.35 and 33 seconds @mloxton, a healthcare analyst…

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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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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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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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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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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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