A Canadian panel has released new guidelines for “obesity management” that seem to be based on the adage “admit what you can’t deny, deny what you can’t admit,” while co-opting the language of fat activism in an attempt to keep their profession profitable. Let’s start with them admitting what they can’t deny. As the paper’s … Continue reading Canadian Doctors Admit Utter Failure of Weight Loss Interventions, Then Double Down
I was recently briefly quoted in a New York Times article called “Fighting Fat Discrimination, but Still Wanting to Lose Weight” and subtitled “Is it OK to be “body positive” while striving to be thinner?” For the record I was interviewed at length by the article’s author Abby Ellin, who was clear from the beginning … Continue reading Response to the NYT Article about Size Acceptance and Weight Loss
There’s a lot of talk going on about a certain songstress’s body size manipulation. This happens a lot so I wanted to talk about it in a more general way, rather than discussing the particulars of this specific incident. First of all, yes, everyone has a right to do what they want with their bodies/lives. … Continue reading When Celebrities Lose Weight
I posted a comedy video last week about being a moderator for Fat-Positive groups on Facebook. One of the things I talked about was people who break the “no weight loss talk” rule by starting their post “I know there’s no weight loss talk in this group, but…” and then just barrel into some weight … Continue reading Why Can’t They Talk About Weight Loss Here?
Greetings from social isolation, I hope that everyone reading this is doing as well as possible as we navigate this together. We’re in the middle of a global pandemic, so of course, people are using this opportunity to perpetuate fatphobic bullshit. To be clear, there are serious conversations online about people fearing weight gain during … Continue reading These Coronavirus Weight-Gain Memes Need To Stop Right F*cking Now
In my blog post about Health at Every Size and the burden of proof, I talked about having research to back up the idea that intentional weight loss is a good idea. I got a lot of questions about exactly what that research would have to show, so I thought I’d write about that today: … Continue reading What Research Would Prove that Weight Loss Works
I was recently named an official Ambassador for NEDA (the National Eating Disorders Association) It puts me in absolutely incredible company and I’m truly honored. It’s NEDA’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, and this year the theme is “Come As You Are.” As part of that, I contributed a piece to NEDA’s blog about making … Continue reading Moving Beyond Weight-Neutral to Body Affirming
It’s been a rough couple months y’all. Several family members and friends (in several different states) ended up in the hospital and between that, other work, training, blogging, special projects, and regular life, something had to give, and it was blogging. I’ll put links to some of the stuff I’ve been up to at the … Continue reading The State of Things – Weight and Health
I refuse to be weighed in at the doctor’s office. There is no medical reason to weigh me in – I haven’t had unexplained weight changes, I don’t need medicine that is prescribed per body weight, so I don’t need to be weighed. While I don’t think that weighing people is a medical intervention, the … Continue reading Why Are Doctors Trying to Guess Fat Patients’ Weight?
We are all living in a culture where fatphobia and weight stigma are the norm. Many of us live in countries where our governments spend millions, even billions of dollars to wage war on fat people, a huge part of which is to convince everyone (including fat people) to stereotype, stigmatize, and oppress fat people. … Continue reading 3 Questions To Work On Weight Bias