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What To Do Instead of Worrying About Your Kid’s Weight

August 18, 2014

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Trigger warning: Discussion of body dysmorphia and eating disorders.

camp hi hill

Last week, one of my childhood best friends (Belerma, on the far right) posted this picture she found of us taken during our sixth grade camping trip, circa 1982. I was 11 years old. That’s me, in the yellow, in the middle. The girl to my immediate right was my other best friend, Stacy.

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Time to get a life, fat shamers

August 15, 2014

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The latest attempt at mocking fat people for being fat in public made headlines on the Today Show. Someone created a Facebook page called “530 Fatties” which showed pictures of mostly fat teenagers in the Sutter and Yuba, California areas (the 530 is the area code) and allowed others to make nasty comments about them.  Read more…

Nickel and Dime: The Interview —

August 14, 2014

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Trigger warning: Discussion of calorie counting, weight loss and weight loss surgery.

I should be surprised, but I’m not. After yesterday’s introduction to today’s interview on the ubiquitous 5-10% rule, the subreddit /r/FatLogic has broken out its tiny violins and begun pushing back against the peer-reviewed research and expert testimony I presented because BOOTSTRAPS!

Fat Logic

Granted, I shouldn’t be surprised since this forum simultaneously accused the hyperbolic Weight of the Nation documentary of fat logic:

Fat Logic 2

That’s right, those lazy, no-account, fat-glorifying bastards at HBO are just a mouthpiece for the Health at Every Size® (HAES) Industrial Complex. I mean, just look at who’s funding this unsubstantiated, unsourced propaganda:

The goal of The Weight of the Nation is to raise public awareness of the complexity of the obesity epidemic. The films were developed in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and with the support of the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

DAMN YOU CDC, NIH AND KAISER PERMANENTE FOR YOUR WAR ON HEALTH!!!

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Nickel and Dime: Prelude —

August 13, 2014

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Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss and weight loss surgery.

In my mind, there are two tiers of weight loss fraud.

There’s the blatant fraud that brought Dr. Oz to Capitol Hill.

Blatant weight loss fraud is easy to spot (e.g., diet pills, shakes, supplements, “superfoods”) and most of society eagerly points to it when talking about why diets don’t work. But I usually spend my creative energy on this blog trying to battle a different kind of weight loss dishonesty: the soft fraud of quixotic intent.

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On Being Fat, Disabled, and Adapting to Life

August 12, 2014

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Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss and weight loss surgery.

I’ve been fat for most of my almost 61 years of life (from the time I was 22). Up until about 20 years ago, the only problems I really had were finding clothing that fit (that I liked), and putting up with the fat-phobic comments from my family. For some reason, I really haven’t gotten much of the hate and fat-phobia thrown my way as some other fat women have. Now, this may be because, as a woman who is 5’8” tall and weighs 350 lbs. (well, that 350 was before the weight loss surgery (WLS), it’s 400 lbs. now), and goes around with a perpetually pissed-off look on her face, I just might be considered a tad intimidating. And that pissed-off look is my normal face, if I’m not smiling or laughing. It’s not something I’ve been able to change, although I have tried. So I just go with it, and am glad of the fact that it makes me look intimidating enough that people generally leave me alone. Read more…

Soylent: My Fantasy Come True?

August 11, 2014

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Trigger warning: Discussion of anorexia and weight loss.

So, before I explain my strange food fantasies, a quick synopsis of my personal history: thin/athletic up until age 14, totally unaware that I enjoyed thin privilege. Taught in school that anyone’s body can be made fat or thin through diet and exercise, because 3,500 calories = one pound. It seemed obvious, since “everyone knows” fat people overeat and underexercise. Because thermodynamics, right?

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Happy Heart —

August 8, 2014

Halfway-There

Thanks to everyone who has gotten us this far. Please support Casey in improving her mobility while fighting the fat haters by donating whatever you can afford. Read more here or click the image above to donate.

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Trigger warning: Discussion of diet, exercise, health and weight loss.

I know, I know, I promised you all a kickass interview this week, which I’ve been working on in all my spare time, but work has been merciless the last two weeks and I’m not quite done with it. I had alreadyWord Map planned to post this after the interview, so I’m just swapping it out because it’s all ready to go and some may find it informative.

Basically, someone on reddit asked for Health at Every Size® (HAES) resources on heart disease. I had never specifically researched this subject, despite my own struggle with a family history of heart disease. The problem is, HAES has only recently been run through the peer-review ringer, so there isn’t a lot of HAES-specific material on this subject. But there’s plenty of research backing up HAES principles as they apply to heart disease. What follows is my response and the research I unearthed in my search for data on this subject.

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