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That Time When “Before and After” Wasn’t a Nightmare

December 3, 2014

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Trigger warning: Discussion of diet culture and before and after photos.

In general, “before and after” photos are the bane of a body positive existence because they imply that the body in the “before” image is not beautiful, noncompliant, and not worthy of being lived in, while the “after” photo — usually a thinner version of the same person — signifies triumph, beauty, and commitment to diet culture.


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Why I’m Looking for WLS Narratives (Especially, But Not Only, Norwegian)

December 2, 2014

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

So I want to do a little crowdsourcing about weight-loss surgery (WLS). Are you up for that?

There, now you'll be healthy.

There, now I’ll be healthy.

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Stairs and stares

November 26, 2014

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Recently, I was in Portland for a scholarly conference about sport and exercise sociology. It was a fantastic conference overall, but the space confirmed some fears I have about the combination of weight stigma and ableism in a space dedicated to studying how people move their bodies.

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Vivenne Westwood: Even Visionaries Can Be Insensitive

November 25, 2014


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Trigger warning: Telling poor people to “eat less” is disturbing..

Two summers ago, my daughter Adrienne and I visited New York City and went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One of the highlights of that trip, for me, was the display of Vivenne Westwood’s 1970s punk clothes. The woman was a visionary.

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You look so good with less weight on you

November 20, 2014

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Trigger warning: Discussion of unintentional weight loss.

I had two new experiences at my last doctor’s appointment.

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Meet Tiana the Fat Health Coach

November 19, 2014

Due to the recent departures of Angela and Deah, we are bypassing the typical voting regimen to encourage new bloggers to join us. Tiana is our latest blogger. If you’re interested in participating, please check out our Join Us page.

Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss.

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Meet Tiana!

My name is Tiana, pronounced like Diana with a T. I am originally from Colorado, but through some interesting life choices, I’ve ended up married to a French guy and living in Germany. If you were to ask me if this is how I envisioned my life would turn out, my answer would be “no” — mostly because I’m not this creative.

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At the Intersection of Obesity and Poverty

November 18, 2014

“Poor, fat people have no excuse to not eat healthy.” This was a statement I saw a while ago on Facebook and it had me thinking. Do these people that say these kinds of thing understand what they are talking about? Do they know what it is like to be this way and not have many options?

I would think that such people would do more research on the topics of obesity and poverty, but that is asking too much from a population that is more concerned about what is happening in pop culture than learning how to debate properly. More importantly, the lack empathy and sympathy for people in less unfortunate circumstances than they are. In other words, they should actually find out what poverty entails and why there are so many poor, fat people in the first place. I am such one person.

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