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Picture Framing

November 6, 2014

Weight LossFat PoliticsFat HealthDickweedDiet Talk

Trigger warning: Frank discussion of weight stigma and healthism.

Hi everyone! I’m knee deep in grad school papers write now (typo and it stays), so I’m going to leave you with a slightly annotated excerpt from one I wrote a while ago that addresses framing in our movement, juxtaposed with some similar experiences faced by those in gay rights activist communities. Please leave a comment if you’d like more information on a particular citation.

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F-grade tips from Buzzfeed

November 4, 2014

Weight LossFat HealthExerciseEating DisordersMy Boring-Ass LifeFat NewsDiet Talk

Trigger warning: Frank discussion of eating disorders and weight loss.

Disco Ball

Photo comes from cat_fuentes on Instagram.

On Saturday, Buzzfeed published “15 Former Couch Potatoes Share Their Best Tips For Getting In Shape.” You know, 15 former couch potatoes share how they got healthy. In other words, it’s a pretty safe bet you’re going to read how 15 people lost weight.

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Marilyn and Me (Schools of Thought)

November 3, 2014

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Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss.

There are a few fat activists whose online activity I follow on a regular basis, and they include my hero Angela Meadows, the Health at Every Size® (HAES) blog and Facebook (FB) group, Ragen’s blogs and FB page, and Marilyn Wann’s FB page. What with my day job over at the university, I don’t really have time to keep up with more, even though I know my current shortlist leaves out a lot of other really great writers and thinkers.

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Make Believe —

October 31, 2014

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Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss and an infamous dickweed.

“In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”

— Andy Warhol (or not)

“The future is now.”

— George Allen

I suck at “going viral.”Gone Viral

I’ve always been proud of my writing, but I’ve long since given up the ghost on writing the piece that will spread like wildfire across the internet. I write what’s on my mind or in my heart, and hope it reaches some people who need it.

Part of it is a hesitancy to toot my own horn. I feel awkward and uncomfortable saying, “Hey everybody, check out this awesome thing I wrote.” The most shameless self-promotion that my social awkwardness will allow is for me to post a copy of our blog contents on Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr. After that, I feel like I’ve spent all my self-promotion chips and I need to go lie down a while.

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What’s the Takeaway from the Walmart “Fat Girl Costumes” Debacle

October 29, 2014

My Boring-Ass LifeDickweed

Warning: Possible triggers ahead regarding the word “fat” and euphemisms for fat.

By now, many of you may have heard that Walmart recently came under scrutiny because one of the pages on its website listed plus-sized Halloween costumes as “Fat Girl Costumes.” Lots of news outlets reported that Walmart wasn’t aware of the issue — and as soon as it was discovered they removed the offending words. Walmart also issued this apology from multiple Twitter handles, “This never should have been on our site. It is unacceptable, and we apologize. We worked quickly to remove this.”


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Intuitive Eating Again — Finally

October 28, 2014

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Trigger warning: Discussion of intuitive eating and health strategies.

As a Fat Acceptance (FA) activist and proponent of Health at Every Size® (HAES), I advocate intuitive eating. I’ve done my best over Chronically Illthe past four years, since finding HAES and FA, to follow it myself. Problem is that I’ve also had chronic nausea that entire time. And I don’t mean a little bit of feeling ill either. I mean randomly getting physically ill, staying in bed all day because I’m too sick to move, putting off doing things I need to do or enjoy because I don’t feel well enough.

It’s like a four-and-a-half year pregnancy with morning sickness the entire time (but without the reward of a beautiful bundle of joy at the end). Being that sick, day in and day out, is not fun. It wears on you.

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Vote, Damn You!

October 27, 2014

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