Fat news through 5/21

February 2, 2016: Catherine Bouris urges feminists to add fat-calling and other forms of street harassment to the discussion which is currently centered on the cat-calling experienced by those who society considers stereotypically feminine and attractive.
http://www.dailylife.com.au/news-and-views/dl-opinion/we-need-to-talk-about-fatcalling–not-just-catcalling-20160201-gmj3xx.html

May 11, 2016: According to some experts, the UK National Health System should fast track patients for bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgeries in the UK have fallen by 31% between 2011 and 2015.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-05/b-nnt051116.php
http://www.bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i1472.extract?sid=9f5deac5-052d-4a06-b0b3-4423baa8ff9d

May 16, 2016: Deborah Savage suffered for years with a common condition that doctors ignored, possibly because she was fat. PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is a disorder that, among other things, causes weight gain, but Savage’s doctors preferred to disbelieve that she was following a diet and exercising rather than look for the underlying cause of her continual weight gain.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/for-half-her-life-doctors-told-her-to-lose-weight-but-something-else-was-going-on/2016/05/16/f8afdec2-f8da-11e5-8b23-538270a1ca31_story.html

May 17, 2016: Researchers conclude that defining good health is more complicated than just a few numbers. Creating a list of 54 key health questions, they find two categories for robust health for older adults, “robust obese” and “one minor condition” (average weight people with one minor health condition).
https://psmag.com/good-health-is-more-complicated-than-your-weight-and-blood-pressure-9c06c586874d
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/05/10/1514968113

May 19, 2016: A study of patients with colorectal cancer (the second leading cause of cancer death in the US) finds that overweight patients were 55% less likely to die from their cancer than average weight patients.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160519120719.htm
http://oncology.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2522369

May 21, 2016: Instead of dealing with the bullies, a school is banning certain clothing because fat girls are more likely to be bullied when wearing tight clothes.
http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/1122103/school-ban-skinny-pants

Fat news through 5/12

Another batch of stories to love or to hate, rounded up by Tante Terri and yours truly.

March 31, 2016: Researchers looking at body weight maintenance (rather than reduction) find that nutritional education had no significant impact on weight gain prevention.
https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12937-016-0150-4

May 6, 2016: Neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt explains why diets do not work and the role the brain plays in making sustained weight loss next to impossible.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/08/opinion/sunday/why-you-cant-lose-weight-on-a-diet.html

May 8, 2016: Carissa (YouTube Channel FatGirlFlow) talks about confidence, what it means to her, and how she found confidence in her own life. (Adult language.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L34o39lVezM

May 9, 2016: Plus-size Frostine Shake takes her classical ballet training and incorporates it into her burlesque act and modeling career.
https://www.buzzfeed.com/alisoncaporimo/baller-ballerina

May 10, 2016: A Norwegian meta-analysis (first link) claims an association between higher BMI and all-cause mortality; yet another study in Denmark (second and third links) finds that the BMI associated with lowest all-cause mortality has increased by 3.3 over the last 35 years. We note that stigma would explain both results: stigma lowers life span for fat people, but the effect diminishes as they become more accepted.
http://www.bmj.com/content/bmj/353/bmj.i2156.full.pdf
http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/05/10/Obesity-may-not-take-years-off-your-life-Study/4221462907610
http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2520627

May 11, 2016: Body positivity is making inroads in Toronto as exemplified by Karyn Johnson, a fatshion blogger; Andrew Gurza, a disability awareness consultant; and Jill Andrew, co-founder of the Body Confidence Canada Awards, each featured in TheStar.com‘s health and wellness section.
https://www.thestar.com/life/2016/05/09/torontos-bodypositive-movement-is-growing.html

May 12, 2016: Erik Cavanaugh has become an internet sensation as a plus-size ballet dancer with amazing moves, hoping to inspire others who may not have the stereotypical dancer body.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/video/peopleandplaces/this-plus-size-male-ballerina-will-wow-you-with-his-moves/vi-BBsYrEs

Fat news through 5/4

From Tante Terri and myself, here’s this week’s fat news, with the usual mix of the good, the bad, and the clueless.

April 17, 2016: A blog post goes into why shaming someone for their weight, no matter what the intention, is not helpful and can lead to years of unhealthy behavior.
https://medium.com/@thefatshadow/on-tough-love-and-your-fat-friend-s-health-bec20b13af78

April 22, 2016: Go to one of the websites below to read petitions, one for the US and one for Canada, asking that weight be included as a protected class. The US petition limits the protection to the work place and must have at least 100,000 signatures to go to the White House.
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/prevent-weight-discrimination-workplace
https://www.change.org/p/human-rights-tribunal-of-ontario-add-size-discrimination-as-a-protected-ground-in-the-ontario-human-rights-code-ohrc

April 25, 2016: A study reports that childhood obesity rates are statistically unchanged from 2011-2012 to 2013-2014, based on age and sex-specific height-weight percentiles, although they do show a long term increase since 1999. The conclusion states, “There is no evidence of a decline in obesity prevalence in any age group, despite substantial clinical and policy efforts targeting the issue.”
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.21497/abstract

May 2, 2016: Scientists look at 14 of the 16 contestants from Season 8 of The Biggest Loser and find that 6 years after the show all but one have put on some or all of the weight lost, and their metabolisms have gotten slower. A coauthor reports being amazed at the results; we are not amazed.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/02/health/biggest-loser-weight-loss.html
http://www.medicaldaily.com/biggest-loser-weight-loss-slow-metabolism-384465
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.21538/full

May 3, 2016: A publisher’s statement that they would pay an author the same money if “she weighed 500 pounds and was really hard to look at,” is discussed at length on what it says about the publishing business as well as society as a whole.
http://the-toast.net/2016/05/03/we-would-have-paid-her-the-same-if-she-weighed-500-pounds-publishing-and-writers-who-are-hard-to-look-at

May 4, 2016: There is a new plus size model in the news and this time it’s a man. Zach Miko, who has gone to the media with his body positive message, has been signed by an agency for their plus-size men division.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/05/fashion/zach-miko-plus-size-model.html

Fat news through 4/27

As always, thanks to Tante Terri for penning these write-ups (I’m just the editor). Let’s begin.

Fall 2015: Lucy Aphramor writes about the use of mindful eating in connection with healthy weight and diabetes, suggesting a focus on health is more beneficial than a focus on weight.
http://www.thejournalofdiabetesnursing.co.uk/journal-content/view/mindfulness-in-healthy-weight-and-diabetes
http://www.thejournalofdiabetesnursing.co.uk/media/content/_master/4417/files/pdf/jdn19-10-401-7.pdf

April 24, 2016: A judge in the UK feels workplace discrimination against anyone who is not considered to be ideal weight is wrong. Judge Philip Rostant believes the only way to put an end to this discrimination is through legislation.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3556901/Obese-allowed-sue-office-fattism-Leading-judge-calls-legislation-stop-discrimination-bias-against-non-ideal-weight.html

April 25, 2016: Gabor Lukacs is arguing before the Federal Court of Canada that airlines should not be allowed to discriminate against fat passengers. Lukacs is not fat but says he has standing because the issue is protecting public and societal interests, not individual interests.
http://cnews.canoe.com/CNEWS/Canada/2016/04/25/22627057.html

April 27, 2016: Chrystal Bougon lives in the 10th largest city in the United States, with a population of over 1 million people, and still there are only 7 plus size stores and only 4 of those carry her size; and Chrystal wants to know why there isn’t more choice for the fat shopper.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-arent-there-more-plus-size-boutiques_us_57214367e4b0fca991225b7f

April 27, 2016: Amy Steverson bought a lovely dress for her prom and photos prove she is lovely in the dress, but she was told at the door she was showing too much cleavage. Smaller-sized girls were allowed into the prom wearing dresses more revealing than Amy’s dress, who was told bigger girls need to cover up.
http://www.aol.com/article/2016/04/27/this-girl-was-body-shamed-into-tears-at-prom/21352104

Fat news through 4/21

Not as many items this week, and it’s the usual mix of good and bad news. Read on . . .

April 13, 2016: A study finds that fat children and teens eat less chocolate and other candy than their non-fat peers.
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2016/04/13/ajcn.115.119883.abstract

April 18, 2016: Large sized actor Quinton Aaron urges children who are victims of bullying to speak up to adults.
http://www.tbo.com/news/education/blind-side-actor-delivers-anti-bully-message-during-town-hall-meeting-20160418

April 20, 2016: Life expectancy for white Americans dropped by a small amount from 2013 to 2014, while life expectancy for minorities rose, leaving the average life expectancy for the whole population unchanged. Leading causes appear to be suicides and drug overdoses among white women.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/life-expectancy-for-white-americans-declines-1461124861

April 21, 2016: The National Health System in the UK are banning fat people from getting certain procedures, such as knee and hip replacement, solely based on weight, possibly in breach of the government’s guidelines.
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/22/smokers-obese-people-soft-targets-nhs-savings-surgeons

Fat news through 4/15

As always, thanks to Tante Terri for working with me on these. Let’s begin!

March 14, 2016: As more children have eating disorders, often triggered by school programs such as public weighing and BMI report cards, parents are fighting to stop these school programs, which have no proven benefits, in favor of those that focus on making all children healthier.
https://psmag.com/the-youngest-casualties-in-the-war-on-obesity-70d66cd0b825

March 19, 2016: Various scientists are looking at making excess fat useful for different types of body repair because fat tissue contains the types of cells, including stem cells, that can be used to repair and/or regrow cartilage, bone, and heart tissue.
https://www.sciencenews.org/article/cells-fat-mend-bone-cartilage-muscle-and-even-heart

April 7, 2016: The editor of an internet Nazi tabloid believes that fat acceptance embraces degeneracy, and was created by Jews to brainwash white men into finding fat women attractive. The hate campaign is currently targeting plus-sized model Ashley Graham, featured on the covers of both Sports Illustrated and Maxim.
http://www.wehuntedthemammoth.com/2016/04/07/daily-stormer-jews-are-encouraging-men-to-masturbate-to-pictures-of-fat-women

April 10, 2016: This post points out how isolating being fat can feel, and calls for people to stand up when they see fat people treated in an unacceptable way, if only to let them know that they are not alone.
https://medium.com/@thefatshadow/a-call-to-action-your-fat-friend-is-going-it-alone-38cb4bc70d0c

April 11, 2016: A study finds that media bias affects how people feel about fatness. Study co-author David Frederick points out that it is important to emphasize that discrimination is not acceptable when reporting about fat people.
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/fat-711738-people-obesity.html
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0277953615302902

April 11, 2016: Designer Ashley Nell Tipton, Project Runway winner and first contestant to show a plus-size collection, talks about her fashion goals and teaming up with JC Penney for a new plus-size line of clothing.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2016/04/11/first-look-project-runways-ashley-nell-tipton-brings-plus-sized-style-jcpenney/82759122

April 11, 2016: Featuring NAAFA’s Phyllis Warr, an article discusses why surgery for fat people is not just about dollars but about the beneficial outcome for the patient.
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2016-04-11/too-fat-for-surgery

April 12, 2016: A doctor in the United Kingdom has been removed from the UK medical register following the deaths of six patients some of whom had undergone weight loss surgery. At least one family is suing the hospital where the surgery occurred.
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/family-sue-over-weightloss-surgery-death-a3223391.html

April 13, 2016: Joni Edelman talks about why she posed naked for Substantia Jones and why she thinks it is important that photos of fat naked bodies be shared.
http://www.ravishly.com/2016/04/13/i-got-naked-camera-because-fat-bodies-need-be-seen

April 14, 2016: Drs. Janet Tomiyama and Jeffrey M. Hunger discuss their ongoing (and unpublished) research on just how ineffective BMI is as a measure of health. The end of the blog post has information on the UCLA’s Health Registry of “Obesity” (HERO).
https://healthateverysizeblog.org/2016/04/14/the-haes-files-body-mass-index-is-not-a-good-measure-of-your-health

April 14, 2016: When Glamour magazine grouped Amy Schumer with plus-sized women, Schumer said it didn’t feel right to her because she’s a size 6 to 8. Is this about her negative feelings toward fatness, or was she making a point about the visibility of fat people in the media? USA Today looks at different sides of the controversy.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/04/12/amy-schumer-plus-size-fat-america/82940894

April 15, 2016: Read about Faith, the fat super hero, in an article in The Atlantic.
http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/04/faith/478386

Fat news through 4/8

Why two “Fat news” posts in two days? We were away last weekend and are catching up, that’s why. Read and enjoy! (Or get angry, as appropriate.)

March 4, 2016: A recent study claims that increasing BMI among African Americans is associated with an increasing risk of heart failure and heart failure hospitalization. However, all-causes mortality actually decreased with increasing BMI.
http://www.onlinejcf.com/article/S1071-9164(16)00077-4/abstract

March 18, 2016: An article looks at the evolution of the body mass index (BMI) and its connections with the concept of the average person and the rise of standardization.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-gravity-weight/201603/adolphe-quetelet-and-the-evolution-body-mass-index-bmi

March 29, 2016: In Worthington, Ohio, firefighters are practicing with victim simulation dummies weighing up to 500 pounds to learn how to safely help and rescue very large patients.
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/03/29/worthington-firefighters-practice-helping-heavier-patients.html

March 30, 2016: The research journal Obesity publishes three papers highlighting different types of errors and biases in obesity research, as well as a commentary on the three papers. One paper identifies 10 common errors and problems in obesity research and reporting, one reviews the assumption by weight management programs that non-participants will continue to gain weight, and one reviews placebo effects in obesity research.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.21457/epdf
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.21449/full
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.21255/full
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.21456/full

April 2016: This month’s free webinar from ASDAH (Association for Size Diversity and Health) features two dietitians discussing a HAES approach to treating eating disorders.
https://www.sizediversityandhealth.org/content.asp?id=277

April 6, 2016: Connie Levitsky lost her job at a plus-size women’s clothing store because she used “fat” in a Facebook post describing her job title as “conquering the world, one well-dressed fat lady at a time.” Connie’s explanation on Facebook has been viewed over 1000 times, making her ex-employer backtrack on the firing.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-addition-elle-employee-fired-for-using-the-word-fat-1.3524015

April 6, 2016: Tired of fat shamers and just want to flip them off? There’s a place for that. Substantia Jones (creator of the Adipositivity Project) talks about her popular Tumblr page “Fat People Flipping You Off.”
http://www.attn.com/stories/7142/fat-people-flipping-off-tumblr-slams-body-shamers

April 6, 2016: Mariah Carrillo provides her personal insight in separating her evangelical upbringing from her fat (and female) body.
http://www.bustle.com/articles/151866-why-becoming-a-fat-girl-is-the-best-thing-thats-ever-happened-to-me

April 8, 2016: Peggy Howell explains how employee wellness programs can be discriminatory, and penalize employees when results promised by the wellness program fail to materialize.
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2016-04-08/workplace-wellness-progams-powerful-motivators-or-discriminatory