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

MY FAT ASS IS TIRED OF BLATANT DECK STACKING

 

A recent study claims that there is an association between rising BMI and heart failure in African Americans.

http://www.onlinejcf.com/article/S1071-9164(16)00077-4/abstract

Kind of worrisome, wouldn’t you say?

Could be.

EXCEPT, the raw data is garnered from the Jackson Heart Study.

What is the Jackson Heart Study?  I’m so glad you asked.

The JHS is a large, community-based, observational study whose participants were recruited from urban and rural areas of the three counties (Hinds, Madison and Rankin) that make up the Jackson Miss, metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Participants were enrolled from each of 4 recruitment pools: random, 17%; volunteer, 22%; currently enrolled in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study, 30% and secondary family members, 31%. Recruitment was limited to non-institutionalized adult African Americans 35-84 years old, except in the family cohort where those 21 to 34 years of age were eligible. The final cohort of 5,301 participants includes 6.59% of all African American Jackson MSA residents aged 35-84 (N-76,426, US Census 2000).

https://www.jacksonheartstudy.org/Research/tabid/211/Default.aspx

So all of the participants come from three counties in Mississippi, the state that has the worst health ranking in the nation.  Is ranked 49th for healthcare access and affordability; 48th for prevention and treatment, 51st for potentially avoidable hospital use, and 51st for healthy lives.

http://datacenter.commonwealthfund.org/scorecard/low-income/26/mississippi/

30% of the participants were already enrolled in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (in which the original participants were aged 45-64), and an additional 31% were family members of ARIC study participants.

It seems the participants on this study should not be considered representative of African American health nationwide.

And even with the deck so clearly stacked, the recent study found increasing BMI was NOT associated with risk for all-cause mortality in African Americans.

So why was this study published under the inflammatory title of:

The Obesity and Heart Failure Epidemics Among African Americans: Insights From the Jackson Heart Study

You want to know why?  Because in our fat phobic, fat hating society, studies with titles like these have access to more research funding.

It should have been titled:

Some Fat African Americans in 3 Counties in Mississippi Could Sure Use Access to Better Healthcare, and as Would Most Everyone Else in the State of Mississippi.

But who is going to pay for that?

Fat news through 4/4

March 2016: When given an assignment asking what BMI is and how to calculate it, an 8th grade student provides an answer that is amazing, enlightening, and can teach us all a lesson.
http://www.upworthy.com/asked-about-her-body-mass-index-this-eighth-grader-had-the-best-answer

March 27, 2016: Dyanne Weiss discusses the type of discrimination fat people face in social, educational, and workplace environments, starting from childhood right through to adulthood.
http://guardianlv.com/2016/03/weight-discrimination-growing-waistlines

March 27, 2016: Laura Bogart explains how the big business of clean eating, weight loss and fitness create a new and discriminatory class system that equates thin bodies with health and prosperity.
http://www.salon.com/2016/03/27/my_body_doesnt_need_a_cure_sizeism_classism_and_the_big_business_hustle_of_the_clean_eating_industry

March 29, 2016: Red Sox baseball player Pablo Sandoval is facing some negative reaction from fans because of his weight. Dietitian Jonah Soolman believes performance, not size or weight, should be the basis of criticism of a professional athlete, and we agree.
https://www.facebook.com/notes/boston-baseball-magazine/leave-the-fat-kid-alone/10153988231964641

March 30, 2016: Amy Pence-Brown, who gained worldwide attention by standing blindfolded in a farmer’s market in a bikini allowing people to write on her body with marking pens as an act of activism for body acceptance, is interviewed prior to her April 2nd TEDxBoise talk.
http://idahobusinessreview.com/2016/03/30/a-word-with-amy-pence-brown-about-radical-fat-acceptance

March 30, 2016: Charlotte Cooper’s post on the beginnings of NAAFA (1st link) points out that the history of fat activism is a treasure and should be documented for future generations. We agree, and have archived several newsletters on our website (2nd link).
http://obesitytimebomb.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/100-fat-activists-7-naafa.html
http://naafaonline.com/dev2/about/NEWSLETTERS.html

March 30, 2016: Is fat shaming dead? According to Carly Lewis it is staggering on its last legs, and she tells us her reasons for thinking fat shaming and fat jokes are on their way out, and body acceptance is on its way in.
http://www.thefader.com/2016/03/30/fat-shaming-is-dead

March 31, 2016: Mona Awad, author of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, and Sarai Walker, author of Dietland, discuss their books, both of which feature fat main characters on their own journeys to self realization.
http://www.npr.org/2016/03/31/472132175/you-cannot-shame-me-two-new-books-tear-down-fat-girl-stereotypes

April 4, 2016: Globally, people are still getting fatter, and now more people are fat than underweight; however, average lifespans have also been increasing. Researchers explain that countries with the highest incidence of obesity are high-income countries with better healthcare access, and warn of future lifespan reductions.
https://www.minnpost.com/second-opinion/2016/04/worldwide-more-people-are-now-obese-underweight-study-finds
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(16)30054-X/fulltext

Fat news through 3/24

Another round of goodness and wakeup calls from me and Tante Terri!

March 16, 2016: “Active commuting” (walking, cycling or a combination of the two) is associated with lower BMI and body fat for 40-69 year old men and women in the UK. Unanswered is which came first, the size or the commuting method.
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587(16)00053-X/abstract

March 17, 2106: After a classmate created a Twitter account called “Dee is a Fat Whale”, Texan teen Dannie “Dee” McMillan, with encouragement from plus-size model Laura Lee, started raising money for the Save the Whales Foundation with a GoFundMe account and a shirt saying, “Dee the Fat Whale Saves the Whales”.
http://www.people.com/article/body-shamed-teen-raises-money-whales

March 18, 2016: After adjusting for known risk factors such as BMI and family history of diabetes, researchers find a higher prevalence of diabetes in low-income countries, suggesting that other factors are in play.
http://www.physiciansbriefing.com/Article.asp?AID=708963
http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2016/03/08/dc15-2338.abstract

March 21, 2016: Although not fat positive, Jeana Goosmann does provide a realistic view of employment termination due to weight. While written as a how-to for the employer, the article also offers some insight and possible legal remedies for the fat person who is fired because of their weight.
http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/retaliation-weigh-in-don-t-be-the-28850

March 24, 2016: Georgina Jones discusses the mainstreaming of body positivity, recommending that it needs to go beyond fighting for cute clothes for fat people and fight other forms of fat-discrimination as well.
http://www.bustle.com/articles/149364-body-positivity-needs-to-talk-about-combatting-the-harmful-effects-of-fat-discrimination