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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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