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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
April 6, 2016: Mariah Carrillo provides her personal insight in separating her evangelical upbringing from her fat (and female) body.
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.