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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Janet Tomiyama and Jeffrey M. Hunger discuss their ongoing (and unpublished) research on just how ineffective BMI is as a measure of health.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).
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.
April 15, 2016: Read about Faith, the fat super hero, in an article in The Atlantic.