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

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