August NAAFA Newsletter

Fans of fat news will be happy to hear that the NAAFA Newsletter is available right now right here:
Why be happy, you may ask? Because included with other fine articles is the Media and Research Roundup, where you can find the fat news for the past month. You don’t even have to subscribe, although if you do (click on Join Our Mailing List on the right side of the newsletter) you’ll get the NAAFA Newsletter every month for free.

Let me know if getting the fat news this way works for you.

Blogroll returns!

One more thing: while poking around with the website design, I realized that I could put back the blogroll without changing themes. So I did it, first making sure that all the blogs I pointed to were still alive (not all are very active, though). So take a look to the right, and click away!

Note about the Fatosphere


Ever since June of last year, traffic here at Fatties United is down, way down. We used to see a big spike after every post, and now, some posts get noticed and some don’t. For example, Part 1 of my two-part Skeptical Inquirer series didn’t cause a ripple, but Part 2 caused a nice little peak in readership.

This change is related to the switch of the Notes from the Fatosphere feed from Google Reader to Feedly. It appears that we got dropped from the feed for some reason. I think it must be accidental, and it looks like other blogs also got dropped. In fact, the feed’s looking quite thin these days. (Another factor is that some readers lost the feed in the switch.) Feedly, which was mentioned at the time of the switchover as being the new host for the feed, is pointing to the wrong URL, it seems. The correct URL is now shown below.

I’m going to see if I can get us back on the feed. In the meantime, I still think it’s a useful way to get the word about fat positivity, so if you’re at all interested, go ahead and sign up again:

2013 in review

Free post! It’s free, in that I don’t have to put any effort into it. WP’s non-sentient robots have assembled this Year in Review post for me. If you enjoy this sort of thing, enjoy!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 7 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

What’s happening with fat poz blogs?

Jiji writes:

Well, I guess Notes from the Fatosphere is dead. Maybe it’s a positive for me as I’ve decided that all of this fat acceptance stuff is bad science. You see, I used to read Notes daily and it seemed like there were just so many resources saying that no matter what I try, I am not going to be able to change my body, not going to ever get the respect and acceptance that come with being thin. Now that Notes is gone, I can’t find any such resource. I’ve searched, but there just isn’t anything out there. This site, for instance, has been dormant for ages. So I’m giving the dieting thing another go and the more distance I put between myself and Notes from the Fatosphere, the more confidence I’ve built that I’m going to be able to do it this time! So, I guess, thanks!

This comment on an old post raises some points that are worth talking about. Firstly, to be honest, I don’t use Notes from the Fatosphere much (even though NftF carries Fatties United) because there’s just too much volume for me. So I don’t know why NftF isn’t working for Jiji. But I will say that fat positive blogging is not dead. Here are some of the fat poz blogs that I check regularly:

I’ve listed adipositivity even though it’s down because I know that Subtantia Jones is working to get it back up. And all of these, even adipositivity, have had recent activity. And Jiji is simply wrong to say that our site has been dormant for ages; our last post was 11 days ago. (And yes, we’d like it to be more active.)

But I agree that there aren’t enough fat positive blogs. Anyone who agrees, please start your own fat positive blog!

Regarding dieting, I think our views on that are pretty clear.

And finally, I wish Jiji well.

To those who read Notes from the Fatosphere

Here’s a message from the new admin of Notes from the Fatosphere, Ang x:

On 30th June, Google Reader will cease to exist. The Fatosphere feed has been moved to Feedly. Until the beginning of July, readers will be able to access NFTF via either Google Reader or Feedly, but from July 1st, you will need a Feedly account to continue to receive the feed.

All you need to do is go to, sign in with your google reader email and password, and follow the instructions to migrate your account from GR to Feedly.

If you don’t currently get the NFTF feed and want to do so, you can sign up for a new Feedly account. You will need either a gmail address, or a Google account for this. Then, once your account is set up, just type ‘notes from the fatosphere’ into the add content box and you’re done.

Update alert

Whaliam here. I just updated the theme of this blog, from grid to . . . I forget what the new one is called, but it looks somewhat like the old one. The problem with grid is that it didn’t show the author’s name. The new one does that, but is a bit less compact looking, and doesn’t show the blogroll. So I’m not sure that I’ll keep it. Any suggestions?