My thoughts on old fat people (yes, Virginia, we do exist).
Hey, friends! Whaliam here, along with Tante Terri, bringing you this week’s fat news, with a couple of very cool items this time. Enjoy! (or not, as applicable)
May 23, 2016: More survivors from The Biggest Loser talk about what was going on behind the scenes while they were on the show and the long term damage to their lives.
June 2016: The Berkeley Public Library presents Fat Positive Summer Festival, a series of events starting June 22 featuring lecturer and fat activist Virgie Tovar, as well as a group of short films and readings.
June 3, 2016: Doctors’ bias towards fat people can be deadly. When a doctor blames all health issues on excess weight, real health problems go untreated and fat patients wait for treatment until small problems become serious health issues.
June 5, 2016: Curvy Girl Lingerie owner Chrystal believes women of all sizes have the right to feel sexy and have hot sex, and we agree!
June 7, 2016: The latest CDC survey shows a slight upswing in obesity rates, particularly for women. An accompanying editorial published in JAMA wants to blame the food and restaurant industry and believes focus on prevention is the best way to move forward, despite the failure of most interventions used to date.
June 7, 2016: Lina Cohen lets the readers of Teen Vogue know what it is like going to the doctor’s office when you are fat teen. She advocates finding doctors who respect you and treat you with dignity and preferably are onboard with HAES principles.
A short one this week; have fun!
May 31, 2016: Why is plus-size fashion availability still so limited? Lara Ewen explains and offers some recommendations to designers, retailers and manufacturers to take advantage of this mostly untapped market.
June 3, 2016: Dr. Charlotte Cooper celebrates the bickering and in-fighting going on between two UK anti-obesity non-governmental organizations (NGO) over the endorsement of dietary advice. Dr. Cooper cheerfully takes to task these NGOs that exclude actual fat people.
Another batch of stories to love or to hate, rounded up by Tante Terri and yours truly.
March 31, 2016: Researchers looking at body weight maintenance (rather than reduction) find that nutritional education had no significant impact on weight gain prevention.
May 6, 2016: Neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt explains why diets do not work and the role the brain plays in making sustained weight loss next to impossible.
May 8, 2016: Carissa (YouTube Channel FatGirlFlow) talks about confidence, what it means to her, and how she found confidence in her own life. (Adult language.)
May 9, 2016: Plus-size Frostine Shake takes her classical ballet training and incorporates it into her burlesque act and modeling career.
May 10, 2016: A Norwegian meta-analysis (first link) claims an association between higher BMI and all-cause mortality; yet another study in Denmark (second and third links) finds that the BMI associated with lowest all-cause mortality has increased by 3.3 over the last 35 years. We note that stigma would explain both results: stigma lowers life span for fat people, but the effect diminishes as they become more accepted.
May 11, 2016: Body positivity is making inroads in Toronto as exemplified by Karyn Johnson, a fatshion blogger; Andrew Gurza, a disability awareness consultant; and Jill Andrew, co-founder of the Body Confidence Canada Awards, each featured in TheStar.com‘s health and wellness section.
May 12, 2016: Erik Cavanaugh has become an internet sensation as a plus-size ballet dancer with amazing moves, hoping to inspire others who may not have the stereotypical dancer body.
You know that I like fat women, so you’d think I’d like this video (linked below), but I don’t. It’s a fun enough song, but the women in the videos seem a bit like bullies.
You also know that I deeply respect the folks over at Skepchick. Here’s a link to a post by Dr. Rubidium singing the praises of the song and video, and who am I to say she’s wrong?
Quick note: I just added a page to the blogroll. It’s Substantia Jones’s Body Image page at Waywire.com. It has lots of newsworthy, inspiring, and informative videos on HAES, size acceptance, and related matters. Go forth and click! http://bodyimage.waywire.com
Happy International No Diet Day! If you’re still a dieter, you can take this one day to stop dieting and focus on loving yourself. You can find a very short history of INDD here: https://www.sizediversityandhealth.org/content.asp?id=11&mediaID=18&action=archive
Enjoy your day, and if you like, let us know what you did.