Fat news through June 7, 2016

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.
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11643393

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.
https://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/fat-positive-summer-festival

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.
https://www.statnews.com/2016/06/03/weight-obese-doctors-patients

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!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJCTUOFi_p8

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.
http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/07/health/obesity-trends-women-men-teens/index.html
http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2526613
http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2526639

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.
http://www.teenvogue.com/story/fat-shaming-doctors

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Fat news through June 3, 2016

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.
http://www.retaildive.com/news/why-plus-size-fashion-is-still-struggling-with-image-problems/419460

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.
http://obesitytimebomb.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/watching-anti-obesity-ngo-crash-and-burn.html

Fat news through 5/12

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.
https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12937-016-0150-4

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.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/08/opinion/sunday/why-you-cant-lose-weight-on-a-diet.html

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.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L34o39lVezM

May 9, 2016: Plus-size Frostine Shake takes her classical ballet training and incorporates it into her burlesque act and modeling career.
https://www.buzzfeed.com/alisoncaporimo/baller-ballerina

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.
http://www.bmj.com/content/bmj/353/bmj.i2156.full.pdf
http://www.upi.com/Health_News/2016/05/10/Obesity-may-not-take-years-off-your-life-Study/4221462907610
http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2520627

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.
https://www.thestar.com/life/2016/05/09/torontos-bodypositive-movement-is-growing.html

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.
http://www.msn.com/en-us/video/peopleandplaces/this-plus-size-male-ballerina-will-wow-you-with-his-moves/vi-BBsYrEs

“Fat Girls” video

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?

http://skepchick.org/2015/07/summer-jam-fat-girls-by-briki-fa-president-ft-ninene

Behind the Curve

I’m calling this post “Behind the Curve” to acknowledge how late I am with this post. There have been a few things I’ve wanted to say, but I haven’t had the passion to drop everything and say them here.

There’s another reason for the title: I want to talk about the recently completed Season 1 of My Big Fat Fabulous Life, the reality TV show starring (and in this case, “starring” is accurate) Whitney Thore.

A bit over a year ago, Whitney Thore’s series of videos called A Fat Girl Dancing became a YouTube and Facebook sensation. I was skeptical at first because she came out of nowhere . . . actually, Greensboro, NC, but “nowhere” in that she wasn’t connected to any fat acceptance group. But I started following her on Facebook, and her posts were, and are, fat positive and inspiring with few exceptions. The one exception I can think of is that she has said she wanted to lose some weight to regain some mobility. I don’t have a problem with that statement in itself, although it could get problematic in the execution.

The TV show is a somewhat different animal. Whitney is the same person as on Facebook: fun loving, goofy, and fat positive. But the show gives a negative side not seen on Facebook. You can expect to see a long scene with Whitney crying in every episode. I do understand that the show has to provide drama and conflict, and I admit that there were scenes that I really liked, but overall this is not the show for me.

But please don’t interpret this as a criticism of Whitney herself. Whitney in the show is still someone to admire, but in the editing of the show, there’s more emphasis on stay-at-home millenial vs. parent, dating travails, flirting with The One Who Was Right In Front of You, visits to the doctor, harebrained schemes (I’m thinking of a trip to Kitty Hawk for a non-paying gig), and other stuff that I’m not interested in.

So hats off to Whitney, and good luck on her show (which is getting a Season 2).