I forgot to post the link to this month’s NAAFA newsletter last week; sorry about that. But here it is, and I’ve pre-clicked for you so that the link below takes you straight to the fat news. Enjoy!
We’re back, and talking about fatties again!
July 20, 2016: Emily Baines discusses a run-in between Whitney Way Thore (star of My Big Fat Fabulous Life) and comedian Kerryn Feehan (first link), when Feehan made some fat-phobic remarks during a guest appearance on a radio show where Thore interned. Thore continues to be an activist for positive body image and has a TedX talk on the subject (second link).
July 22, 2016: People with lipodystrophy, a rare genetic disorder, are thin but suffer from the same conditions that are associated with being fat such as high cholesterol, fatty liver disease, and type 2 diabetes. Scientists have found a clue into why some fat people are metabolically healthy and how this knowledge could help everyone be healthier.
July 24, 2016: Laura Bogart is fat, and she is okay with that. She shares her journey to fat acceptance and the lessons learned along the way. (Comments on this page are the usual sort of fat shaming, though.)
July 27, 2016: Ka Leo O Hawai’i, the campus newspaper of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, explains that the body positive movement is not the promotion of fatness, but rather a “feel-good cause” for people who don’t fit society’s ideal.
Sorry, folks; we missed a couple of weeks. But it’s OK, we’re getting caught up right now. Also, just to let you know, we pull story links from Facebook, Tumblr, Yahoo Groups, and other places, but to be honest it’s mostly Facebook these days as there has grown a wonderful network of fat positive people who are finding great stories and studies for us.
Some more honesty: I don’t recall where I got the link about Lizzo, probably from a Facebook friend, but I was really pleased to see Tante Terri take it and run in her recent blog post. Yay, Terri!
So, off we go!
November 26, 2015: Rapper and singer Lizzo’s song “My Skin” celebrates living in your own skin with a music video featuring fat women (first link). As part of the Underneath video project (second link), Lizzo talks about being a fat woman as she removes clothing, wig and makeup showing the beautiful woman underneath.
June 19, 2016: Kath Read gives JC Penney’s video for its new plus-size clothing a rave review, urging other companies to learn from what Penney is doing right in its marketing to the fat community.
June 22, 2016: Substantia Jones and her various projects are highlighted in an article about her current adventure, traveling through the Southern Hemisphere photographing fat people in the nude.
June 24, 2016: Charlotte Cooper provides a basic do and don’t list for healthcare practitioners when dealing with a fat patient, as well as some suggestions on how the fat person can recover after a bad run-in with the healthcare profession. Also, check out NAAFA’s guidelines on the same subject (2nd link) and Stef’s list of fat friendly healthcare professionals (3rd link).
June 27, 2016: A Swedish study find that irrespective of access to health care, socioeconomic status is a predictor of all-cause and cardiovascular mortality among people with type 2 diabetes (first link). A related commentary (second link) states that addressing socioeconomic disadvantage may help us better treat type 2 diabetes.
June 29, 2016: An analysis of multiple data sets finds that eating butter has little or no effect on mortality, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes. An inverse (protective) effect may exist in relation to diabetes and thus more research is urged to explore the health effects of butter and dairy fat.
June 29, 2016: Brynne Huffman’s Facebook response to a woman who dissed Brynne for wearing shorts goes viral. Here’s hoping that the woman has read it and has learned a lesson about acceptance.
July 5, 2016: Katie Clark explains what it means to be a fat person living in a fatphobic society and why body-shaming is not about health concerns but about buy-in to stereotypes and body policing.
July 5, 2016: Lindy West, author of Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, came out as a fat woman to friends and co-workers, confronting her boss on his derogatory comments about fat people. Talking about the discrimination faced at the workplace by fat people, she urges that employers embrace a “no body talk” policy.
News flashes to inspire flashes of anger and (alternatively) joy, as appropriate, from Tante Terri and me.
May 8, 2016: Lindy West talks about her life starting as a baby with an “off-the-charts” large head, growing up as a fat child, and finding herself as a fat adult, as she promotes her book Shrill.
May 18, 2016: The Succulent Six, a fabulous group of fat women from Toronto, did a photo shoot to celebrate International No Diet Day and create a visual message on fat acceptance and fighting food shaming.
May 19, 2016: Buzzfeed asks members why they stopped dieting, and here are some of the answers.
May 20, 2016: Some viewers of UK TV show This Morning complain that the show is promoting obesity after an interview with Tess Holliday. (Tess was actually promoting body positivity, which we support.)
May 23, 2016: Facebook apologizes for banning an advertisement by Cherchez la Femme featuring a photo of Tess Holliday in a bikini because it depicts “body parts in an undesirable manner”.
May 23, 2016: Various scientists, doctors, and professors criticize a (non-peer reviewed) report by the National Obesity Forum that claims that adding more fat to one’s diet could cut obesity and type 2 diabetes.
May 25, 2016: A recent study finds that fat flyers are bothered more by the stigma they suffer when flying than by actual discomfort of small seats and seatbelts.
May 25, 2016: Based on self-reported data, a new report by the CDC estimates that 30.4% of the population (20 and over) are classified as obese, up slightly from 2014 (29.9%).
May 25, 2016: Skeptic Rebecca Watson misses the point on the news regarding The Biggest Loser, in stating that the research claimed that significant weight loss is impossible, rather than very rare. She also claims the study involves too small of a group, while ignoring that this study only adds to previous research on the subject of long term weight loss.
May 29, 2016: Writing for The Irish Times, Muiris Houston calls into question the wisdom of using BMI as a measure of health, since the overweight classification is associated with a lower mortality rate than any other classification.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.