Fat news through 5/21

February 2, 2016: Catherine Bouris urges feminists to add fat-calling and other forms of street harassment to the discussion which is currently centered on the cat-calling experienced by those who society considers stereotypically feminine and attractive.
http://www.dailylife.com.au/news-and-views/dl-opinion/we-need-to-talk-about-fatcalling–not-just-catcalling-20160201-gmj3xx.html

May 11, 2016: According to some experts, the UK National Health System should fast track patients for bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgeries in the UK have fallen by 31% between 2011 and 2015.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-05/b-nnt051116.php
http://www.bmj.com/content/353/bmj.i1472.extract?sid=9f5deac5-052d-4a06-b0b3-4423baa8ff9d

May 16, 2016: Deborah Savage suffered for years with a common condition that doctors ignored, possibly because she was fat. PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) is a disorder that, among other things, causes weight gain, but Savage’s doctors preferred to disbelieve that she was following a diet and exercising rather than look for the underlying cause of her continual weight gain.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/for-half-her-life-doctors-told-her-to-lose-weight-but-something-else-was-going-on/2016/05/16/f8afdec2-f8da-11e5-8b23-538270a1ca31_story.html

May 17, 2016: Researchers conclude that defining good health is more complicated than just a few numbers. Creating a list of 54 key health questions, they find two categories for robust health for older adults, “robust obese” and “one minor condition” (average weight people with one minor health condition).
https://psmag.com/good-health-is-more-complicated-than-your-weight-and-blood-pressure-9c06c586874d
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/05/10/1514968113

May 19, 2016: A study of patients with colorectal cancer (the second leading cause of cancer death in the US) finds that overweight patients were 55% less likely to die from their cancer than average weight patients.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160519120719.htm
http://oncology.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2522369

May 21, 2016: Instead of dealing with the bullies, a school is banning certain clothing because fat girls are more likely to be bullied when wearing tight clothes.
http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/1122103/school-ban-skinny-pants

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

Fat news through 4/21

Not as many items this week, and it’s the usual mix of good and bad news. Read on . . .

April 13, 2016: A study finds that fat children and teens eat less chocolate and other candy than their non-fat peers.
http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2016/04/13/ajcn.115.119883.abstract

April 18, 2016: Large sized actor Quinton Aaron urges children who are victims of bullying to speak up to adults.
http://www.tbo.com/news/education/blind-side-actor-delivers-anti-bully-message-during-town-hall-meeting-20160418

April 20, 2016: Life expectancy for white Americans dropped by a small amount from 2013 to 2014, while life expectancy for minorities rose, leaving the average life expectancy for the whole population unchanged. Leading causes appear to be suicides and drug overdoses among white women.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/life-expectancy-for-white-americans-declines-1461124861

April 21, 2016: The National Health System in the UK are banning fat people from getting certain procedures, such as knee and hip replacement, solely based on weight, possibly in breach of the government’s guidelines.
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/22/smokers-obese-people-soft-targets-nhs-savings-surgeons

Fat news through 4/8

Why two “Fat news” posts in two days? We were away last weekend and are catching up, that’s why. Read and enjoy! (Or get angry, as appropriate.)

March 4, 2016: A recent study claims that increasing BMI among African Americans is associated with an increasing risk of heart failure and heart failure hospitalization. However, all-causes mortality actually decreased with increasing BMI.
http://www.onlinejcf.com/article/S1071-9164(16)00077-4/abstract

March 18, 2016: An article looks at the evolution of the body mass index (BMI) and its connections with the concept of the average person and the rise of standardization.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-gravity-weight/201603/adolphe-quetelet-and-the-evolution-body-mass-index-bmi

March 29, 2016: In Worthington, Ohio, firefighters are practicing with victim simulation dummies weighing up to 500 pounds to learn how to safely help and rescue very large patients.
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2016/03/29/worthington-firefighters-practice-helping-heavier-patients.html

March 30, 2016: The research journal Obesity publishes three papers highlighting different types of errors and biases in obesity research, as well as a commentary on the three papers. One paper identifies 10 common errors and problems in obesity research and reporting, one reviews the assumption by weight management programs that non-participants will continue to gain weight, and one reviews placebo effects in obesity research.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.21457/epdf
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.21449/full
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.21255/full
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.21456/full

April 2016: This month’s free webinar from ASDAH (Association for Size Diversity and Health) features two dietitians discussing a HAES approach to treating eating disorders.
https://www.sizediversityandhealth.org/content.asp?id=277

April 6, 2016: Connie Levitsky lost her job at a plus-size women’s clothing store because she used “fat” in a Facebook post describing her job title as “conquering the world, one well-dressed fat lady at a time.” Connie’s explanation on Facebook has been viewed over 1000 times, making her ex-employer backtrack on the firing.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-addition-elle-employee-fired-for-using-the-word-fat-1.3524015

April 6, 2016: Tired of fat shamers and just want to flip them off? There’s a place for that. Substantia Jones (creator of the Adipositivity Project) talks about her popular Tumblr page “Fat People Flipping You Off.”
http://www.attn.com/stories/7142/fat-people-flipping-off-tumblr-slams-body-shamers

April 6, 2016: Mariah Carrillo provides her personal insight in separating her evangelical upbringing from her fat (and female) body.
http://www.bustle.com/articles/151866-why-becoming-a-fat-girl-is-the-best-thing-thats-ever-happened-to-me

April 8, 2016: Peggy Howell explains how employee wellness programs can be discriminatory, and penalize employees when results promised by the wellness program fail to materialize.
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/patient-advice/articles/2016-04-08/workplace-wellness-progams-powerful-motivators-or-discriminatory

Fat news through 3/24

Another round of goodness and wakeup calls from me and Tante Terri!

March 16, 2016: “Active commuting” (walking, cycling or a combination of the two) is associated with lower BMI and body fat for 40-69 year old men and women in the UK. Unanswered is which came first, the size or the commuting method.
http://www.thelancet.com/journals/landia/article/PIIS2213-8587(16)00053-X/abstract

March 17, 2106: After a classmate created a Twitter account called “Dee is a Fat Whale”, Texan teen Dannie “Dee” McMillan, with encouragement from plus-size model Laura Lee, started raising money for the Save the Whales Foundation with a GoFundMe account and a shirt saying, “Dee the Fat Whale Saves the Whales”.
http://www.people.com/article/body-shamed-teen-raises-money-whales

March 18, 2016: After adjusting for known risk factors such as BMI and family history of diabetes, researchers find a higher prevalence of diabetes in low-income countries, suggesting that other factors are in play.
http://www.physiciansbriefing.com/Article.asp?AID=708963
http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2016/03/08/dc15-2338.abstract

March 21, 2016: Although not fat positive, Jeana Goosmann does provide a realistic view of employment termination due to weight. While written as a how-to for the employer, the article also offers some insight and possible legal remedies for the fat person who is fired because of their weight.
http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/retaliation-weigh-in-don-t-be-the-28850

March 24, 2016: Georgina Jones discusses the mainstreaming of body positivity, recommending that it needs to go beyond fighting for cute clothes for fat people and fight other forms of fat-discrimination as well.
http://www.bustle.com/articles/149364-body-positivity-needs-to-talk-about-combatting-the-harmful-effects-of-fat-discrimination

Fat news, through 3/14

I hope you folks are enjoying these. I hope to build up a library at some point. It would be great to create a database by which users could sort through all links and just pick up the specific type of story or research paper they want. I don’t know how to do that, though. Anyway, onward!

September 28, 2015: An article explains how the popular Fitbit app is equivalent to body policing, causing more harm than good by leading to body shame, dieting, and disordered eating.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/food-junkie/201509/your-fitbit-is-ruining-your-relationship-your-body

February 11, 2016: According to a recent study, air pollutants have an adverse effect on glucose tolerance, insulin sensitivity and blood lipid concentrations in Mexican-Americans, suggesting a connection between pollution and type 2 diabetes.
http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2016/02/09/dc15-1795.abstract

March 7, 2016: A study concludes that men with early-life poor physical fitness have an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, even when BMI remains in the normal range.
http://www.diabeteshub.com/article/poor-physical-fitness-upped-diabetes-risk-regardless-of-weight/90dcd2b80a506b769d395acf5947fc81.html
http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=2499473

March 10, 2016: Joanne P. Ikeda, MA, RD discusses why body esteem and self-esteem are beneficial; how societal messages affect children; and how we can counteract those messages.
http://healthateverysizeblog.org/2016/03/10/the-haes-files-mommy-isnt-that-lady-beautiful

March 10, 2016: Once again, Lane Bryant finds itself at odds with broadcast TV over a lingerie ad featuring fat models. Some accuse NBC and ABC of discrimination. NBC claims it provided some minor edits to comply with indecency guidelines. ABC has not commented. We suggest you watch the commercial and judge for yourself.
http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/See-the-ad-featuring-curvy-models-that-major-TV-6882356.php

March 14, 2016: President Obama, speaking with Time magazine, talks about the benefits of having black men and women with more diverse body types represented in the media as role models.
https://www.yahoo.com/politics/obama-body-image-steph-curry-160732535.html

March 14, 2016: Female high school students who are classified as overweight by BMI and notified that their BMI “falls outside a healthy weight” experienced no reduction in BMI or weight when assessed the following academic year according to a recent study.
http://medicalxpress.com/news/2016-03-shifts-bmi-overweight-girls-year.html
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2016/03/09/1518443113

March 14, 2016: As outlined in this recent article, the effects of the World War II era Minnesota Starvation Experiment on the men who participated will sound familiar to people who have, voluntarily or not, experienced calorie restrictive dieting.
http://www.refinery29.com/minnesota-starvation-experiment

Fat news through 3/9

I’m still playing with different names for this feature. See below, click, and enjoy!

January 2016: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics outlines its recommendations for the successful treatment of fat adults. While recognizing the bias that fat people face, the focus is still on weight loss rather than coping with or countering the bias.
http://www.andjrnl.org/article/S2212-2672(15)01636-6/fulltext

March 2016: Ragen Chastain supplies and explains her 11 reasons to focus on health not weight, while acknowledging that your health is nobody else’s business unless you ask for input.
http://en.paperblog.com/11-reasons-why-i-focus-on-health-and-not-weight-1426822

March 1, 2016: Peter Janiszewski, Ph.D. looks at recommendations that fat people lose 5-10% of their body weight in light of a 2010 study showing that intentional weight loss can increase risk of death from all causes.
http://blogs.plos.org/obesitypanacea/2016/03/01/does-weight-loss-reduce-risk-of-early-mortality
http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/v34/n6/abs/ijo201041a.html

March 3, 2016: Dana Schuster discusses how important it is to consider issues of privilege and intersectionality in how HAES and fat activism are applied to an individual.
http://healthateverysizeblog.org/2016/03/03/the-haes-files-committed-to-a-new-haes-view

March 4, 2016: See some of the photos from Ebony’s March 2016 issue featuring successful (and beautiful) plus-size black women who are featured in an article “The Curvy Confessionals”.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/norawhelan/ebony-magazine-plus-size-cover
http://www.ebony.com/style/cover-story-the-curvy-confessionals

March 5, 2016: A blogger describes in detail what flying-while-fat is like for many fat people, including the emotions and stress the fat traveler goes through even when nothing goes wrong.
https://medium.com/@thefatshadow/what-it-s-like-to-be-that-fat-person-sitting-next-to-you-on-the-plane-85006e263778

March 8, 2016: After questionable studies and amid unsupported claims, Orexigen’s obesity drug Contrave was approved by the FDA. A former FDA deputy commissioner wants patients being prescribed Contrave to receive materials stating the drug has no benefit for the heart despite Orexigen’s claims.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewherper/2016/03/08/former-fda-official-calls-for-tougher-restrictions-on-obesity-drug-contrave
http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2499275

March 9, 2016: Researchers looking at weight-loss and the health benefits of adding mindful eating and stress management to a diet-exercise program find long-term improvements in metabolic health even though there was no substantial weight loss benefit.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.21396/full
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.21472/full