Fat news through July 5, 2016

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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfEhyi8N__Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8wKpyjUons

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.
https://fatheffalump.wordpress.com/2016/06/19/marketing-to-fat-women-this-is-how-you-do-it

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.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3649964/Substantia-Jones-travels-world-photographing-naked-fat-ladies-Adipositivity-Project.html

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).
https://obesitytimebomb.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/fat-101-for-nurses-and-health.html
http://www.naafaonline.com/dev2/about/Brochures/NAAFA_Guidelines_for_Healthcare_Providers.pdf
http://cat-and-dragon.com/stef/Fat/ffp.html

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.
http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2530287
http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2530291

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.
http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2016/06/no-evidence-prove-butter-consumption-leads-chronic-disease-mortality
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0158118

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.
http://hellogiggles.com/woman-shamed-wearing-shorts-writes-awesome-fb-post

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.
http://theindependent.ca/2016/07/05/dear-fatphobics

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.
http://www.fastcompany.com/3061210/the-hidden-discrimination-against-being-fat-at-work

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

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