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

New links, through 3/5

Late again, and in fact this collection of links covers two weeks of gleaning the web. Also, I’m identifying the content by the end date and not the starting date of the week. Enjoy.

February 2016: Researchers discuss three studies regarding beliefs and weight stigma, finding that negative evaluations of fat people depend upon the perceived amount of effort they’ve put into losing weight.
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/294258634_Prejudice_Toward_Individuals_With_Obesity_ Evidence_for_a_Pro-Effort_Bias

February 22, 2016: As more universities add fat studies to their curricula, discussion of body diversity and body politics spreads. As an example of the spread of body-positive culture, Reddit removes a fat hatred site under its new harassment policy.
http://college.usatoday.com/2016/02/22/fat-studies-embrace-diversity-and-take-on-the-biases-of-being-overweight

February 22, 2016: As the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) contemplates allowing weight to determine insurance rates (contrary to the tenets of the Affordable Care Act), David S. Seres gives a practical explanation why such discrimination should not occur.
http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/270230-an-obesity-penalty-would-be-legalized-discrimination

February 24, 2016: Based on preliminary data from a survey, the prevalence of obesity has surpassed 30%, even though activity rates have improved.
http://www.medpagetoday.com/Endocrinology/Obesity/56362

February 24, 2016: The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) offers a free webinar on sharing the HAES message.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT2wkoBTnpQ

February 24, 2016: Travelers concerned about the width of airline seats are the unintended beneficiary of a new regulation, meant to assist parents traveling with an infant’s car seat, requiring airlines to post the width of the narrowest and widest seats in each class of service for each make, model and series of planes used in its operations, with the measurement done from inside the arm rest.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/johngoglia/2016/02/24/new-kid-seat-rule-will-help-plus-sized-passengers

February 25, 2016: We’ve long heard that losing 10% of body weight can yield some health improvements. A new study shows that losing even 5% of body weight also achieves many health benefits. So maybe it’s the behaviors and not the weight loss . . .
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/02/25/big-health-benefits-to-small-weight-loss
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550413116300535

February 25, 2016: Baseball player Pablo Sandoval has been the target of fat-haters, with all the usual myths and stereotypes coming into play. Registered dietitian and credentialed personal trainer Jonah Soolman explains why assuming Sandoval (or any other athlete) should lose weight to improve performance is simply wrong.
http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/baseball/red-sox/john-tomase/2016/02/25/what-if-pablo-sandoval-isnt-overweight-exactly

February 25, 2016: Caroline Dooner explains that everybody deserves respect regardless of size or health status. Health is not a moral issue but disrespecting others “because we think they aren’t doing life right” is.
http://www.ravishly.com/2016/02/25/fat-haters-health-not-moral-issue

February 26, 2016: Melanie Sheppard shares her experience seeing Dawn French (once again fat) on stage radiating confidence as she discussed her body, relating French’s attitude to her own journey to loving and accepting her own body.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/melanie-sheppard/what-dawn-french-can-teach-us-about-body-image_b_9303644.html

February 26, 2016: Everyday Health talks about four classes of medication where weight can be a factor for determining effective dosage due to how the medications are processed and concentrated in the body.
http://www.everydayhealth.com/obesity/treatment/medications-dont-work-youre-overweight-obese

March 1, 2016: Sandra Aamont, PhD gave a TED talk that went viral about the risks of dieting, and has now written a book Why Diets Make Us Fat. Aamont wants people to know that healthy is better than thin.
https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/dramatically-improve-health-1-4-224539079.html

March 1, 2016: Margot Meanie provides seven tips on how to achieve a body positive home to help you on your journey to body love and acceptance.
https://www.romper.com/p/7-tips-for-building-a-body-positive-home-6050

March 3, 2016: Archeologists believe that the prevalence of figurines such as the Venus of Willendorf shows that fat people existed even during the Paleolithic period when food was scarce and life demanding.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/03/03/what-these-ancient-statuettes-of-obese-people-say-about-paleo-diets

Media and research, week of 2/7/2016

Here’s the latest batch of media and research items; we’re finally up to the current week! In the future, I will probably be posting these on the weekend following the week in question. (Some items predate this week because we didn’t see them before.)

November 1, 2015: A 67-year follow-up study finds no apparent association between childhood body weight and later morbidity from cardiovascular disease and cancer.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26443418

January 13, 2016: A study of undergraduate female students in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) finds that 44% are subjected to teasing and body shaming about their weight, and that those women are much more likely to develop eating disorder symptoms.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195666316300186
http://www.thenational.ae/uae/health/more-emirati-students-being-bullied-about-their-weight-research-shows

February 2016: Dr. Maria Paredes offers 10 guidelines for creating and maintaining a healthy and loving relationship with your body by treating that relationship just as you would your relationship with people you love and care about.
http://bodypoliticswithdrparedes.blogspot.com/2016/02/saying-i-do-to-your-body.html

February 7, 2016: Novelist Sarai Walker talks about the difficulties of touring as a fat woman promoting her novel Dietland, which featuring a fat female character who learns to love her body without losing weight.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/07/opinion/sunday/yes-im-fat-its-ok-i-said-it.html

February 8, 2016: A video of the amazing Dana Falsetti, a fat yoga instructor, demonstrates that yoga is not just for thin people.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQSKfZkAVro

January 28, 2016: The reactions of young girls to the new “curvy” Barbie doll (giggling about how “fat” she is) show that we have a long way to go in instilling fat acceptance in our children.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2016/01/28/little_girls_reactions_to_curvy_barbie_prove_why_we_need_curvy_barbie.html