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 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 May 29, 2016

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.
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/may/08/perfect-body-lie-believed-long-time-let-shrink-my-life-lindy-west

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.
http://www.bustle.com/articles/160487-this-fat-positive-group-is-fighting-food-shaming-in-the-most-awesome-ways-photos

May 19, 2016: Buzzfeed asks members why they stopped dieting, and here are some of the answers.
https://www.buzzfeed.com/sallytamarkin/why-people-stopped-dieting

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.)
http://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/672277/This-Morning-blasted-plus-sized-model-obesity-Tess-Holliday-Ruth-Langsford-Eamonn-Holmes

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”.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/may/23/facebook-bans-photo-plus-sized-model-tess-holliday-ad-guidelines

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.
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-36345768

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.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160525140715.htm
http://jtr.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/04/27/0047287516643416.abstract

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%).
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3609879/Americans-never-fat-Obesity-levels-climb-citizens-clinically-overweight.html
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/releases/released201605.htm#6

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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6v0FGscZ-8

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.
http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/the-muddy-waters-of-body-mass-index-bmi-1.2660175

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 5/12

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 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 4/27

As always, thanks to Tante Terri for penning these write-ups (I’m just the editor). Let’s begin.

Fall 2015: Lucy Aphramor writes about the use of mindful eating in connection with healthy weight and diabetes, suggesting a focus on health is more beneficial than a focus on weight.
http://www.thejournalofdiabetesnursing.co.uk/journal-content/view/mindfulness-in-healthy-weight-and-diabetes
http://www.thejournalofdiabetesnursing.co.uk/media/content/_master/4417/files/pdf/jdn19-10-401-7.pdf

April 24, 2016: A judge in the UK feels workplace discrimination against anyone who is not considered to be ideal weight is wrong. Judge Philip Rostant believes the only way to put an end to this discrimination is through legislation.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3556901/Obese-allowed-sue-office-fattism-Leading-judge-calls-legislation-stop-discrimination-bias-against-non-ideal-weight.html

April 25, 2016: Gabor Lukacs is arguing before the Federal Court of Canada that airlines should not be allowed to discriminate against fat passengers. Lukacs is not fat but says he has standing because the issue is protecting public and societal interests, not individual interests.
http://cnews.canoe.com/CNEWS/Canada/2016/04/25/22627057.html

April 27, 2016: Chrystal Bougon lives in the 10th largest city in the United States, with a population of over 1 million people, and still there are only 7 plus size stores and only 4 of those carry her size; and Chrystal wants to know why there isn’t more choice for the fat shopper.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-arent-there-more-plus-size-boutiques_us_57214367e4b0fca991225b7f

April 27, 2016: Amy Steverson bought a lovely dress for her prom and photos prove she is lovely in the dress, but she was told at the door she was showing too much cleavage. Smaller-sized girls were allowed into the prom wearing dresses more revealing than Amy’s dress, who was told bigger girls need to cover up.
http://www.aol.com/article/2016/04/27/this-girl-was-body-shamed-into-tears-at-prom/21352104