Fat news through July 27, 2016

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.


Fat news through June 14, 2016

Courtesy of me and Tante Terri . . .

May 25, 2016: Artist and activist Kelli Jean Drinkwater presents a talk on the word “fat” and how existing in a fat body can be a radical political statement.

June 2016: A letter to the editor published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings takes the publication to task for categorizing body fat percentage as a healthy lifestyle behavior in a previous article. Unfortunately, the letter continues with hand-wringing about the “war on obesity”.

June 8, 2016: A small study comparing weight loss intervention and weight-neutral health intervention finds that a weight-neutral intervention can yield many health benefits without weight loss, and those benefits are sustainable over a 2 year follow-up period.

June 13, 2016: Katherine DM Clover shares her struggle upon losing thin privilege and relearning to love her body when she became a fat person.

June 14, 2016: London mayor Sadiq Khan bans ads that feature or promote unhealthy body images or are fat-shaming from the London public transportation system.

June 14, 2016: The Aspire Assist device, a tube to the exterior of the body through which one can remove up to a third of the stomach’s contents, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The second link is for a petition demanding the FDA withdraw its approval for this device.

June 14, 2016: Researchers look at five weight-loss medications approved by the FDA and find that none of them are particularly effective.

Skepchick learning curve

When Skepchick on occasion tackles size acceptance and health at every size (HAES), they usually do a good job. However, the latest of this sort of post doesn’t quite make it, in my opinion. The writer, guest blogger Shaunta Grimes, after praising Health at Every Size (HAES), talks about her self-created “anti-diet”. Alarm bells are ringing in my head at this point; it sounds like Richard Simmons’ “live-it”. And sure enough, it involves calorie counting, although in this case she is making sure she is getting enough intake. In the post, she brags about how she has so much energy. And I think that’s fantastic for her, and I understand that she’s dealing with a history of disordered eating, and I know that everyone is on his/her own journey toward self acceptance and self love, and this is a step on her journey. And I suppose it’s a HAES approach in that she’s not weighing herself, and I’m sure I missed some other good things about it, but calorie counting just doesn’t seem HAES-y to me.