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New Year’s Resolution: Don’t Watch Your Weight

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: At this time of year, we are bombarded with mainstream media lists of New Year’s resolutions, and it’s almost impossible to find one that doesn’t include weight loss. Here’s what we hate about that: Making good changes is often impossible if your focus is weight loss. Here’s Ragen Chastain from Dances […]

Shadow on a Tightrope: 30 Years Casting a Powerful Shadow

Friday, November 8th, 2013

Debbie says: It’s thrilling to participate in the blog carnival for the 30th anniversary of Shadow on a Tightrope:Writings By Women on Fat Oppression, edited by Lisa Schoenfelder and Barb Weiser, hosted by publisher Aunt Lute, which is releasing a 30th anniversary edition. In a sense, this book has always been there for me; I […]

Body Image and Food Justice (in My Home Town and Everywhere)

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Debbie says: I love it when I have a set of ideas simmering in my mind that I know I “should” write about, and someone else does it for me. Bonus points for it being someone whose work I don’t know, and extra bonus points for it being set in my city and writing about […]

Killer Fat: A Review

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Lynne Murray says: I love the cover of Killer Fat: Media, Medicine and Morals in the American “Obesity Epidemic” because it graphically illustrates the current perception of fatness and fat people as Monsters That Threaten Life As We Know It. More in a moment on the cover, how it happened and how it reflects some […]

Know Your Rights: Obesity, Disease, Employment Discrimination

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: In the last month or so, the AMA, acting against its own science council’s advice, has declared obesity to be a “disease.” Vik Khanna is an “independent health consultant with extensive experience in managed care and wellness.” Looking at the first of his two-part series on obesity and the AMA, it […]

A Letter I Needed To Read

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

Lynne Murray says: Sometimes you run across a statement that makes you take a deep breath and feel like you found something you needed to hear, even though you didn’t know you needed to hear it. That’s the way I feel about Iris Higgins’ “An Open Apology to All of My Weight Loss Clients” posted […]

Doctors Agree: No Fat Patients Need Apply

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Lynne Murray says: Debbie pointed out this New York Times article by Tara Parker Pope, where transcripts of doctor patient appointments showed the doctors’ comparative lack of engagement with fat patients when compared with their interaction with normal weight patients: In conversations with patients of normal weight, the doctors offered simple comments to show concern […]

The Willendorf Project: Brenda Oelbaum Goes National with the Goddess at Her Back

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Lynne Murray says: In August of 2010, I posted here about feminist artist Brenda Oelbaum’s work turning diet books into papier mâché models of the Venus of Willendorf. Now Brenda is bringing her vision to the larger stage with “a national ad campaign to take down $66 BILLION Diet Industry.” She calls her project “DUMP […]

Junk Food Addiction and Diet Deprivation: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Lynne Murray says: I’ve recently come across articles about the seemingly unrelated topics of engineering food to be addictive and conditioning teenagers to be lifelong dieters. The first common element that struck me was disconnecting the body’s natural relationship with food and turning it into a marketable commodity. Food consultant Howard Moskowitz, who earned his […]

Video Responses to Fat Hatred

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Lynne Murray says: In recent years, as the drumbeat stirring up hatred of fat and fat people has got louder, I have heard some pretty horrifying stories from fat activists whose only crime has been to say, “Yes, I’m fat and it’s okay.” This simple sentiment seems to provoke a disproportionate amount of rage expressed […]

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