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Fat Kids: Truth and Consequences by Rebecca Jane Weinstein

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Lynne Murray says: People will do anything to protect their children. It is tragic when the actions they take damage their kids way more than the thing they are trying to protect against. This sad state of affairs is poignantly reported in at Fat Kids: Truth and Consequences, a collection of experiences and interviews by […]

When Eating Disorders Meet Eating Requirements

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Debbie says: For a person who doesn’t have diabetes, I know a fair amount about it. My partner has Type II diabetes, and so do a number of my close friends. For myself, I have been “pre-diabetic” (a term defined by your blood sugar numbers) for over eight years now, which makes the “pre” a […]

Want to Reduce Risk of Dementia? Don’t Diet!

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Debbie says: I know I’m not alone in being more frightened of old-age dementia than any other thing that could happen to me. Everyone is different about these things, but for me, my mind is me, and without it I do not want to survive. That fear, a lifetime of body image activism, and my […]

Links Begin a New Year

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Fix YouTube video,  use closing references, add tags Debbie says: I started seriously harvesting links right around the turn of the year, and now I have a bumper crop! (And look, it’s not even a mixed metaphor.) Kristina Bravo at TakePart calls our attention to “This Girl Can,” a United Kingdom public service announcement that’s […]

Mourning a Transgender Warrior on Transgender Day of Remembrance

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: Leslie Feinberg died five days ago, of complications of Lyme disease and related tick-borne illnesses. November 20 (still today on the West Coast of the U.S.) is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance. While this somber day is about remembering trans people who have been murdered for being trans, it is […]

HAES, Intersectionality, Inclusion, and Bravery

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Debbie says: Jessica Wilson is the most exciting HAES (health at every size) blogger I have come across in a long time. Blogging at My Kitchen Dietitian from my home town of Oakland, California, she identifies herself as a thin woman of color, not the most common description of a size-acceptance-friendly dietitian. She doesn’t mince […]

Resurfacing

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Debbie says: Have you missed Lynne’s voice around these parts? Laurie and I certainly have Lynne Murray says: I am starting to come back from several months of sickness. I had to seek out medical care even though a house-call doctor visit took a big dent out of what was once my savings. I’ve been […]

At the Will of the Body, Part 3b: Doctors as Patients

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Lisa Freitag says: Dr. Lisa Freitag is a former pediatrician in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She wrote some guest posts for us in 2013, and we are delighted to have more of her insightful presence here. This is the second half of the third (and last) part: Part 3a is here; Part 2 is here; and Part […]

At the Will of the Body, Part 3a: Doctors as Patients

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Lisa Freitag says: Dr. Lisa Freitag is a former pediatrician in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She wrote some guest posts for us in 2013, and we are delighted to have more of her insightful presence here. This is the first half of the third (and last) part; Part 2 and a link to Part 1 are here. […]

When Junk Science Meets Junk Food

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: Scientists at the University of Toronto have released a report claiming that the very existence and availability of fast food somehow makes us be in a hurry. “Fast food represents a culture of time efficiency and instant gratification,” says Chen-Bo Zhong, who co-wrote the paper with colleague Sanford DeVoe to be […]


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