Category Archive: weight prejudice and bias

Katie Hopkins Gets Fat to Prove She’s a Bitch

Update to this post: May 2017, Karma kicks Katie Hopkins to the curb. Hopkins is leaving a London-based national radio station after just a year. Specific reasons have not been made public but everyone is generally thrilled to see her go. LBC staff broke into ‘massive cheers and applause’ when controversial radio presenter fired A …

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Do Haley Morris-Cafiero’s Photos Show Fat Hate?

Photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero says her images of herself in public depict people who are “visibly troubled that I am in front of them” because she is fat. Ms.Morris-Cafiero first published her project last year with a series of photos of herself in various city settings. The photos appear to show strangers around her casting glances of debatable …

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Are There Benefits of Being Fat?

I happened upon a HuffPoLive interview with women who talked about what they considered the benefits of being fat. I will admit right away that I have a tough time wrapping my head around it but I want to understand this perspective. I’ve always remembered many years ago when my weight loss was still fairly …

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When a Prominent Fat Activist Dies

A prominent fat activist, not just any fat activist but the chairman of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, has passed at the age of 46. He died of pneumonia which can strike young, healthy people and kill them within days but the “Fitspiration” crowd is too busy gloating and crowing to get the facts. It’s all …

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Uncovering the History of Fat Acceptance: Lew Louderback’s 1967 Article

Lew Louderback was darn angry. He was a fat guy with a fat wife and fat people were being discriminated against and unfairly judged quite severely so he did something about it. He unleashed a scathing critique on the treatment of fat Americans that appeared in a national magazine. He exposed some pretty awful truths. And they were true. …

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Is It Binge Eating or Just Eating?

Figurative painter Lee Price creates hyperrealistic images to explore women’s relationships to food. When a friend showed me this particular assemblage of paintings, my response was to be intrigued. But after googling a few interviews with the artist, I was feeling somewhat offended, not by the paintings but by how they are being viewed and interpreted. You can look …

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Downsides to Losing Weight No One Talks About

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Your life will be PERFECT when you drop a ton of weight, right? It’s life changing! Yes, it does change your life in a lot of ways but there are downsides to losing weight that are rarely talked about. We’re more familiar with the warnings that your life WON’T necessarily be all “fixed” after a …

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Chris Powell Figures Out Maybe Obese People Need Medical Care

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Shocking but true. The website for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition proudly announces the show will now, “FOR THE FIRST TIME,” have DOCTORS—yes, actual medical professionals—check out the seriously obese people that trainer reality show celebrity Chris Powell will humiliate into dropping hundreds of pounds! Assuming we’ll believe it’s about providing some measure of …

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Think Like a Thin Person: A Tale of Two Thin Women

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My mother is a very thin person. She always has been. Except for two pregnancies, her weight has been stable her entire life. She credits that consistency, in part, for her exceptional health at 77 years old. She has a natural high energy level and is most comfortable when she keeps busy and moving. She …

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What the Diversity of Human Experience Tells Us about Food Brain

I happened to see a profile this weekend of a woman training for the Boston Marathon. Former Olympian Shalene Flanagan has finished fourth in the Marathon and wants to be the first American woman to win since 1985. After the tragedy of the bombings, the Boston native wants to win the marathon for her hometown. …

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