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Fat Acceptance is for Young People

I just had my 55th birthday. I’ve maintained my weight loss for going on a decade now. What I think about the most often is how grateful I am that I am not dealing with a weight problem at my age. I think about the state of my health when I was 44 and I can’t …

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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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Mo’Nique Decides Being Fabulous and Thick is Not So Great

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Oscar-winning actress and stand-up comedian Mo’Nique once declared that “Skinny bitches must be destroyed!” But her days of hosting beauty pageants for women she called Fabulous And Thick seem to be over. Mo’Nique is now churning out a constant stream of fitspiration tweets with pics of her pumping iron and doing burpees. “Sisters please believe your …

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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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Why I Am an Advocate for Weight Loss Surgery

I already write with some regularity about weight loss surgery but some issues have arisen this week that prompt me to write yet again! For people with 100 lbs or more to lose, it’s a reality of life now that their doctor will talk to them about weight loss surgery and/or they will consider it …

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The Real Way the Media Promotes Fat Shaming (and every other kind of shaming)

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NBC’s Today Show is doing a week-long “Love Your Selfie” with the extremely attractive personalities admitting their self-image insecurities and appearing without makeup. The men look pretty much like themselves and the women just look plain around their eyes. Everyone is still their media-quality good-looking selves. We’ve been treated to the team’s dorkiest teenage photos …

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Being Realistic about Weight Loss Expectations

I saw a meme-style chart for a women’s “3 Month Workout Plan for Six Pack Abs” in my Facebook News Feed. One of my gaming people posted that she was getting started with it. I can’t tell the woman’s age but she’s definitely forties or older. The “plan” calls for 100 Jumping Jacks, 100 Crunches, …

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Food Insecurity and Obesity: The Paradox that Affects More Than Just the Poor

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Why is there a correlation between food insecurity and obesity? It appears to be a paradox; is it really? I was directed today to an insightful infographic posted on the blog of Registered Dietitian Brooke Schantz. At the bottom of this post, I’ve placed the “Nourish to Flourish” infographic from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. …

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