Is TV Finally Portraying Overweight People With Depth?

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July 11, 2010|By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic Recent and upcoming shows including 'Drop Dead Diva,' 'Huge' and 'Mike and Molly' buck tradition and portray overweight people as actual humans. After years of excavating their alien habits on talk shows, and of turning weight loss into the sort of blood … [Read more...]

Fat Can Still Mean Fit

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Don't Be Shamed by "The Weight Talk" by Jessica Holden Sherwood at the Ms. Magazine Blog I recently had my annual physical, and I got The Weight Talk for the first time. Luckily, I had come prepared.  While driving to the appointment, I even rehearsed in anticipation. … [Read more...]

Size and Sardine Packed Southwest Airlines

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By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor I hate traveling on Southwest Airlines. In addition to the inescapable thought that the plane is dirty, I can't help feeling like a piece of meat jammed into a cage with a bunch of others waiting for our imminent doom. I can't recline comfortably without worrying I'm slamming the person behind … [Read more...]

Jennifer Jonassen: A Sizeless Star

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By Sharon Haywood "It's important for me to portray being fat as beautiful," said Jennifer Jonassen, a 40-year-old up-and-coming plus-sized actress, dancer, and writer intent on breaking sizeism barriers in Hollywood. Originally from Brooklyn, New York she worked in various off-Broadway shows from the age of 18 to well into her … [Read more...]

Gabby Sidibe in Bazaar: Curvy in Couture

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By Ophira Edut As much as we criticize fashion magazines, now and then a small victory for body-love comes along. The February 2010 Harper's Bazaar has jumped on the Precious-loving bandwagon by adorning breakout star Gabourney "Gabby" Sidibe in a red Tommy Hilfiger dress, with sparkly Harry Winston strands. I, for one, must … [Read more...]

The Reality Behind the Quest to be “The Biggest Loser”

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These days it seems that a lot of folks regard our call to accept yourself (and others) at any size, as uniformed support of fat or obese people who engage in unhealthy eating behaviors and habits. Many claim you can't be fit and fat, despite the evidence that shows otherwise. We believe that being fat or obese doesn't warrant … [Read more...]

Fat and Happy: Why “The Biggest Loser” Loses

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by Tami Winfrey Harris I have struggled with weight all my life--mostly because in my younger years I was unable to accept that my larger frame was natural and healthy for me. Unhappy with a 12, I dieted and deprived and fretted over calories, and wound up a 14. Unhappy with that size, I measured and counted and starved my … [Read more...]

German Magazine Swaps Thin Models for Real Women

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By Melissa Eddy (Associated Press) BERLIN - Germany's most popular women's magazine announced Monday that it is banning professional models from its pages in favor of "real women" in an attempt to combat an unhealthy standard of rail-thin beauty that it says has isolated its readers. The editor-in-chief of Germany's bimonthly … [Read more...]

NYTimes Writer Barely Apologizes for her Discriminatory Remarks Against Fat People

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You know size discrimination is alive and well when the editors at The New York Times allow a writer to pen hateful remarks aimed at plus sized people and stores that carry larger sizes, like JCPenny.   Posted on Stylelist.com by Lesley Kennedy Style scribe Cintra Wilson didn't tiptoe around her severe … [Read more...]

How I Reconciled My Diet With My Feminism | | AlterNet

Ninety-five percent of dieters gain the weight back. Diets don't work. They perpetuate the idea that the less space we take up in the world, the more lovable, beautiful and valuable we are. … [Read more...]