The BMI Is Bullshit, and Other Thoughts From My Doctor’s Office

“Here, take these,” he said. “We give them to everyone.” I stared at the nurse and reached for the papers he was holding. I had been to this clinic several times before, and my appointments had never ended like this. His tone remained relatively normal, although he seemed uncomfortable. He smiled and leaned toward me to show … [Read more...]

The Femisphere: A Link Round Up

Getty images via The Independent.   A Weekly Link Round Up of Body Politics & Body Justice News   Surprise! There is no formula for determining health. Yep, we’re all unique individuals. In addition to learning that FAT DOES NOT EQUAL DEATH, we are learning that many people told they had a "healthy BMI" … [Read more...]

Overweight Americans Have the Lowest Risk of Premature Death

By Lisa Wade, PhD at Sociological Images Last year the Journal of the American Medical Association released a study aiming to determine the relationship between body mass index and the risk of premature death. Body mass index, or BMI, is the ratio between your height and weight. According to the National Institutes of Health, … [Read more...]

The Student Body: One Young Filmmaker’s Activism Against ‘Fat Letters’

By Sayantani DasGupta Across the country, children are being put on scales in school. They’re lining up in gym class to have their height and weight measured, their BMIs calculated. And if they miss certain numerical cutoffs, letters are being sent home (sometimes via the students—handed out in homeroom, or tucked into report … [Read more...]

BMI in Schools: Educating Children in Self-Loathing, Not Health

By Sayantani DasGupta I don’t know how, as a pediatrician, mother, and body politics activist, I missed it all this time. But, I recently learned something that rocked my world in an avalanche of outrage and horror. I was preparing to give a talk at The Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, on a … [Read more...]

Ditch the Diet in 2013

Editor’s Note: With 2013 fast approaching, it's resolution time again… with weight loss topping the list for many people. The diet industry doesn’t miss a beat by promoting “new-and-improved” programs to drop those “extra” pounds as each New Year rolls around (don’t even get me started about Weight Watcher’s latest gimmick “Lose … [Read more...]

Apparently Your Figure is Everyone’s Moral Issue

By Chelsey Anderson (Intern, 2012) It comes as no surprise that many Americans don’t lead the healthiest of lifestyles. We drink, we stress, and we don’t sleep enough. Somehow though, the issues that strongly elicit a moral outrage and condemnation are those tied to weight. A prime example of this prejudice can be found in the … [Read more...]

Fat Black Women Feel Good and That’s a Problem

By Tami Winfrey Harris Here is exhibit thirtyleventybillion of how the positive attributes of black women are twisted, folded and rejiggered to be negative through a racist and sexist lens. … [Read more...]

Body of Lies: Debunking the BMI

By Ashley-Michelle Papon It’s that time of year again: swimming pools are opening, students are jogging, and if you’re a mom, you’re probably getting fat. According to a new study released in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, young mothers are more likely to make poor dietary decisions, less … [Read more...]