“Shut Up, Skinny Bitches!” Tells Readers To Love Their Bodies—Or Else

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  By Valerie Kusler “In America, we no longer fear God, or the communists, but we fear fat,” stated David Kritchevsky, a former professor with Philadelphia’s Wistar Institute and long-time advocate of health and nutrition issues. This is just one of many poignant quotations that Dr. Maria Rago and her friend and … [Read more...]

The Truth About Celebrity Weight Loss

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By Claire Mysko In Hollywood, female stars who shed pounds get glamorous photo shoots and breathless “How She Did It!” cover stories. But not all slimmed-down celebrities are falling over themselves to shout their new stats from the rooftops and share their diet and exercise tips with the world. Their reluctance to do so points … [Read more...]

Discrimination and EDNOS: One Woman’s Story

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TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains information that may be triggering to some readers who have struggled with or are struggling with eating disorder recovery.  By Kath at Fat Heffalump My name is Kath and I suffer from an eating disorder. Officially, I have what is known as an Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Diagnosed … [Read more...]

She’s so Normal She’s FAT

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More and more mainstream media coverage looks at body image in the context of what it means to be a normal, healthy size. Unfortunately, these stories are laced with the false assumption that if you are thin you're healthy and if you're fat you are not. I know first hand that my size has nothing to do with the status of my … [Read more...]

Pop Culture’s Relentless Battle with Body Image

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By Valerie Kusler Mainstream pop culture's back-and-forth, wishy-washy affair with body image is nothing new -- but it seems to be rearing its head now more than ever. TV line-ups are springing up shows like "Huge" from ABC Family and the new fall series, "Mike & Molly" from CBS. At first glance, it's easy for mainstream … [Read more...]

Loving Your Body During Bathing Suit Season

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"My Not-So-Bikini Body" by Samantha Dunn at Glo.msn.com Illustration by Elizabeth Patch from her book, More to Love A Lesson In Confidence For Bathing Suit Season Like most people who don't spend their lives at the gym, every swimsuit season causes me some measure of unease. This year, though, was set to top all. Keith Lewis, … [Read more...]

A Male View of Women’s Battle with their Bodies

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By William Leith published as "Women and body image: a man's perspective" at Telegraph.co.uk on May 23, 2010 Ever wondered why a man can look at an advert featuring a six-pack and laugh, while a woman might look at a photograph of female perfection and fall to pieces? William Leith thinks he might have uncovered the … [Read more...]

Lagerfeld Sets Aside Fat Phobia for Renn

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"Crystal and Karl, Sitting in a Tree" by Marjorie Ingall Belatedly, here is Crystal walking in Chanel’s resort show in San Tropez last week. She looks beautiful and fierce, mah nishtanah. There was a flurry of “OOH GROUNDBREAKING!” buzz when these pix hit the wires, given that Crystal is nominally plus-sized and Chanel … [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...]

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...]