4 Variations on the Body-positive Movement and Why We Need Them

By Kira Rakova For the longest time, I struggled with the concept of body positivity. My interaction with the notion often felt forced. Body-positive mantras and affirmations felt constrained and empty when I tried them out. I had trouble viewing my body through an exclusively positive lens because I felt that I was still … [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...]

Keep Calm and Find Body Peace: A Review of Dr. Deah’s Calmanac

By Erin McKelle and Allison Epstein AE: It’s laid out like a more portable version of the Farmer’s Almanac, but readers of Dr. Deah’s Calmanac will be gaining knowledge about more than just planting advice and what days it’s expected to rain. This is no almanac - it’s a calmanac, designed to, in its own words, “plan our garden … [Read more...]

6 Things I Understand About The Fat Acceptance Movement

By Jes Baker This piece originally appeared on The Militant Baker and has been cross-posted here with permission. First, a little information about me, because I'm sure the first thing people will do upon reading this is make assumptions about who I am: I am a 27 year old American woman who is comprehensively involved in the … [Read more...]

Health as a Moral Imperative: Chasing Gold Stars

By Michelle Parrinello-Cason Originally published at Balancing Jane and cross-posted with permission. Saturday night, I went to the wedding of a friend from my childhood. It was the first time that both my husband and I had been out, together, child-free, and with a safe ride home in over a year. We drank, danced, laughed, … [Read more...]

The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things: Body Acceptance in YA Literature

By Sayantani DasGupta Despite movements toward Health at Every Size (HAES), the truth of the matter is, size shaming is alive and well in this country. From the “Strong4Life” Georgia childhood obesity campaign to New York City’s “Cut your Portions, Cut your Risk” campaign scare tactics and body shame are part and parcel of the … [Read more...]

Michelle Obama’s “Biggest” Mistake

Introduction by Ragen Chastain When I heard that Michelle Obama was going on The Biggest Loser to congratulate the participants on being role models I knew that I had to do something. So I e-mailed my friend Darryl Roberts, filmmaker of America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments. We wrote a well-researched article pointing … [Read more...]

Activist Counters Fat Shaming Ads with Body Positive Billboard

By Jennifer Jonassen At the beginning of the year a trio of activists spearheaded a movement against the discriminatory campaign based in Georgia called Strong4Life. This controversial campaign features toxic messages with the intent of combatting childhood obesity primarily through shame. Hundreds of people were inspired to … [Read more...]

FAT SEX, The Book

By Jennifer Jonassen If you’re like me, you grew up with a very limited view of what sexiness is, of what sexiness looks like. I always found it perplexing that what was considered sexy was so narrowly defined. As a young girl, the women that surrounded me did not look like the so-called ideal and yet they were all partnered up. … [Read more...]