"I know this is a sensitive topic," you say to me as I sit on your examination table. Don't go there, please don't go there, can we just get through one appointment without this conversation? We had this conversation last time and it was so awful it had me in frustrated tears for hours after my … Continue reading A Sensitive Topic
A few months ago, I finally started following someone on Instagram that the Health at Every Size (HAES) and Intuitive Eating (IE) crowds had been recommending to me for as long as I could remember. At the same time, I followed another account that came highly recommended by a few fat activists I admire. Very … Continue reading 5 Questions for Thin People with Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating Brands
Fat people like food! Include us in your restaurant's business plan and make lots of money!
Help! My friend is having weight loss surgery, how do I deal with this?!
You don't know me, but I know you. I see you glance at me over your magazine or phone at the gate. You cast your gaze downward when I meet it. "I hope I don't get stuck next to her," I imagine you thinking as you go back to scrolling through your social media feed. … Continue reading An Open Letter to Thin People Who Feel Infringed on by Fat People on Airplanes
This week, Weight Watchers CEO Mindy Grossman announced that the company was dropping weight -- literally, they're not Weight Watchers anymore. They're WW. And they're not a diet, you see. They're about wellness. They even partnered with a mindfulness and medication app. Their new tagline is, "Wellness that works." Do they still offer weight loss through … Continue reading Requiem for a Weight Watcher
I was browsing Instagram recently and saw this post from Isabel Foxen Duke's 'gram: I sat with this for a minute. I thought about it. I closed Instagram. I wanted to comment, but I also wanted to think about why this post was so immediately troubling to me. I needed to gather my thoughts. And here … Continue reading Thinness, Happiness, and the Problem of Unchecked Thin Privilege
A bowl of yogurt seems like a strange adversary, but yogurt and I have been at war for years. I like yogurt. I really do! It's sweet, fruity, you can put fun things in it like granola and blueberries and even chocolate chips, it doesn't require preparation, and it's a decently filling and convenient breakfast … Continue reading Eating My Way to the Other Side
Dear readers, as much as I beat the drum of Health At Every Size (HAES), I have a confession to make: I am not what most would consider "healthy." A Cough, a Crash, a Tangled Cluster of Symptoms Most mornings, upon waking up, I cough. I cough and cough and cough. I feel pressure under … Continue reading Unhealthy
10 ways parents can help fat kids grow into confident, capable adults.