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
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I've seen a lot of chatter online about Self Magazine's latest online issue, with Tess Holliday on the cover. And for good reason: The interview with Tess Holliday is awesome The essay by Lindy West, edited by Ijeoma Oluo, is awesome The essay by Jes Baker is awesome The inclusion of more bodies, voices and … Continue reading Thoughts About Self Magazine’s Bo-Po Reckoning
I've been working from home since January. And it has been absolute bliss. I wake up at 8:30 a.m., brew myself some coffee, toast a bagel, and sit down to start my day in yoga pants. Throughout the day, I can take short breaks to walk my dog, pet my cat, wash the dishes. I … Continue reading Guide to Surviving Diet Culture in the Office