Behold the Queen of Fats

OK, so the best article that ever has been and probably ever will be written about me is in the Chicago Tribune today. (Thank you, Nara Schoenberg!!!) If you live in the area, you should totally go pick up a hard copy to see the hilarious photo on the cover of the “Live” section. (ETA: Or see below. But go buy it anyway for the sake of the people who work there.) Nara called me a couple of weeks ago and said, “You know, we have some photos of you on file from the RedEye article, but they don’t really capture your attitude. Or your… sort of commanding, regal quality.” To which I replied, “SNORF.” 

Here is a list of actual questions Nara asked me after that: 

  • Do you have anything in your house that’s… throne-like?
  • What kind of pink fruity drinks do you like?
  • Would you consider wearing a tiara?

(Answers: No; fruity-tinis and champagne cocktails; I would consider it, but that doesn’t mean I’ll do it.)

So we set up a shoot at Vive la Femme, because that is where a fat girl in Chicago goes when she needs to be photographed wearing a cocktail dress she doesn’t own, holding a glass of “champagne” (ginger ale), on a black couch with leopard print pillows and a faux-fur throw, in front of a bright pink wall. Stephanie even did a quick “alteration” with paper clips to make the dress fit better through the bust, then helpfully kept reminding me to keep my arm in front of the fucking paper clips for the photos. They are running one FULL-SERVICE OPERATION over there, I’ll tell you what. 

Anyway. I can’t get the photo scanned until later, but in the meantime, Fillyjonk’s whipped up a piece of art to give you the general idea.  (This is a picture of my first trial run for hair and make-up for the upcoming wedding reception. I say first trial run, because I felt like such a clown done up like this, I scrambled to find another salon to try before I left Minneapolis, and I’ll be going with the second. Keep in mind that in photos, the 90 lbs. of black eyeliner and purple eyeshadow actually look MORE SUBTLE.)

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All hail the queen.

(And no, it was not remotely my idea to title myself “Queen of the Fat-o-sphere,” for the record, but I do find it hilarious.)

UPDATE THE SECOND: Al said y’all managed to “pound [his] cable modem flat” within 10 minutes after I put up the links to the PDF. So scratch that. Here’s the picture, by Antonio Perez — who was completely awesome.

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Oh, and as always, for the love of Maude, don’t read the comments at the Trib.

144 thoughts on “Behold the Queen of Fats

  1. SNORF!
    lol, that’s awesome. I always think when I read stuff like “books on a similar vein” that it sounds like they’re flooding the market, and then I think good. That’s what needs to happen, because there’s so much rubbish out there at the moment; anything good has to be said at least fifty times before it begins to stick.

  2. Great article, congratulations on the coronation, haha…Can I be a lady in waiting? I will bring you pink fruity bevvies so long as I can have some myself as well.

    (Need *something* to dip my baby-flavored donuts into, after all.)

  3. I’m sorry, that picture is The Cuteness.

    Something the article forgot to mention is that aside from being who you are, which rocks, you are also an incredibly good writer. I know that sounds kind of like the ‘yeah, but she’s got a great personality!’ thing, but there are a lot of people who feel strongly about things who are unable to write about them as lucidly and exactly as you do. I have banished people forever from my personal sphere for misuse of the apostrophe, yet I read your blog religiously without a qualm.

    Seriously, thanks for being the voice that you are. You’ve kept me alive more than once.

    Love, MK

  4. Well, I don’t remember holding elections for Queen of the Fat-o-sphere! :)

    Great article! I think it really catches the attitude of your blog and the fat-o-sphere as a whole.

  5. awesome article Kate.
    Although I am told that I am related to Princess Diana (RIP) through one branch of the family tree, I can now boast that I am also related to the “Queen”.
    You rock!!!

    Nancy

  6. Hmm, those wacky nutritionists have it all wrong when they say the queen of fats is omega-3 fatty acids. The Queen is clearly Kate Harding!

  7. FanTAStic article.

    I couldn’t help but read some comments b/c I’m a glutton for punishment, and most of them are actually pretty thoughtful. But I had to drag this one out to be mocked:

    Gluttony is still one of the seven deadly sins, and although this blogger may have good points, I wonder if she could withstand the genius of Dante in regard to her particular obsession.

    I think Dante is closer to the truth than she is.

  8. I have always considered Dante to be an excellent source of accurate, scrupulously researched information.

  9. It’s great that Marianne got a mention as co-author this time.

    FJ, totally. Dante was there, you know. He lived it, man.

  10. Next time Kate and Marianne are in the same place, I hope they take pictures together of them both wearing tiaras, and holding drinks and copies of their book. And then post those photos all over the Intarwebs. :)

  11. Well, you have to admit, 14th-century Italy is a pretty good approximation of 2009 Chicago.

    I think that every time I go out. For donuts.

    (Actually, I DID buy a donut at 7-11 this morning… which, for the record, I ate 3 bites of and tossed, ’cause bleh, 7-11 donut. But the hilarious thing is, I bought it with 3 copies of the Trib, and the dude at the counter was like, “What’s so special about the Trib today?” and I told him I’m in it. And now I’m sure he’s going to read that article and be like, “Please, bitch comes in here and buys DONUTS and FROZEN PIZZA all the time, not to mention CIGARETTES. ‘Health at every size,’ my ass.”)

  12. This is fantastic!!! I want to see the pics sooo bad. It’s in today’s? Hmmmm. I’m trying to decide whether to break our quarantine and go get one. Anyone know how long influenza can live on newspaper?

  13. *sigh* re: Dante. Isn’t it awesome how, no matter what you’re going through, there’s a male of European ancestry to make authoritative sense of it for you?

    (Didn’t mean for that to rhyme but I’m leaving it because, ha!, accidental couplet.)

  14. That is a delightful article! Preach it, kate.

    I have to admit that I often read comments on the Trib just for LOLz, ESPECIALLY if the article is about: 1) Daley; 2) state government; or 3) the police.

    Anyway, the Dante fan posted a follow-up:

    Ah, here it is. I wonder if this blogger could duke it out with Dante over his punishment of the gluttons? No sumo wrestling.

    In Dante’s Inferno, gluttons are pelted by “cold and filthy rain.”

    It is not described what exactly makes this rain filthy, only that it turns the falling hailstones from their normal pure white to a drab, ashen gray.

    Gluttony is the act of overindulgence, therefore Dante needed to devise a method of punishment that embodied a sense of massive eating without being too harsh. Cold rain and hail, especially falling in mass quantities, provides this sense to Dante when exaggerated. To give an added touch of irony, Dante gives the rain a dimension of filth, perhaps commenting on a consequence of the Gluttons’ insatiable need to satisfy their desires.

  15. I really like the queenification. And seriously, this article was hilarious. I’m glad someone finally wrote something that reflects the tone of your writing and sense of humour. Because that often gets lost in the amazement of journalists hearing about fat acceptance for the first time. Really great.

  16. That article was amazing. And I HAVE to see that photo. Congratulations on someone getting it right. :)

  17. It is not described what exactly makes this rain filthy, only that it turns the falling hailstones from their normal pure white to a drab, ashen gray.

    My god, it IS like Chicago!

  18. In Dante’s Inferno, gluttons are pelted by “cold and filthy rain.”

    Yeah, fuck that. If I’m going to Hell, I want to be suspended upside down in a block of ice. I need to upgrade my sins.

  19. “(Actually, I DID buy a donut at 7-11 this morning… which, for the record, I ate 3 bites of and tossed, ’cause bleh, 7-11 donut. But the hilarious thing is, I bought it with 3 copies of the Trib, and the dude at the counter was like, “What’s so special about the Trib today?” and I told him I’m in it. And now I’m sure he’s going to read that article and be like, “Please, bitch comes in here and buys DONUTS and FROZEN PIZZA all the time, not to mention CIGARETTES. ‘Health at every size,’ my ass.”)”

    I just spit a major mouthful of Dr. Pepper all over my keyboard. But the good news is that is was not DIET Dr. Pepper LOL.

  20. Awesome article. The photo mock-up is great.

    I usually follow the sage advice to avoid comment threads on other sites but I was feeling strong today and curiosity got the better of me. The concern trolls were out in force. One person (who of course had no clue that they were a perfect example…) was a perfect example of how we all have a set point and DUH it’s different for everyone.

  21. Iron Lesbian #2 (I love your name, btw), I responded to that person who called him/herself “kharding” and brought in the term set-point. HA. What a fool.

  22. Ooh, I wish I was somewhere I could get a copy of the trib (haven’t ever thought that before, even when I lived up there), because I’m just dying to see the photo of our gracious Queen!

  23. I responded to that person who called him/herself “kharding”

    Oh, that’s just terrific.

    For the record, I have not commented over there and do not intend to. If I do, it will be to say, “Hi, I’m Kate Harding, and the jackass up there is not.”

  24. I think I clarified that when I addressed the person as “kharding (the commenter above, not Kate Harding herself).” No worries.

  25. Wait, wait, wait. I’m pretty sure I’m Kate Harding. Aren’t we all Kate Harding now? Isn’t it like the last episode of Buffy when Willow makes all the potentials into Slayers?

  26. Good article, but I’m taking your advice and not reading the comments. It’s the same old shit trotted out, but just at a different place.

    Cold rain and hail, especially falling in mass quantities, provides this sense to Dante when exaggerated. To give an added touch of irony, Dante gives the rain a dimension of filth, perhaps commenting on a consequence of the Gluttons’ insatiable need to satisfy their desires.

    Oh please, that’s not punishment, that’s suburban Maryland in November. You’ve got to do better than that, Ye Olde Troll of Literature!

  27. OTM — thanks so much for that picture. I’ve gotten my daily laugh quotient filled between that and the “HAES my ass” thought projected onto the clerk.

    Congrats, Kate and Marianne, for a great accomplishment. I’ve preorded for my Kindle .. because I am too lazy to go to the bookstore for books, and prefer them to be delivered to me electronically while I sit on my couch watching TV and eating cheeseburgers followed by baby flavored doughnuts. OMG — Blame Jef Bezos for the obesity epidemic!!

  28. SARAH TX: Well, I don’t remember holding elections for Queen of the Fat-o-sphere!

    KATE: You don’t vote for queens.

    SARAH TX: Well, how did you become Queen, then?

    KATE: The Lady of the Camera [angels sing] clad my body in a shimmering cocktail dress and had me hold aloft a champagne glass of purest ginger ale, signifying by divine providence that I, Kate Harding, was to carry the Baby Donuts of Royalty. [singing stops] And this is why I am your queen!

    SARAH TX: Listen, strange women standing in front of Viva La Femme distributing tiaras is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical photographic ceremony!

    KATE: Be quiet!

    SARAH TX: Well, you can’t expect to wield supreme executive power just because some journalist took a few pictures of you on a faux-fur throw!

    KATE: Shut up!

    SARAH TX: I mean, if I went around saying I was Empress of the Fatosphere because I put a roll of tinfoil on my head and got my picture taken at Sears, they’d put me away!

    KATE: Shut up! Will you shut up!

    SARAH TX: Oh, now we see the violence inherent in the system.

    KATE: I order you to stop commenting!

    SARAH TX: Come and see the violence inherent in the system! Help, help! I’m being moderated!

    (Fin.)

  29. That picture is epic. Though I still can’t tell if I need that dress… maybe the scan will be clearer. It’d be handy if someone who scans it could add a note saying “FJ: you do/do not need this dress.”

    I expect to be seeing a new Facebook icon any day now, Kate.

  30. Ooh, I wanted there to be more fat Slayers. Sometimes I get my boyfriend to teach me martial arts and I tell him “I’ll never be a good Slayer if you don’t teach me how.” Plus I have this fantasy of me as a Slayer and he’s my hot demon-fighting boyfriend, sort of like Riley Finn but awesome.

    Ok, geekiness over.

    Seriously, my best friend and I have this idea to create a comic book about a fat woman superhero. She wears big black boots and rides a motorcycle and has lots of consensual sex.

    Wait, was there a topic to this thread? Good job, Queen Kate!

  31. I just remembered that my work has a copy of the Trib every day in the breakroom. I went looking for it and EVERY SINGLE page was there except the “life” section. I’m about to start going into people’s offices and rifling through their stuff. I want to see!

  32. “Seriously, my best friend and I have this idea to create a comic book about a fat woman superhero. She wears big black boots and rides a motorcycle and has lots of consensual sex.”

    When they make a movie out of that comic, I’ll be first in line when they open auditions for that part!

  33. OMGOMGOMG that pic is AMAZING! I can’t believe The Queen is coming to St. Louis!
    I shall begin knitting a cashmere red carpet immediately.

  34. Ellie, you are fucking brilliant.

    Peggynature, lol, the pearls were the only “model’s own” contribution to the pic. :) (Well, and the shoes, which you can’t see.) The dress is this one, which FJ needs to buy, loaned to me by Vive — along with everything else, including the champagne flute. (Yes, Stephanie has champagne flutes just knocking around the store. Do people in Chicago need any other reason to shop there?)

  35. Damn, that dress is lovely, but not only is it on the wrong continent but apparently it’s not in my size. *pout*

    Oh, or maybe it’s just the “find my size” widget that doesn’t come big enough for me, and that dress isn’t actually available at all. Not that that helps. At least some dresses on there come in a 24W, which surely must have a waist over 40″.

  36. Wonderful pic. Thank you OTM. Brilliant parody. Thank you Ellie. Great dress. You need to buy that FJ.

  37. So, I just had a flash of an adaptation of Schiller’s Mary Stuart, with you as Kate Queen of Fats (Mary Queen of Scots) and Melissa McEwan as Queen Cunt of Fuck Mountain (Queen Elizabeth I). Of course, instead of a legal battle over who’s usurping whom and who gets to execute whom, the whole play would lead up to one big profanity-spewing contest.
    I scare myself sometimes.

  38. As far as those things go, the comments on the Trib’s website were actually pretty tame. I’ve certainly seen far worse. And there are actually reasonable people agreeing with the points raised in the article. That’s a new one. I’ve never seen that in a comments section on a newspaper before (honestly).

    I loved the troll that was mad that PACE vans waste valuable taxpayer money transporting fatties. I WAS IN FRONT OF CITY HALL FOR 15 MINUTES AND I AM OUTRAGED! I am sure he hates it that ambulances take poor people to the hospital on the taxpayer dime, too. Your problem, it is not what you think it is.

  39. Since you’re all avoiding the comments at the Trib (not without cause, it’s true), I wanted to chime in and say it’s a fab, fab interview! I also said in the Trib’s comments that too many of us who are fat allow ourselves to be silenced, and that I’m really proud Kate speaks for me when I can’t (or just don’t) speak for myself. It’s nice to know someone so good at it can be relied upon for that.

  40. Hello! I’ve been reading your blog daily for about a month now and seriously LOVE it! It is nice to have a positive place for plus-sized people to come and read about issues that affect them.

    The Chicago Tribune article was pretty good, and I hope the fact that newspapers are doing fat acceptance type articles will further the movement. And the picture that OTM linked to is GORGEOUS!

    I was wondering if any of you knew that Kirstie Alley was going to be on Oprah today. CST, it’s at 4 pm. I plan to watch it because in seeing a preview of it last night, she has gained the weight back and kind of has an attitude of, “So what?!” Maybe she is coming around to the fat positve movement.

    Good luck to you Kate and Marianne on your upcoming book tour. If you hit Minneapolis, I’ll be there. :)

  41. At least some dresses on there come in a 24W, which surely must have a waist over 40″.

    Yeah, that dress DID come up to a 5X (30/32 US) originally, which is one of the reasons I love Kiyonna. But it’s from at least a couple seasons ago, which is why you can only get it at boutiques and places like edressme now — if they don’t have your size, it’s ’cause it’s sold out.

  42. Uh, that PDF is totally obese, guys — I’m working on downloading it so I can make a smaller picture that will actually load eventually.

  43. Awesome pic and article! Congrats!! Holy shit, the pdf finally loaded and it RRRRROOOOOCCCKKKKSSS! So gorgeous!

  44. The tiara is absolute genius.

    Soon all boutiques in cities featuring your interviews will stock tiaras, and you will officially be “on trend”.

    :D

  45. I hope you got a copy to frame and hang over your fireplace. And then when you’re an old lady you can make your grandchildren hang it over THEIR fireplaces.

  46. I hope you got a copy to frame and hang over your fireplace. And then when you’re an old lady you can make your grandchildren hang it over THEIR fireplaces.

    I wish I had even a speck of artistic talent, cause I would so paint that large-scale and give it Kate & Al to hang over their bar. That is to say, if they had a bar.

  47. Ya know, the comments in the Trib weren’t as bad as I expected. There are plenty of ignorant people, and a few trollish ones, but there are also plenty of people who know you’re right. Of course, I have to include myself in this one.

    And i LOVE the picture. Adorable!

  48. I am obsessed with the fact that the left strap stands like 2 inches above my shoulder. (We actually tried to fix that with a paper clip, too, but it didn’t work so well. Have I not told you people that EVERYTHING is too big for me in the shoulders? Sigh.) Nevertheless, I’m really pleased with the pic. There is a VERY fine line between “whimsical” and “total fool” and I’m so happy the phtotographer and photo editor chose to stay on the right side of it.

  49. That is just an unbelievably fabulous picture. If you weren’t Queen of the Fat Bloggers, you certainly are now!

  50. You always say “don’t read the comments, don’t read the comments.” So of course I have to read the comments. Some stooge even cited Dante and the seven deadly sins to back up his argument. What a frakking idiot. That’s what I get for reading the comments.

  51. I am obsessed with the fact that the left strap stands like 2 inches above my shoulder. (We actually tried to fix that with a paper clip, too, but it didn’t work so well. Have I not told you people that EVERYTHING is too big for me in the shoulders? Sigh.)

    I did notice that, but I figured it had as much to do with your pose as anything. Also, everything’s too big for my shoulders, too. Still want the dress. Now to figure out where I’m gettin’ the money.

  52. I remember the first time I read one of the Sweet Potato Queens books, the author wrote that every woman should own a tiara. I hit Toys R Us the next day and bought mine – luckily it was October and they had adult-sized costumes and accessories – and here it is, years later, I still pop it on now and then when I need a boost. Best $2 I spent that entire year. LOL

  53. Oh, nevermind the Kirstie Alley on Oprah…

    Article I just read says she intends to talk about wanting to lose 80 lbs. and envies Michelle Obama’s arms.

    The woman is nearly 60 years old… does she not realize BY NOW that it is DAMN hard to lose weight, and to keep it off, especially at that age?

    It’s sad… here I thought she would be great for the FA movement because she’s funny and seems strong-willed… oh well, maybe one day she’ll “get it.”

  54. KATE HAS HER OWN FEATURE POST ON JEZEBEL

    Uh, I feel a little bad that they used my bit of gag Photoshoppery as the icon instead of, you know, the real picture… Kate only sent me that photo cause she hated the makeup, and it was supposed to be a joke.

  55. Kate only sent me that photo cause she hated the makeup, and it was supposed to be a joke.

    Well, now it’s an even bigger joke…? And hey, don’t feel bad, I’m the one who posted it. (Though I did comment over there and mention that that might have been an unfortunate choice.) At least I’m smiling in it! (It actually wouldn’t be a bad pic if it weren’t for the unbelievable gobs of ’80s make-up and the daisies growing out of my head. And, um, the photoshopped tiara.)

  56. On the plus side, my friend Becky’s hand probably never expected to get so much publicity. (Though I guess you can only see her drink in the Jez photo.)

  57. Oh my gods…that picture…that…

    **thunk**

    Okay, not wanting to waste SW points on the Trib comments, how long did it take for someone to say Kate wasn’t really fat?

  58. They’ll get the dogs drunk and then they’ll all be friends.

    They would definitely have to get the dogs drunk for that, but it just might work.

    Okay, not wanting to waste SW points on the Trib comments, how long did it take for someone to say Kate wasn’t really fat?

    I haven’t looked either, but I’m guessing by comment 20. (Well, except the pic didn’t run online.)

  59. Meowser – I, being Pandora, couldn’t HELP but spend some Sanity Watchers Points, and no one mentioned Kate Not Being Fat. At least in the first couple of pages.

    (Frankly, then I grew glassy eyed – at some point I’ve moved past caring what douchehounds and the ignorant have to say, and on the flipside there are so, so many of those “but I’m doing it for my health and omg it’s a lifestyle choice and I just lost weight right now don’t TELL me its coming back because I hate myself fat” people that just make me sad. Because I was there once. You know they’re drowning. )

  60. Tell me about it, Arwen. All I can manage to think is, maybe after the 20th or 25th failed diet, they’ll start showing up here ready to do something different, since that’s how most of us landed here. But it might take that many. The drug is more addictive even than cocaine, since people actually praise you for being hooked.

  61. What a great article! You look fabulous in this picture and just woo hoo all around!

    Oh, when I pointed out the pic of The Queen of the Fatosphere, my husband wandered over, looked at the pic and said, sort of confused, “She’s not fat.” Later, as I was excitedly reading the article outloud and got to your stats, he again was confused. “Wait, she weighs how much? Looks great on her.”

  62. God, I hope people read the part about how we’re not so stupid we don’t understand basic ideas about diet and exercise. That’s exactly what I said to my parents recently: “You must think I’m stupid. No, honestly, how do you imagine that I don’t know what a calorie is?” Don’t you just hate it when they try to drop “friendly” hints about “Oh potato chips have calories?” I mean honestly… Ugh. I’ve talked to my parents about it three or four times and I just give up.

  63. Soon after you posted this blog, I went into my therapist’s office. She’s an expert on eating disorders and first introduced me to the FA movement via Marilyn Wann’s book Fat!So?. I told her about your website (she had heard of you and HAES), and let her know that your book was coming out. She got SO EXCITED. She’ll definitely be passing on the information to other clients and eating disorder experts.

    I teach graduate students how to become therapists, and I’ll also be passing on the information. On one hand, it amazes me how much fat prejudice and obesity paranoia exists among the therapeutic community. Clinicians focus on the weight-loss and “OMG fat will make you SICK IN THE HEAD” instead of recognizing how toxic dieting can psychologically damage people. On the other hand, I have been involved in toxic dieting and self-loathing for decades. I am just now starting to address it because my little sister came out that she has been struggling with bulimia for five years. I understand how we get sucked into the belief that dieting is the way of life for women (e.g., Kirstie Alley, Oprah) and that we just need to accept it and move on.

    Well, I refuse to accept it. I spit in its face. I fart in its general direction!

  64. Oh, when I pointed out the pic of The Queen of the Fatosphere, my husband wandered over, looked at the pic and said, sort of confused, “She’s not fat.” Later, as I was excitedly reading the article outloud and got to your stats, he again was confused. “Wait, she weighs how much? Looks great on her.”

    Oh yeah. People lie about their weight so much it’s no surprise that no one knows what 200lbs looks like ;)

  65. Oh, and I love both photos. I think the photo from the Trib strikes exactly the right balance between elegant and silly.
    And I would like to borrow the photoshop tiara, please.

  66. Those are *awesome.* Love them.
    And you might also thank the copy editor – often they pick the headlines (which is one reason that the headline and text are often so completely different.)
    I would have gone for empress, though. Who wouldn’t want to be part of The Fat Empire?

  67. Kate, WOOHOO! You look divine and gorgeous! Props for taking a playful photo–it’ll be great publicity for the blog and the cause.

    Those commenters . . . “Hmm, this article says some of the “science” we hear about weight is questionable. This clearly calls for me to repeat some of the “science” we hear about weight because that’ll make it true.”

  68. Uh, I feel a little bad that they used my bit of gag Photoshoppery as the icon instead of, you know, the real picture…

    FJ, just get your own tiara.

    Then everything will be fine.

  69. Personally my favorite comment over at the Trib was the person who insisted that fat people usually eat, wait for it, 8000 calories a day. Buhwhat?

  70. Who wouldn’t want to be part of The Fat Empire?

    No, wait, if you remember your movies, Empires are always evil, while Republics are always good. Obviously we’re the Fat Republic, and like England, our monarchy is more titular than executive.

    Because otherwise, I’m building a Deathfat Star and I’m going around looking for planets to blow up. Plus side, I get a cape and a bitchin theme song.

  71. I left this comment at the Trib:

    I’ve just got done reading an article in People magazine (http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20275… ) about poor Kirstie Alley, who lost a boatload of weight as a Jenny Craig spokesperson in 2007, only to gain it all back. Sorry, but yo-yo weight gain/loss is NOT healthy — yet that’s what the dieting industry depends on for its money.

    Hell, look at Oprah. How many times has she gone skinny, only to gain back all the weight she’d lost?

    Now, sometimes people do need to lose weight for actual weight-connected health reasons. Increasing your activity levels helps as much as changing what you eat. But “dieting” as we know it does not.

  72. That pic is awesome – you look like an heiress from the Upper East Side (not that you’d necessarily want to be that these days… but you get the point!)

  73. There is a VERY fine line between “whimsical” and “total fool” and I’m so happy the phtotographer and photo editor chose to stay on the right side of it.

    This cracked me up. You are so funny. And BTW I think both pics are gorgeous of you. I like the daisies growing out of your head :)

  74. Personally my favorite comment over at the Trib was the person who insisted that fat people usually eat, wait for it, 8000 calories a day. Buhwhat?

    Holy shit, I’ve been DOING IT WRONG all these years!

    Someone revoke my Fat Club Card.

  75. Personally my favorite comment over at the Trib was the person who insisted that fat people usually eat, wait for it, 8000 calories a day. Buhwhat?

    Somebody should tell them most of us don’t have that much money.

  76. Wow congratulations! What a fantastic photo – and the article isn’t half bad either (shame about those Google ads)! Giggles at the SNORF.

    Since you have obviously developed weapons-grade snark at your secret research fatcility, can we come up with an aerosol delivery system and spread that shit around a bit?

    Also, I have now discovered the solution to all our fatty problems – we were going about it the wrong way all along! Instead of trying to lose weight to get to our “healthy BMI”, we should all spend nine months and $40 000 getting a doctor to smash our legs and grow us some extra height!

    Sweet Jebus!

  77. And now I’m sure he’s going to read that article and be like, “Please, bitch comes in here and buys DONUTS and FROZEN PIZZA all the time, not to mention CIGARETTES. ‘Health at every size,’ my ass.”

    Yep. And then he’ll go home, smoke a cigarette, and eat some frozen pizza and a donut.

  78. RE Dante, if anyone’s still interested in that, it’s notable that the sin of gluttony as the 14th century understood it hasn’t much to do with being fat. It’s about taking more than is seemly, then wasting it; and often more about alcohol than food (cf Langland’s Gloton, who, though represented as fat, is a drunk, not an eater per se). Ciacco, the glutton who speaks to Dante in canto 6, uses his situation to elaborate on political matters, which suggests that proper intake of food is here being used as an analogy for proper exercise of power. Dante’s position, is anything, is that we should apply intuitive eating principles to the negotiating table as well as the dinner table: don’t bite off more than you can chew.

  79. FJ – I also need to buy that dress. I wonder how much Kiyonna charges to ship to the UK…

    Kate – you look fabulous. It’s a funny, gorgeous picture. You have my vote for Queen of the Fatosphere.

    I bought a tiara years ago for a fancy dress party (I went as Courtney Love. Completely randomly, one of my colleagues turned up as Kurt Cobain). It’s still in my wardrobe and I have been known to wear it round the house every now and then, as well as to many other parties. Best £8.99 I’ve spent in Accessorize.

  80. Thing one – Kate, you look most fabulously regal there. Great article too.

    Thing two – Tiaras rock. I have been known to wear one out shopping. In places where nobody knows me.

    Thing three: The Dante guy might like to remember that numerous other forms of overindulgence are available, and indeed much practised, by the thin. And if he really wants to take a medieval fantasy epic about a politician’s midlife crisis as his guide to life, he could do worse than look at where the diet industry would end up. (Clue: check under the circles of Fraud. They’re a long way further down.)

  81. The article refers to us as fans. I wish to be known that I am not a fan. I am a minion. Get it right.

  82. Also, w/rt/ Dante, that commenter actually provides a much more compelling argument for the Sartrean view of the afterlife: Hell is other people.

    Some more so than others, I should think.

  83. Geez, I feel like I’ve not had as much to contribute that’s fun or intelligent lately. But I just wanted to pop in to mention how deeply I love that second photo. The first one is cute but the second one is just so sassy yet elegant that it makes me feel as if I need to run out and get a sassy-yet-elegant photo taken of me posthaste, so I too can be as pretty as the Queen of Fats. ;)

  84. our monarchy is more titular than executive.

    titular, teehee.

    I am 12.

    That is all.

  85. Because otherwise, I’m building a Deathfat Star and I’m going around looking for planets to blow up. Plus side, I get a cape and a bitchin theme song.

    Then I declare myself Emperor (actually make that Empress) Plumpatine.

    Hell, we don’t need a Deathfat Star to blow planets up, we’ll just use our own fat, since we’re already supposed to be killing Earth with our 8000 calories a day food consumption, and burning tons of gas driving our huge cars. Which is funny, considering I don’t drive a car and 8000 calories equals about 16 fish filet value meals from McDonalds, or 3 big meals at 2.666 calories apiece. I don’t have the time, the energy, or the digestive capacity to wolf down all that food like those trolls say I do.

  86. All right, maybe I’m a little morbid today, but I checked out some of the comments… and one Healthist really got me laughing:

    “Obesity is genetic only in that a persons metabolism and body makeup makes them predisposed to being so.”

    How ELSE can something be genetic??

    ::dies::

  87. I have to delurk to high-five Richelle for Sartre/Huis Clos reference. I’m sure if Sartre were still around, he’d confirm, that in the digital age, hell is, indeed, comments on news articles on the internet.

    And while I’m here I will re-iterate what I’ve said about that stunning photo elsewhere: If I were Kate’s postman, I’d ring constantly!

  88. It takes a *lot* to get me to de-lurk, but I have to say…

    If it wouldn’t come across as creepily stalker-ish (and confuse the hell out of my boyfriend), I’d want to frame that shot of you and put it on my wall! The air of such chic badass-ery you project is inspiring!

  89. You don’t necessarily need to read the comments in the trib, but DO post your own. I have been posting from a SA point of view for a couple years and I have noticed that more and more people have become accepting of my point of view. Yes there are jerks. They are jerks under every article imaginable; girl scout cookies bring out jerks. But posting does change a few minds. What really ticked me off is than ran this article when my service was down because of a move. So I read it at work, but am not allowed to post. Or else I would have said how awesome Kate is!!!

  90. Empress Plumpatine! Hahahaha.
    As long as I get to choke incompetent people who get in my way, I’ll be your loyal right hand Girth Crusader. Hopefully your uniforms will emcompass racks of doom.
    (Although, honestly, given my height and clumsiness, I’d probably initially come off more like a fat Rick Moranis. Hmm. This needs thought.)

  91. From the article:

    …and an impressively loyal core group of fans, some of whom have been known to wear “I am Kate Harding” T-shirts.

    OH HAI THAT’S ME. I AM IN THE TRIBUNE TOO.

    (Mine made my ballet class giggle.)

    Also, well the fuck done Kate. I am so glad you speak for me.

    And! My finals end next week (THANKGOD) after which I will hopefully be a BSc (Hons) in molecular genetics and you better BELIEVE I’m going to spend the rest of my life using that to tell assholes to shut up. Possibly even in an organised fashion. Woo activism! Woo!

  92. My nearly five boy was on my lap and saw the two pictures and shouted out “Look at the beautiful girl!” to the picture in the blue dress and “ooh beautiful!” to the one on the couch.

    Made me smile.

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