Exciting news, y’all: I’ve been contacted by a national magazine that wants to take the BMI Project to their pages. Whee!
Instead of trying to track down people in the existing Flickr stream, I’m asking everybody who’s interested in participating in this round — whether you were in the first one or not — to e-mail them directly. (Also, if you’ve sent me a photo in the last few months and haven’t seen it go up, please know that you weren’t rejected or anything; I just haven’t posted any new ones because I’ve been insanely busy with other stuff. So if you’d like to see your picture in a magazine, please feel free to send it along!)
One caveat: this is, like virtually every national magazine aimed primarily at women, the kind of publication that runs some articles on dieting and takes ads from companies you might not like. They also do some good body-positive stuff, and I’m freakin’ thrilled that they want to feature the BMI project. I’m excited to work with them, and I hope lots of you will submit your photos and stories — but I just want to be clear that we’re not talking about Bust or Bitch here. If you’re philosophically opposed to even appearing in the same magazine as an ad for a weight loss product, you won’t want to participate.
Now on to the request from the editor. If you’re a healthy person with a BMI in the overweight or obese category, please send the following info to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BMI (you can calculate it here)
Waist-to-hip ratio (you can calculate it here)
Full body photo:
ALSO: Please feel free to write a little something about why you think you’re a healthy and/or fit person regardless of your BMI. For instance, do you run daily or do you have stellar cholesterol and blood pressure numbers? Tell us!
If you have any questions for me about this, put ’em in comments. (Well, any questions other than “Which magazine?” ’cause that’s SUPERSECRET MWAHAHAHAHA.) Thanks, lovelies.
Update to address some concerns:
1) They do not have some nefarious secret agenda here. The reason I can’t reveal the magazine’s name is a simple matter of not letting their competitors know what they’re working on.
2) They will not publish any photo without permission — which means they also will not publish any photo until they’ve talked to you and told you exactly who they are.
3) They love the BMI project, they get it, and they want to use these photos exactly the same way I did: to illustrate how deeply flawed BMI is. I have no reason to think the article will be exploitive, or I never would have agreed to work with them.
3) You’re the best judge of how healthy you are. If you think you’re healthy, and yet you’re in one of the “fat” BMI ranges we’re told is intrinsically unhealthy, then there’s no reason not to send a photo. You may or may not be asked to participate, but they’d like a wide pool of submissions to select from.
Having said that, the purpose of this article is stereotype-busting — so yes, if you’re an athlete or your doctor is wetting her pants over your blood pressure reading, that will probably make them more likely to take an interest in you. But they’re not asking for perfection here — anyone who makes an effort to practice HAES, feels pretty good, and doesn’t appear to be at death’s door in photos should go ahead and submit a pic, if you’re interested.
4) Size of pic doesn’t matter — right now, they just want to see what you look like. If they want to include you in the article, they’ll contact you with specs.
5) Deadline is 2 weeks from today.