Fat, Health at Every Size, Media

Quick Hit the 2nd: HAES and FA in NYT

In case you missed it elsewhere, there was an article in yesterday’s magazine about Linda Bacon’s new book and the fat acceptance movement. Very 101 for regular readers here, but excellent to see in the paper. And the best part? There’s a cute illustration of happy fat and thin stick people, instead of a headless fatty! 



21 thoughts on “Quick Hit the 2nd: HAES and FA in NYT”

  1. Wow, I’m going to look for that. One nitpick I have with the ad at lindabacon.org (which could very well be the result of a well-meaning ad designer, and not Ms Bacon’s fault) was this line:

    “You too can feel great in your body *right now*”

    as if FA is something you can just turn on.

    In fact, one of the things that drew me to this movement was the general acceptance that it takes a long time to come to terms with the ways your body does or does not match the public ideal. That’s something you all talk about often, and newbies are never expected to snap to a new way of thinking, but encouraged, and applauded for their success.

  2. The article was nothing new to me

    Me either, but think about how many people it will be new to. And for those people, people for whom this is the first they’ve ever been exposed to these ideas, the fact that there’s no headless fatty and no “but this isn’t a license to eat” last paragraph is really, really major.

  3. @buttercup – I SO hear you on that one!

    The man of the house suggested I setup Google ads or something on the Living ~400 blog and I pointed out that default text ads would all be completely NOT in keeping with my site. I originally had WordPress’ automatic “other related posts” thing turned on so my posts would show up on diet/fitness blogs, but turned it off because it kept pulling up diet stuff on mine. Le sigh.

  4. I think you can set up google ads to only run ads you specifically pick instead of random things they think are related? But I’m not sure about that.

  5. Emmy: Adsense runs ads based on the words in the text on your blog. If you write about cats or real estate, those are the kinds of adverts you’ll get. It’s very unlikely that there are many (or any?) FA-related ads, and almost certain that posts that mention weight or exercise will pull up diet-related ads. You can make a list of web sites you don’t want as advertisers, but you have to list them one at a time as they appear on your site. It’s not worth it if there aren’t any better ads for your niche.

    There are other ways to bring in a few nickles that you can control, like becoming an Amazon affiliate.

  6. I thought it was a great article, considering. And the closing graf was awesome from a FA standpoint as far as outreach.

    It is way too late for me to be coherent about this. Woo.

  7. Adblock works wonders on Google ads. Takes a bit of wrangling but you set a “wildcard” that looks a little like this:
    Should cut down on the Google keyword ads. You can turn off Adblock completely when you hit a page you want to fund (say, a cool blog that runs on ad revenue). You can also “whitelist” sites to show you all content you’d normally block. If you don’t have Firefox you’re still buggered I think, I don’t know of any ad blocking thing for IE, Netscape, or Opera.

    I liked how this article took a stab at Weight Watchers, albeit a rather gentle stab. They didn’t have to point out the co-opting of FA and HAES language, I admire them for making an effort.

  8. Thank you for posting this!! Since I started learning about FA last October, I’ve been looking for a way to share the movement with my mom. She’s been fat for most of her adult life and I grew up watching her struggle with fat-related self-loathing/depression issues. She’s currently on a midlife crisis outdoorsy exercise kick (kayaking during the summer, hiking, running – she ran her first half marathon in June!!!!!) but despite the wonders it’s done for her emotionally, she still constantly talks about dieting and weight loss, like she has my entire life.

    My mom’s attitude towards her body and food has absolutely contributed to my own disordered eating, and so even just for purely selfish reasons, I really want her to understand FA/HAES – and this article is a PERFECT short, concise introduction. I just emailed it to her. Yay! Thanks, Kate!

  9. “She randomly assigned half of the 78 subjects, all women, to a “Health at Every Size” group; while they lost no weight, their healthier behavior led to lower blood-pressure and cholesterol levels, which stayed low even two years later. In the weight-loss group, more than 40 percent dropped out before the six-month low-calorie diet ended, and at the two-year follow-up, the average dieter had regained all her lost weight, and the only measurement that dropped was one for self-esteem.”

    Wow. This cannot be repeated enough times. How about that? Taking care of your health makes you healthier, and dieting only makes you feel bad about yourself. I know that’s not news to most people here, but it’s one more brick chipped out of the wall of obesity panic.

  10. Honestly I think I need to print the article and give it to my GYN/ONC. I’m avoiding him because I don’t want ANOTHER lecture on how I haven’t lost any weight. Doesn’t matter to him that I’m not obsessing, I work out with a trainer 2x a week and exercise on my own, I eat well, and most of all, I FEEL good.

    The article was one of the first mainstream pieces that seemed to get it. The other one was a piece in Consumer Reports (either the magazine or their “On Health” newsletter) a few months ago.

  11. Bean – Go for it!

    Heck, here’s a quote from one of the HAES study participants (via Dr Bacon’s book):

    I went for a checkup recently and got the typical weight-loss lecture. When I interrupted to tell my doctor how proud I was of my glucose and LDL improving, he said, “All well and good, but what are we going to do about your weight?” “We’re going to fire you, Doc, that’s what we’re going to do!” I can’t believe how freeit it felt to say that!


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