Miriam: I want you to stop stalking overweight women
First of all, this guy is like a stalker, following her around, monitoring her. He’s creepy beyond belief. Secondly, this once again, for the millionth time perpetuates the myth that everyone who is overweight is secretly and guilty sneaking ice cream sundaes. We should know by now that weight is much more complex than that. Thirdly, this shit is just sensationalist. I want to save your life? This woman does not look like she is at risk of dying because of a few extra pounds.
Also, why is it always skinny white guys who have discovered the secret of weight loss and are going to teach it to women?
ETA: I haven’t looked myself, but I’m hearing that the Feministing comments are best avoided. Which is, sadly, not that surprising.
Renee: It’s All Because You Are Fat
Not everything that is wrong with someone has to do with fat. I do have three chronic illnesses that maybe, just maybe, might be making me feel under the weather. These doctors may have the medical expertise to diagnose an illness but they have no idea what it is to live with one on a daily basis. The fact that they could even suggest that a lack of will stops patients from participating in behaviour that might have the potential to improve health only proves how disconnected they are from how the pain truly affects the body.
Michelle: All women are real
It pissed me off. And because this is my blog, I’m about to tell you why.
First, because it’s fucking patronizing.
Second, because it’s a sneaky little divide-and-conquer strategy, of the type commonly used to pit women against other women.
Third, because we’re ALL real women, you fuckwad.
Michelle’s awesomeness notwithstanding, a new study of dietetic students (with a small sample size, so take it with a grain of salt, but still) shows:
- More than 40 percent of students reported that they believe obese individuals are lazy, lacking in willpower and are self-indulgent.
- The majority of students surveyed also agreed that obese individuals have poor self-control, overeat, are insecure and have low self-esteem.
- Students rated obese patients as being significantly less likely to comply with treatment recommendations and as having worse diet quality and health status compared with thinner patients, despite the fact that all patients were described as healthy adults.
- Only 2 percent of students demonstrated positive or neutral attitudes toward obese individuals.
In happier news, HAES UK is launching on May 9!
HAES UK is a UK-based organisation whose membership is open to all who support its mission. HAES UK supports the Health at Every Size (HAES) approach as an effective, ethical and evidence-based approach to healthcare policy, practice and research. HAES UK is committed to challenging weight-based discrimination which is considered to be disrespectful and harmful to individual and community well-being.
Via Fat Chic via Fatshionista on Twitter, designer Rachel Roy has Tweeted:
“RT @rachel_roy: @MarieDenee I would love to do a plus size line. I just need the requests so please keep them coming. -RR Team”
Send those requests via Roy’s site.
And finally, the book is out in Australia and New Zealand! I heard from a reader in Melbourne this morning:
Have started reading it and love it already. I bought it from a Dymocks (chain of independent book stores…if that makes sense!) in Melbourne city, and they had a lot of them on face-out display.
FACE-OUT DISPLAY, Y’ALL! I can cross that off the list of all-time fantasies, even if I never get to see it. (Hey, if you do see the book face-out somewhere, either edition, would you send us a pic?) One more sleep until it’s out here!
Oh, and hey, our book site — which can be reached via fatosphere.com, screwinnerbeauty.com, and kateandmarianne.com — is live, though there’s not much there you don’t already know. You can also follow fatospherebook on Twitter for updates on upcoming events and media appearances, and/or join our Facebook group.