Feminism, Medicine, Miscellaneous, You've Got to Be Kidding Me

Guest Blogger Elysia: Evo Psych and Icky Girls

Friend of Shapely Prose Elysia (who writes the blog Born That Way) is an evolutionary biologist, and she had some choice words for the latest dude to use evolutionary psychology as an explanation for why he believes seriously douchey things about women. Please give Elysia a warm welcome. -- Kate My friend Sweet Machine brought a… Continue reading Guest Blogger Elysia: Evo Psych and Icky Girls

Dieting/WLS, Fat, Medicine, Sweet Machine, You've Got to Be Kidding Me

Gobsmacked

According to the Vancouver Sun, there's a new way to torture yourself through dieting. Literally: The medical procedure involves stitching a small piece of polyethylene mesh onto a patient's tongue, making it painful to ingest solid foods and forcing a low-calorie, liquid diet. You pay a nice man named Dr Nikolas Chugay to spend 10… Continue reading Gobsmacked

Fat, Medicine, Round Table, You've Got to Be Kidding Me

SP Round Table: Fat baby denied health insurance

Kate started us off by pointing to this horrifying story about a 4-month-old baby in Colorado who was denied health insurance for being too fat. Super fun quote from the article: By the numbers, Alex is in the 99th percentile for height and weight for babies his age. Insurers don't take babies above the 95th… Continue reading SP Round Table: Fat baby denied health insurance

Fillyjonk, Medicine, Politics

Now that’s what I call a surgeon general

It appears that Obama and his administration, while educating themselves admirably on health care issues as they've been doing for the past several months, have also clued in to the fact that there are doctors who aren't on TV. Even before the inauguration, there were reports that  Obama had asked Sanjay Gupta, a fatphobic blowhard… Continue reading Now that’s what I call a surgeon general

Medicine, You've Got to Be Kidding Me

Asshole of the Day

That would be Dr. Carl J. Lavie, medical director of cardiac rehabilitation and prevention at the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. Regarding the so-called "Obesity Paradox" (one of them anyway)---that obesity is correlated with an increased risk of heart disease, yet fat people seem to recover from cardiac issues better than thin people---Lavie says: It's well-known… Continue reading Asshole of the Day