It’s that time of year when we’re bombarded with hype in order to pour over 60 billion dollars into the coffers of the weight loss industry. Between ads for diet programs (like Weight Watchers with famous stock holder Oprah Winfrey) and products (like prescription medication Contrave), the message is that our bodies… and even our brains… aren’t acceptable. We’re… Continue reading ReVolution, Not ReSolution!
Dear Ms Mercado, I saw your interview on TMZ a few days ago. You mentioned getting mail from fans who told you to “jump off a bridge” (are they really fans?) and that fat activists “hated” how you’re “really public about… weight loss”. The media ran with the story, distorted what you said and now… Continue reading An Open Letter to Rosie Mercado
When celebrities… or even regular, every day people… lose weight, it becomes a news-worthy event. Media outlets rush to get the “secrets” and “tips” and gush over how so-and-so looks “amazing” and is “an inspiration” after dropping X amount of pounds. What’s ironic is how those same media outlets will post body positive stories about… Continue reading And in Other News…
As some of you know, I’ve had this blog for a few years. Apparently it’s been under the radar because I’ve had no negative comments… unless you count the “but being fat is unhealthy!” responses. I don’t because they’ve been sincere and respectful even though my health is no one’s business except mine and my… Continue reading Don’t Feed the Trolls
Last week I Heart My Body, a Facebook page, posted a video showing 3 fat women, including Marcy Cruz from Fearlessly Just Me, as they faced their insecurities and fears to try on a 2-piece swimsuit. I loved Marcy’s double take when she looked at herself in the mirror and her declaration “I look amazing!”.… Continue reading Zoning Out
If, like me, you’re a fan of the Harry Potter books and movies you’ll remember how Voldemort was initially referred to as “He Who Must Not Be Named”. However, Professor Dumbledore encouraged Harry to “always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.” That quote has come… Continue reading Don’t #DropThePlus
Hello to all you beautiful, amazing people. I hope your year is off to a great start. Looking back at last year’s posts I realize that there were more rants than raves about what happened in the fat community. I want to focus more on the positive, starting with my first post of the year:… Continue reading Let’s RAVE!