Why Mayor Bloomberg’s Ban on Big Soda is Stupid

Last Thursday, I appeared on Jane Velez-Mitchell’s show on HLN to talk about the public policy hullabaloo of the moment. My sleepy little hometown of NYC made the news when our Mayor for life, Michael Bloomberg, had another brilliant idea for the public shaming of fat people public health – outlawing the sale of sodas in excess of 16 oz. Of course, the rhetoric from the mayor’s office is all about how soda leads to obesity, and obesity is the scourge of our age, worse than the bubonic plague and alien robots put together. (Or something like that.) Read More Why Mayor Bloomberg’s Ban on Big Soda is Stupid

Is There Hope For Fat Kids?

Every once in a while, I meet someone in their 20s who’s been part of the fat positive community since his/her young teens. Often, they found fat pride as a result of a late-night Google search that led them to a blog or two. They often tell me they never(!) dieted and focused on approving of their body from a young age. Sometimes, they even influenced their friends and spread body positivity in school, college, etc. Read More Is There Hope For Fat Kids?

Business Week Will Make You Fat!

It is the weekend, which means that I spend less time online and more time baking delicious and fatty foods. Which is kinda pertinent to the article that I just came across, on Business Week (via Jezebel) on the effect on BMI of children of working mothers. Read More Business Week Will Make You Fat!

“You’re Going to be Fat!”: Genetics & Weight

Over the holidays, I told someone a story about how I was such an obese little baby that my parents called me “the beached whale” (they weren’t being dramatic, either; old Christmas photos show a tiny baby head atop a massive expanse of velour-swathed body). She replied, “Really? Did you know that the fat cells you store as a baby get reactivated and filled in adulthood, making you obese?” And so yet another alleged harbinger of the scary, awful fat got added to my mental backlog of hearsay and headlines. Read More “You’re Going to be Fat!”: Genetics & Weight