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Correlation/Causation (When It’s Convenient)

Recently, news came out that eating processed meats (like bacon and sausage) is strongly linked to developing cancer.

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You Don’t Need to Be Changing to Demand Respect

More and more often, we’ve been seeing pieces written by individuals who are calling out bigots for their horrible words or actions. This is great, but all too often, the ones aimed at fat-shaming include some caveat about how the author has lost weight, is trying to lose weight, or has some condition that has […]

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No, It’s Not Like Smoking

Sigh. And ugh. I was on Facebook recently and made the mistake of reading comments on a post relating to fat. I know, when will I learn?

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Whole New Levels of Creepy

If anyone reading this (either of you?) is familiar with Ragen over at Dances with Fat, you probably know that she has been training for an IRONMAN triathlon. This past weekend she did a test run, an IRONMAN 70.3 (which is half the distance of the main race), on the same course she’ll be on […]

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What You Need to Know about Flu Shots

It’s flu shot season, but even people who support childhood vaccines are sometimes a bit iffy about the flu shot. Is it really necessary, or just a scam? Can you get sick from it? Do you really have to get it every year? Let’s try to put your mind at ease.

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Plus is Equal, Kinda, Sorta

Full disclosure: I did not attend the Lane Bryant #PlusIsEqual rally in Times Square. However, I have been reading accounts of it and paying attention to the campaign as a whole. And I have to say, it’s disappointing.

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I’m Not Trying, I’m Doing

One of the (too many) times I’ve had trolls come after me was when I posted a picture of myself all sweaty and gross after a boxing class. It wasn’t the hateful bigots that bothered me, though. It was some of the people trying to “defend” me.

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Cutthroat Fat-Hate

Alton Brown is at it again. By “it,” I mean being a self-important, smarmy fat-shamer.

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Why I Did Not Watch “Dear Fat People”

There is a hateful, bigoted video going around right now called “Dear Fat People.” It was created by some no-name YouTube woman who is apparently using abuse to grasp at popularity, and it has been popping up (with responses) around the fat realm. I have not watched it, and I will not ever.

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I Was Rooting For You, Topless Lady

If you’ve been watching news sources over the past couple of weeks, you’ve probably noticed that here in NYC, there has been an inordinate amount of time spent talking about boobs. Specifically, about women who wear paint on their boobs and pose for photos in Times Square.

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Please Leave Your Vagina Alone

Usually I can easily ignore the rambling of “Nature’s Children” like Shailene Woodley, Gwyneth Paltrow and the like. But after GOOP/Paltrow’s tip about steaming your vagina, well, I steamed all right. From my ears.

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Vegetables and Frappuccinos

It seems that there are only two types of fat people we get to see: the stereotype of the lazy fat person who eats a lot and never exercises (the “bad fatty”), or the fat person who works out hard and eats foods commonly accepted as healthy, but just doesn’t lose any weight (the “good […]

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Six Years of Exhaustion: Living With Chronic Illness

Having lived with chronic fatigue syndrome for six years, and fibromyalgia for at least four years, I wish I could tell you that I’ve made peace with my illnesses. Though I’ve made progress in how I manage my symptoms, I still struggle with knowing that This will never go away.

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Don’t Talk to Me While I’m Running

I wrote this while sitting in Prospect Park after my first Couch to 5K workout. See, a few days ago, I couldn’t fall asleep and, for some reason, I decided to sign up for a 5K in October. I don’t make great decisions at 1:30 in the morning.

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The Pregnancy Promise

So someone you are close to is having a baby — what an exciting, joyous time. Well, I’m here to make it better, because I’m about to tell you the most important thing you can know, and it’s beautifully, elegantly simple. Don’t comment on the mom’s size or appearance, or the baby’s size. Ever. Not one […]