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Fat Acceptance

How "Love Your Body" Became A Marketing Slogan

The Establishment | Posted 11.17.2015 | Women
The Establishment

Brands have, in recent years, begun to perpetuate the notion that the products they sell can help us love our bodies and, by a false equivalence, ourselves. Women shouldn't need makeup or lingerie to feel sexy. More importantly, they shouldn't need to feel sexy in the first place.

If Diet Ads Told The Truth

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 11.05.2015 | Women

  The weight loss industry likes to pretend it's possible and healthy for anyone and everyone to be thin. But, as movements like Hea...

Why I Embrace Calling Myself Fat

Jes Baker | Posted 10.28.2015 | Women
Jes Baker

Things that matter right now: I'm fat. No really, that's the most important thing. Yes, I am also intelligent, snarky, kind, radical, compassionate...

The Message All Fat Women Deserve To Hear

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.22.2015 | Women

"This is for all the people who have spent their entire life feeling horrible about their bodies." That's how writer and activist Jes Baker introduces...

I Can't Accept the 300-Pound Body I Once Lived In

Naomi Teeter | Posted 09.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Naomi Teeter

I can't accept the plus-size body I was living in because it was a diseased and uncomfortable vessel. It has less to do with my looks and more to do with the quality of life. Not accepting my 300-pound body didn't mean I was a bad person or that I hated my body--it just meant my body needed to change.

Woman Undressed In Public To Show That 'All Bodies Are Valuable'

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 09.09.2015 | Women

Amy Pence-Brown just stood up to body shaming by stripping down in public.  On August 29, the feminist writer and fat activist sto...

Despicable Fat-Shaming Campaign Aims To Reveal People's ‘#ThinnerBeauty’

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 08.26.2015 | Women

"No shaming please. No hate speech please." That's what was written in the About section in a new "skinny acceptance" campaign called Project Ha...

The Unwritten 'Fat Girl' Rules -- And How I Learned To Re-Write Them

Melissa Mazza | Posted 08.19.2015 | Women
Melissa Mazza

Yes, I am fat, but that is my business. My health is not up for debate, and unless you are willing to live my life, you have no right to judge me.

7 Tips for Fat Hikers and Others Who Don't Look Like the REI Commercials

Lauren Marie Fleming | Posted 06.24.2015 | Travel
Lauren Marie Fleming

Summer is the time for traveling into the forest to hike, but for many of us, taking on a hike can be emotionally and physically challenging.

It's OK To Be Fat. Go Ahead. You're Allowed.

Chrystal Bougon | Posted 05.18.2015 | Women
Chrystal Bougon

People are often baffled when they see happy fat people. And when you add in the idea that we are not addicted to dieting or working out or obsessed with the notion that we should become some thin version of ourselves, well, that really throws the shamers and haters for a loop.

Make Your Seats Big Enough to Fit Actual People: An Open Letter to Airlines Everywhere

Erin McKelle | Posted 05.04.2015 | Travel
Erin McKelle

This is my call for airlines to make their seats larger, so fat people can travel without experiencing shame, humiliation, or discomfort. Everyone deserves to fly without enduring these hardships and it's time that we start talking about it.

What Makes 'Liking Your Body' So Damn Hard

Isabel Foxen Duke | Posted 06.14.2015 | Women
Isabel Foxen Duke

The deal with "body image work" that we all need to get hip to, and that I hope mental health professionals will discuss with their clients in more depth as time goes on, is that loving our bodies as they are today requires a commitment to being proudly ourselves in spite of potential judgments by others.

11 Things That Helped People Everywhere Love Their Bodies In 2014

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 01.04.2015 | Women

For women, 2014 was a year of great steps forward -- and unfortunate setbacks. One area where there was much, much more celebration than disappointmen...

'How Not To Make Love To A Fat Girl'

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 12.24.2014 | Women

"Our bodies... hungry tongues and heavy breathing... baby, please... do not rub my belly." So implores Yesika Salgado in her slam poem "How Not To ...

Living at the Intersection of Sexism and Fatphobia

Erin McKelle | Posted 12.02.2014 | Women
Erin McKelle

I live at the intersection of sexism and fatphobia. This is my daily reality, so in all honesty, I expected the backlash I received. It's what keeps many fat women quiet. But I'm here to give all of us a voice. I will not be silenced.

I Wore a Bikini And The World Didn't Crumble

Rachel O'h-Uiginn Estapa | Posted 10.25.2014 | Women
Rachel O'h-Uiginn Estapa

When people assume fat people are lazy for not figuring it out, I wish I could prove just how much MORE energy I spent on trying to become smaller, more than I did on all of my other activities combined. And only a fat person knows what I'm talking about.

I'm A Fat Girl Who Wears Revealing Clothes. Deal With It.

Erin McKelle | Posted 10.25.2014 | Women
Erin McKelle

Because fat girls aren't supposed to take pleasure in our bodies or even consider showing other people what they look like, there is a lot of sh*t that can hit the fan. Mostly caused by other people not knowing how to handle someone as sexy as me owning it.

It's Our Brains That Need Fixing -- Not Our Bodies

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 08.01.2014 | Women

"We put our life on hold, we stunt it, because of our bodies." That's the startling truth blogger and speaker Jes Baker shared in a May 2014 TEDx t...

I Wore A Bikini And Nothing Happened

Jenny Trout | Posted 09.02.2014 | Women
Jenny Trout

Presumably I, as a fat woman, would not know how to properly operate the complicated piece of equipment known as a bikini. What if I became distracted by the complexity of spandex, a substance heretofore unknown to me, and wandered blindly into traffic? What if I ate it?

Lily Karlin

What 'You Did Not Eat That' Can Teach Us About Reality Weight Loss TV | Lily Karlin | Posted 07.07.2014 | Entertainment

When ABC renewed “Extreme Weight Loss” for a fifth season last week, body positivity activists everywhere clenched their fists tight, shook them t...

I Wear A Bikini Because... F*ck You

Karen Mangiacotti | Posted 08.06.2014 | Parents
Karen Mangiacotti

It is a bathing suit, people. Perhaps we should all just relax.

Why You Should Love and Hate the Louis CK 'Fat Girl Rant' -- and What to Do About It

Kimberly Dark | Posted 07.22.2014 | Women
Kimberly Dark

I love that Louis CK script because he has opened up a space for dialogue about the real problem. It's not that some women are fat, it's that fat women carry a stigmatized identity, and association will stigmatize the fat woman's partner too.

This Documentary Will Stop You From Making Fat People The Butt Of Your Jokes

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 05.05.2014 | Women

"It's perfectly acceptable to make the fat body the butt of your joke... I want to change that." That's what women's studies scholar and fat a...

6 Things I Understand About The Fat Acceptance Movement

Jes Baker | Posted 06.24.2014 | Women
Jes Baker

I'm pretty damn fat and unabashedly so. I eat well enough, I shop at our local food co-op and I own a juicer. I'm constantly on my feet at work, attending intensive African Dance classes (which I'm really f*cking great at), riding bicycles and having a sh*t ton of sex.

WATCH: I Lost 165 Pounds, My Husband And My Identity As A Fat Person

HuffPost Live | Posted 03.25.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

While we often tout the benefits of losing weight, sometimes dropping hundreds of pounds can impact a person's life in surprising ways. When business ...