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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...

This Holiday Season, Count Good Deeds Instead of Calories

Lauren Marie Fleming | Posted 10.22.2015 | Women
Lauren Marie Fleming

Every year just before Halloween, the fear of Santa starts being drilled into kids' heads. But somewhere around puberty, the fear of Santa wanes and in its place we start to panic over something even more almighty and powerful: fat.

Tips for Answering the Question, 'Are You Sure You Need to Eat That Piece of Pie?'

Lauren Marie Fleming | Posted 10.15.2015 | Women
Lauren Marie Fleming

Remember, preparation is half the battle. Arm yourself now with the self-care and self-confidence you need to make it through this holiday season loving yourself fully as you are right now, right here.

3 Common Myths About 'Overweight' People Debunked

Jennifer Rollin | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rollin

Many fat activists are trying to reclaim the word "fat" as a neural descriptor, in the same way that we utilize words such as "tall" vs. "short." The problem is that in our culture the descriptor of "fat" has become synonymous with undesirable traits, such as being lazy, unattractive, and unhealthy.

Can You Be Healthy at Every Size?

Jen Picicci | Posted 08.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Jen Picicci

Linda Bacon, Ph.D., who brought the concept to the mainstream, says you can be (with some caveats). I first read about it years ago, and as my work ha...

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.

So Your Diet Crashed and Burned. Now What?

Kimber Simpkins | Posted 05.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Kimber Simpkins

Learning to trust myself has allowed me to be happy in my body in a way I never imagined possible. But it required that I stop judging my happiness by looking in the mirror and comparing my body to other women's bodies. It required that I look inside, listen to and trust my body, and find happiness by turning away from appearance and toward my heart.

10 Reasons NOT to Focus on Your Weight in the New Year

Hilary Kinavey & Dana Sturtevant | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Hilary Kinavey & Dana Sturtevant

Your body is not a problem to be solved. Your body is your home and regarding it as separate, problematic or disgusting can result in a type of detachment that interferes with your ability to hear its valuable messages to you. You need your body. It does not lie.

Your Practical Guide to Break Free From Emotional Eating

Zlata Sushchik | Posted 01.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Zlata Sushchik

I suspect that you are reading this because you may have found yourself acting like a hot mess and marching straight to the store to buy a dozen cupcakes when you felt upset.

The End of Fat Talk

Hilary Kinavey & Dana Sturtevant | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Hilary Kinavey & Dana Sturtevant

When we challenge ourselves to not "fat talk," we give an incredible gift to our daughters, our family members and our friends. Casually engaging in fat talk with our friends actually reinforces painful body shame and the dieting mind, despite our best intentions.


Hilary Kinavey & Dana Sturtevant | Posted 10.05.2014 | Women
Hilary Kinavey & Dana Sturtevant

The less you are trying to please the eyes of the world, the more you will find pleasure, expression and love for yourself.

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...

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...

Why Thin Women Should Care About Fat Activism

Isabel Foxen Duke | Posted 03.19.2014 | Women
Isabel Foxen Duke

"Fat" and "thin" women are often separated by fat activists into two distinct groups: largely those "affected" and "not affected." Thin women often see themselves as "removed" from the issue of fat activism and fat women often see thin women as untouched or unaffected. Neither of these are true.

BMI Report Cards: More Harm Than Good?

Dayle Hayes, MS, RD | Posted 10.23.2013 | Parents
Dayle Hayes, MS, RD

If expending limited school resources on BMI notifications is unnecessary, likely ineffective and may cause harm, what can parents do?

Striving for Enough: Being Fat in a Thin World

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 09.25.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

It's not about the numbers. It's not about streamlining or looking "better" to a society that hates my body type. It's about being healthy. Looking at the health problems I have and trying to lessen them. It's about being energetic, having stamina, and not being tired.

It's OK, You're Just Fat: Achieving Good Medical Care for the Obese

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 09.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I don't tell these stories to get people to feel sorry for me. I'm telling them because this is the standard of care for fat people, it seems. I'm by far not the only person who's been written off because of her weight.

Boy Scouts Mislead and Exclude With BMI Policy, and There's a Better Way

Katja Rowell, M.D. | Posted 09.18.2013 | Parents
Katja Rowell, M.D.

The Boy Scouts have been in the news again for exclusionary practices, this time not for sexual orientation, but for body mass index cutoffs for their Jamboree.

'It's Okay To Be Fat'

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.05.2013 | Women

Being fat is nothing to be ashamed of. That's the premise of a TEDx talk given recently by Golda Poretsky, founder of the Body Love Wellness progra...

Bread and Circus (Hold the Bread): Weight of the Nation Deserves an Imperial Thumbs Down

Linda Bacon, Ph.D., MA, MA | Posted 07.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Linda Bacon, Ph.D., MA, MA

By focusing on health, we can address real health concerns, giving both fat and thin people the support they deserve and avoiding stigmatizing people and worsening the problem.

The Key To Solving The Obesity Epidemic?

Linda Bacon, Ph.D., MA, MA | Posted 05.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Linda Bacon, Ph.D., MA, MA

Does it ever seem like you're hearing the same things about weight over and over? Witnessing the depressing cycle of failed public initiatives and fruitless personal efforts to trim our waistlines, who wouldn't wish for a more hopeful angle or some alternative facts on the old story?

Kids Who Eat More Candy Weigh Less -- Or Do They?

Bonnie Modugno, M.S., R.D. | Posted 09.18.2011 | Healthy Living
Bonnie Modugno, M.S., R.D.

A USDA funded study with partial support by the National Confectioners Association recently published remarkable findings. Kids who eat candy are thinner and have lower BMIs than kids who don't.