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Weight Stigma

Teach Children About Body Shaming Young!

Rebecca Jane Weinstein | Posted 07.19.2016 | Women
Rebecca Jane Weinstein

When I was product testing my children's book Ella's Tummy: A Story of Understand for All Ages -- in other words, having kids read it and tell me what they thought -- one very bright eight year old girl said she thought it was mean that I, as the author, called the main character fat. This was an interesting response, because the book is about fat bullying, and how it is not okay to do it.

I Hope She's Not Fat

Rachel Brehm | Posted 06.10.2016 | Fifty
Rachel Brehm

"Look at all those rolls!! And that tummy," a fellow mom said adoringly. "Yeah, but I hope she's not fat when she gets older," replied the toddler's ...

The Elephant in the Room: How Our Weight Bias Harms Us

Hilary Kinavey & Dana Sturtevant | Posted 05.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Hilary Kinavey & Dana Sturtevant

ll thoughts about your own body are reinforced. You reinforce stigma in the person next to you, regardless of their size. Your children are taught to see bodies as problematic. And the judgment most certainly does not liberate anyone to live their life with reverence and grace in the body they have.

Preventing The Next Biggest Loser

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 05.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

What happens after the happily-ever-after of a show's finale? Researchers followed 14 of the original 16 The Biggest Loser Season 8 contestants for 6 ...

The Perils of Obesity Prejudices

Scott Kahan, M.D. | Posted 08.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Scott Kahan, M.D.

One of the most damaging aspects of obesity is the weight bias and stigma that is so pervasive in our thin-obsessed society. Although modern societi...

Unloading a Weighty Taboo

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 06.16.2016 | Women
Jessica R. Dreistadt

I can wrap both of my legs behind my head. My triglyceride level recently registered at 62. My favorite food is kale. And in addition to all of these glorious qualities, I am overweight.

5 Lessons I Vow to Teach My Children About Weight and Body Shape

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 06.16.2015 | Parents
Maryann Jacobsen

I feel there's an unspoken sentiment that parents should avoid conversations about weight with their children. I beg to differ. In fact, I think parents take a big risk when they avoid this sticky issue.

7 Ways to Practice Self-Acceptance

Michelle May, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Michelle May, M.D.

Remember, what you practice, you get better at. When you chose to practice self-acceptance, compassion, and kindness toward yourself and others, you'll cultivate peace, courage, and joy. That's a habit worth getting good at!

The Science of Fat: What We Don't Know Will Hurt You

Rebecca Jane Weinstein | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Rebecca Jane Weinstein

The following is the introduction to the chapter "The Science of Fat" in the book Fat Kids: Truth and Consequences. Why we become fat and how we lose ...

Between a Rock and a Defensive Tackle: Football and Fat Kids

Rebecca Jane Weinstein | Posted 01.05.2015 | Books
Rebecca Jane Weinstein

Ben's mother had attempted to put him on a diet, at age 9. It seemed like the reasonable thing to do. It seemed like it would be easier to change her ...

Eye-Opening Photos Show What It's Like To Be Overweight In Public

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 11.05.2014 | Women

Back in 2013, photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero released a series of self-portraits showing how bystanders looked at her in public. What were they ...

This Is What An Athlete Looks Like

Louise Green | Posted 10.28.2014 | Women
Louise Green

I don't blame the young man for taking the visual cue of my body and neatly categorizing me with the 5k'ers (which is also a very respectable distance, by the way). Why would he believe that my plus-size body is capable of 21 long kilometres when there aren't any visual cues presented in society to tell us this is possible?

8 Things You Can Do to Practice Self-Acceptance

Michelle May, M.D. | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle May, M.D.

Remember, what you practice, you get better at. When you chose to practice self-acceptance, compassion, and kindness toward yourself and others, you'll cultivate peace, courage, and joy. That's a habit worth getting good at!

Anna Almendrala

Want To Run For Office? You Better Start Running First

HuffingtonPost.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.21.2014 | Healthy Living

Political candidates have a lot to worry about on the campaign trail: the gaffe-to-gif pipeline, a 24/7 news cycle, debates, and, of course, attacks f...

When You Know Better, You Should Do Better

Michelle May, M.D. | Posted 11.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Michelle May, M.D.

I believe that the majority of the time, weight stigma in a health care setting is a misguided attempt to help. But that does not excuse rudeness, shaming, guilt, scare tactics, cruelty, or poor medical care.

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?

14 Women Who Have Faced Fat Prejudice

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 05.26.2013 | Women

"Beauty isn't between a size zero and a size eight. It is not a number at all. It is not physical," Ellen DeGeneres said recently in response to Aberc...

The Label That Worsens Weight Stigma

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 03.15.2013 | Women

The stigma attached to food addiction is not as strong as the stigma attached to other addictions such as alcoholism or drug abuse, according to a new...

The Stigma of Obesity

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 05.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

The majority of us would be outraged by, and would not stand for, the same slandering of Asian, black, female, gay, elderly, or disabled Americans. Why, then, do we tolerate those who focus the same vitriol on people who are overweight?

LOOK: The Bravest Woman We've Met This Week

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 02.12.2013 | Women

The idea that people might be staring at you in public and judging you on your weight is something most of us fear. For photographer Haley Morris-Cafi...

The Big Oversight in Our Obesity Conversation

Andy Bellatti | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

My biggest concern is that solely focusing on weight impedes the health movement's progress. Such a clinical and quantitative frame gives very little thought to -- and leaves no room for a conversation about -- socio-political and environmental factors that pose a threat to our health.

Nina Bahadur

The Scary Way Weight Stigma Impacts Women's Health

HuffingtonPost.com | Nina Bahadur | Posted 12.20.2012 | Women

How America's obsession with thinness and dieting plays into eating disorders gets a lot of airtime. But what about how these obsessions affect women ...

End Weight Stigma, Starting With Your Own

Michelle May, M.D. | Posted 11.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Michelle May, M.D.

Whether subtle or blatant, weight stigma is broadcast into our living rooms and shows up in our classrooms, break rooms, and exam rooms. For many people, weight stigma hits even closer to home: right between our ears!

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.