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Fat Acceptance

Living at the Intersection of Sexism and Fatphobia

Erin McKelle | Posted 10.02.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.27.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Best Weight Loss Results Come From Fat Acceptance

Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D. | Posted 04.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D.

Acceptance, not rejection, is they key that unlocks the possibility of making the changes necessary to address our nation's obesity epidemic. In my experience, it is those who accept their weight and deal with it powerfully who achieve the most profound and lasting weight loss results.

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.

14 Painful Examples Of Everyday Fat-Shaming

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

If you've ever doubted that fat-shaming is something that happens every day, just listen to the hundreds of Twitter users who shared their stories las...

My Name Is Marie, and I Love My Fat

Bustle | Posted 02.12.2014 | Women
Bustle

We don't live at a time when fat is considered beautiful by the mainstream, so we have to fight to make people realize the beauty in it. And fighting is never easy, but it's worth it.

11 People Who Helped Us Love Our Bodies More In 2013

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

"I am a big girl. A voluptuous, curvy, dress-wearing lesbian. I love my body; it's the only one I'll ever have." The above statement from "Same Lov...

Changing How You Think About Your Body for Good

Kimberly Dark | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Kimberly Dark

That's so sad, I thought. It'd be so sad to feel that way, to think about oneself as being fat -- like it's an identity, like it's who you are. And the sweat ran through my hair and into a rivulet in front of my left ear and the room seemed to go dark.

23 Things You Should Never Say To A Curvy Woman

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 11.05.2013 | Women

Despite the fact that we should all know better, a shocking number of people think that it's acceptable to comment on women's bodies -- curvy, skinny,...

WATCH: How This Is Beautiful, Too

Posted 10.16.2013 | Women

"It's tough to be fat in this world... so how do you change that?" That's one of the questions health coach and fat acceptance activist Golda Poret...

Why Infidelity Is A Societal Problem

Vicki Larson | Posted 11.17.2013 | Divorce
Vicki Larson

Anyone who has been unfaithful and then gone to couples therapy to "work on the marriage" -- assuming he or she hasn't already been given the boot -- ...

Reclaiming the 'F' Word: It's For the Children

Katja Rowell, M.D. | Posted 10.14.2013 | Parents
Katja Rowell, M.D.

Fat is a descriptor, but in our increasingly fat-biased and phobic culture it has become strongly associated with undesirable traits like being lazy, stupid, mean and more likely to steal -- beliefs held by preschoolers and doctors alike.

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.

'I Absolutely Adore My Body'

Posted 07.24.2013 | Women

The conversations we have about body image can often be depressing -- we tend to focus on low self-esteem and the problematic messages we get from med...

Smile, Sizeist! New Tumblr Shames Fat Shamers

The Huffington Post | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 06.11.2013 | Women

You've probably seen it happen. If you are overweight, it may have happened to you. A complete stranger looks a fat person over and, loud enough for e...