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Fat Acceptance

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...

'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...

Fat Makes Men Look Powerful, Claims A Man

Nina Bahadur | Posted 07.04.2013 | Women
Nina Bahadur

The message: having a body is never easy, never okay. Being attractive is, at least until childbirth, the female body's main job. As RuPaul put it, 'Girl, you better work.'

LOOK: Yet Another Reason Why 'Fat' Isn't A Bad Word

The Huffington Post | Christina Huffington | Posted 04.11.2013 | Healthy Living

We're bombarded every day with the idea that fat is bad -- weight loss commercials, magazine covers, those annoying little pop-up spam ads that tell m...

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...

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 ...

Why I Took This Picture -- And Put It On The Internet

Stella Boonshoft | Posted 12.18.2012 | Women
Stella Boonshoft

This picture is for me. For the girl who hated her body so much she cried for hours over the fact she would never be thin. Who was teased and tormented and hurt just for being who she was. I'm so over that.

Why I Can't Quite Be Okay With 'Okay at Any Size'

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 12.17.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

So "okay at any size" seems to be gathering pop culture momentum. And I regret to say, I can't be entirely okay with that. It's not the size I'm not okay with -- it's the consequences.

The Last Acceptable Prejudice in America

Dr. Jonny Bowden | Posted 12.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonny Bowden

Prejudice against the obese is the last "acceptable" prejudice in America. The overweight are treated differently. They're looked at differently. They're stared at, sneered at, and discriminated against.

Fat Activist Lesley Kinzel on How to Stop Dieting and Start Loving Your Body

Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W. | Posted 08.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W.

Truthfully, I'm all for self-acceptance, but I've had trouble embracing the fat acceptance movement. Until, that is, I devoured Two Whole Cakes, the delightful, insightful new book by fat activist Lesley Kinzel.

XOJane & Gabi Fresh Fatkini Gallery Shows Off Body Diversity In Swimwear

Emma Gray | Posted 07.25.2012 | Women
Emma Gray

Every year, dozens of magazine covers and websites shout about the latest celebrity showing off her "bikini body" and promise women a "surefire way" to "get bikini body ready!" Of course, the result of all of these headlines is that many women never feel as as though their own bodies are "ready" enough.