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Fat Stigma

Becoming Travolta (Queer Fat Femmes in a World Without Role Models)

Kimberly Dark | Posted 09.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Kimberly Dark

It's not that I'm interested in being a guy, or taking on a romantic role other than my own, but Travolta is part of my adolescent history. He's really the only male actor I've imitated with any regularity -- and I became Travolta across a range of characters.

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.

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.

People Would Rather Lose $1,000 Than Gain This Much Weight

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 05.23.2013 | Women

Sixty-three percent of women would rather lose $1,000 than gain 20 pounds. This alarming statistic comes from a recent survey conducted by the Int...

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...

Skinny-People Only Speed Dating Is Back

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.16.2013 | Women

Speed-dating events for skinny people exist -- and journalist Rachel Rabbit White attended one undercover. In April, White went to one of On Speed ...

Let's Talk About Fat, Let's Talk About What You Think of Me

Maurice Tracy | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Maurice Tracy

America hates fat people. There, I said it. I'll say it again: America hates fat people. We make America feel uncomfortable. We require attention. You cannot ignore us as we walk down a street, or sit in our car, or dare to enter a mall.

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.'

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...

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 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?

Too Overweight For Medical Care?

Christine Ferguson | Posted 08.10.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Ferguson

More than 60 percent of American women are considered overweight. That's a lot of people to exclude from medical treatment.