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Friday, August 13th, 2010
10:16 pm
Friday, October 2nd, 2009
11:29 am
I got a link request :) Remember those? This is a lovely blog I have happily linked to on anysize.org:


Current Mood: happy
Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
1:06 pm
inspiring site
Thanks nolly for the link! Now I want to find a nice post-it pad.
Monday, April 27th, 2009
6:49 pm
from reuters
By Edith Honan Edith Honan – 1 hr 38 mins ago

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Kate Harding has spent most of her life on one diet or another, losing weight but always gaining it back. Determined to improve her quality of life, she joined a fast-growing group of anti-dieting activists promoting overweight people's civil rights.

Launching an anti-dieting blog called Shapely Prose, Harding and other fat-acceptance advocates online -- calling themselves the fat-o-sphere -- are also educating one another about how to improve overweight people's health.

She and other bloggers with names like FatChicksRule and Big Liberty say society's "war on obesity" makes overweight people hate their bodies and suffer from low self-esteem.

"Being fat doesn't make me lazy or stupid or morally suspect," said Harding, 34, of Chicago, who also has written a book, "Lessons from the Fat-o-Sphere."

"The message we're promoting is health at every size."

Her blog entries criticize dieting obsessions and ponder coverage of weight issues in the mainstream media.

Since launching her blog, Harding, who says she is 5 foot 2 inches tall and about 195 pounds (88 kg), says her body image has improved. But she admits wearing a bathing suit in public "can still throw me for a bit of a loop."

Fat-acceptance advocates are starting to organize to promote anti-bias laws, encourage tolerance in health care and the workplace and help retailers recognize the profit potential of catering to plus-size customers.

"People are just beginning to think about being empowered," said Lynn McAfee, director of medical advocacy at the nonprofit Council on Size and Weight Discrimination.

"The emphasis has just been 'lose weight and everything will be fine,' and it's becoming really clear that people aren't losing weight," she said. "So we want to shift the emphasis to making us as healthy as we can be at whatever weight we are."

Activists say the movement is beginning to amass some victories, from larger seat belts in cars to a decision by the Supreme Court in Canada that obese and disabled people traveling on airplanes can't be forced to buy a second seat.

The Fox television network is developing a reality show featuring "average looking" people called "More to Love," billed as a "dating show for the rest of us."

The National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance, a civil rights group formed in 1969, has found new life as fat-acceptance advocates gain force online.

There are now more than 50 fat-acceptance blogs and more than a dozen books promoting the idea, from Linda Bacon's "Health at Every Size" to Wendy Shanker's "The Fat Girl's Guide to Life." There are even romance novels featuring plus-sized characters with names like "Dangerous Curves Ahead."

But the dominant view remains that overweight people should be focused on losing weight.

Some two-thirds of Americans are considered overweight or obese. Cities across the country have declared wars on obesity, calling it a costly public health crisis that increases the risk of heart disease, type two diabetes and certain cancers.

Obesity-related health care cost upward of $100 billion a year, research shows.


There are no U.S. laws prohibiting weight discrimination, and only one state, Michigan, has an anti-weight bias law. Legislatures in Massachusetts and Nevada have taken up size-bias bills, but similar efforts have failed in recent years.

Weight discrimination is pervasive, said Rebecca Puhl, director of research at Yale University's Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.

An "obesity wage penalty" -- larger employees getting paid less regardless of job performance -- is widespread, and research shows overweight people are less likely to land a job or be promoted than a non-obese worker, she said.

"We do need to fight obesity, but not obese people," said Puhl. "Individuals ... who are discriminated against because of their weight are more likely to engage in unhealthy eating behaviors and avoidance of physical activity."

Anecdotal evidence also suggests overweight people avoid trips to the doctor out of fear of being mocked.

According to NAAFA, about 70 percent of overweight and obese women have experienced bias from doctors. Others complain of being turned down by health-insurance companies.

Bloggers in the fat-o-sphere track cases of discrimination they say go uncovered in the mainstream media.

Just recently, United Airlines, a unit of UAL Corp, said it will require obese passengers bumped from full flights to purchase two seats on a subsequent flight. That would match the policies of other carriers, including Continental, Delta, JetBlue and Southwest Airlines.


Deb Malkin, 39, considers herself a fat-acceptance advocate but leaves the political battles to others.

Instead, in what she describes as a labor of love, Malkin has opened ReDress, a plus-sized vintage clothing boutique in New York's Brooklyn borough.

Housed in an airy 3,000 square-foot (280 square meter) space, ReDress sells frilly dresses, formal gowns and jeans, all in size 14 and up.

One recent afternoon, shoppers carried armloads of clothing to spacious dressing rooms, while sales assistants compared the comfort of ReDress to the more typical shopping humiliations of plus-sized consumers.

"There's a whole indy fashion world that we don't have access to," said Malkin. "I think women just come in here and are so excited."

Bevin Branlandingham, who considers herself a fat activist, has worked in Malkin's store since it opened in November.

Sorting through lingerie, a frock from the 1960s and a colorful size 22 dress by Calvin Klein, Branlandingham said she likes to help women overcome hatred of their bodies.

Branlandingham, who is partial to dresses with plunging neck lines, says she discourages women from buying so-called goal outfits that are too small and instead pick out things that flatter their figures.

"I feel like my life's mission is to make the world safer for people to love themselves no matter what their differences," she said.
Wednesday, September 17th, 2008
2:49 pm
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
3:41 pm
BECAUSE being a hot fat girl is a lot of work
(stolen from Moxie on tribe)
BECAUSE being a hot fat girl is a lot of work and is undervalued or unrecognized. Because a fat girl still has to pay more money for uglier clothes or spend 11 hours at the thrift store to find anything hot to wear. Because if you take the elevator people think you're lazy but if you're on the treadmill people laugh. Because men like John Goodman and Bernie Mac get to have careers on television but sitcom moms of three still have size-two waists. Because even feminist magazines publish fat-phobic articles under the guise of it being a "health issue." Because anti-capitalist activists still use expressions like "fat capitalist pig." Because girls are dieting at the age of nine. Because side effects of the most popular diet drugs are seizures, heart failure, fecal urgency, breast cancer, lung disease, insomnia, nausea and vomiting, dangerously high blood pressure, abnormal heartbeat, psychosis, strokes, hallucinations and sudden death. Because the Cooper Institute's ongoing study of 30,000 people has found that those who are fittest live the longest, no matter what they weigh. Because the doctor who said that there were 30,000 "obesity-related" deaths each year received over $2 million in research funding from Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers. Because that study prompted the FDA to approve Phen-Phen and Redux. Because fat hatred is a money-making industry. Because fat people who exercise live longer than thin people who don't. Because if you lose weight 'cause you're sick people tell you how great you look. Because hatred is so ingrained in every single one of us, especially inside the heart of even the hottest fat girl. Because even the most progressive people don't talk or write about it. Because I am tired of being ignored, invisible, de-sexualized and told that I have such a pretty face. Because it's not fat that kills, it's fear of fat. For all that and more I am a part of the HOT FAT GIRL REVOLUTION!

x-posted to my journal & anysize
Tuesday, April 15th, 2008
5:01 pm
anti ana law - article from y! news
PARIS - In image-conscious France, it may soon be a crime to glamorize the ultra-thin. A new French bill cracks down on Web sites that advise anorexics on how to starve — and could be used to hit fashion industry heavyweights, too.

The groundbreaking bill, adopted Tuesday by Parliament's lower house, recommends fines of up to $71,000 and three-year prison sentences for offenders who encourage "extreme thinness." It goes to the Senate in the coming weeks.

Critics said the bill is too vague about whom it is targeting and doesn't even clearly define "extreme thinness."

If passed, the law would be the strongest of its kind anywhere, fashion industry experts said. It is the latest measure proposed after the 2006 anorexia-linked death of Brazilian model Ana Carolina Reston prompted efforts throughout the fashion industry to address the health repercussions of ultra-thin models.

Doctors and psychologists treating patients with anorexia nervosa — a disorder characterized by an extreme fear of becoming overweight — welcomed the French effort, but said anorexia's link with media images remains hazy.

For the bill's backers, the message behind the measure is important enough.

The bill's author, conservative French lawmaker Valery Boyer, said she wanted to encourage discussion about women's health and body image. Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot said Web sites that encourage young girls to starve should not be protected by freedom of expression.

So-called "pro-ana" — for pro-anorexia — sites and blogs have flourished in the United States and beyond, often hosted by adolescents sharing stories of how they deprive their bodies of nourishment.

French lawmakers and fashion industry members signed a nonbinding charter last week on promoting healthier body images. In 2007, Spain banned from catwalks models whose body mass-to-height ratio is below 18.

Bill author Boyer said such measures did not go far enough.

Her bill has focused attention on pro-anorexia Web sites that give advice on how to eat an apple a day — and nothing else.

The sites claim to provide emotional support for people who want to become anorexic. Photos of waif-like celebrities are given as "Thinspirations" on one blog, along with a list of advice on "how to skip meals." The site's host writes that she is not yet 15.

Boyer said in a telephone interview that her proposed legislation would enable a judge to sanction those responsible for a magazine photo of a model whose "thinness altered her health."

"That is the objective of this text," she said, without specifying who in particular might be prosecuted.

"The socio-cultural and media environment seems to favor the emergence of troubled nutritional behavior, and that is why I think it necessary to act," she said. Boyer insisted she wasn't out to punish models or anorexics themselves.

The bill would make it illegal to "provoke a person to seek excessive weight loss by encouraging prolonged nutritional deprivation that would have the effect of exposing them to risk of death or directly compromise health."

It calls for prison terms of up to two years and fines of up to $47,000 for offenders, with punishment increasing to three years in prison and a $71,000 fine in cases where a victim dies of an eating disorder.

Socialist lawmaker Catherine Coutelle said the bill was introduced to lawmakers too quickly — less than two weeks ago, on April 3 — to allow for thorough discussion before Tuesday's vote.

Legislator Jean-Marie Le Guen argued against legislating "social norms" and said there was no proof that anorexia comes from imitation. "What is extreme thinness?" he asked.

While the health dangers of anorexia are obvious, opponents said it should be up to parents and doctors — not the government — to deal with the reasons for eating disorders.

Didier Grumbach, president of the French Federation of Couture, rejected legislating body weight.

"Never will we accept in our profession that a judge decides if a young girl is skinny or not skinny," he said. "That doesn't exist in the world, and it will certainly not exist in France."

Modeling agencies had mixed reactions.

Patrick Lemire of Marilyn modeling agency in Paris, said he believed the bill only affected pro-anorexia Web sites, and brushed off concerns about its affect on the fashion industry.

"We don't have anything to do with health problems of the anorexic kind. The models (at our agency) are thin, but not anorexic," he said.

Juliette Menager, casting director for Joule Studio in Paris, said clearer guidelines on model weight could be a good thing.

"There is definitely an enormous problem," she said, describing some demands from magazine stylists as "completely sick." She said some models she represents lose even more weight for fashion shows.

"They are so thin during the shows, much more than the rest of the year. Sometimes it's really scary, like a concentration camp."

The Council of Fashion Designers of America adopted guidelines last year saying it wants its models to be healthy and not anorexic or bulimic. The guidelines are not binding and do not mention a specific mass-to-height ratio.

"While the guidelines are not mandatory and no law exists, each season we continue to hear stories of designers, stylists and agents refusing to work with models who appear unhealthy and supporting them by connecting them to resources and help," Steven Kolb, the group's executive director, said in an e-mailed statement.

The French health minister also suggested imposing limits on the body mass index of models at French fashion shows, and said France could push for a Europe-wide anti-anorexia measure when it takes over the rotating presidency of the European Union in July.

Most of the 30,000 to 40,000 people with anorexia in France are women, the Health Ministry says, as are most of the millions of people around the world who suffer from eating disorders.

Marleen S. Williams, a psychology professor at Brigham Young University in Utah who researches the media's effect on anorexic women, said it was nearly impossible to prove the media causes eating disorders.

Williams said studies show fewer eating disorders in "cultures that value full-bodied women." Yet with the new French legal initiative, she fears, "you're putting your finger in one hole in the dike, but there are other holes, and it's much more complex than that."


Associated Press writers Emmanuel Georges-Picot and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.
Friday, November 16th, 2007
10:29 am
A little extra weight can help you live longer according to study.
NY Times (no longer requires registration) has an article that says "they report that overweight people have a lower death rate because they are much less likely to die from a grab bag of diseases that includes Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, infections and lung disease."

Monday, September 10th, 2007
7:20 am

The big headline news this morning is "OMG look at Britney Spears' fat tummy" and "Look how fat and out of shape she's gotten" based on this picture of her at the MTV awards last night. WTF?
I hate this kinda stuff :(

Current Mood: annoyed
Thursday, June 7th, 2007
3:15 pm
Meme Roth, who is the director of some obesity awareness foundation, is in the news for calling Jordin Sparks, a contestant of american idol, "Obese" "a picture of unheath" and "all that is unhealthy in america" WTF. after reading that, I looked up the girl's picture online (I don't watch tv much) and she looks a normal healthy weight. There is no way she could be considered obese!!! That just breaks my brain. I'd have called her normal weight. apparently not looking like an anorexic starlet equals obese now? Ugh
Friday, April 13th, 2007
10:46 pm
Fat rant!
Thanks, moonfroggy, for letting me know about this video.


Well said!

Current Mood: sleepy
Saturday, October 28th, 2006
2:47 am
BBC documentary
Has anyone watched the UK documentary "F*** Off I'm Fat"?

From the site:

F*** Off I’m Fat is a funny, opinionated documentary fronted by 21-stone comedian Ricky Grover. "Fat people are still often thought of as lazy, stupid, smelly, or ugly. I’m fed up of the way fat people are treated..." he says.

Sounds interesting to me.
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006
5:47 pm

This is a long and brilliant post that talks about everything that anysize is about!

Saturday, September 30th, 2006
4:40 pm
Article in East Bay Express
So, I was bored one day so I got a copy of the East Bay Express (a local free newspaper, like the Metro in San Jose, or SF Weekly in San Francisco, and presumably others like that in other places)
The main article featured the lady who wrote Fat! So? And it was pretty interesting they talked about her and a lot of other things, so if you're interested, here is the link.
Fat! Fit? Fabulous!


Current Mood: okay
Sunday, September 24th, 2006
1:28 pm
The Billboard Liberation Front is a very cool thing, and it reminded me of some of the signs that ashi did!

We should get them doing anysize stuff :)

Tuesday, September 19th, 2006
2:23 pm
Does anyone know of a way to contact the organising people for the fashion show with the BMI limits? I would really like to write to them...

Friday, September 15th, 2006
8:12 pm
Crossposted from my own LJ:

Lots and lots and lots about fat fabulousness with mentions of Big Burlesque, the Phat Fly Girls, etc. in the East Bay Express today:
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Tuesday, September 12th, 2006
11:13 pm
Minimum BMI at major fashion show.
MADRID (Reuters) - The world's first ban on overly thin models at a top-level fashion show in Madrid has caused outrage among modeling agencies and raised the prospect of restrictions at other venues.

Full story:

Thanks, sylvan, for the link!
Sunday, April 30th, 2006
7:40 pm

Found this group via the LA Times Festival of Books. I especially liked the flyer that looks like a standard before/after weight-loss thing until you read it -- the pictures are the same person in a different pose not more than ten minutes later.
Tuesday, December 27th, 2005
11:00 am
Anyone have a good idea for an anysize.org icon? I could just have the domain text, but something nifty that would fit into 100x100 pixels and look good would rock...
Oh, maybe I could animate one to fit more stuff in...
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