The Binge Eating Diaries: Don’t Let Your Swimsuit Sabotage Your Summer

“OMG! Yay! It’s bathing suit season! I can’t wait to sift through racks of unflattering one pieces! I am so looking forward to reaffirming my suspicion that absolutely none of the cute bikinis come in my size! I love spending $80 on something I hate!“ …said no woman ever. I think bathing suits are miserable […]

3 Tips to Look Great in a Bathing Suit (That Don’t Include Exercise)

On a hot evening last July I asked my friend to join me for a quick dip in a local swimming hole. It was one of those hot and hazy days where the air is stale and you feel slimy even after you’ve just come out of the shower. (The Challenge of) Feeling Good in […]

‘Beach Body’ Ad Sparks Controversy: #AerieReal, Dove & Lane Bryant Challenge Weight Stigma

Here we go again Another ad promoting the perfect ‘beach body’ and defining it by parameters that most women can’t attain naturally, let alone healthfully. Dietary supplement maker Protein World is getting international publicity for an ad that’s gone viral – and not in a way they intended. “Are You Beach Body Ready?” This company’s […]

We Found a Scale We Highly Recommend! How Would You Use It?

There have been a few scales over the years that we think are a good idea for people who have a romance (spelled obsession) with the thing.  One has always been the Yay! scale that Marilyn Wann developed many years ago.  I remember at an ASDAH meeting where she debuted it, she had us all […]

Not So Ready To Wear

Emily’s post inspired me to write about my own fashion frustration. It’s certainly not a new frustration, just one that’s kept in check when shopping outside the plus-size arena. I’ve always harbored a fantasy about becoming a plus-size clothing designer. Why? Because as Emily and others have pointed out, fashion designers do not understand large […]

It Happened This Week: Cake, Incredibly Inspiring Weight Loss Blogs & Celebrity Weight Battles

Want to eat that piece of cake, but not sure you “should?”  Check out “Piece A’ Cake,” a video in which “a woman faces her insecurities as she battles the urge to devour a decadent piece of cake, imagining the dire, albeit irrational, consequences that will ensue.”  (That quote from the great new Venus Vision […]

It Happened this Week: Bikini Season, Healthy Geezers and Ann Taylor

Back in Skinny Jeans reminds us that there are more important things in life than being “bikini ready” for summer. Fred Cicetti, aka “The Healthy Geezer” wonders: Is it Safe to Exercise in Your 70s? The short answer is yes! Alternative Health Journal offers five great reasons not to fall for the latest fad diet. […]

Mrs. Obama’s Right to Bare Arms

Allow me to enter the culture wars for a moment. What’s the deal with Michelle Obama’s arms? I have no problem with her arms, which are lovely and strong, but rather the public’s reaction to them. Her bare shoulders and curved biceps have the entire country asking: How toned is too toned for women? Let’s […]

Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight in College — It’s Not Impossible!

In college, it was not unusual for me to order pizza at midnight. Whether I was writing a paper or hanging out with friends, food always seemed to be there. After going out to a party, most evenings ended with a trip to the local diner. Who doesn’t crave potato skins at four in the […]

On Meghan McCain, Tyra Banks & Hope

Have you been following the Meghan McCain body size debate over the last week?  If you’ve somehow missed it, Lesley at Fatshionista has a good review of what’s gone on. My take on it has to do with dismay, gratification and optimism. I’m appalled that a woman dissed Ms. McCain about her body size.  Guess […]

Weighing In: Gossip Website Only Dishes About Celebrity Weight

When I recently came across a website solely devoted to rumors of celebrity weight gain, celebrity diets and celebrity weight loss (mostly women's weight loss, of course), I was struck by the seemingly innocuous disclaimer of the website (which I will not promote by naming). It reads "All content on this website should be considered harmless speculation and gossip." Harmless? That's certainly […]

Weighing In: How to Improve Young Girls’ Body Image

Over the weekend, a relative’s daughter lamented that ‘she looked fat.’ Having just started first grade, and in reality being very slim, my young relative demonstrates how insidious the fear of fat can be.  Her mother has weight issues, but is careful not to share her frustration, comment on body sizes, or limit foods but […]

Weighing In – Literally

One of the worse memories I have growing up as a child was school ‘weigh in’ days.  From 1st grade to high school, I sat in terrified anticipation as I watched the school nurse drag a giant scale down the hall for my yearly humiliation.  Each class lined up in the hallway waiting to be […]

A Tale of Two Kitties

As interesting as they were to watch and anthropomorphically ponder, what I find noteworthy was that these two sisters – twins, if you will – managed to have completely incompatible eating styles, temperaments, and opposite body types! With genetics factored out, environment factored out, and the idea of considering food an “addiction” for a cat absurd, what could explain these differences?