From Shame to Binge Eating to Body Acceptance: One Woman’s Journey

The following post originally appeared on the Health at Every Size® (HAES) blog, which is owned and operated by the Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH). ASDAH is an international organization that works tirelessly to promote a new “peace movement” — one that measures health by many factors, including the right to be peaceful in your […]

Can You Be Fat and Healthy?

According to the latest headlines, you can’t be fat and healthy. I imagine you’ve seen/heard those headlines in recent days. They’re about a study that was just published looking at the question of whether a person can be healthy at higher weights. “Fat and healthy is a myth” (LA Times) “New research disputes fat but […]

Fiona Apple: Is Her Weight Anyone’s Business?

Fiona Apple is one of my favorite female artists. Very rarely do I click on any of the headlines from my MSN home page, but seeing that she had fans commenting about her health status during one of her recent shows piqued my interest. Apparently, mid-set the fan yelled out “Fiona get healthy, we want to see […]

“Fat: The Owner’s Manual” Book Review

Ragen Chastain is a former national dance champion and choreographer. She is also fat. And she’s got a lot to say about fat acceptance and the Health at Every Size movement. I’ve read a few books about how to live your life as a fat person and was not impressed. Ragen’s book, “Fat: The Owner’s […]

Health at Every Size: Book Review and Giveaway

Today, Linda Bacon, PhD, and author of “Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight” is guest speaking at Green Mountain. In advance of her visit, alum and blogger Jill C offers her take on the book and Dr. Bacon’s philosophies. Leave a question for Dr. Bacon in the comments below, and we’ll […]

Support HAES with Your Holiday Shopping

When you shop from links on, a small percentage of the sale will go to Lifestyle Watchers(R), a new non-profit organization dedicated to providing an alternative to weight watching and yo-yo dieting. Lifestyle Watchers is the brainchild of psychotherapist Kelly Bliss, who developed the Plus Size Yellow Pages back in 2000.  She’s spent a […]

How Well Has Not Liking Yourself Worked So Far?

Today’s post is another from a blog I wrote for a couple of years ago.  It addresses the subject of size acceptance, and it’s a subject that confounds many of our best efforts.  I often ask women to imagine that after successfully putting a healthy lifestyle in place, they found their weight remained the same. […]

Is Concern over Fat More about Esthetics than Health?

To many of us, the title of this post is a bit of a duh.  When it comes down to it, for many, many people, the struggle of weight is primarily focused on how we look.  Thin remains in.  Following is a post I wrote for Real Deal Girls a while ago but for some […]

Is the War on Obesity Worth Fighting?

Today’s post is written by Marci Anderson, RD, a registered dietitian in the Boston area who works exclusively with people who struggle with eating disorders, body image and weight concerns, as well as emotional and compulsive eating.  The post details her thoughts after listening to a debate of the same name as this post at […]

Does Obesity Kill?

The best laid plans….  No, we’re not on WordPress yet, and at this point, we’re not sure when we will  be.  So back to the basics. Speaking of which, did you see the study published last week that utilized the Edmonton Obesity Staging System to determine health risks of obesity?  It showed something that many […]

Taking on a Weighty Issue

Readers of this blog are likely familiar with weight stigma.  But if you need a definition, here’s a good one from Janet Zimmerman, intern for the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA): “Weight stigma is bullying, teasing, negative body language, harsh comments, discrimination, or prejudice based upon a person’s body size. Weight stigma is something that […]

Changing Our Focus: How Forgetting about Weight Loss Helps Us Get Healthy

In case you missed all the ways we’ve been getting the word out (Twitter, Facebook, email), we’ll tell you here.  A story on Health at Every Size that features Green Mountain hit the newstands this week.  Delightful writer Marjorie Ingall visited us a few months ago on behalf of Prevention magazine after the editors had […]

It Happened Last January: The Truth About the Health Risks of Fat

Playing a little catch-up here, the result of a presentation I debuted yesterday at Green Mountain. In it, I reviewed a few of the conclusions from a paper published last January (hence the title of this post) in the Nutrition Journal by Linda Bacon of HAES fame and Lucy Aphramor.  It’s titled “Weight Science: Evaluating […]

How Size Acceptance Promotes Health

Social rejection may increase inflammation in the body.  Or so is the implication of a small study out of the University of California at Los Angeles that found higher levels of inflammatory markers among test subjects who had undergone simulated social rejection.  Which got me to thinking about social rejection of fat people, many of […]

Sasha & Malia on a Diet?

Michele Obama recently made headlines by announcing that because her daughters were becoming overweight, she had made a few changes around their house. Less television watching, switching to low-fat milk, water in their lunchboxes, more fruit and veggies at meals. On the surface, seemingly admirable moves as it’s generally accepted that the eating habits and […]

For a Smaller Waist, Eat Red Meat, Butter & Whole Milk?

I recently rediscovered the blog Junkfood Science whose author Sandy Szwarc, BSN, RN, CCP describes as “critical examinations of studies and news on food, weight, health and healthcare that mainstream media misses.  Debunks popular myths, explains science and exposes fraud that affects your health.” Like us at Green Mountain at Fox Run, Sandy is an […]