Fighting Weight Stigma with Body Positivity

Today marks the first day of National Weight Stigma Awareness Week, an effort sponsored by the Binge Eating Disorder Association to build awareness of what weight stigma is, the harmful effects it can have on people of all ages in all environments, and what can be done to stop it.  The theme of this inaugural […]

It Happened This Week: Superstars, the Cockroach Effect, & We’re Back!

We’re back on WordPress and life is good.  Well, sorta.  We’ve got a lot of cleaning up to do of “stuff” that occurred during the transfer, but we’re definitely headed in the right direction. Speaking of headed in the right direction, here are some great things we’ve seen come across the web this week that […]

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 […]

It Happened This Week: Fat-Bashing as Science, Another Annoying Study, & Lap Bands Cause More Harm

“…we are also plagued by a national eating disorder of epic proportions predicated on the faulty belief that no one can be fat and healthy,….” So goes a spot-on post by Liz Snyder, farm-starter, food activist, nutritional anthropologist and mama, titled “Behind the Anti-Obesity Veil: Fat-Bashing as ‘Science.’” We also like her blog url: www.ieatreal.com. […]

It Happened This Week-Women’s Day, George Michael’s Un-Marijuana Diet, Lily Allen’s Bulimia Struggle

The 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day occurred this week, and many organizations seized the opportunity to highlight women’s continuing struggles across the globe, including in regards to health. In the U.S., 61.2% of women are “overweight” and 35.5% are “obese.” While weight is hardly the only indicator of health, those percentages are a bit […]

It Happened This Week – Michelle Obama and Gwyneth Paltrow Criticized During NEDA Week

In honor of this being National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, today the focus is on women’s body image in the public eye. And there has been plenty of talk on this topic recently… On his radio show on Monday, Rush Limbaugh criticized Michelle Obama’s dinner. The First Lady, whose wellness initiatives hope to teach children about fitness […]

It Happened This Week – Title X Funding, Aretha Franklin, and Simple Changes for Weight Loss

Many critics this week were decrying the effect proposed legislation might have on women’s health care. Several bills have been proposed recently that would decrease funding or even eradicate the Title X Family Planning program, which Nixon signed into law in 1970 to fund health clinics. One bill would stop all funding to any clinic […]

It Happened This Week – Love Yourself First

“Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” ~ Veronica A. Shoffstall A very happy Valentine’s Day weekend to our readers.  Be your own Valentine this year; change negative body image and realize your own beauty.  As Aimee Mullins said, “Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman […]

It Happened This Week – Food Trends for 2011, Resolutions and Revolutions

Resolutions?  Nah.  We prefer revolutions, such as the one encouraged by the Health at Every Size movement.  Instead of making shallow promises to diet, why not switch perspective to that of health, well-being, and loving yourself no matter what?  Model Isabelle Caro's death due to complications from anorexia was announced this week.  She was 28.  Known […]

Loving Ourselves in the New Year

There’s a great event going on over on Facebook encouraging a New Year’s ReVolution instead of the same old resolutions.  It’s focused on loving ourselves to wellness, e.g., the Health at Every SizeSM (HAES) approach, instead of, well, you know.  New Year’s resolutions are too often about focusing on what we hate. You can check […]

It Happened This Week – Baby Spanx, Healthy Vermont, Food Allergy Awareness

A friend of our blog, FitBottomedGirl, wrote this week about babies on diets, baby Spanx, and disordered eating in children, which is sadly on the rise.  But she offers better ideas to develop a healthy relationship with food for your children, too. Speaking of kids, the "Pink Stinks" campaign for greater gender equality in children's toys […]

Thankful for Health

A very happy Thanksgiving to our virtual community!  We are very grateful for each one of you.  As my mom always says in greeting today, "Gobble Gobble Gobble!"  When we sit down to enjoy the feast this holiday, it is inevitable that minds and conversation will turn to what are we thankful for.  When I […]

Dreams of Changing Attitudes

It's said there's truth in dreams.  My dreams the other night revolved around the question whether it is important to  change our attitudes  before changing our decisions.  I was thinking/dreaming about how it affected our ability to successfully put a healthy lifestyle in place.  Yes, we dietitians have strange dreams.  Or is just me?  🙂 […]

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 […]

It Happened This Week: What Really Matters When It Comes to Our Health

It’s so encouraging to see more articles like this one being written these days.  Check out “Is Our Obsession with Weight Misguided? Here’s What Really Matters When It Comes to Good Health” for a great review of the real issues to focus on when it comes to taking care of ourselves. What’s not so encouraging […]

It Happened This Week: Fat Prejudice, Bathing Suit Season, Talking to Our Kids & Intrinsic Exercise

The internet is buzzing these days with talk of fat acceptance.  It’s not a well-understood concept from a lot of perspectives, and perhaps one of the least understood is the impact of fat prejudice on the lives of those who society views as less than acceptable.  Harriet Brown enlightened a lot of people this week […]

Binge Eating, Body Image, FitBloggin’ & Health At Every Size

I returned from the first ever conference of the Binge Eating Disorder Association all fired up…again…about the value of the tenets of Health at Every Size as guiding principles in helping our society overcome the current epidemic of body dissatisfaction and related disorder eating/eating disorders.  Research continues to point to how changing our thinking to […]