Monthly Archives: October 2012

The underwhelming effect of 5% weight loss on diabetes

There are a couple articles out (from Gina Kolata and Paul Campos) about an 11-year study that looked at the effect of a 5% weight loss on people with type 2 diabetes–specifically, its effect on heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular … Continue reading

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Good and bad stuff from Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates pushes back against the trivialization of women’s literal labor in pregnancy. (Yay!) And he also mentions a way in which medical bias against fat patients (potentially interacting with racism and sexism, and in particular the tendency to see … Continue reading

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Don’t worry, we’re immune to bias. We’re scientists.

Recently there was a study with unsurprising [to me] results, which received a surprising [to me] reaction from scientists. The low representation of women in science is often dismissed as a product of women’s own interest or aptitude, but a … Continue reading

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Finding the “evidence for” self-hate in your own behavior

Inspired by this post by Brian at Red No. 3, I decided to write a description of myself as a “good fatty” and as a “bad fatty”. “Good” closetpuritan recently ran in a 5k and did not come in last … Continue reading

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Sizism vs. Healthism: Some Perspective Part 2

There’s been a fair amount of talk on FA blogs off and on about “Good Fatties” and “Bad Fatties”. Good Fatties are basically fatties that break fat stereotypes: they eat lots of “healthy” foods (or they don’t eat a lot … Continue reading

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101: Social barriers to healthy behaviors

This is my own experience with social barriers to stereotypically healthy behaviors like exercise and eating “healthy” foods. (I say “stereotypically”, because there are a lot of other things that are important for health that we don’t associate with fat … Continue reading

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Sizism and Healthism: Some Perspective

I talked a little bit about healthism at the end of a recent post, linking to JoannaDeadWinter, who clarified her position a bit in comments. I wanted to talk some more about it. I think that health should not be … Continue reading

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