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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“No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.”

I’m really sick of hearing the quote, “No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.” Not because I necessarily dislike or disagree with the quote, but because I keep seeing it used to shut up people when they … Continue reading

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Fat is not a video game

One criticism I’ve heard of pickup artists and their followers is that they think that girls are like a video game, and if you just use the right strategy/cheat code, you can get the woman you’re targeting to go out … Continue reading

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It’s not all about Lady Gaga

I mean that both in the sense that Lady Gaga is not the one who should be given the most attention when it comes to body issues, and that the fact that Lady Gaga getting so much attention isn’t really … Continue reading

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