Basically every paragraph in this piece by Roxane Gay is quotable. Women and weight, The Biggest Loser, what we deserve, what we deny, how we punish, our shameful narratives, our shame about our shame about our shameful narratives…
Every day I think how sad it would be if the entire story of my life was about my war with my body. How pathetic. I have a really good, interesting, full life. I’ve been married almost 24 years in a relationship I love. I enjoy deep friendships. I have a faith that means so much to me. I have a writing career I never imagined. I’m a National Book Award Finalist! How do I let the story about myself be about weight, and how I’m not good enough because of it, day in and day out? HOW? What in the hell, how has this happened, why am I not yet beyond this.
So well said.
This is Redefining Body Image's go-to list of resources, articles, research, videos, etc. providing facts and information regarding health and body image, especially dedicated to debunking the everyone's favorite myth that fat = unhealthy.
If I referred you to this page and this way of thinking about fat and fat health is new to you, I encourage you to have an open mind.
If you have something to add, please submit! The more this list grows, the more ammo we have to back us up in our fight against the body positive nay-sayers.
Let the facts come marching in.
- Articles and Evidence by the Fat Nutritionist that go into some of the controversies around dieting, weight, and eating.
- A massive list of resources discussing the truth behind fat health can be found over at Big Liberty Blog, titled Truth Behind Fat: References.
- One of my staple resources, Kate Harding answers the ever popular question directed at fat activists: "But Don’t You Realize Fat Is Unhealthy?"
- Some more from the lovely Kate Harding: “Reality vs. Relativism" and "Diets Don’t Work”.
- A scientific study helping to prove how diets really work by, Junkfood Science - How We’ve Come to Believe that Overeating Causes Obesity
- More of Me to Love discusses fat health, fitness, and health at every size.
- Everyone Knows Obesity Is Hurting Us, But Is the Fight Against Obesity the Problem? - Linda Bacon, Ph.D.
- The Health At Every Size® Manifesto.
- Heart Surgeon Speaks Out Against What Really Causes Heart Disease - A very interesting and informative piece that details new studies on heart disease.
- Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift
- Medicare’s search for effective obesity treatments: diets are not the answer.
- The TRUE Cost of Fatties - Looking closely at how obesity impacts gas costs and health care, which is to say not at all.
- More on Obesity and Healthcare Costs here.
- Stereotype Management Skills by Deb Burgard, PhD. discusses how to refute fat shaming propaganda, among other helpful things.
- Uncommon Knowledge About Changes in Body Weight by Lily O’Hara
- Things Obesity is Not by Ragen Chastain
- 'Everyone knows' obesity kills, but is weight loss the answer? by Lydia Turner
- Above-Normal Weight Alone Does Not Necessarily Increase Short-Term Risk of Death, U.S. Data Suggest - Science Daily, July 2012
- Among diabetes patients, the obese outlive the trim - a study that cracks fat health stereotypes about type 2 diabetes
- 'Fitness and Fatness': Not All Obese People Have the Same Prognosis; Second Study Sheds Light On 'Obesity Paradox' - People can be obese but metabolically healthy and fit, with no greater risk of developing or dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer than normal weight people, according to the largest study ever to have investigated this seeming paradox.
- This TED talk by Julie Rochefort called “Shift the Focus” discusses and displays a lot of really important data based around the fact that health is possible at EVERY size. A short 8 minute video that covers a lot of ground in a short amount of time.
- This extensive article by Glenn Gaesser, Ph.D. called Obesity, Health, and Metabolic Fitness debunks a number of myths regarding fat health. Many important topics are covered, from “thinner is not necessarily healthier” to “emphasis on weight loss” being “misdirected and hazardous”, to challenging the link between obesity and heart disease. A very comprehensive and informative resource.
- Fear Mongering for the Nation by Fat Body Politics - A critical look at the HBO documentary Weight of the Nation.
- Why Diets are Harmful and Counterproductive by Linda Bacon challenges conventional wisdom regarding obesity and weight loss to support the conclusion that “Weight is a baseless measure for health, and weight loss a counterproductive goal.”
- Peter Attia Ted Talk: Is the “obesity crisis” hiding a bigger problem? - Challenges conventional approaches to how diabetes and fat health is framed in society, touching on the science involved in insulin resistance and metabolic issues.
Fat Acceptance/Size Discrimination Related Resources (WIP)
- Ever wanted to learn more about Fat Acceptance? Check out the Fat Acceptance FAQ over at Spilt Milk, complete with a list of links to some great health-related info.
- 5 Fat Acceptance Myths Debunked - Debunking myths such as “Fat acceptance demands complete confidence and self-love at all times.”
- NAAFA Official Website
- The Association for Size Diversity and Health // Research Articles
Body Positivity Resources (WIP)
- Body Positivity 101 by The Ellipses Project
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how to dress for your shape: are you human-shaped? play up your natural sex appeal by wearing whatever the fuck you want
Life Tip: As the weather gets warmer, continue to wear whatever the fuck you want. Flaunt everything or keep it cool under cover. Dress to make yourself feel rad.
how to get a bikini body:
put a bikini on your body
Want to look great naked? Take all your clothes off.
Want to feel good in bed? Try a Tempurpedic mattress.body positive body image this is good yes
It is none of my goddamned business if a random 400-pound (or 150-pound, or 90-pound) woman is healthy or not. Just as it’s none of my business how much money she makes or how her sex life is going. Health is private. Period.
What I do believe – and what I feel perfectly qualified to proclaim from the rooftops - is that every woman at every weight, shape, and size deserves to be treated with respect, deserves to feel loved, deserves to make her own decisions about her own body. Every woman at every weight, shape, and size deserves to have a fabulous time exploring her personal style and honing her unique look. Every woman at every weight, shape, and size can define health for herself. And, above all, every woman at every weight, shape, and size deserves to be happy. Every woman at every weight, shape, and size CAN be happy. And anyone who claims that happiness is contingent on weight is foolish and misguided, prejudiced and small-minded.
I’m not interested in quantifying the health of other women. I’m not qualified to make decrees about the health of other women. But I’m making it my life’s work to make sure that other women are happy. Happy with their lives, their bodies, their very existences.
Because happiness trumps everything, and we all deserve a piece of it. ALL of us. Including you."
I believe this could have included gender neautral pronouns but overall it hits the spot right.
How stripping off to play Helen of Troy on the London stage changed the way I feel about my body
It’s October. It’s dusk. It’s the second week of rehearsals for The Trojan Women, a modern version of Euripides’ tragedy in which I’m greedily playing three different roles: Cassandra, the…
Louise Brealey wrote this and it is a MUST READ.louise brealey feminism body image celebs molly hooper acting nude scenes
But then, the truth was never really the point. Thin women don’t tell their fat friends ‘You’re not fat’ because they’re confused about the dictionary definition of the word, or their eyes are broken, or they were raised on planets where size 24 is the average for women. They don’t say it because it’s the truth. They say it because fat does not mean just fat in this culture. It can also mean any or all of the following:
Just plain icky
So when they say ‘You’re not fat,’ what they really mean is ‘You’re not a dozen nasty things I associate with the word fat.’ The size of your body is not what’s in question; a tape measure or a mirror could solve that dispute. What’s in question is your goodness, your lovability, your intelligence, your kindness, your attractiveness. And your friends, not surprisingly, are inclined to believe you get high marks in all those categories. Ergo, you couldn’t possibly be fat."
“Robin, I want to marry you no matter what…assuming you don’t turn into a big fat fatty.”
WHY DOES EVERY SHOW HAVE TO THROW IN SOMETHING TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT BEING FAT IS A REASON NOT TO BE WITH SOMEONE? KEVIN’S FINE NOT HAVING CHILDREN SOLELY BECAUSE ROBIN DOESNT WANT TO, EVEN THOUGH HE ALWAYS HAS. BUT IF SHE GETS FAT, DEALS OFF? HE’S SUPPOSED TO BE A FUCKING THERAPIST AND HE’S A FUCKING DICK INSTEAD. I DON’T CARE IF IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE A JOKE, BE MORE CREATIVE AND LAY OFF THE FAT JOKES, MEDIA.
Good thing Robin has a long line of guys just waiting for her. Let’s hope she doesn’t gain weight, or else she’s bound to die alone. Thanks HIMYM, just adding to the long list of reminders telling me I’m dying alone.
I am disappointed in you, HIMYM writers. You used to be better than this.himym body image media television
Avoid Holiday Weight Shame — Ragen (danceswithfat)
I think I’m going to give out Happy New Year cards that have this inside.