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Turn Turn Turn —

February 23, 2015
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Metamorphosis Monday

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Trigger warning: Brief mention of weight loss.

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Stars, please shine the way for me
Show the one that I have followed
To see how far I’ve come.

~ Dawes, “How Far We’ve Come”

When I first started blogging, I had a great big bucket of fucks to give. About everything. Those of you I’ve known from the beginning have seen me spreading fucks around like I was Johnny Fucking Appleseed.

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Tomāto v. Tomăto —

February 20, 2015

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Trigger warning: Discussion of fat health and weight loss.

For nearly five months, I’ve tried to keep a relatively positive public stance on the discussions I’ve had behind the scenes about Health at Every Size® (HAES). My resolve hasn’t been perfect and I’ve lashed out at perceived hypocrisy, but I’ve tried to maintain a measured posture on what I have seen as a seismic shift in the HAES philosophy concerning the social determinants of health (SDH).

Today, I am ready to speak openly about my views, having finally published the HAES expert roundtable (Part 1 and Part 2), my interviews with SDH experts Dennis Raphael and Stephen Bezruchka, and the SDH impact roundtable (Part 1 and Part 2). What follows is what I consider to be my definitive treatise on HAES, the SDH, health and weight.

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Lived Experience: Part 2 —

February 20, 2015
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Trigger warning: Discussion of weight, eating disorders, health and weight loss.

Yesterday, we heard from seven women who shared their experiences with the social determinants of health (SDH) and how it has affected their self-care. For the final three questions, I ask them to describe their relationship to Health at Every Size® (HAES) and for their suggestions on how we, as a community, can address the social determinants of health. What’s awesome is that their answers sound a lot like the suggestions made by Dr. Dennis Raphael and Dr. Stephen Bezruchka, the two SDH experts with decades of research in this field. Read more…

Left Behind —

February 20, 2015

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Trigger warning: Discussion of diet and exercise as healthy lifestyle approaches.

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Dr. Stephen Bezruchka

Yesterday, we heard from Dr. Dennis Raphael, an expert on the social determinants of health (SDH). Today’s interview is with Dr. Raphael’s collaborator and colleague, Dr. Stephen Bezruchka, Senior Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Public Health. You might expect these two gentlemen to have similar approaches to the SDH, but I noticed a slight difference in their messages (although I’m sure they would agree with the ideas of the other). While Dr. Raphael emphasized civic involvement, Dr. Bezruchka promotes investment in early childhood development as the best bang for the buck. As for what each of us can do to fight back against socioeconomic inequity, it’s so simple you just need half an hour and an unwitting telemarketer. Read more…

Lived Experience: Part 1 —

February 19, 2015
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Serious trigger warning: Frank discussion of health, weight loss, weight loss surgery and eating disorders.

When I first began putting together a roundtable of Health at Every Size® (HAES) experts to discuss the social determinants of health (SDH), several people recommended that it would be valuable to have a similar roundtable with people who have felt the negative impact of the SDH.

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Staying Alive —

February 19, 2015

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This week is the five year anniversary of Fierce, Freethinking Fatties. I’m pretty proud of all we’ve accomplished over the years, but what I’m most proud of are the interviews I’ve been able to conduct with some of the most influential and knowledgeable experts on a great number of subjects affecting weight and health.

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“Clean” vs. “Dirty” — eating to optimize health?

February 18, 2015

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Trigger warning: Discussion of diets and weight loss.

I’ve been seeing quite a few comments on my Facebook feed about “clean” eating — how it’s so much healthier for one’s body and how easily it leads to weight loss are the two main recommendations that people give as the reason for eating a “clean” diet. So I decided to do a little research to find out just what all the fuss was about. Believe me, there is a lot of fuss about it going on too; advocates of “clean” eating are vehement about their choice to eat “clean” and some of them are very judgmental of anyone who doesn’t drop their “dirty” food habit immediately and jump on the bandwagon. Read more…

Be Sexy For Me

February 10, 2015

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I grew up in a fairly conservative and religious household. Sexuality was something to be repressed and ashamed of. My aunt used to slut shame before we were even thinking of sex. As I grew up and into feminism, I began reclaiming my sexuality. I came out as bisexual and poly, began dating, exploring, having fun, and all that good stuff that comes with being an independent adult (much to my mother’s dismay I might add).

Despite the fact that fat women are often either fetishized or desexualized, as a feminist I was picky about who I slept with, and overall it’s been empowering and a plain ol’ good time for everyone involved. In fact, I have a date this week that I’m looking forward to.

But what do I do when someone asks me to be sexy?

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Round and Round: Part 2 —

February 9, 2015

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Trigger warning: Discussion of weight loss, weight and health.

The following is the next part in my series asking Health at Every Size® (HAES) questions about how the social determinants of health (SDH) fits into the HAES model. You can read the first part here.

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Round and Round: Part 1 —

February 4, 2015

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Trigger warning: This post touches on issues of health and wellness, weight loss and eating disorders.

Perhaps you aren’t aware, but there’s a seismic shift happening within the Health at Every Size® (HAES) community. It all started with the book Body Respect by Lucy Aphramor and Linda Bacon.

As most of you know, Bacon wrote the groundbreaking book Health at Every Size, which tackled the way in which personal health behaviors can have a profoundly positive effect on metabolic health even if weight loss is not a  consequence of those behaviors.

Bacon’s book was a seismic shift in itself, directly challenging the orthodox view that weight loss is the end all, be all goal for overall health and well-being. When I began blogging back in 2009, my goal was to explore the science of HAES and to find out for myself whether weight loss was necessary for health. I’m pretty sure you all know where I stand now.

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