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July 19, 2013

Each week here at FFF, we try to discuss things in the news, but sometimes we just don’t have the time, sanity points, or will to discuss things. So let’s let the Dogs of News sniff interesting,  infuriating, and entertaining things from around the web. These might prompt future posts, but feel free to let out your opinions about anything here in the comment section.


  • Self-depreciating “fat talk” isn’t appreciated by anyone, but people (read: women) feel compelled to do it anyway. In a study about body size and positive or negative self-comments, “The most likable woman chosen by the students was overweight and quoted as saying: ‘I know I’m not perfect, but I love the way I look. I know how to work with what I’ve got, and that’s all that matters.’ The results were heartening, Dr. Corning said, a glimmer that nearly two decades of positive body-image campaigns may be taking hold.”
  • I read a lot about people in our community who suffer from anxiety and/or post-traumatic stress disorder, so here is some good news. A new study shows that mindful stretching and meditation are beneficial to reducing the prevalence of both. There are also several apps that you can download for your smartphones or tablets to help relieve or reduce symptoms.
  • Obesity fears are starting younger and younger, and now there are articles about how to “avooid having an obese baby.” Fuck you, just screw the hell off and die bastards.
  • Most junk food will be gone from cafeterias and vending machines in US schools by the end of the year thanks to new rules the USDA have passed, and lots of people are happy about this. While I think that children should have access to healthy foods, I am nervous that this will have bad consequences for fat children, namely increased bullying from both peers and “well-meaning” adults.
  • When life takes a crap on you, you are up to your neck in trolls, are doubting your very existence, or you just run out of steam at the end of the day, try self-affirmations. No, really! “Results showed that self-affirmation improved problem-solving performance in underperforming chronically stressed individuals. This research suggests a novel means for boosting problem-solving under stress and may have important implications for understanding how self-affirmation boosts academic achievement in school settings.
  • REMINDER: The new weight loss drugs Belviq and Qysmia are VERY BAD for you. Even those in the making-money-off-fat-people “profession” are warning against them.
  • Gallup feels like the US is fatter this year than the previous two years. Does it matter that it is only a 0.9% increase from last year? Or that it’s based on a phone survey?
  • Queue the dehumanizing pictures of fatties in this article that talks about how people in South Korea feel about what is causing obesity and whether or not those views affect their own weight. Also, this: “Psychologists have been trying for years to identify an obese personality that could help with behavioral counseling, but this study doesn’t do that,” said Dr. Mitchell Roslin. “Obesity is very complex. There is no one personality type.” Uh, WTF?
  • So again, with gusto, diet pills don’t work, and those that tout a “natural” way to lose weight can be pretty damned dangerous.
  • Yet again, fat people aren’t the best source for their experiences, this time in the way they eat.
  • BPA is now thought to be an “obesogen” for girls (but not for boys). Hey, did you know that BPA is something that is used in canned foods, something that poor people tend to buy because they want veggies but can’t afford it fresh?
  • Weight loss and psoriasis, because less inflammation has got to be caused by weight loss and not a change/improvement in diet and exercise.
  • Doctor goes on TEDmed and supposes that obesity doesn’t actually cause insulin resistance but that it is the other way around. He doesn’t quite get it, but comes to several conclusions that make me think our movement is really progressing: he says that fat people shouldn’t be victims to doctors, that as a doctor he shouldn’t have judged a woman who was in his care, and he said that there are fat people who are metabolically healthy and thin people who aren’t. The video will frustrate you but is intriguing to watch and study. I hope another blogger can talk about this.
  • FFS, causation =/= correlation.
  • Brace  yourselves, here comes the aftermath of the ADA decision to define obesity as a disease, including legislation. While making healthcare more affordable is always good, let us not forget there is enough of a backlash against the decision for the wrong reasons and we cannot align ourselves with this group.
  • Doctors find that heart failure hormones promote weight loss (and also signal impending death), but they see it as the “Holy Grail” for treating us fatties.

That is all for now. Feel free to discuss any of the above points in the comment section below.

Kitsune Yokai

9 Comments leave one →
  1. nof permalink
    July 19, 2013 9:37 am

    The cry and hue over obese babies is sick. Babies need as much food as they’ll eat because they’re growing at an extraordinary rate. Babies need fat because fat is extremely important for brain development. A healthy baby is a fat baby. I feel like this is an extension of “don’t trust your body!” Babies have no media or social pressure screwing up their body’s signals; a baby will eat when it needs to and stop eating when it doesn’t, and it’s got a better handle on what it needs than anyone else.

    Also fuck proper growth rates; they’re the cheap, easy equivalent to BMI. Babies are not identical, and some will grow slower and some will grow faster and some will get taller before their weight catches up and some will pack on pounds before growing taller and some will always be smaller and some will always be bigger.

    The Gallup poll includes only just over 1,000 people. I feel like that’s way too small for self-reported data.

  2. July 19, 2013 11:02 am

    Nice job. Especially on point 3!

  3. Duckie permalink
    July 19, 2013 11:27 am

    at least there will be no fat boys turned into zombies….

  4. kprofou permalink
    July 19, 2013 11:47 am

    I have severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. I’ve recently lost a significant amount of weight (not through dieting, but through finally getting my thyroid dose correct) and my psoriasis nor did the arthritis improve. Typically one or the other is bad, and I’d rather my skin be bad than my joints.

    Someone did write a blog post about the doctor:

    My mother, who was very concerned about having fat kids, underfed me as a baby so I wouldn’t turn out fat, guess she’s regretting that decision now.

    • Elizabeth permalink
      July 19, 2013 12:46 pm

      kprofou, we have had psoriasis in our house, and I hope it’s okay if I make a suggestion. I was getting psoriasis patches on my legs and scaling skin on my hands and around my mouth; all the medico could give me were steroid creams. I started taking flush-free niacin (or niacinamide; you don’t want to take plain niacin) and the psoriasis was the first thing to clear up. My hands were nearly healed, I stopped taking the flush-free niacin, and the scaling returned! I do know that stress dramatically increases the need for niacin in some people, and apparently I am one of them. I take 250 mg five to six times daily.

      • July 19, 2013 2:18 pm

        I appreciate and listen to all suggestions, but I really love and trust my dermatologist. I also cannot stress just how severe my psoriasis was before treatment. I was pretty much covered with plaque and guttate psoriasis from my neck to my ankles prior to getting on the big bucks biologic medicine (thank goodness we have good insurance, and I hope that someday everyone can have good medical care).

        I’m glad the niacin worked for you.

        I have recently started a meditation regime that I hope will help me learn do deal with stress better and it’ll be interesting to see how if it affects the psoriasis or arthritis at all.

        • Elizabeth permalink
          July 20, 2013 5:51 pm

          I should have mentioned that niacin is absolutely risk-free and cannot harm you in any way. It’s great that the medication has helped so much.

  5. Dizzyd permalink
    July 19, 2013 7:38 pm

    First off, the “dogs of news” are soooo cute!!!! They look like they’re taking a break from all that hard searching. (Rolling on the grass is so relaxing!) Now onto the nitty-gritty:
    1. I like how they talk about how college students preferred even overweight women who were positive about themselves, but then they have to go and add a disclaimer about how they weren’t “sure” that that’s what they were really saying cuz they might be doing it cuz they HAVE to, rather than admit that maybe people aren’t swallowing that fat-hate-is-societally-acceptable-everyone-is-doing-it-you-should-too stuff anymore.
    2. NOF – you’re right. Why should we care about baby fat anyways? What are they gonna do? Get so crazy they start recommending bariatric surgery for babies cuz “we have to get them HEEEAAAALLLLTHYYYYYY!!!”?
    3. If Belviq and all those supposedly “natural” weight loss drugs are so dangerous, why are they even allowed on the market? Especially Belviq, which the FDA had rejected BEFORE!!! but that didn’t stop them from trying to push it through yet again cuz ANYTHING is better than being FAAATTTZZZ!!! For that matter, what’s up with that idea of looking at using hormones that indicate heart failure as a possible weight loss drug? WTF? Why don’t you just put a gun to our heads and pull the trigger if you want to kill us off instead of pretending that you’re trying to help by recommending some dangerous crap that could do the job for you? At least be honest about your fat hatred!
    4.To play devil’s advocate for a second, at least the good Dr. Attia DID see he was wrong, but still I don’t blame people for feeling like “too little, too late, Doc”, especially if he only did it cuz “oh no I’m getting fat too! NOOOOOO!!!”
    5. Finally, I laugh at the article talking about all the “wrong reasons” why obesity shouldn’t be labeled a disease: cuz weight-loss supplements might be taken off the market!! Oh NO! The whole world may fall apart!!! Next! Or: “people may feel powerless and start saying oh it’s my genes and they won’t hate themselves and try ineffective diets, and dangerous pills and allow us to cut their stomachs up to get themselves HEEEEAAALLLLTHYYYYY and the earth will tumble off its axis and plunge into the sun! Quick, run, panic, curl into a fetal position and suck your thumb and cry for your mommy!!!”
    Anyways, back to real life, and living as a person who actually just wants to enjoy life without all the rigmarole and who just happens to be fat.

  6. Lizbeth permalink
    July 20, 2013 10:00 am

    Aw, those poor researchers who can’t identify the “obese personality.” I remember there was a study like this a few years ago, using a personality assessment instrument. They kept getting no results, and kept “tightening up” the study and repeating it, sure that they would figure out that obese personality disorder THIS TIME. The last I heard, they were on their fourth try.

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