Thursday, May 06, 2010

International No Diet Day - May 6, 2010

Take the Pledge!


I Pledge:

* That I will not diet for one day, on May 6, International No Diet Day.

* Instead of trying to change my body to fit someone else's standards, I will accept myself just as I am.

* I will feed myself if I'm hungry.

* I will feel no shame or guilt about my size or about eating.

* I will think about whether dieting has improved my health and well-being or not.

* And I will try to do at least one thing I have been putting off "until I lose weight."

Jean C

Thursday, March 18, 2010

New documentary coming soon

"If fat is the new normal why is fat discrimination on the rise? Follow the lives of three women struggling with fat and fat hatred. Learn the hidden facts about fat, food and health. Experience straight and gay fat folks happy and healthy in their own skin."

For more info: WWW.FAT-FILM.COM"

Monday, November 27, 2006

Great article on Fat Studies

November 26, 2006
Big People on Campus


ASK Sheana Director for a detailed description of herself, and chances are the word fat will come up. It is not uttered with shame or ire or any sense of embarrassment; it’s simply one of the things she is, fat.

“Why should I be ashamed?” said Ms. Director, 22, a graduate student in women’s studies at San Diego State University, who wields the word with both defiance and pride, the way the gay community uses queer. “I’m fat. So what?”

During her sophomore year at Smith College, Ms. Director attended a discussion on fat discrimination: the way the super-sized are marginalized, the way excessive girth is seen as a moral failing rather than the result of complicated factors. But the academic community, she felt, didn’t really give the topic proper consideration. She decided to do something about it.

In December 2004, she helped found the organization Size Matters, whose goal was to promote size acceptance and positive body image. In April, the group sponsored a conference called Fat and the Academy, a three-day event at Smith of panel discussions and performances by academics, researchers, activists and artists. Nearly 150 people attended.


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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A new blog

A friend of mine has a new blog and it is a good one, with lots of good info:

Junkfood Science:

The truth about food, fat and health. Learn the science that mainstream media doesn't report and how to critically think about the junk they do that's not fit to swallow.

Sandy Szwarc knows what she is talking about. She's had a series of great articles on Tech Central Station on the issues of the so called obesity epidemic and food scares, many that have been posted on this blog.

So check out her new blog and her articles.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Fat! Fit? Fabulous!

Fat! Fit? Fabulous!

Meet the East Bay activists and researchers at the center of the new civil-rights movement known as Health at Every Size.
By Lauren Gard

The last thing Lake Merritt pedestrians expected to see on a recent Thursday afternoon was a fat, vibrant woman inviting them to step onto a scale. "Would you like a free compliment?" Marilyn Wann called out to a group of teenage girls on the concrete path. She motioned to the scale, which she'd covered with pink paint and sparkly silver paper. Silver pipe cleaners across the bottom spelled "YAY!"

A lanky girl with long braids pulled into a ponytail eyed the glittery object with suspicion. "I do not need to know my weight," she said defiantly.

"Oh, this won't give you a number, only a compliment," Wann said, her vintage aluminum-framed glasses glinting in the sunlight.

"What is it?" the girl asked.

"It's a Yay Scale."

The girl squinted at it for a moment, still clearly confused, then shrugged and stepped on. The dial spun and came to rest.

"You're gorgeous," Wann announced.

"Ooh, that's nice," the girl replied with a grin. Soon her friends had all clambered on to take their own Yay readings.

"What are you doing this for?" asked one who'd just been declared "fine!"

"I'm part of a group of people who try to encourage good nutrition and fitness, whatever your size," Wann said, handing each teen a slip of pink paper listing five body-positive Web sites.

Within an hour, several dozen people had collected such spontaneous flattery. A father and his teenage son riding their bikes: "What a way to make a guy's day," the father said after being deemed sexy. "And look at that — my son is fine!" A toned jogger in her twenties whose face initially fell when she realized the scale wouldn't divulge her weight: "Yummy," she read with a smile, after stepping on anyway. "That's better than 140, right?"

A few people recognized Wann, who proselytized body acceptance in a black T-shirt and her signature hot-pink attire of pedalpusher jeans, suede loafers, and a purse: "Are you Marilyn?" a young woman asked. "The one who wrote Fat!So?"

"Yes, that's me," Wann admitted, blushing so her cheeks matched her bubblegum-hued MAC lipstick.

"I love that book," the girl gushed before asking Wann to autograph the handout. "It really helped me!"

At 39, Wann is the uncontested queen of the modern American fat-pride movement. The San Francisco resident carries around a hundred or so pounds more than the US government thinks she should. When she was denied health insurance in 1993 based solely on that fact, she launched a protest zine called Fat!So?, which evolved into a book that has sold fifteen thousand copies, which in turn inspired a popular Web site, all of which have given way to a thriving speaking career. Wann began making Yay Scales five years ago, and now offers them up via word of mouth and, soon, through, an online shop stocked solely with body-positive art that will be run by Richmond therapist Nomi Dekel.