Michelle Obama: Let’s Harm Fat Kids

If you haven’t read Kim Brittingham‘s piece on Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign, you really should. When we frame our battle for healthier children as a battle against fatness itself, we’re merely proclaiming open season on fat people. We’re encouraging an already fat-prejudiced society to further demonize those who bear the fat – worst … Continue reading

Reducing Heart Attacks

A Minnesota  county reduced heart attacks by 33%.   Was it due to a county weight loss campaign?  A “Let’s Move” push?  A trans-fat ban? Nope. The research, carried out by scientists at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., found a 33 percent drop in heart attack rates in one Minnesota county after public smoking … Continue reading

Plus-Sized Athletes (with heads)

There’s a story making the rounds on “plus-sized athletes” reacting to the US “Let’s Move” campaign. The fitness community has embraced the first lady’s ‘Let’s Move’ program, but many health experts balk at equating improving health with lowering weight. Fat aerobics instructor Sandy Shaffer and physical trainer GeMar Neloms are interviewed.  Dr Kenneth Cooper, a longtime … Continue reading

Doing the Same Thing, Expecting Different Results

Can you place this quote? Just about everyone can list ways to fight childhood obesity: schools should alter lunch menus, teach nutrition and hold more physical education classes. At home, parents should be more diligent and the Xbox less available. Here’s the problem: as logical as these suggestions might sound, when many of them have … Continue reading

Quote of the Day

From an Alternet article focusing on Linda Bacon’s book Health At Every Size, Jamie Oliver’s new show, and Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign: [R]esearch shows that people of all sizes have similar diets, but it only manifests as weight gain in some of us. People today eat more calorie-dense, nutrient-poor convenience foods than Americans did in … Continue reading