Category: HAES

  • It came from the search terms

    In the tradition of Captain Awkward I’m going to treat the search terms people used to find the site as questions. im 400lbs is it too late for me to get healthy?  This is completely up to you and to how you view health. If you are sedentary, you can probably be more active, and ideally […]

  • A Hypothetical Doctor’s Visit

    Jasmine is waiting in the exam room and her chart shows that her weight today is up five pounds from her last visit two years ago, putting her BMI at 32. Her blood pressure was borderline high in contrast to the normal readings in previous visits. Although Jasmine’s labs were normal in past visits, they […]

  • Health At Every Size Principles

    I sometimes post about Health At Every Size®, both the concept (which is trademarked by ASDAH) and the book Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth about Your Weight, by Linda Bacon.  So I am pleased to see that ASDAH has updated its HAES® Principles to be more inclusive of different abilities and backgrounds. Weight bias […]

  • Things I’m reading

    Kath as a post at Fat Heffalump on the feedback from her recent interview by Jasmin Lill on news.com.au, Brisbane blogger speaks out against online bullies. Go Kath! Closet Puritan has a thoughtful response to some of the conflation between “Fat people are more common in communities with a Walmart” and “Eating more processed food from Walmart makes […]

  • Some links

    Oh wow have I been busy. But that’s not the point.  So here’s some things to read :) ASDAH has launched a HAES curriculum for colleges, universities, and professional groups.  Check it out. :) The story behind The Butler. WalMart complains that lower-income people aren’t buying much.  If only there was something they could do […]

  • Genetics Affect Weight

    This New York Times article by Gina Kolata isn’t totally news to me. At least not this summary of a study published in a 1990 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (bolding added): The work fascinates Claude Bouchard, a genetics researcher at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, La., because it might offer […]

  • Why It’s Okay To Be Fat: TedX talk from Golda Poretsky

    Golda Poretsky of BodyLoveWellness did a TedX talk on why it’s okay to be fat. Here’s a link to the chart she shows on weight and longevity, along with the full text of the paper it’s from.

  • QotD: Fat & Exercising

    I think a lot of people look to exercise to help them lose weight, and when they don’t lose weight immediately with exercise, they quit. They return to the couch, and they basically never move again. What is lost in that is that fitness is almost certainly more important than fatness. […] If someone starts an […]

  • Conflating Dieting with Eating Healthy

    [Feel free to skip if you don’t want to think about dieting right now.] It’s January and there is the usual plethora of diet commercials extolling weight loss. Google “dieting” and up comes Special K’s “Healthy Eating Plan”! That said, it is a bit refreshing to see someone write: As a lifelong dieter, let me […]

  • Happy New Year!

    Hello and welcome!  I’m back at work with my new cartoon-a-day calendar (New Yorker cartoons) and new wall calendar (Pacific Northwest landscapes).  I even cut off some of the photos from last year’s wall calendar to decorate my cube.  Ready to work!  (Yes, I know it’s Wednesday, but today feels like Monday to me.  Yay four-day weekends! […]

  • Cool Video on Weight Bigotry

      To quote SikaResult in the video: “I am healthy, but not thin.”  Note the images she chooses and how most of the video shows her exercising.

  • Things to read

    I think a lot of people look to exercise to help them lose weight, and when they don’t lose weight immediately with exercise, they quit. They return to the couch, and they basically never move again. What is lost in that is that fitness is almost certainly more important than fatness. — Gretchen Reynolds, promoting […]

  • Weight Cycling Industry

    From Deb Burgard comes this amazing post on weight cycling: Why do we call it the “weight loss industry” when what we really get for our time, sacrifice, and money is weight cycling? 19 times out of 20, what we are really purchasing is the experience of weight loss and regain. Imagine if we called it […]

  • “Peaceful” and “relaxing”?

    From today’s Between Friends comic by Sandra Bell-Lundy comes this exchange…. Maeve: How’s your walking regimen? Susan: Actually, I’m enjoying it. Susan: Every evening I walk around the neighborhood … it’s such a peaceful, relaxing way to end the day. Maeve, shocked: “Peaceful” and “relaxing”? Maeve, accusing: I thought you were trying to improve your […]

  • The Fitness Question

    Suppose you exercised three times a week. Suppose you got stronger.  Suppose your body were stronger and happier, you could lift more, walk further & faster, swim more.  Suppose you had less back or shoulder or knee pain. Suppose you were more relaxed, slept better, and got sick less.  Suppose all those things…but suppose you […]

  • Where did you first encounter fat acceptance?

    I first encountered research on Diets only working short-term Yo-yo dieting leading to weight gain Eating well and exercising improving your health, even if you don’t lose weight … in the pages of the 1980s BBW magazine, along with the general idea that you don’t have to be thin to live a happy life.  I even […]

  • Research on the Health Benefits of Moderate Exercise

    From an article on “what’s the best exercise” comes a concise summary of the benefits of moderate exercise: The health benefits of activity follow a breathtakingly steep curve. “The majority of the mortality-related benefits” from exercising are due to the first 30 minutes of exercise, said Timothy Church, M.D., who holds the John S. McIlhenny […]