Prove It! Moby Dick 2 — For a company that claims in radio ads that it's product is "proven," I sure have to jump through a lot of hoops to get said proof. Read the heated exchange I have with Direct Alternatives, the company behind weight loss pills Final Trim and AF Plus.
Long-Term Benefits of Weight-Loss Plans Unclear: Researchers are finally starting to ask a question that really matters: is long-term weight loss beneficial at all? Mariellen shares a recent meta-analysis study asking this very question and eviscerates the tepid admission that the only "people" who seem to benefit are the companies reaping the $121 billion annual windfall.
Well Worth the Weight: Is fat activism worth all the time an energy we put into it? Many times, it can be discouraging to constantly point out the problems with our culture, but then, from time to time, it pays off. Dr. Deah shares one recent and one historical victory to put our work into perspective.
Notes from a conference: As a scholar of weight stigma, Angela is sometimes expected to attend obesity conferences that are, in essence, trade shows for diet companies and bariatric surgeries. Check out her dispatch from behind enemy lines.
Exercise as Medicine: Shaunta believes there are two types of people: low-energy and high-energy. She's a member of the former camp, so in order to motivate herself, she treats exercise like a daily prescription she needs, even when she doesn't feel like taking it.
Lying Liars — Why is it that when someone successfully loses weight, they're hailed as having "unlocked the secret." But when someone else fails to lose weight, they're either liars or incapable of following instructions?
Lazy. Stupid. Worthless. From news media and magazines to professional conferences and government reports, these are the words often used to describe overweight and obese individuals. The endorsements of such stereotypes often lead to extreme weight loss practices which can induce feelings of guilt and shame. Despite the robust research demonstrating the negative impacts of weight-based discrimination, the stigma of obesity has yet to be addressed as a legitimate concern. Shift the Focus…
Time to get a life, fat shamers: When Facebook finally removed a creep-filled group called 530 Fatties, Bree couldn't help but wonder what motivates these pathetic, lonely, self-loathing, insecure, emotionally-stunted crap merchants.
HAES and Weight Loss: Since discussing her attempts to live the Health at Every Size lifestyle, Shaunta has faced scrutiny from critics angered that weight loss isn't her primary goal. She explains why she thinks a weight-neutral approach provokes such ire.