The Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH) is an international professional organization started in 2003. It is an all-volunteer not-for-profit organization, whose diverse membership is …
I think it would be difficult to overstate how deeply our cultural love affair with the bootstraps of individual responsibility influences our rhetoric around what is fair and what is right. Could our preference for “equality” actually be part of the problem? Consider the harm done by the notion of “equality” when it comes to – for example – “separate but equal,” or how the idea of “equal opportunity” can serve to mask serious institutional racism and sexism.
Really interesting article on “neutrality” and HAES by Fall Ferguson
Photoshop makes anything possible
Reblogging because I want all of my followers to be aware of just how much you can do in Photoshop, and how little of what you see on posters, in magazines and of pictures on the internet etc. are necessarily real.
I have never reblogged something so fast in my life.
‘Shrinking Women’: A Chilling Slam Poem Nails the Inherited Gendered Politics of Size
This is incredibly good
People can be obese but metabolically healthy and fit, with no greater risk of developing or dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer than normal weight people, according to the largest study ever to have investigated this seeming paradox”
And there you go, any argument you have ever had in support of fat-shaming just flew out the window. TA TA
Of course fat people have been saying the same thing for decades. But of course anything a fat person says about themselves or their own health is laughed off as “wishful thinking”. Our own experiences are constantly being denied as “head in the sand” “it will catch up to you eventually” mentality. Despite those of us that exercise regularly and eat healthy, we’re told that none of it matters because we’re still fat -and therefore couldn’t POSSIBLY be healthy.
The sad thing about it though, is that people should not have to be healthy in order to deserve to be treated with human decency and respect and not have to live their lives stigmatized, bullied, marginalized, and shamed. People are deserving of equality and respect reguadless of if they are healthy or not.
Health was never the real reason for fatshaming. If so those same people would be equally rude, condescending, hateful, etc. to smokers, people who don’t use sunblock (skin cancer is the most common form of cancer), etc.
I spend a lot of time searching for a diverse selection of people for this blog: fat people who are queer, poc, disabled. The list goes on, and it’s not always easy to find people who identify in these ways in what I consider to be acceptable amounts, even harder to find intersections between them. And when I do, they tend to be pictures from fashion blogs, because that’s pretty much what there is in the way of fat visibility on tumblr.
But this is not a fashion blog.
I know that many people feel most comfortable showing the world their fat when they’ve dressed up. I understand this is true, and I understand that many people like the way that they are with makeup, in their favorite fancy clothes. I know that makeup can make you feel like you’re going into battle. But I also understand that a large part of this reality is because society tells us that it’s only acceptable to be fat if you put a little extra effort into your appearance.
You deserve to be fat without any qualifiers.
I want to see you fat without getting dressed up. Fat with no makeup. Fat in sweatpants. Fat just out of the shower or just after waking up.
All of these things while being gay, black, disabled, old, philipino, trans*; every identity is welcome as long as you are fat. Everyone deserves to exist as they are, without anything extra.
So, submit pictures of yourself like this, and we’ll publish them on Friday, October 25.
Click the link above to submit or reblog and promo! Stop by the ask if you have any questions. I can’t wait.
Buxom Bazaar: A Marketplace for Fat Fashion
If you’re anything like me, you know how difficult it can be to find fashionable plus size clothing & you’ve constantly got your very best hawk eyes on the prowl for new, reasonably priced/gently used plus size clothing. Well, hopefully this will make things a little bit easier for you.
Hey y’all. So I started a submission-based tumblr where you can buy and sell plus sized clothes. I’ve got some stuff for sale on there right now, and I’ll be adding more things periodically throughout the week. But it’s not just for me, it’s for all of you, too!
If you have clothes that you want to sell, feel free to submit stuff, or if you’re in the market for some new clothes, go ahead and follow the blog. It would also be a great help if you would reblog this to signal boost my project!
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Two things that I think we can glean from this article:
Some fat people are actually quite healthy, some fat people are not. Just like some thin people are quite healthy, and some thin people are not. What can we deduce from this? Fat people are people. Our bodies may look different, but all bodies look different, right?See, was that so hard?
Also, health is not a moral imperative. Being unhealthy doesn’t = you are bad, as being healthy doesn’t =you are good. This is also backed up by parts of the article noted below, as “unhealthy” fat people appear to have malfunctioning mitochondria, which may also be contributing to the development of Type 2 Diabetes. Basically people don’t get to choose if they are healthy or not, so it makes no sense to judge them based on their body functions that they may have no control over. And even if they did have control over it and were unhealthy? Also, nothing wrong with that, because **repeat after me** ”Your body, your business” and it it’s not your body… well guess what? It’s not your damn business.
(Parts bolded below by me for emphasis)
They are a mystery to researchers: people who are significantly overweight and yet show none of the usual metabolic red flags. Despite their obesity, they have normal cholesterol levels, healthy blood pressure levels and no apparent signs of impending diabetes.
A study in the journal Diabetologia has found that compared with their healthier counterparts, people who are obese but metabolically unhealthy have impaired mitochondria, the cellular powerhouses that harvest energy from food, as well as a reduced ability to generate new fat cells.
This is accompanied by inflammation, and it leads to ectopic fat accumulation — the shuttling of fat into organs where it does not belong, like the liver, heart and skeletal muscle. A fatty liver frequently coincides with metabolic abnormalities, and studies suggest that it may be one of the causes of insulin resistance, the fundamental defect in Type 2 diabetes.
The fat cells of the unhealthy obese were larger than those of any other group. They were swollen and riddled with inflammation. The breakdown and mobilization of their fat stores was suppressed, and a closer look showed that their mitochondria were malfunctioning. Their ability to burn fuel and produce adenosine triphosphate, or ATP, the body’s energy currency, was reduced.
Metabolically healthy obesity may be one side of a vast spectrum. On the other are people who suffer from lipodystrophy, a severe lack of fat cells. People with this disorder are typically gaunt, carrying little or no subcutaneous fat. But they are also extremely insulin resistant, and they tend to have fatty livers and ectopic fat accumulation. There are many people with Type 2 diabetes who are also physically very lean.
Read more here
The history of BMI and why we still use it
I pulled out two paragraphs from the article that I think are very important.
That A) a person that was an astronomer, mathematician, statistician and sociologist, without medical education created what eventually became what we know as the BMI. AND he did not intend for it to be used to measure or indicate levels of body fat.
and B) the BMI has been manipulated to serve the best interests of those who can profit from it. The even more fucked up part is that insurance companies use the BMI to deny people healthcare, or raise healthcare rates, even though it is in no way an indicator of health.
Belgian polymath Adolphe Quetelet devised what we now know as the BMI equation in 1832 as a way to define the “normal man.” He never intended for the equation (weight equals height squared) to be used to determine body fat — his project was intended to describe the standard proportions of the human build. The equation was largely ignored by the medical community even though insurance companies began using somewhat vague comparisons of height and weight among policyholders beginning in the early twentieth century.
Then in 1998, the NIH consolidated the threshold for men and women — even though the relationship between BMI and body fat is different by sex — and added the category of overweight. The new, drastically lowered thresholds were now 25 for overweight and 30 for obesity. It’s worth adding here that many who were on the “independent” board making the recommendations for the new lower cutoffs had ties to the commercial weight-loss industryand stood to profit financially should more people be considered overweight and obese.
by Linda Bacon, PhD, and Lucy Aphramor, PhD, RD The Health At Every Size® Blog is honored to feature this post, which is also being posted as part of the “Featured Bloggers” online conference takin…“Obesity-related” disease actually tracks your social status more than what size clothing you wear. In developed nations, data show, members of stigmatized groups, including those who are economically disadvantaged and people of color, are the most common victims of illnesses typically grouped under the “metabolic” umbrella.All forms of discrimination rely on stereotypes that lead to unfair prejudice, and weight discrimination is no exception. Scapegoating fatness and fatter people leads to disadvantage throughout the life-course, from education through to the workplace, travel, adoption, healthcare, insurance – and research increasingly shows, this bias in itself promotes metabolic disease. Is it coincidence or just irony that these diseases happen to be the ones we usually blame on weight? Metabolic syndrome tracks inversely with social status: The lower you fall on the social scale, the more likely you are to develop symptoms. The phenomenon has often been blamed on poverty-induced “bad habits,” where poor nutrition and a lack of exercise are assumed to lead to weight gain. But even when we control for health behaviors and BMI, studies show the health discrepancies persist. (In a sampling of studies, health-related behaviors accounted for only 5 to 18 percent of neuroendocrine differences that lead to metabolic syndrome.) So what can be making disadvantaged and stigmatized people sicker, or more accurately, fatter and sicker, than the rest of us?The day in day out strain of living in poverty and the experience of oppression and stigma lead to chronic physiological stress. We’re not talking long-line-at-Starbucks stress but the hyper-hormonal “fight or flight” chased-by-a-tiger rush that tenses your entire system for survival – at the expense of ordinary, necessary biological functions. Extensive research documents that chronic stress of this type can raise cholesterol, blood pressure, triglyceride levels, stimulate inflammation, and impair insulin sensitivity, all of which can lead to the metabolic conditions associated with obesity, including hypertension, diabetes, and coronary heart disease.Do eating, exercise, and drinking patterns also affect these conditions? Sure, but contrary to mainstream spin, their impact is somewhere below 25 percent of measured causation, far below the impact of social status and daily psychological stress.Hectoring the population to “eat better, exercise and lose weight” misleads and has proven harmful, so it’s time for new approaches that cultivate equality and don’t harp on body size. Health – and social – policy must focus instead on equalizing life chances, reducing stigma and mitigating the physiological impact of stress. (Telling a patient she’s too fat, by the way? Not stress-reducing.)
Star Wars RPG group!
So I’m just starting to play the new Star Wars RPG “Edge of the Empire" and I wanted to see if any other people were interested!
Welcome to all, fat, POC’s, all gender, queer, straight, asexual, any age… whatever. As long as you’re not an asshole, you’re welcome. Let’s try to make some new friends!
I have a GM lined up, just need some more players now! I’m in the San Francisco Bay Area - South Bay (San Jose area)
message me if you are interested! or please reblog (: