If you ask me, the problem with glorifying obesity is that we need to do more of it.
eating disorders
In the third installment of a never-ending series, I attempt to talk Emily out of going back to Weight Watchers.
Yeah, that got your attention, didn’t it? A Texas hospital is refusing to hire staff over a certain BMI threshold. I'm telling you why this is a dumb idea.
No one ever said to me, "Hey, I’m sorry I contributed to the development of a powerful self-loathing for basically all of your most formative years, which you would then have to spend the next decade unpacking!" No one ever acknowledged that this was a bad idea.
Young kids' burgeoning obsessions with their weight and dieting are tragic, yes. But surprising? Not in the least.
body politics
I dieted myself into surgery. Only afterward did I wonder why.
dildo lasers
Scientists say worrying about being fat can actually make you fat. So I want to know if you can spend one day refusing to worry about being fat, or getting fat, or any other perceived imperfection of your body.
body politics
Fat-shaming ought to be self-explanatory, but it’s actually kind of tricky to define. Here's a selection of the fat-shaming I’ve experienced over the years.
How hard can it be to find a gym that doesn't gross me out or try to make me feel like crap about myself?
body politics
I use the word “fat” to describe myself, and not in a humorous way, or a self-deprecating way. I use it because it’s true.
body image
radical anti-diet extremism
Some further steps on the self-acceptance path. Bonus: Nutella!
body politics
"Maybe you’re being unfair, Lesley," I thought to myself. "You’re assuming that apple-pie-flavored sugarfree gum is gross and depressing. But you haven’t walked a mile in apple-pie-flavored sugarfree gum’s shoes."
body politics
Criticizing Tim Gunn is like calling Kermit the Frog an asshole: Not only is nobody going to take your side, the odds are good that many people will be actively offended by your sharing this minority opinion.