Here’s some hard evidence that fat people are discriminated against: A nail salon charged $5 extra on a customer’s bill for a manicure, pedicure and eyebrow arch at a nail salon because she’s obese. Michelle Fonville was paying her bill at Natural Nails in DeKalb County, Georgia, when she noticed an extra charge. The nail salon owner, Kim Tran, told her it was because she’s overweight and she was charging extra in case Fonville caused damage to the salon’s chairs she’d been sitting on. Bitch, please! Even if Fonville was too overweight for the salon chairs, you can’t just tack an extra charge on someone’s bill arbitrarily. (Otherwise we’d all be getting weird charges tacked onto our bills.) This incident sounds more like a case of “we’re charging you more to dissuade people like you not from coming back” to me.
Club Muzique, a Montreal nightclub, recently posted a message on its Facebook page that had some women kind of pissed. Yeah, I would say “NO FAT GIRLS ALLOWED!!!!!!” borders on extremely offensive, wouldn’t you? Keep reading »
Beauty queens are not known for being an especially diverse group in the size department. Whether their skin is alabaster white or coffee brown, usually they’ve got legs up to here and weigh 120 lbs. soaking wet.
But for the past 21 years, Italy has crowned a different sort of beauty queen: Miss Chubby. Yes, the country that invented Sophia Loren (and spaghetti bolognese and cannoli) acknowledges that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Keep reading »
An article by a health reporter for BBC news stated, “according to England’s public health minister, Anne Milton, general practitioners and other health professionals should tell people that they are fat instead of simply calling them obese. ” Getting people motivated to lose weight isn’t easy, because putting it on is a lot easier than getting it off. Losing weight also takes a lot more time and effort than it does to put it on. Many people feel helpless at a certain point because rapid results are not easily achieved.
Professor Lindsey Davies of UK Faculty of Public Health said, “People don’t want to be offensive. There is a lot of stigma to being a fat person.” Let’s be honest here, regardless of how fat we are, we never want to hear it. Being fat, especially in the society we live in, is looked down upon, judged and definitely not something many people embrace. With the social views upon being fat, why would anyone want to be called it? Keep reading »
Fat Whitney Port … there’s an app for that. Whitney experimented with her new fave iPhone app, FatBooth, and “couldn’t stop laughing,” according to her official website. Oh, that Whitney. She’s a gas. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
When the opening shot of a TV show is a scale, one thing is clear: this show will be about weight. But true to what actress Nikki Blonsky told me in our recent Q&A, her new ABC Family show “Huge” is about so many things beyond just body size. “Huge” debuted on ABC Family last night and it’s cute, funny and just like Blonsky said, it’s unlike any other show on television. Visually, the show is a complete anomaly: Nearly every single actor is plus-sized. Their size stood out at first, but soon I forgot it was a show about kids at a weight-loss camp and just saw it as a show about kids.
Who needs another social networking site, right? Apparently, plus-size women. The company that owns Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, and Catherines is launching Sonsi.com, a site hawking clothing and accessories for “real women” who are size 12 and up, as well as an “inclusive” social networking site called SonsiLiving, which offers articles on fashion and beauty, recipes for entertaining and groups like “SuperMoms” and the “Fashionista Club.” Keep reading »
Crumb, a custom cupcake shop in Raleigh, North Carolina, has interesting ideas about customer service. A Crumb customer named Diana complained over email to co-owner Carrie Nickerson about chocolate ganache sold under the tagline “So Good It Makes Fat People Cry,” and Nickerson wrote back to Diana, “We offend everybody equally. You are the one with hate in your heart, not us.” She then called Diana a “fat c–t” on Twitter (though she later deleted it) and tweeted, “There are way too many uptight people in this world.” [The Gloss]
Pregnant women in northern Italy will be offered $5,500 not to have an abortion. The money will be doled out in 18 monthly payments. Italy, you know parents have to raise a child for 18 years, right? [BBC]
Even women of “normal” weight with no history of eating disorders have a fear of getting fat, according to a study to be published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences in May. Said Professor Diane Spangler, who worked on the brain scan study, “Many women learn that bodily appearance and thinness constitute what is important about them, and their brain responding reflects that.” Uh, no duh, guys, I could have told you that! [UPI]
The good news? Fifteen FORTUNE 500 companies are run by women. The bad news? Fifteen FORTUNE 500 companies are run by women. Yahoo, Xerox, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, Avon, and Western Union — we salute you. [Money.CNN.com]
Writing about how Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger has escaped indictment for a rape accusation (on account of lack of evidence), garden columnist (garden columnist?) Susan Reimer of the Baltimore Sun goes on a victim-blaming-palooza. Reimer seems to believe the 20-year-old accuser actually was raped by Roethlisberger, but, well, she was kind of asking for it because she was so drunk. Reimer writes, and I quote: “Girlfriend, if you get that drunk you bear some responsibility for what happens next, whether you get your purse stolen or you get roughed up in a dingy bar bathroom. And police reports suggest that the accuser was nearly incapacitated.” [Baltimore Sun]
Those of us who got a kick out of John Waters’ “Hairspray” remake have been wondering just what breakout star Nikki Blonsky is up to. The good news? She’s been cast as the lead in a series on the ABC Family channel that will premiere in June. The bad news (I think)? The show is called “Huge” and takes place at the fictional Wellness Canyon, a weight-loss camp for teens.