It’s spring! The trees are blossoming! All six of them! Or maybe that’s just on my block. The several tufts of grass are violently green. I suddenly want to buy at least two pairs of gladiator sandals. Because suddenly one doesn’t feel like enough. And also, because it’s spring, weight-loss advice is blooming. It’s everywhere. Shed those extra pounds before summer! Be able to fit into those shorts! Get your bikini bod on! Or, you know, catchier slogans.
I am going to the Caribbean in a couple months. My dad won a trip at an auction, and he’s taking the family, significant others included. When I found out, my first thought was “Yay!” and my second thought was, “Shit.” The “shit” related to the fact that I have not put on a bikini in well over a year, and since then, I’ve gained about 15 pounds. Keep reading »
Mystery solved! No reason to get annoyed when your dude acts like a slobbering lunatic when he sees chicks like Marilyn Monroe, Christina Hendricks, or Beyonce. His brain just thinks he’s high. A new study shows that looking at an hourglass figure can activate the same part of the brain as drugs or alcohol in men. A sample of guys were shown pictures of women’s naked butts while their brains were being monitored. Then these women were given digital plastic surgery to redistribute fat from their waist to their bums without changing their body weight. When men were shown the post-op hourglass figures, the “reward” centers in their brains went bonkers like they were drunk or high. So what can we learn from this, besides the lesson that men like butts? We may finally be able to understand men’s relationship to pornography and the phenomenon of porn addiction. Also, if weight does not affect attraction, that means the “thin obsession” is dictated by society—not by hard-wiring in the brain. Rejoice, ladies. [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
In her Newsweek blog “Confessions of a Skinny Fat Person: Let the Fat Wars Begin,” Kate Dailey reveals her annoying skinny fat mindset about weight and its relationship to health. For those of you that don’t know what a “skinny fat” is, it’s a person who is skinny on the outside and fat on the inside. You know…that person with great genes who looks great in their jeans no matter how many bags of Doritos they eat. Because Kate appears to be skinny (she tells us more than once that her ass looks good), that has somehow qualified her to write about obesity and health for Newsweek. After reading “Lessons From the Fat-O-Sphere,” being introduced to the fat acceptance movement, and discovering that her body fat was 30% (critically high), she felt like a fraud. And the true question finally dawned on her “is it about weight or about health?” Duh. It’s about health. And then she realized how much this country hates fat people. Again…duh. Keep reading »