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Teen Girl Kicked Out Of Oregon Store On Her Birthday For Being “Too Big To Shop Here”

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Shelby Buster was celebrating her birthday the way many 14-year-olds do — by taking a trip to the local mall in her hometown of Eugene, Oregon. She and a friend popped into a store called Rue 21 where Buster was planning to buy some perfume with her birthday money when she was approached by a store employee. According to Buster, the employee decided to forgo a traditional customer greeting in favor of a much ruder message: “Hey, you’re too big to be in this store, I need you to leave.” Buster and her friend went to get her mom, who escorted the girls back to the store and demanded an apology on her daughter’s behalf. One of the employees eventually apologized, but when Buster got home, she decided to share her story publicly, writing “Thanks for ruining my birthday, Rue 21!” on the company’s Facebook page. Keep reading »

An Open Letter To The Fat Girl

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Dear Fat Girl,

Last week, I saw an overweight news anchor respond to a bully with such power and confidence that it made me cry. It also made me want to write about my own experience of being a fat girl. I almost wrote this letter to my younger self: a deeply sad, chubby fourth grader who endured horrific taunts from classmates at recess, and even worse abuse in her own head when she’d go home and look in the mirror. But then I realized that there is something about these two little words, “fat” and “girl,” that denotes a shared life experience. If you’ve ever been a fat girl, you know what it’s like to have a body that feels like an enemy, to suppress your own voice because you think it doesn’t count, to be informed with a sigh that you have “such a pretty face,” as if it’s a bit of a tragedy. Here are some things I wish someone would have told me, back when I felt so hopeless, back when I felt like I would never be anything more than the fat girl… Keep reading »

Overweight Moms Underestimate Child’s Weight

New research suggests that a mother’s ability to determine whether her child is overweight and at risk for physical health problems depends on her own weight. Overweight mothers seem to have a tendency of underestimating their child’s weight, according to the findings of Dr. Petra Warschburger and Katja Kroller of the University of Potsdam in Germany. However, they do recognize that being overweight can lead to mental health problems for children because the mothers “experience weight-related emotional strain,” according to researchers. Since many of the mothers were able to accurately determine whether an unrelated child was overweight, researchers believe the mothers’ judgment of their children is affected by their emotions not a universal inability to recognize overweight children. [Reuters]

But their could be some hope for overweight children who become overweight or obese teens… Keep reading »

Overweight Women Hit A Glass Ceiling, Overweight Men Get Promoted

A larger waistline may enhance a man’s chance of being promoted in the U.S., whereas overweight women have little prospects of being promoted, according to a study published recently. Researchers found that only 5 percent of male and female bosses at 1,000 leading companies in the U.S. were considered obese — an average of 36 percent of men and 38 percent of women of a similar age are obese in the United States. However, they also found that of the leading male bosses, 61 percent were overweight — only 41 percent of males the same age are overweight in the United States. In contrast, overweight women made up only 22 percent of the chief executives, compared with 29 percent of same age women in the U.S. “The results suggest that while being obese limits the career opportunities of both women and men, being ‘merely overweight’ harms only female executives – and may actually benefit male executives,” said researcher Mark Roehling, an associate professor of human resource management at Michigan State University. The study also backs up previous research that shows weight standards for women are harsher in white, middle-class communities. The study also suggests there’s a preference for larger-sized men and smaller-sized women in the business world. “It appears that the glass ceiling effect on women’s advancement may reflect not only general negative stereotypes about the competencies of women, but also weight bias that results in the application of stricter appearance standards to women,” said Roehling. [News.Scotsman.com] Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Uggs For Men, Britney’s Album, And Gardasil

  • Ugg boots are trying to invade the male market. The ones pictured do look quite manly, don’t they? [MarieClaire.co.uk]
  • The track listing for Britney Spears’ upcoming album Circus is out.There’s a song called “Lace and Leather.” The only combination better than lace and leather is peanut butter and jelly. [E Online]
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  • We really want to screw Bill Compton from “True Blood,” so we’re going to pay a lot of attention to these tips for having sex with a vampire. [Daily Bedpost]
  • We’re going to highlight some photos of readers in their Halloween costumes, so send yours to tips@thefrisky.com. [The Frisky]
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