Posts tagged "weight issues"

What I’ve Learned About Size And Body Image By Dating A Fat Man

I thought I’d dealt with most of my body image issues before I started dating my current boyfriend. But during the three years we've been together, he’s taught me a lot about size, fatness and self-care. How? By being fat and unapologetic. My boyfriend weighs over 300 pounds, and one of the things I appreciated…

By: Rachel Kramer Bussel / November 22, 2014

My Friends Deserve Better Than Fat Talk

If you’ve read Tiny Beautiful Things, the collection of responses by The Rumpus' self-help columnist "Sugar," aka Wild author Cheryl Strayed, you’ll probably recognize this quote: "Stop worrying about whether you’re fat. You’re not fat. Or rather, you’re sometimes a little bit fat, but who gives a shit? There is nothing more boring and fruitle…

By: Alyson Penn / October 29, 2014

Mindy Kaling To Vogue: “I Don’t Want To Be Skinny”

"There's a whole list of things I would probably change about myself. For example, I'm always trying to lose fifteen pounds. But I never need to be skinny. I don't want to be skinny. I'm constantly in a state of self-improvement, but I don't beat myself up over it. ... It's really tempting not to take chance…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 28, 2014

Into The Archives: 1957’s The Scientific & Easy Way To Gain Weight Is The Weirdest Diet Book Of All Time

My mom gave me treasure: a small pile of small paperback books produced by someone named Jose Bonomo who may or may not be a real person, from the 1950s-1960’s on various womanly things, like how to have flawless hair, makeup, figures, diets, and even parties. I feel like I am a 1960’s housewife i…

By: Almie Rose / November 18, 2013

“Breaking Bad” Actress Explains Weight Gain

Anna Gunn plays wife Skyler Grey to Bryan Cranston's Walter White on one of the most beloved shows ("Breaking Bad") to ever be on television, and she just won an Emmy, and yet she feels she has to explain herself for gaining weight. Read more at Evil Beet Gossip...

By: Evil Beet Gossip / September 29, 2013

Worst Grandma In The World Complains About Fat 6-Month-Old

This weekend in the New York Times Social Q's column, a woman wrote in to inquire about how to handle a ruthless grandma who is obsessed with her six-month-old granddaughter's weight: My husband and I have a beautiful 6-month-old daughter. She is chubby but not overweight by any means. My mother-in-law, who obviously has a weight…

By: Julie Gerstein / September 9, 2013

The Wolf In The Cereal Bowl: How Special K And Other Companies Co-Opt Body Acceptance To Sell Body Shame

It wasn’t long ago that Special K was selling us on the idea that we could "drop a jean size in two weeks" by replacing meals with cereal, shakes and their other food-ish products. In fact, the cereal has long been marketed as a weight loss/weight maintenance plan. This is a brand that once recommended…

By: Claire Mysko / September 4, 2013

The Way To Stop Bullying Is Not Through “Diet And Exercise”

I get approximately 5,000 pitches a day from people who are trying to get me to tell you guys about boob stickers, or breath mints, or Cash Warren's boat shoes (seriously just got this one). I mostly ignore them unless I think the product or service is going to be of some use to you.

By: Julie Gerstein / June 13, 2013

The Soapbox: I’m Sick Of Being Told I “Must Accept” My Body

I do not like my nose. Although I no longer hate it with the same gusto I did at 15, I still do not accept it. I do not like my thighs; they’re huge and riddled with stretch marks thanks to a growth spurt at 12, and my stomach refuses to be flat – but…

By: Amanda Chatel / May 28, 2013

An Open Letter To Abercrombie & Fitch’s CEO Mike Jeffries

Dear Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries, I used to see your brand walk up and down the halls of my high school way back in the day. Before I really even knew who you were, there you were -- in the form of jeans, shirts and other fashion statements of the late '90s. At…

By: Melissa Blake / May 10, 2013

Amanda Bynes Tells Us Weekly That She’s Striving To Be 100lbs

I don't think it's a secret that former teen star Amanda Bynes, 26, is having some issues lately. Starting in the summer of 2012, Bynes -- who starred in the movies "What A Girl Wants" and "Hairspray," and the TV show "What I Like About You" -- had a string of vehicular incidents including a…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 15, 2013

The Soapbox: What Calorie-Obsessed Vogue Diet Mom Dara-Lynn Weiss Ignores In Her Memoir The Heavy

Dara-Lynn Weiss, the woman who became infamous for writing in Vogue about putting her daughter on a diet, wants it both ways: she repeats over and over in her new memoir The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet, how much she loves every inch of her daughter, including her pesky belly, but then painstakingly…

By: Rachel Kramer Bussel / January 17, 2013

New Study Shows Overweight Female Defendants Viewed As “Guiltier” Than Skinnier Counterparts

Discriminating against women because of their weight is a very real problem and it goes all the way to the jury box. A new study at Yale University observed 471 adults in mock court cases for four individuals, of whom they were presented pictures: a skinny man, a skinny woman, an obese man, and a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 12, 2013

College Basketball Player Fat-Shamed After Quitting Team

Today In Totally Awful News: Josh Smith, a junior on the UCLA basketball team, left the team in response to accusations that he simply wasn't in good enough shape to play -- and to a chorus of professional sports commentators and fans claiming he was "too fat." "I have made the decision to leave the…

By: Julie Gerstein / November 29, 2012

Girl Talk: Yep, I’m A Fat Yoga Teacher

It usually starts with widened eyes and a slight lift of the eyebrows. As I walk over to greet a new student, they slowly stick out their hand to meet mine. "Hi, I'm Anna. I'm so glad you're here!" "Hi," they say back. “You’re the ... teacher?"…

By: Anne Guest-Jelley / October 25, 2012

Alexa Chung On Body Image & How Naturally Thin Girls Can’t Win Either

"I think it’s about time people stopped judging women on their appearance and more on their intellect. Like you can appreciate my style without having to appreciate my weight. It’s not actually mutually inclusive. I just get frustrated because, just because I exist in this shape, doesn’t mean that I’m like advocating it and being…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 12, 2012

An Open Letter To The Fat Girl

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…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 9, 2012

The Soapbox: For F#$%’s Sake, Fat People Need To Go To The Doctor Too

As some of you may have noticed, I'm really rather fat. I mention it only because it's relevant -- it has a significant impact on my life; people treat me differently because I am fat. Or, in some cases, refuse to treat me. Which is what happened recently to Ida Davidson, who was turned away from…

By: Marianne Kirby / August 30, 2012

Girl Talk: Finding Body Acceptance At The Tattoo Parlor

When I think of locales that are likely to offer me an onslaught of body-related judgment, I think of the beach, the bar, and the gym. I mean, body judgment is incredibly pervasive, but all three of those places are renowned breeding grounds for intense figure scrutiny, comparisons, and body-snarking. Recently, I discovered that my doctor'…

By: Sally McGraw / April 26, 2012

Model Natalia Vodianova: “It’s Better To Be Skinny Than To Be Fat”

Natalia Vodianova took part in a panel discussion at the British Vogue Festival over the weekend, where she made some ballsy statements about women and weight. The comments were sparked by British Vogue's executive fashion director Calgary Avansino's question: "It's undeniable that models are very thin, expected to be very thin, and thinner than 99.9 percent of the…

By: NYMag.com's The Cut / April 23, 2012
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