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Culture, The Exhibitionist <i>Weight of the Nation</i> Serves Up More Fat-Shaming

Weight of the Nation Serves Up More Fat-Shaming

Today our nation relapses into what might be our worst case of fat fearmongering yet. The current source of our infection with pseudoscientific sensationalism is something called Weight of the Nation, a highly contagious conference/book/series/website onslaught backed by the U.S.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Disney's War on Fat Kids: Why Is It Trying to Be the <i>Hate</i>iest and Unhealthiest Place on Earth?

Disney's War on Fat Kids: Why Is It Trying to Be the Hateiest and Unhealthiest Place on Earth?

Visitors to the Habit Heroes exhibit at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center walk into Will Powers Gym, where they respond to a Snack Attack ("It's food fight time!") by shooting broccoli at sugary foods and doing high kicks to force…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist S.F. Fat Activists Oppose Atlanta's Anti-Obesity Campaign

S.F. Fat Activists Oppose Atlanta's Anti-Obesity Campaign

A San Francisco fat activist has helped raise more than $12,000 to launch a campaign to counter the public shaming of obese children. What set all this off: Currently in Atlanta, the second most obese city in the nation, Strong…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Five Things to Do in 2012 That Aren't <br>Radical Weight-Loss Surgery

Five Things to Do in 2012 That Aren't
Radical Weight-Loss Surgery

An acquaintance traveled to Los Angeles recently and saw the ubiquitous 1-800-GET-THIN billboards. "It was like, 'Welcome to LA ... You're fat!'" said Jennifer Yendes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took note of the notorious billboards in early December.…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Ridiculous Weight-Loss Procedures From a Soviet Textbook (pics)

Ridiculous Weight-Loss Procedures From a Soviet Textbook (pics)

A lot of us believe that the wealthiest .01 percent of people are conducting class warfare on the human species. Have you noticed that ass warfare (keeping us all worried about our weight) is a big part of their…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Fatdance for Fat Positivity with the Phat Fly Girls: What a Feeling!

Fatdance for Fat Positivity with the Phat Fly Girls: What a Feeling!

If you're like most people, your closest brush with fat dance has been watching some of the contestants on Dancing with the Stars, who certainly demonstrate talent and showmanship. But they're hardly ambassadors for fat pride and they'll never come…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Telling Kids "Don't Be Fat!" Is a High-Risk Message

Telling Kids "Don't Be Fat!" Is a High-Risk Message

Trigger warning: bullying, teen suicide, eating disorders. The school year has started, which means it's bullying season again for fat children and teens. Fat children in grade school are 63 percent more likely to be teased, according to a 2010…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Life After Lap-Band Surgery: It's Complicated

Life After Lap-Band Surgery: It's Complicated

This is the second of a two-part commentary on the surgical procedure used to promote weight loss known as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, or lap band. Read the first part here. -- Eds. Surgical procedures designed to help people lose…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Lap-Band Surgery Is Easier Than Ever -- and That's Dangerous

Lap-Band Surgery Is Easier Than Ever -- and That's Dangerous

This is the first of a two-part commentary on the surgical procedure used to promote weight loss known as laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, or lap band. -- Eds. I had a bad dream the other night. In the dream world,…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Foster Care for Fat Children? Gastric Bypass Surgery? Two Wrongs Call for a Fight

Foster Care for Fat Children? Gastric Bypass Surgery? Two Wrongs Call for a Fight

Last week, major news outlets seemed pleased to report that a Harvard public health expert wants Child Protective Services officials to take fat children from their families. As scary as that sounds, what David Ludwig advised, in the pages of…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist A "Big, Fat Parade" Could Expand Livable Space for All of Us

A "Big, Fat Parade" Could Expand Livable Space for All of Us

In the 1990s when I was producing a print 'zine called FAT!SO?, a friend and contributor who provided brilliant stories that got reprinted in cool places like the Utne Reader always wanted her bio say, "Betty Rose Dudley is a…
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News, Sucka Free City Fat-is-beautiful activist Marilyn Wann protests Japan's thinness law

Fat-is-beautiful activist Marilyn Wann protests Japan's thinness law

It's nearly noon at Revolution Cafe in the Mission when Marilyn Wann begins her official Fat Crane count. "Matilda did ... 34 beautiful fat cranes," she says, sliding the vibrantly colored, folded paper birds into the yellow padded envelope that…
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Letters to the Editor

Weighty Issues Cut down to size: The city of San Francisco did not outlaw discrimination based on height and weight because body size is genetic, but because discrimination is wrong. Peter Byrne's defense of the narrow-minded status quo is a…
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News, Feature As a Matter of Fat

As a Matter of Fat

In the neon flatlands of San Lorenzo, near a fast-food restaurant strip and a Jenny Craig weight-loss center, is Arroyo High School. It is a pure California school architectonic: a maze of open-air hallways leading to a paved yard ringed…
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