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Culture, The Exhibitionist Read Local: Discrimination Is Unacceptable -- Unless You're Fat

Read Local: Discrimination Is Unacceptable -- Unless You're Fat

New York City might be home to the big houses, but this scrappy city just happens to be the epicenter of publishing on the Best Coast. Join Alexis Coe every Wednesday for Read Local, a new series which exclusively…
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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 Blogger: "Occupy Fat Street -- We Are the 68 Percent"

Blogger: "Occupy Fat Street -- We Are the 68 Percent"

Golda Poretsky calls herself a "body love coach." It sounds a lot like a life coach, except her clients are women and men who want to remove themselves from what she calls "the diet roller-coaster" yet maintain their health and…
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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 Let's Look at Society's Love/Hate Relationship with Fat People

Let's Look at Society's Love/Hate Relationship with Fat People

There's some debate about whether the opposite of love is hate or disinterest. Fat people rarely enjoy public disinterest. We are, nonetheless, targets of strongly felt and self-contradictory attentions. Is it love/hate or something else? For example: Why did a…
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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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