Home At Last?

So, I am back in my hometown for a few days getting my car fixed and visiting family. After being away fro so long, I couldn’t wait to get home, see old friends, chat with my mother, just relax a little bit. The problem? My family still does not get this whole “I’m happy being fat thing”. Now you would think that me telling them to drop it would be enough, but no, it comes up at every meal. “You were so pretty when you were thinner.” “You are gonna die at that weight” and my step father is the worst! “You know being fat is a product of laziness” “What do you do eat a whole tub of ice cream” These are the things I face when I go home. I know that they are trying to guilt me, or scare me into losing weight, and a few years ago they may have succeeded. Now, I know the facts, I know that I am a healthy happy vegetarian, who loves yoga, and long walks, and is yes indeed fat.

So, I have made it my goal to fill them in on some of the facts! Whether they want to hear the facts or not at this point is irrelevant, I am on a mission lol! My mission of the day? Print off some news articles and medical journals to help educate my family about the real issue of size, since my wod doesn’t seem to be cutting it. Wish me luck!

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It Doesn’t Take a Scientist

http://lfpress.ca/newsstand/Today/2009/06/19/9850071-sun.html

The above link will take you to one of the most ridiculous news articles I believe I have ever read in my life. The article is titled Study Ties Childhood Obesity to Low Selft-Esteem. Then the article makes it seem as though this is a cause and effect situation. Being fat gives you low self-esteem. Like fat is some self-esteem infiltrating disease that looms in your system waiting to pounce and make you feel bad about yourself. Chief analyst Julie Bernier had this to say, “”Up to now in the literature, there has been a lot of emphasis on the fact body weight problems could lead to a lot of chronic disease and now, it’s a complement to see that it even puts you more at risk for low self-esteem, which in turn would put you at risk for mental health problems.”

Now, it is hard for me to imagine how anyone could possibly question why young people have low self-esteem when they are fat. Could it be because everyone keeps pointing out that they are fat as if they had some obnoxious rash covering their whole body? Could it be that in Western culture we still find it totally acceptable to belittle and mock fat people in film, television, cartoons, magazines and news papers? Could it be that mothers sometimes tell their daughters that they will never get a boyfriend if they don’t lose 50lbs? Or how about the fact that in most school parents and teachers do nothing as half of the class picks on the fat kid?! This study was a waste of money and further proof that people will go to great links to prove that obesity is sick and wrong instead of just admitting that they can’t be happy with themselves. How about instead of using articles like this to promote more attacks on the fat community they start educating young people on the true facts of obesity and then maybe they would start to understand and accept each other?!

Big Bodies In Motion

Okay, so you might have noticed that the official name of my blog is BigBodiesinMotion. I cam eup with this idea based on the stereotype that many people have of the fat community. Many people think that fat people sit on their butts eating bon bons and watching soaps all day. I know this stereotype is false, and I would like the opportunity to prove it. SO, I am going to be dedicating a page on this blog to Big Bodies in Motion. Here is the catch. I want all of you to email your pictures of examples of being fat and active to bigbodiesinmotion@yahoo.com! I will upload the pics as long as they are not vulgar or offensive! So let me see how you all love to be active!

Fat Fashion Woes

Throughout time curvy luscious bodies have been worshiped and adored for their beautiful lines. For many years the fashion industry took notice and designed beautiful outfits for women with a more abundant body type. But in the height of the  skinny revolution many plus size women find themselves in a fashion draught searching through piles and piles of tweety bird shirts and lycra pants for one cute piece to add to their wardrobe. So what’s a plus size girl to do?

There are stores like Lane Bryant and Torrid that are catering to women of size. They offer  many fashionable options, but for women living on a budget (which in this economy is everyone) these stores may be a little bit too pricey. Although TIP check out the clearance racks. Many ‘a’ time I have scored an adorable outfit for under ten bucks.

There are also many stores and botiques only that cater the fat and fabulous crowd, such as http://www.alight.com,  http://www.kiyonna.com/, http://www.igigi.com/, http://www.sizeappeal.com/, and many more.  Personally, I have trouble buying clothing that I don’t get to try on, but these are always options for the gal who can’t locate a plus-size botique near her.

So, what can we do to change this problem. I did something personally drastic for myself as an accessory lover. About a year ago, I started refusing to shop for anything in a store that doesn’t carry my size. Goodbye Chartlotte Ruse! I loved thee well. While sometimes its hard to pass things in the window, I feel better knowing that I dont’ support their sizist chain, and I suggest everyone start doing the same. We fatties spend money the same as skinny folk and if we pull out our funding of chains that won’t cater to us, especially in this economy they will feel the hurt. So, if you are looking for an easy way to get involved in the Fat Acceptance Movement, this is a great opportunity!

This is Why the Size Acceptance Movement is Necessary

http://www.theindychannel.com/news/19517549/detail.html

When I read this article, my heartbroke for this woman and her family. Teresa Smith was a 48 year old woman with a husband and a thirteen year old son, she also happened to weigh 750 lbs. When she passed away in May, she was dragged from her apartment on her matress by a tow truck, and covered with a dirty rug. She was then tossed like an animal onto the back of a flat bed truck. All of this occured in spite of the fact that the fire department had equipment capable of transorting patients up to 1000 lbs. 

Because of her size, this woman was treated as sub human, and even in passing our culture tried to rob her of her dignity. As I continue on this path of Size Acceptance, along with all of you, I hope that we can remember Teresa Smith and know that we have a lot to fight for.

Turns out Weight Loss Surgery is Dangerous…who knew?

I know I’m a little blog crazy right now, but I keep finding these intersting things that I know I need to be sharing. So, I stumbled upon this article that I thought that everyone should read. It really hit home for me because I have a very close friend of mine is considering weight loss surgery much to my dismay.

You can read the article in its entirety here: http://www.medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/ENDO/14670

But here are a few major points:

  • Bariatric surgery doubled the risk of fracture in a study
  • Hands and feet bore the brunt of the fracture risk, occurring at rates three to four times greater than would have been predicted
  • Although aggressive calcium and vitamin D supplementation after surgery may well help, it may still be insufficient to prevent the increased risk of fracture
  • The findings came from long-term follow-up of about 97 patients — mean age 44, 86 women — who had bariatric surgery from 1985 to 2004. Gastric bypass accounted for 90% of the surgical procedures, and the rest of the patients had either vertical banded gastroplasty or biliopancreatic diversion. Follow-up averaged seven years.

This just proves that yet again the medical community is not considering the risks of “obesity treatments” and in trying to eliminate what they view as a “problem” all they are doing is creating more problems.

Yay for Women Speaking UP

http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/vardalos-fires-off-at-fat-ist-hollywood_1106525

Yay for Nia Vardalos for speaking her mind and not letting people talk down to her for being who she is. Above you’ll find the link to this article calling Hollywood out for it’s sexist double standards, but I wanted to include a little bit of what Nia had to say below.

“I thought I was attractive when I shot My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Studio executives and movie reviewers let me know I had a confidence in my looks that was not shared by them. In other words, they labelled me with words like, overweight, unattractive, unappealing. Hey, just say fat. I love the word fat. I used it in the title. It’s actually not a naughty word.
“I have sat through many a movie like Sideways, where nobody blinks an eye when Paul Giamatti gets together with gorgeous Virginia Madsen, and Knocked Up. I mean the visual of Seth Rogen on top of Katherine Heigl made me put the popcorn down and reach for my purse… because I knew the film was about to stop and Ashton Kutcher would now jump out and go, ‘Aha, you’ve been punked.’ I waited, but no Ashton.
“Socially, the issue of men’s weight is simply not a big deal. Let’s face it, Russell Crowe is fat and no one ever talks about it. Alec Baldwin just orders his suits a size bigger and we continue to swoon.
“Meanwhile, I get hit with this awkward question about my weightloss daily and I have answered it in press interviews, at the grocery store, at the newspaper stand. Why? Because I see their (people) anxious, open faces needing the secret, the new pill, the cure, anything: ‘Just please share the secret’. So I hesitantly answer and I am always met with the same response: the glaze-eye, slack-jawed face.
“They don’t want to hear the truth – I had a blood sugar problem, so my doctor ordered me to lose weight. It was really hard but I did it through diet and exercise, and it took a year.”

In conclusion GO NIA!

Documentary on FAT

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/takeonestep/fat/video-ch_01_vid.html?tos=vid&filetype=wmv&bandwidth=_hi

Okay, I heard a little buzz about this video in the fatosphere and so I thought that I should check it out.

I must say that I am always hesitant when I see a film being made about fat because of the usual stereotypes. I sort of expected to see people going through endless drivethrus and complaining that nobody likes them because of their size. I was actually pleasantly surprised. They discussed the issue of size objectively and even presented some of the more controversial medical information regarding the “Obesity Epidemic”. Most of all I liked that this documentary showed both sides of the story and for once was not just a masked way of yelling GO ONE A DIET FATTIES. I really suggest that everyone give this film a chance and spread it around. A lot of people could really learn from it.

An Introduction

I felt it only fair that if I expect you all to read and trust what I say, that I should probably tell you a little bit about myself.

I was a happy and healthy young girl. I loved playing baseball, dancing, twirling baton, karate,  and playing soccer,  but I was all just a wee bit fat. About the age of ten my family (whom are all also fat) decided that I should go on a diet. Then around 11 a very concerned relative thought I should go on diet pills. That year I dropped from a size 20 to a size 4. I ate only a cup of vegetables and half a slice of no fat cheese. It was then that I was diagnosed with anorexia.  During my recovery my weight jumped up and down and there were minor setbacks and relapses, but  I came out on the other side healthy, happy, and still just a wee bit fat.

Coming to terms with my fat body was a daunting task. In fact all through high school I though there was no such thing as loving a FAT body. It wasn’t until I was in college that I stumbled across a book titled “Fat! SO?” by Marilyn Wann. That book changed my life. I began looking at the world around me a different way. More importantly, I began looking at myself a different way. Each morning when I woke up, I would pick one new thing I liked about myself, until suddenly I realized that I liked all of myself. This realization was only the beginning for me. I knew that it was my duty to help other women around the country to look at themselves differently.

My campaign started with a big sister program to help young women with eating disorders. After that program was up and running, I knew I wanted a local group that I could bounce ideas around with and mobilize so that we could really get some attention focused on this issue. This program became known as a the Body Beautiful Project. I woefully agreed to film the process with MTV, which in many ways was a disaster, but Hey at least it got people talking about these issues. The Body Beautiful Project is now a fully functioning, university funded club, with over 25 regular members! Which trust me, for Wittenberg is a lot of students lol.

Now, as I am leaving Wittenberg and persuing real life, I intend to keep pushing this issue to the forefront and open peoples minds to the idea that you  can be fat, healthy , and beautiful.