Wherever a woman in the public eye’s body is on the spectrum of size, every inch of her will be inspected and insulted. More
Emma Gray at the Huffington Post compiled an excellent list of 22 Thing You Should Never Say To A Skinny Woman urging everyone to stop rudely telling people to “eat a hamburger” and that “real women have curves.” But if we can’t tell … More
To get away from all of us annoying thin and fit people, Downsize Fitness has a strict requirement to join: You must be 50 pounds or more overweight. No skinny people allowed. To them, it’s perfectly reasonable–thin people supposedly judge fat people. But to me, it just sounds like reverse discrimination–along with an unhealthy dose of fat-shaming. More
“I desperately wanted the weight of breasts attached to me,” she writes. “I wanted to let go of the need to be marathon-runner thin just to make up for my lack of breast tissue. I love running, but you know what’s easier and prettier than training for a marathon? Sitting around on your curvy ass just having curves.” Oh my. More
Venice Fulton, author of Six Weeks to OMG, Get Skinnier Than All Your Friends wants us to “cut the crap”, quit blaming our genes and finally lose those extra pounds once and for all. In addition to some rather unconventional weight-loss advice–like taking a cold bath each morning and blowing up 20 balloons a day–Fulton makes one thing very clear: None of us were born to be fat, and anyone can be thin if they drop the excuses and follow his no B.S. advice.
To find out more–and cut through the tons of weight-loss crap out there, we talked with Venice: More
The hateful female blogger behind the celebrity gossip site, skinnygossip.com, is beyond words. In her latest blog today, “skinnygurl” compares the lovely, beautiful and healthy Kate Upton to a fat cow, while also saying that American women need “thinspiration”, not real-life women with real bodies. It’s body-shaming at its finest and nastiest. More
By now you’ve probably seen this .gif all over Tumblr: What appears to be an unretouched photo of Jennifer Lawrence compared to a Photoshopped version that makes her look scary-skinny. Upon viewing this endless loop of unreality, you’re filled with righteous indignation that some publication should deem it acceptable to shave this curvy, gorgeous, talented star into yet another stick-thin Hollywood actress.
The white-hot rage is coursing through your body now; your trembling finger hovers over the “reblog” button on Tumblr so you can make sure everyone knows how utterly wrong this is. More
Earlier this year, Equinox, launched a series of print ads featuring unrealistically thin models that degraded and sexualized women. Now the upscale gym chain is back with yet another offensive ad–this time telling us that skinny girls are really just “skinny fat” girls, which gives us a whole new set of body-image issues to worry about. More
When Angelina Jolie stepped on the red carpet at last night’s Golden Globe Awards, all eyes were not on her dress or her hair (as per the usual superficiality of these events), but instead, some people were focused on her weight–or lack of it.
One of the biggest “health” trends of 2011 seemed to be accepting overweight people while putting down being skinny. Embrace your curves, we heard. Being overweight doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy, experts told us. Being overweight or even obese took on a whole new level of acceptance—but while this was happening, the word skinny seemed to take on a new negative connotation. More
The single word “Skinny” attracts a load of consumers. Slap the word “skinny” on a package and the product blows up like the Fourth of July. This marketing ploy is geared to make you feel like you can enjoy the indulgence without adding the calories. But, personally I feel it’s just another distorted body image promotion that boosts the unacceptable “nothing tastes as good as being skinny feels” campaign. More
Yesterday I wrote about Nancy Upton, whose photo entries for American Apparel’s plus-size model search satirized the idea that bigger women only eat junk food, can’t control their eating, etc. Later that day, I found myself searching for stock photos of women and cheeseburgers (to illustrate a post on the brain’s response to images of fatty food) and what immediately struck me was how well these photos seemed to illustrate Upton’s point—i.e., how different said cheeseburger photos were based on the body size and relative attractiveness of the woman pictured (attractiveness of the cheeseburger did not seem to matter). More