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Read Gabourey Sidibe’s Wonderful Speech From the Ms. Foundation Gala

Read Gabourey Sidibe’s Wonderful Speech From the Ms. Foundation Gala. "How are you so confident?" "I'm an asshole!" Okay? It's my good time, and my good life, despite what you think of me. I live my life, because I dare. I dare to show up when everyone else might hide their faces and hide their bodies in shame. I show up because I'm an asshole, and I want to have a good time. And my mother and my father love me. They wanted the best life for me, and they didn't know how to verbalize it. And I get it.... Read more

The results of the anti-Beth campaign

It is funny how people are. When a thing happens and people say things like, "Don't worry, we will always have your back" and how you sort of know they don't mean it. It is interesting how they will find ways to weasel out of your existence, quietly, so that you do not notice. One year ago I attended a weight loss related event and a thing happened. Friends and businesses alike, sent me all kinds of messages of support: WE HAVE YOUR BACK AND WE STAND BEHIND YOU GO DO ALL THE THINGS AS YOU ALWAYS DID! Edited to... Read more

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Why is she all trench-coated up?! The hair - the coat - the ridiculous pose - are we just attempting to cover her curves? Why doesn't she appear like any other ELLE cover-model? Thats right, because people are afraid of fat people. Get over it. Read more

I've got that Barenaked Ladies song "One Week" playing in my head as I write this post -- It's been one week since you looked at me Cocked your head to the side and said I'm angry Five days since you laughed at me saying Get that together, come back and see me Three days since the living room I realized it's all my fault, but couldn't tell you Yesterday you'd forgiven me But it'll still be two days till I say I'm sorry The song makes little sense - and I was being vague in saying I did a... Read more

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Carnie Wilson Speaks At WLSFA 2013 Las Vegas Luncheon

Carnie Wilson Speaks At WLSFA 2013 Las Vegas Luncheon Related articles Katie Jay Keynote Speaking at Southcoast Center for Weight Loss - Video Obesity Help Announces Keynote Speaker for 2013 National Conference Null and Void. #WLSFA2013 Post #1 Good Tried To Do Good Viva Las Vegas Read more

April 5th, 2013 marks nine years since I had roux en y gastric bypass surgery at Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. I made it another year. I am alive. I made it past your cash bets. I am approximately five pounds above my very lowest post op weight, which I saw one year post op before I got pregnant and right before I bounced up to 175 lbs. I will say this, my lower weight looks different the second time around. That first low-weight crash post surgery looks like death-warmed over. I look healthier now, and I... Read more

Shane Koyczan: "To This Day" ... for the bullied and beautiful

Shane Koyczan: "To This Day" ... for the bullied and beautiful This. Man. Yes this is a complilation of the video I shared before -- it has MORE. To This Day When I was a kid I used to think that pork chops and karate chops were the same thing I thought they were both pork chops and because my grandmother thought it was cute and because they were my favourite she let me keep doing it not really a big deal one day before I realized fat kids are not designed to climb trees I fell out of a... Read more

"No freedom until we're equal, damn right I support it." We press play, don't press pause Progress, march on With the veil over our eyes We turn our back on the cause Till the day that my uncles can be united by law When kids are walking 'round the hallway plagued by pain in their heart A world so hateful some would rather die than be who they are And a certificate on paper isn't gonna solve it all But it's a damn good place to start No law is gonna change us We have to change us Whatever God... Read more

I watched ABC's 20/20 on Friday night as I typically do, and I was half-inspired, refreshed to push forward in my own journey as I continue to press on nearing nine years post gastric bypass surgery and ever so slightly PISSED OFF. Why? Read that cover again. "No SURGERY - No GIMMICKS!" People Magazine does this every year, much to the chagrin to every surgically altered bariatric patient in the blog-o-sphere. ABC. People Magazine. The show and the magazine, both -- FULL OF GIMMICKS, and quite possibly more than one surgery. "No SURGERY - No GIMMICKS!" Except when they're touting... Read more

Complex partial seizures are often preceded by a seizure aura.[2] The seizure aura is a simple partial seizure.[2] The aura may manifest itself as a feeling of déjà vu, jamais vu, fear, euphoria or depersonalization.[3] The seizure aura might also occur as a visual disturbance, such as tunnel vision or a change in the size of objects (macropsia or micropsia).[4] Once consciousness is impaired, the person may display automatisms such as lip smacking, chewing or swallowing.[3] There may also be loss of memory (amnesia) surrounding the seizure event.[2] The person may still be able to perform routine tasks such as... Read more

Beth Sheldon-Badore Honored with the Obesity Action Coalition’s “OAC Advocate of the Year” Award

Beth Sheldon-Badore Honored with the Obesity Action Coalition’s “OAC Advocate of the Year” Award. Thank you, OAC. Beth Sheldon-Badore Honored with the Obesity Action Coalition’s “OAC Advocate of the Year” Award Massachusetts resident Beth Sheldon-Badore was honored with the Obesity Action Coalition’s (OAC) “OAC Advocate of the Year” award during the OAC’s Your Weight Matters Inaugural Convention in Dallas. As a longtime OAC member, Beth has been instrumental in leading the obesity advocacy fight on both National and state advocacy issues. “Beth has been a key asset to the OAC this year in her advocacy efforts. Advocating for the OAC... Read more

Community Responsibility - Fat Shaming - Bullying

WAY TO GO! Huffington Post - "That man’s words mean nothing to me, but really angers me about this is is there are children who don’t know better — who get emails as critical as the one I received or in many cases, even worse, each and every day." She said that bullying scared her as the mother of three daughters. "If you are at home and you are talking about the fat newslady, guess what?" she said. "Your children are probably going to go to school and call someone fat." Livingston thanked the viewers, friends and colleagues who have... Read more

Weight loss surgery community, I hear you! "We won't give up our fried chicken sandwiches! You can peel the Chick-Fil-A from my cold, dead, hands, it's MAH chicken!" Regardless of the political stance, you do not need a fried chicken sandwich in your post weight loss surgery life, do you? "But, I go there for the FRIES." Your argument is invalid. What part of your post weight loss surgery diet includes fried chicken and waffle fries? (Don't answer that. I eat fast food too.) However, it's not a NECESSITY. In ANY way, for ANY surgery-type. But, if you find that... Read more

I read a blog post yesterday regarding storytelling as a means of keeping a person "sick," stuck in the past, or marinating in their overall... bad place. The blogger went so far as to suggest that the telling and retelling of ones stories might be an addiction. *gets the crack pipe ready to share a story* Bariatric After Life - "I think we do it because it feeds a need for validation and justification (or even vindication) really. We need people to tell us we look good. We need people to tell us we “didn’t cheat” with surgery. We need... Read more

I just read a blog post regarding cliques, classes and the post weight loss surgery as a bizarre extension of high school. (You need read that first, or this won't make much sense.) I have said it for years -- as morbidly obese individuals -- we can be stunted, socially -- often at the age we became obese. Whatever the cause of the obesity -- things get STUCK. Some morbidly obese persons go through teenage-hood missing out on a lot of the social norms and live out these opportunities as an adult, after weight loss surgery. They lose the weight,... Read more

Many of us have dealt with fat discrimination directly, and in bizarre way, it is why I ended up having weight loss surgery. In a new study in the International Journal of Obesity, researchers gave study participants resumes with small photos of applicants attached, both before and after weight loss surgery. The researchers discovered that criteria like starting salary, leadership potential and the selection of the candidate for the job were all negatively affected for obese women. I would suggest that this phenomena is similar for obese men. Mr. had weight loss surgery after being harshly judged AT work. Would... Read more

Weight hate by PCRMs "Sit next to a vegan" campaign

As you can see, this commercial further perpetuates weight bias and stigma. The commercial clearly displays an individual affected by obesity as clumsy and careless. Negative weight bias such as this must stop! We need your help! OAC leadership originally contacted PCRM in January 2012 regarding another campaign against obesity that we felt was offensive toward individuals affected by the disease. Pictured right, you will see a PCRM campaign targeting cheese consumption and obesity. To view the OAC’s letter to PCRM, click here. To view PCRM’s response, click here. If you feel this commerical further perpetuates weight bias, please contact... Read more