Monthly Archives: September 2011

[Never Say Diet] Happy Weight Stigma Awareness Week!

Oops, I mean… I hope you enjoyed it. Wow, where did Friday come from?

But really, shouldn’t every week be Weight Stigma Awareness Week? Well yes. So in the spirit of carrying that message forward (not, ahem, falling hopelessly behind on loading posts), why don’t you hop over to Never Say Diet and review what Weight Stigma (or Size Bias or Fat Acceptance — though I prefer the first two terms because this isn’t just about fat people) is really all about and why we need it now more than ever.

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[Never Say Diet] Need a Better Body Image? There’s an App for That

iVillage Never Say Diet Virginia Sole-Smith Body Image App

But I’m not so sure that’s a good thing — I know, body image blogger blasphemy! But stay with me, I explain it all over on Never Say Diet today.

It was also a good excuse to pick the brain of one of my favorite writers, Peggy Orenstein, who had so many smart things to say on the issue. I didn’t get them all into the official post (oh 550 maximum word count rule, how you torment me!) so I thought I’d paste the rest of her email below.

You might want to quick read the Never Say Diet post, so you know what the heck we’re talking about with this new body image app and then come back here for Peggy’s full take:

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[Never Say Diet] Why Even “Lose a Pound Per Week” Diets Fail

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Some more interesting research out of The Lancet, kittens. Verrry interesting. Scientists are finally figuring out why even that most sensible of diet advice (“lose 1-2 pounds per week”) won’t work indefinitely for everyone — and stops working a lot sooner for some folks than others.

The bad news is that their new idea doesn’t sound like much of a solution. But maybe when they get the kinks worked out? Anyway, read all about it over on Never Say Diet today.

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[Never Say Diet] Julie Bowen Doesn’t Need Your Sandwich Suggestions

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She is perfectly capable of ordering her own lunch, thankyouverymuch.

More to the point, this whole hating on skinny actresses thing has really got to stop. Or at least, just call it what it is: Good, old-fashioned, body snarking, just like when the kids on the playground called you fatty. (If they did that. In which case, I’m really sorry because it must have sucked. Just like… see where I’m going with this?)

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[Fun With Press Releases] Maybe Just Go The F*** To Sleep, Instead?

This has to be one of the most random press releases I’ve received maybe ever, and believe me, there are candidates for the “most random” award on a daily, if not hourly, basis.

Dear Virginia,

Turn in that late night bowl of ice cream for some late night home shopping. If you need to keep yourself busy when you’re relaxing on your couch, XXXXXX now offers a great alternative to packing on the pounds.

XXXXXX.com, a flash sales website that offers a curated selection of home and lifestyle products from coveted brands and emerging designers at up to 70% off retail, will now be offering its members new exclusive night time sales series.

Beginning on September 20, XXXXXX’s night time series promises the same thrill at a new time.  The series will feature cohesive themes to inspire your next redecorating, hosting or holiday occasion.

Curb Appeal, the first night time event, features bench seating, patio furniture and outdoor lighting.

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[Never Say Diet] A Junk Food Tax to Reverse the Shame Game?

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Today on Never Say Diet, I’m trying to figure out if “war on obesity” tactics like a junk food tax and restrictions on food advertising to kids will be good for our body image along with our physical health.

It’s a tricky one, since right off the bat, you know I have some differences of opinion on whether it’s really a war on obesity or more of a war on heart disease, cancer and diabetes where we seem to be needlessly fixated on bathroom scales and Body Mass Indexes. Sort of like those weapons of mass destruction that nobody ever found.

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[Never Say Diet] Adele is Ready for Her Not-So-Close-Up

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Ah yes, the delightful media trend of chopping up fat women so they are either floating heads or headless bodies has a new victim. Read all about it over on Never Say Diet today.

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[Never Say Diet] Don’t Inject Beef Fat Into Your Face

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Honestly. I leave you people alone for two weeks and this is what I come back to?

Except, of course, it’s not really about Beef Fat Lady at all. So no getting distracted now and hating the player instead of the game. And in it may seem ironic but stay with me news, I also have a guest post up over on the Daily Glow’s Beauty Buzz blog on Why Beauty Makes Us Happy. Because — especially in a perfect world where nobody feels pressured to inject kitchen waste into their pores — it really can. And frankly, it should do that even here in the very much imperfect world.

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