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[Never Say Diet] This One’s For All You “Gilmore Girl” Fans…

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I’m having a total girl crush on Melissa McCarthy — our beloved Sookie, now even more awesome in “Bridesmaids!” — over on Never Say Diet today.

(Yes, this means yesterday I got to go to the movies. In the middle of the afternoon. And call it work. Sometimes, my life is very, very hard.)

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Pretty Price Check: Enough With the Fat Hate (05.13.11)

The Pretty Price Check: Your Friday round-up of how much we paid for beauty this week.

Ragen Chastein Dances With Fat Photo by Richard Sabel

It seems like everywhere I turn this week, the news is about how much our culture hates fat people. So this a special theme edition of the Price Check. Because people, this has got to stop.

  • My beautiful friend (and amazing blogger and dancer — that’s her above!) Ragen Chastain received over 260 hate-filled comments on her blog this week from evil Internet Trolls who think she should die in appalling and violent ways. (And if you think she must be some strange, isolated example, check out #thingsfatpeoplearetoldon Twitter — and prepare to lose your mind.)
  • Kirstie Alley, the formerly Fat Actress, won “Dancing With the Stars” this week despite admitting she was eating just 150 calories while dancing for hours per day. Naturally, the world is celebrating her dancing-fueled weight loss instead of worrying about her health. (Via ABOUT-FACE)
  • Psychologists found that 72 percent of overweight and obese individuals depicted in the media are stigmatized, often appearing shirtless or headless, according to a study (PDF) published in the Journal of Health Communication. (Via Good)
  • As I reported yesterday on Never Say Diet, when new research showed that only 69 percent of Americans are trying to lose weight (down from 77 percent last year), nutritionists threw up their hands in a state of panic that we might just be accepting our fat selves and preparing to die. (Note that 69 percent means that more than half the population is on a diet.)

This is on top of a major, multi-country study published in the journal Current Anthropology in March, which found that fat stigma is increasing around the world, even in countries where larger bodies have previously been celebrated. (See Tara Parker-Pope’s column and Michelle Segar’s blog post for great analysis on why increasing fat stigma will do nothing to actually “fight obesity.”)

And the Seattle Times is reporting that Georgia just launched a new “Stop Childhood Obesity” campaign featuring fat kids saying things like “Chubby kids may not outlive their parents,” and “Big bones didn’t make me this way. Big meals did” and generally ensuring that they’ll be teased on the playground for the rest of their days.

So. What the f*ck is going on? Read more…

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[Never Say Diet] Can You Wear Everything in Your Closet?

I sure can’t. According to this Jezebel poll, pretty much none of us can. So what’s up with that? My thoughts on breaking up with all those “someday” sizes, are over at Never Say Diet today.

PS. The lovely iVillage tech folk are working hard on getting that Chime In issue resolved. It doesn’t seem to be on my computer, but hey, maybe that’s just my browser? She said hopefully? Continue to keep me posted on your efforts to comment over there… and if you can’t, please do keep the comments coming here, or over on the Never Say Diet Facebook page. Ooh, so fancy!

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[Never Say Diet] Big News!

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So you guys have probably been noticing how I’ve been guest posting over on the awesome Never Say Diet a lot, hmm? And even added a little tab up top so you can see all of the Never Say Diet post topics in one place?

Well, big news, blog fans!

After a few weeks of casual dating, we’ve made it official: I am the new Body Image Expert for iVillage.com and Never Say Diet blogger. You can check the whole blog out by clicking here, and then clicking on the blue Never Say Diet box in the lower left-hand corner (exactly like the one you see up top here).

I’m pretty psyched, because the iVillage peeps are rad, and after all, what’s more awesome than writing one blog about the price we pay for pretty? Writing two blogs about the price we pay for pretty. Of course.

Yes, two blogs: Beauty Schooled isn’t going anyplace. We’ve worked out a lovely joint custody arrangement, where I’ll be giving you fresh new Beauty Schooled awesomeness every Monday and Friday, then Never Saying Diet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Remember that poll I asked you guys to take a few weeks ago? It was so I could make sure that the two-ish posts per week will focus on exactly what you want to read. So expect regular talk about the stuff you want most: beauty labor, the Pretty Price Check, and maybe even a brand new behind-the-scenes adventure — I’m brainstorming that one as we speak.

And you’ll still hear from me on Never Say Diet days, keeping you in the loop about what I’m talking about over there — because I have a feeling it’s going to be right up your alley. Like today, for instance, where I’m discussing the 6.5 inch heels worn by many an A-Lister on the Oscars red carpet Sunday.


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