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[Never Say Diet] Enough With the Weight-Paycheck Thing

iVillage Never Say Diet Virginia Sole-Smith weight-paycheck

Another day, another study tying what you weigh to how much you’ll get paid. Here’s why I’m over this trend.

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[Never Say Diet] Shouldn’t Yoga be for Every Body?

iVillage Never Say Diet Virginia Sole-Smith Yoga

Can I get a holla for the beautiful picture on today’s Never Say Diet post? When you’re limited to stock photography collections (as we are in daily blog land, since there isn’t enough lead time or money to go out and shoot our own stuff) the body positive pickings can be pretty slim — which often translates to nothing but skinny white girls, as you guys have noted in your comments. But uber-talented iVillage folks have been on the case and here we are. Hooray for a little diversity!

Now you know I don’t mean this in that unhelpful “finally, a REAL woman!” way. Because skinny white girls are real women too. The goal is to represent everybody (and every body), not just flip size discrimination on its head. Which is a concept the purveyors of plus size yoga seem to be having trouble grasping, so you should go check out today’s post about that.

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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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