Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful holiday break and is ready to save the world now because 2020, we’ve got work to do. But first, a look backwards.
Here are my favorite things I wrote last year…
- To start off the year, I wrote about how to make peace with kid food for Parents magazine.
- In February, I dug into the history of wellness, and how thin white men rebranded dieting, for Bitch Media.
- Age-old taboos against menstruation have led to a lack of research on how women’s cycles work, with serious consequences for their health. I went deep on the science of periods for Scientific American.
- Many fertility clinics will refuse to treat prospective mothers over a certain size. Is it truly out of a concern for their health, or is it just about clinics’ profit margins? I investigated this medicalized weight stigma for The New York Times Magazine.
- After writing about women considered too fat for fertility treatment, I wrote about people who are considered too fat to have an eating disorder for Medium’s Elemental.
- A new app from Weight Watchers called Kurbo promised to teach kids aged 8 to 17 healthy eating strategies, but in my first for The New York Times Parenting section, I asked whether it ever makes sense to teach kids how to diet.
- There’s no shame in kid snacking! Parents often place a moral value on children’s eating habits; for NYT Parenting, I wrote about why they shouldn’t.
- Young women are getting plastic surgery and other cosmetic procedures and calling it body positivity. I wrote about YouTube influencers and messy messaging for Medium’s Elemental.
- And most recently, I wrote about an approach to mealtimes called ‘Division of responsibility in feeding’ and why experts recommend it for picky eaters and food-fixated kids alike.