Don’t Ignore The Trolls. Feed Them Until They Explode.

Don’t Ignore The Trolls. Feed Them Until They Explode.

Had to post a link to yet another fantastic Lindy West piece. I don’t say this often, because I never lie about laughing: I laughed out loud. I loled. It is true.

I may have to start coming up with ideal troll-feeding recipes to use as witty comebacks.

My mind is a little blown…

quotable“A defense of my own health and habits backing up the incredibly ableist and misguided good fatty/bad fatty dichotomy.”

Fat, Fashionable, and Feminist on what her blog IS NOT.

Sometimes you come across short, sweet statements like this that force you to analyze not only your own beliefs, but whether you have been effectively communicating them.

When I saw this, I thought… oh shit… What if I have been reinforcing that good fatty/bad fatty dichotomy.

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Cracked.com: Five outrageous lies companies are legally allowed to tell

Cracked.com: Five outrageous lies companies are legally allowed to tell

I see it. Cracked sees it. So many people see it. So why aren’t the fast/junk food industries forced to label things with “Candy consumption kills” like cigarettes and booze are forced to do do with their “smoking causes cancer” “booze causes birth defects” labels?

Money.

I’m pretty sure its easier to say no to your kids wanting that candy bar if it said “sugar kills” right on the front of it, to remind you that yeah, no kid, fat or thin, needs to be eating candy.

The “Building Bridges” interviews

quotable“This is also one of the reasons that I have recently started studying the stigmatizing content that is sometimes present in “anti-obesity” campaigns or media messages that aim to encourage healthy eating or exercise behaviors. You may recall the anti-obesity campaign by the Georgia Children’s Healthcare Alliance in Atlanta, which received national criticism for promoting negative messages and stigmatizing children. This kind of campaign reinforces stigma and bias and is problematic on numerous levels. In our research, we specifically set out to examine how the public reacts to different obesity-related media campaigns. Not surprisingly, stigmatizing campaigns were rated poorly and were not motivating to people in their efforts to improve their health (regardless of their body size). Instead, our findings showed that the kinds of media campaigns that increased motivation to improve healthy behaviors were campaigns that focused on specific health behaviors (such as replacing soda with water, or eating more fruits and vegetables) and didn’t even mention obesity (or body weight) at all. This tells us that the message should really be about supporting and empowering people, regardless of body size, in their efforts to engage in healthy behaviors.”

Building Bridges: Interview with Rebecca Puhl (Part 1), by Jenny Copeland, PsyD, Association for Size Diversity and Health (healthateverysizeblog.org).

Well put. I have looked at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity and anyone else who has looked at it will probably see that some of what I write falls in line. I don’t believe that problem in this country is “fat” or “obesity”. The idea that “obesity” is the problem does chaff me, mostly because to me, that distracts from the true problem, which is as Yale Rudd has identified it: unhealthy food.

It is a problem which effects us all, en masse, regardless of personal body mass. Continue reading