February 2014 archive

The Real Way the Media Promotes Fat Shaming (and every other kind of shaming)

Dovima 1950s model

NBC’s Today Show is doing a week-long “Love Your Selfie” with the extremely attractive personalities admitting their self-image insecurities and appearing without makeup. The men look pretty much like themselves and the women just look plain around their eyes. Everyone is still their media-quality good-looking selves. We’ve been treated to the team’s dorkiest teenage photos …

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Finding Your Tokens of Lifestyle Changes

My hair is the perfect length right now. I always cut it a little short-ish when I get a trim and then let it get a little long-ish before I cut it again. So for awhile in between, it will be my favorite perfect length. It’s been many years now that my hair is long. …

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Registered Dietitians Shill for Processed Food–Sign of the Apocalypse?

A link going around Facebook right now is “25 Reasons to Stop Eating Sugar.” A stack of sugar cubes (When did you last see any of those? If ever.) opens up a series of panels with warnings we’ve all heard before. Sugar makes you fat. Belly fat, specifically. Just belly fat, nowhere else? Sugar gives …

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Biggest Loser Winner Looks Anorexic. Should Anyone Be Shocked?

Rachel Frederickson Biggest Loser

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you probably know that the media was a-buzz this week when humiliation reality show Biggest Loser¬†crowned its Season 15 grand prize winner, a 24-year old woman who lost a staggering 60% of her body weight. During the live broadcast, trainers Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper were caught on camera …

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Getting Started with a Workout at Home

In response to Monday’s blog post about realistic expectations, I received an email asking about exercise for folks who feel very limited in physical ability and who would prefer to workout at home. These are common concerns among people with a lot of weight to lose, those of us who need to drop 100 lbs …

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Being Realistic about Weight Loss Expectations

I saw a meme-style chart for a women’s “3 Month Workout Plan for Six Pack Abs” in my Facebook News Feed. One of my gaming people posted that she was getting started with it. I can’t tell the woman’s age but she’s definitely forties or older. The “plan” calls for 100 Jumping Jacks, 100 Crunches, …

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