Body Wars

“The danger of falling into the habit of demanding that our bodies-fat bodies, or otherwise “ugly” bodies-be pretty too is that by doing so we are reinforcing the cultural importance of prettiness.  We are acknowledging a longing for social acceptance, a willingness to indulge prettiness pressures so long as we are allowed to play too.  It is a classically liberal stance: all we want is our fair share. I’d prefer to occupy a space outside the pretty/ugly paradigm, a space where the parameters are self-determined.”

Lesley Kinzel, Two Whole Cakes: How to Stop Dieting and Learn to Love Your Body

Sometime before my double digit birthday, my mom fell ill.  Limbs swollen and the skin on her legs so taut, I worried that a mere pinprick might deflate my mom. It was the mid-nineties and there was very little information about this mysterious illness.  Read More

A Very Militant Baker and “The Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls” Book Reading

by Melissa Mazza, Fattitude InternFatBook

I have a very special, super body positive tale to tell you!  Once upon a time, on a fateful evening in November, a few of the very lovely, amazing, talented Fattitude intern superstars found themselves in the same place at the same time!  The cosmos aligned and the ladies found themselves in a magical bookstore in NYC to hear a reading by the fabulous Jes Baker from her new book “Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls”. The evening was exciting, enchanting and euphoric! (The only thing sorely missing were the other superstar interns! Boo!) Read More

SPOTLIGHT: Body Love Badass Andrew Walen

Unknown-2Psychotherapist Andrew Walen, is the founder of Columbia, Maryland’s Body Image Therapy Center which specializes in eating disorders, substance abuse, body image, anxiety and depression. In particular – Andrew has made it part of his mission to help men find a space to heal from eating disorders and he is fiercely working to help people understand how the male population often gets excluded when it comes to ED treatment and discussion. Read More

SPOTLIGHT: Body Love Badass Dr. Traci Mann

-1After years of dieting, newbies to the world of Body Acceptance, find it very hard to wrap around the much discussed concept that, “Diets Don’t Work.” Thanks to Dr. Traci Mann of The Health and Eating Lab, however, we have hard evidence to prove such rhetoric. Dr. Mann, a widely cited expert in her field, has done copious amount of research on dieting, eating, fatness and self control and has proven, time and again, that, indeed, diets don’t work. Read More

SPOTLIGHT: Body Love Badass Jes Baker

imagesJes Baker is known in the Body Love world as the Militant Baker and we, at #Fattitude, believe the title could not be any more suitable. She is a Baker by birth, not profession, so fans won’t find her on the Food Network baking cookies. They will, however, find the self proclaimed fiery body advocate, fat model, mental health professional, self-love enthusiast, professional rabble-rouser, crazy cat lady, TEDx speaker, soon-to-be book-author and mega-feminist, teaching others to learn to love themselves from head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes. Read More