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But Maybe I Don’t WANT to Look Smaller

Without a doubt, when you hear fashion advice, the number one goal will be to make yourself look smaller. They may mask it in other terms, like "flattering" or "longer and leaner," but the idea is the same: conceal any hint of fatness. Here's the deal ...

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My Favorite Body Positive Feel-Good Tunes

Sometimes you just need some tunes to help you out. Whether it's pumping you up before a date or meeting, chilling on the subway, or hanging out with friends, a great playlist is vital. I know that I love to have a handful of songs available to help me fe ...

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Should I Cover My [Insert Body Part Here]?

The short answer: only cover up if you want to. This always bears repeating. Wear what you want and cover what you want, because you want to, not because someone else says you have to. (Obvious exception for work/school dress codes, but also let’s not ...

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Correlation/Causation (When It’s Convenient)

A while ago, news came out that eating processed meats (like bacon and sausage) is strongly linked to developing cancer. It doesn't cause it, but there's a correlation. My natural inclination at the time was to make a few mildly amusing vegetarian-frie ...

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My Fat Politics Have No Upper Limit

Here's an obnoxious trend I've noticed: Sometimes, when people talk about fat acceptance or body positivity, they will put a limit on their support. This is not OK. There's far too much "I'm all for fat acceptance, but..." or "body positivity is great ...

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4 Fitness Goals that Have Nothing to Do With Weight

The world seems to assume that if you're engaging in some kind of fitness activity, you are doing so because you want to lose weight. Obviously, this is not true, but it's the dominant belief nonetheless. But what if we changed the conversation? There ...

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I’m Not Trying Exercise, I’m Doing It

One of the times I’ve had trolls come after me was when I posted a picture of myself all sweaty and gross after a boxing class. It wasn’t the hateful bigots that bothered me, though. It was some of the people trying to “defend” me. While there were ple ...

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I Did a Headstand and I’m Really Proud of Myself

Last week I went to a yoga workshop focused on inversions, and with a lot of help, managed to get into a headstand. The class I attended was part of the Thick and Fit series, put on by Curve Appeal. I felt a lot more comfortable experimenting, trying, ...

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Rereading Dietland Ahead of the TV Show Release

The AMC series Dietland, based off the 2015 book of the same name, is set to premiere tonight. I decided to reread the book in advance of the TV debut. *This review may contain spoilers* The novel, written by Sarai Walker, follows Plum Kettle, a fat w ...