Topic: fat

A Woman Explains Why She Chooses To Be Fat

A Woman Explains Why She Chooses To Be Fat

People “choose” to be skinny all the time. At least we’re supposed to think they can. You can’t really watch television without an advertisement enthusiastically telling you that you can make better choices and choose to be thin! And many people, especially women, buy into that. That’s probably because they receive a tremendous amount of societal pressure to be skinny. So what happens if you just decide that you’re going to choose to be obese? More »

Christie Brinkley Reveals She Felt ‘Very Fat’ As Supermodel, Implies Self-Shame Is Okay For Overweight People

Christie Brinkley Reveals She Felt 'Very Fat' As Supermodel, Implies Self-Shame Is Okay For Overweight People

I don’t think the lesson gathered from this story should necessarily be “supermodels: they’re just like us because even beautiful people feel terrible about themselves!” I’m not going to put up a photo of Brinkley on the cover of Sports Illustrated and be all, “Can you believe she thought she was fat even though her body fits into conventional standards of attractiveness?!” Just so you know in advance. More »

‘You Look So Skinny’

'You Look So Skinny'

“You look so skinny,” my friends would eagerly say to me. It was the end of summer after I had spent nearly 3 months running 5 miles each morning and obsessively counting calories. I was still throwing up on occasion, but I was also attempting to lose weight “healthily” though there was obviously nothing healthy about my behavior.

After just 10 weeks, I had managed to go from 150 pounds to 120, reducing my size from a 10/12 to a 6 (or 4, depending on the store). At 5’7″, 120 is just on the “normal” side of the medical spectrum, but I did not look like my normal self. More »