Ode to Joy

I love Joy Nash. Seriously. I mean, maybe it’s because we have the same body type, or maybe it’s because she reminds me of what I once wanted to do — act in, write, and produce films of my own. Maybe she reminds me of WHY I didn’t go into the film industry — because I was constantly told that I was *too tall* to act, *too fat* to act, and would never gain any ground in the industry.

Well, there you have it. Guess all those theatre academies and praise from improv instructors doesn’t matter for squat.

But mostly, I think it’s because Joy is an unafraid artistic genius. And fear, as all artists know — mostly fear of rejection, or misunderstanding, or mockery — can drive artistry into a deep, dark little hole where you engage in it only privately, and fear displaying your art publicly. Joy is unafraid. And because of that, I reserve the highest praise I can give to her.

At any rate, here are Joy’s films. She’s so wonderful. As I commented on her latest, they really should be required watching in the body image section of middle-school health classes.

A Fat Rant.

Fat Rant 2: Confessions of the Compulsive

Fat Rant 3: Staircase Wit

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Google Image Meme, BL-style

So Sarah posted this Google Image Meme post, and I thought I’d join in the fun! The rules are simple. Google Image Search the answers to the questions below. Then you much choose a picture in the first page of results, and post it as your answer.

1. Age at next birthday:

2. A place you’d like to travel:

3. Your favorite place:

4. Your favorite object:

5. Your favorite food:

6. Your favorite animal:

7. Your favorite color:

8. Town where you were born:

9. Town where you live:

10. Name of a past pet:

11. First name of a past love:

12. Best friend’s nickname:

13. Your screen/nickname:

14. Your first name:

15. Your middle name:

16. Your last name:

17. Bad habit of yours:

18. First job:

19. Name of grandmother:

20. College/grad major(s):

Welcome Integgy and “Fabulously Fat College Student” to the Fat Liberation feed!

I just want to submit a (long overdue…sorry, life has been hectic!) welcome to Integgy and her wonderful “Fabulously Fat College Student” blog to the Fat Liberation feed.

Now, since you’re a sociologist, can you recommend me a good computational sociology text for my school next week? 😉

A great post of note:

Prove it to Me

Until someone can actually prove that what the mainstream media spouts about the obesity epidemic is true (and if they can prove it all, I’ll eat my hat), I’ll stick by FA, thanks.

Cheers to that! (does happy dance) Please read the rest by clicking on the link, and watch for future posts by Integgy on the Fat Liberation feed.

Fat Liberation feed updated

Hi all! Just wanted to let you know that I updated the Fat Liberation feed so that I can publish an unlimited number of feeds, yay! So all of you that know of an FA-ish blog out there that doesn’t allow diet talk or food scare talk, or isn’t overrun by trolls, and especially if it doesn’t yet have a voice on any of the existing feeds, please let me know at big dot liberty at gmail dot com. Or even in the comment form, below. 🙂

And cheers to the whole FLFeed community who has made the feed such a big success so far!

Welcome “Intelligent Protocol” to the Fat Liberation feed!

I just wanted to heartily welcome “Intelligent Protocol” to the Fat Liberation feed. Here are some posts of note:

Is Fat O.K.?

Diet can prevent or cure disease? Nice try, but–

Gastric Bypass Surgery as Type II Diabetes Cure?

Cannot find the absolute risk figures for a treatment? Go to the NNT!

…and many others. Please enjoy this blog, I have very much, so far! Observer does *not* mince words, as she admits on the front page of her blog, and I for one, very much appreciate that. 🙂

A Nice Follow-Up – Obesity Epi-Panic

If you haven’t already, please read Sandy’s “The sky is not falling” post over at Junkfood Science. I think it serves as a great follow-up to my post this week on the Obesity Epi-Panic.

Summary: A new study came out: Americans are living longer and are healthier than ever before. We are not dropping like flies due to obesity. Fat kids aren’t dropping dead from heart attacks in their teens. Fat young adults aren’t dropping dead from heart attacks in their 20s, 30s.

One of the most important parts of a moral panic is called “Disproportionality.” That is, the reaction to the current folk devil is highly disproportionate to the actual threat that folk devil poses. This could also be in the form of some “looming threat lying down the road,” i.e., that this current generation of kids is going to die in hordes in their 50s.

Dang, I had no idea fifteen extra lbs of adipose tissue was so toxic, did you?

The point is, we all need to TAKE A DEEP BREATH. Shut off the local news. Stop reading the health columns of the NYTimes. Ignore water-cooler diet comparisons. And USE YOUR COMMON SENSE.

It’ll be okay, I swear. 🙂