Meghan Trainor - a primer
: "How many of you have no idea what we're talking about? Follow-up question: How many of you have looked at the iTunes chart and felt old recently? Come, let's learn together about Trainor, 'All About That Bass,' and the problematic nature of this song.
Samantha Peterson slams her case
for having a fat body in this world. No metaphor necessary. (SLHP)
"The thing that really gets to me about the reviews is that all of them, almost grudgingly, admit that she sang the extraordinarily difficult role beautifully. And yet the bulk of their criticism is reserved for her body type." Irish Tara Erraught
, soprano star of this year's Glyndebourne festival, garnered almost universal contempt
from London's male critics. Guardian roundup
, including a mention of Alice Coote's open letter to critics
Roxane Gay on The Biggest Loser:
"My body is wildly undisciplined and I deny myself nearly everything I desire. I deny myself the right to space when I am public, trying to fold in on myself, to make my body invisible even though it is, in fact, grandly visible. I deny myself the right to a shared armrest because how dare I impose? I deny myself entry into certain spaces I have deemed inappropriate for a body like mine—most spaces inhabited by other people. "
In a TEDx talk from Queensland University of Technology, Ruben Meerman
asks and answers a question many everyday people seem not to know the answer to: When you lose fat, where does it go? [more inside]
In 1954, Life magazine published an article entitled "The Plague of Overweight" with a series of photos of a woman named Dorothy Bradley
. The story features some now-familiar tropes about fat people ("197-pound Dorothy ... covered up embarrassment by being jolly and gregarious"; "Dorothy envies slim girl's milkshake"). It is also notable as an early appearance of the concept of an obesity "epidemic".
Londoners have bad drain habits: the removal of a 15 tonne 'fatberg'
from the sewers beneath the suburb of Kingston has brought this double decker bus-sized issue back into the headlines
. [more inside]
Physician Karen Hitchcock writes eloquently in The Monthly on obesity in Australia and the obesity-as-disease paradigm.
"It’s terrible to be thin and wispy, because, you know, because you could get knocked over by a strong wind or something, man." Via Dangerous Minds
. [more inside]
Your fat has a brain, and it's trying to kill you.
And the best line of defense is muscle. Muscle is now known to be one of the most dynamic systems in the body; when it contracts, it undergoes huge changes at the cellular level. And its mortal enemy is fat. (Also, why liposuction may not be so good for you health wise).
How not to be a dick to your fat friends.
(SLXOJ) Thought-provoking reading for anyone who is fat, or is friends with someone who is fat.
Listening to what the tongue feels
First, drink some black coffee. Next, rub your tongue against the roof of your mouth. It should feel a little rough, like very fine sandpaper: the tiny bumps on your tongue, called papillae, are raised just enough to create friction against your palate.
If you now add cream to your coffee and try again, the sensation should be much smoother — almost velvety. A layer of fat and mucous is now coating your tongue, providing lubrication and preventing friction.
What you have just done was, until very recently, the most accurate method for evaluating the oral perception of fat — the precise degree of tongue-coating creaminess in milk, mayonnaise, or chocolate pudding.
American paratrooper Arthur Boorman suffered debilitating injuries during the first Gulf War. Doctors told him he'd never walk unassisted again. 15 years later.... [more inside]
Comedian/podcaster Ari Shaffir
interviews comedian Ralphie May
on the realities of being morbidly obese, including very frank, often touching, sometimes hilarious discussions of health issues (including his near-death experience), social acceptance, fashion, personal demons, sex, comedy, and cannabis use.
"Fat" pt 1 (direct mp3) "Fat" pt 2 (direct mp3)
Why our food is making us fat
(Guardian article by Jacques Peretti): [more inside]
That the conventional wisdom of 3,500 calories less is what it takes to lose a pound of weight is wrong.
The body changes as you lose. Interestingly, we also found that the fatter you get, the easier it is to gain weight. An extra 10 calories a day puts more weight onto an obese person than on a thinner one. [more inside]
Nichelle Gainer (whose Vintage Black Glamour
blog was seen previously on MeFi
) responds insightfully
to a NY Times editorial by author Alice Randall called "Why Black Women Are Fat
Ask for Amazing WATE-ON.
Retronaut's collection of dietary supplement ads offers some historical perspective on the obesity epidemic. [more inside]
The Fat Trap (NYT pop review):
Overweight individuals in Western nations (and, increasingly, beyond
) face interpersonal and institutional stigma for their bodies*
. Oftentimes, these stigmas are predicated on the belief that being overweight is a moral failure
, that being overweight is usually a result of laziness, decadence, and/or characterlogical poor impulse control. However, an emerging consensus among obesity researchers points toward strong, common physiological and individual genetic factors
as causative for heightened BMIs in the modern world and the general failure of dieting to produce BMI outcomes. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine (paywalled)
adds to this body of evidence, suggesting that chemical messengers held to contribute to altered "efficient" metabolism and increased hunger in the wake of low-calorie dieting are (on average) significantly elevated up to a full year (if not longer) following a substantial drop in weight from dieting.> [more inside]
Chris Christie Is Fat
. Who Cares?
"What is it about fat that turns otherwise smart people into complacent fools? No, this isn’t a new discovery about the supposed health risks of obesity: it’s an observation about how the sight of a fat body can transform people like Michael Kinsley
and Eugene Robinson
—writers whose work I usually admire—into bigoted know-nothings, spouting absurd prejudices they would mock if they were aimed at almost any group other than fat people."
Obesity Epidemic Grows: [CNN.com]
"Two-thirds of all adults and about a third of all children and teenagers in the United States are overweight or obese according to a report release Thursday by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
According to "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2011,"[PDF]
adult obesity increased in 16 states during the past year and rates soared to 30% or more in these 12 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. Four years ago, only one state - Mississippi - had an adult obesity rate of more than 30%. No state showed a decrease in it obesity rate in Thursday's report."
The Museum for Obeast Conservation Studies
was founded in 2010 as an organization for the historical and scientific study of the endangered North American Obeast
. Given their reclusive natures
and dwindling numbers
, little is known about this genus of bipedal mammals, which was hunted to near extinction during the 19th century. An art installation by Rachel Herrick
. Reactions tend to be mixed
Hello, I am fat.
This is my body (over there—see it?). I have lived in this body my whole life. I have wanted to change this body my whole life. I have never wanted anything as much as I have wanted a new body. I am aware every day that other people find my body disgusting. I always thought that some day—when I finally stop failing—I will become smaller, and when I become smaller literally everything will get better (I've heard It Gets Better)! My life can begin!
Why Wal-Mart Is Making Our Health Its Problem
- "So what's behind the [healthier-eating] initiative
? In a word: scale. In a recent article in HBR
, Chris Meyer and I argued that we'll see companies taking more and more ownership of externalities they could ignore because of changing sensibilities and better sensors (meaning detection and reporting of impacts by third parties). But we also identified a third driver: the scale of modern business. Whereas in the past, a single grocer could not have much impact on society, in today's highly consolidated market, Wal-Mart touches a significant percentage of the nation's food intake. Once you reach a scale where your decisions have ramifications for millions, it is hard to pretend that the impacts, even as distant ripples, are not your problem."
The singing sewermen of London would like to remind you to bin it, don't flush it
. Warning: contains carolling and traces of rhythm.
(hat tip: Boing Boing
Fried Beer. As the Dallas Morning News reports, the Fried Beer was the result of a painful process of trial and error for creator Mark Zamble. His initial efforts kept exploding once they hit the fryer, and he kept getting burned. Zamble has already applied for a patent and trademark for Fried Beer, which appears to be a pocket of pretzel dough filled with its signature beverage.
Why You Got Fat
An insightful 3 minute look into how fat is stored and utilized by your body. [more inside]
Nick Tahou Hots
in Rochester, NY
for being the home of the Garbage Plate
. According to Health magazine
the Garbage Plate is New York State's Fattiest food
, with potentially 200 grams of fat.
, with educational captions.
The Most Harmful Drinks in America.
Warning: simply reading this article may cause weight gain.
Don't ever accept a Tequila shot from Fat Mike
While performing as Cokie The Clown
at SXSW this year, Fat Mike of NOFX
made a lot of folks uncomfortable telling stories of his fucked up childhood, his mother's death, and of other crazy shit he allegedly witnessed and did throughout his life. The biggest "gag" of the evening involved Tequila. I imagine they would have been even more uncomfortable at one of these
The Free Art and Technology (F.A.T.) Lab
is an organization dedicated to enriching the public domain through the research and development of creative technologies and media. You may know them from such projects as How to build a fake Google Street View car
, public domain donor stickers
, internet famous class
, the first rap video to end with a download source code link
, or their numerous firefox add-ons
(such as China Channel
, Tourettes Machine
, or Back to the future
). FAT members have been hard at work standardizing various open source graffiti-related software packages, including Graffiti Analysis
, Laser Tag
, Fat Tag Deluxe
and EyeWriter [previously]
to be GML
(Graffiti Markup Language) compliant. Fuck Google
. Fuck Twitter
. Fuck SXSW
. Fuck 3D
. FAT Lab is Kanye shades for the open source movement
Obesity: The killer combination of salt, fat and sugar
- "Rewarding foods are rewiring our brains. As they do, we become more sensitive to the cues that lead us to anticipate the reward. In that circularity lies a trap: we can no longer control our responses to highly palatable foods because our brains have been changed by the foods we eat." [more inside]
Sweet, sour, bitter, salty, umami, and.... fat? Dr. Russell Keast
, an Austrailian scientist who studies
"perceived flavour, consumer acceptance and preference of foods and nutrition," has conducted research exploring humans' apparent sixth taste perception: fat. The kicker? Sensitivity to the taste of fat was negatively correlated with fat intake and BMI. Dr. Keast discussed the results of his latest research
, and The Sydney Morning Herald
. (via) [more inside]
Filmmaker Kevin Smith
was booted off a Southwest Airlines flight
last night for being too fat. Oops, sorry, for some sort of nebulous "safety risk". Needless to say, Southwest is rapidly discovering what happens
when you mistreat a customer with 1.6 million Twitter followers and a lot of spare time (not to mention a movie coming out).
Greg Knauss (once a contributor to Suck.com): "What would the bright-eyed, long-haired, involuntarily celibate version of myself from two decades ago think?
" Answer: "Calm down? Calm down? You’re fat! And bald! I’m going to be fat and bald!"
25 students at Lincoln University may not graduate, because they failed -- to lose weight.
The students are members of "the first graduating class required to either have a BMI below 30 or to take 'Fitness for Life,' a one semester class that mixes exercise, nutritional instruction and discussion of the risks of obesity" in order to graduate from Lincoln. [more inside]
Fats, whether from plant sources
, have been in use in cooking for a long time
. Olive oil's history
goes back 7 millenia and palm oil has a history
dating back to 3000 BCE. Once widely used in place of butter during the 19th century, lard is finally making a comeback (and you can easily make your own)
, the Jewish lard alternative, will probably never rebound as a food, although the word itself is still popular (to describe something that is overly sentimental)
. Although fat in general has a negative connotation
, you need fat to survive
and there are good fats and bad fats
. [more inside]
Via Amazon, you can read the first few chapters
[PDF] of Carol Lay's new graphic novel-cum-diet book The Big Skinny
. Blogger and fellow cartoonist
Ampersand/Barry Deutsch doesn't object to the weight loss she documents, he just isn't convinced that it's actually all that healthy. [more inside]
can be “caught” as easily as a common cold from other people’s coughs, sneezes and dirty hands.... As many as one in three obese people may have become overweight after falling victim to the highly infectious cold-like virus, known as AD-36.
"After a period of collective indigestion
induced by the 2004 documentary Super Size Me
and the 2001 book Fast Food Nation
and its subsequent film adaptation
, much of the industry is returning to its traditional customers—men—and its traditional food—meat—served up in ever-greater quantities. Although CKE's signature behemoths—the Carl's Jr. Double Six Dollar Burger
and Hardee's Monster Thickburger
, both introduced in 2004—out-calorie all comers, Burger King narrowed the gap with its Triple Whopper With Cheese
(2005); Wendy's unveiled the Baconator
(2007)...and Taco Bell awakened the industry to new possibilities with its 2006 campaign, which urged customers to enjoy a "fourth meal"
The Southern Foodways Alliance
is one weighed-down church-supper table, full of oral history/blog projects like The Tamale Trail
, the Boudin Trail
, interviews and recipes from the Bartenders of New Orleans
, photo essay/interviews from Birmingham's Greek-Americans
, a mess o'homemade films
, and a passel of event and BBQ-shack photos on Flickr
, all smothered in the tangy-sweet academic goodness of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture
at Ole Miss. These folks get my vote for most flavorful, funkiest food-loving folklorists in the lower forty-eight. [more inside]
Pink Floyd fans may not need no education but Gilmourish
, an exhaustive review of the guitars and audio effects of Pink Floyd's David Gilmour (with help from an insider), will leave most comfortably numb.