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. "
posted by ambrosia
on Apr 19, 2014 -
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]
posted by Keter
on Dec 28, 2011 -
"Teens love text messages--and those texts may help them lose weight, if they're done right. A study tested out various types of weight management-themed text messages on overweight teens to see what they liked, finding that they favored positive messages but disliked thoughtful questions." [more inside]
posted by Fizz
on Aug 31, 2011 -
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!
posted by fernabelle
on Feb 12, 2011 -
"It's big, like people were back in the 70s... Big when you get that way because you're just real damn strong."
Brought to you from the Wichita Falls Athletic Club
, 70sbig.com will teach you how to eat, how to train, and how to style your moustache so that you can get 70s big. Not interested in becoming 70s big? Then stop by and observe the amazing feats of those who were, like weightlifter Anatoly Pisarenko
, who cleaned and jerked 583 pounds, or powerlifter Doug Young
, who deadlifted 711 pounds in competition despite three broken ribs. The site also feature a series of cheeky interviews with Mark Rippetoe, owner of WFAC and author of books like Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training
and Practical Programming for Strength Training.
posted by ludwig_van
on Oct 8, 2009 -
is quite the resource to easily convert between different units of measurement. It has over 2100 units in 78 categories, which range from those that are
common, such as, length
, and pressure
, to more specialized categories like magnetic flux density
, electrostatic capacitance
, and surface tension
posted by netbros
on Jun 11, 2009 -
allows people to undertake commitment bonds: promises that they will do something (lose weight, quit smoking, etc.) or else forfeit a pre-determined amount of money to a charity. Either the honor system or a referee can be used to decide if the goal is met. The idea is related to Nobel prize-winner Thomas Schelling's concept of strategic precommitment
. More here
, and here
posted by shivohum
on Jan 18, 2008 -
It's a Big World After All.
The Disneyland Small World ride is going to be closed for 10 months in 2008 due to refurbishing. The main reason for the refurbishing: the ride isn't built to accommodate today's average passengers' body weights.
posted by Bugbread
on Oct 29, 2007 -
Can microbes make us fat? Of the trillions and trillions of cells in a typical human body — at least 10 times as many cells in a single individual as there are stars in the Milky Way — only about 1 in 10 is human. The other 90 percent are microbial. These microbes — a term that encompasses all forms of microscopic organisms, including bacteria, fungi, protozoa and a form of life called archaea — exist everywhere.
New evidence suggests microbes in our bodies can determine how efficiently we process food and affect our hunger centers.
posted by caddis
on Aug 13, 2006 -
Supersized in the NFL
Analyzing data from the 2003-2004 season, researchers say "more than a quarter of NFL players had a body mass index that qualified them as class 2 obesity
" -- equivalent to a 6-foot man weighing between 260 and 300 pounds.
Even those players weren't the biggest ones: the study counted more than 60 players
-- 3 percent -- with body mass indexes placing them into class 3 obesity
, with individual weights approaching 400 pounds.
"I don't know what's going on in the minds of coaches", said lead researcher Dr. Joyce Harp
, an assistant professor of nutrition and medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Players' growing girth "is a major concern," said Dr. Arthur Roberts
, a former NFL quarterback and retired heart surgeon (.pdf file)
whose Living Heart Foundation
works with the players' union to evaluate heart-related health risks faced by current and retired players. More inside.
posted by matteo
on Mar 1, 2005 -
has lost some weight (and/or mass, depending on your point of view) in the past 2 centuries. Scientists race so their
spiffy idea will be the next benchmark. via Ars Technica
posted by Nauip
on May 29, 2003 -