Scrolling through my Facebook feed this morning, I stumbled across Gina Kolata’s article in the New York Times about a breakthrough new study, “After ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight.” The shocking results? Significant weight loss has permanent effects on the metabolism. Years after losing large amounts of weight, former contestants were left with… Continue reading Fighting a Losing Battle
I was not beautiful yesterday. #BoPo #BodyImage #Beauty
Dear Mom, We went out last night, the six of us, to celebrate Mother’s Day early. You, your three daughters, and two of your grand-daughters. Three generations of beautiful, powerful, strong and glorious women. There you were surrounded by women who had learned from you to smile at the world, to love fiercely, to forgive… Continue reading A Letter to My Mother
Ladies, we need to learn to talk back. No, not to our bosses, friends, or families. We need to learn to talk back to the mirror. I came to this realization about 2 years ago. I was gazing at my reflection- again. I was in a state of semi-undress, pre-shower, and, as usual, glaring at… Continue reading Talking Back
I learned a lesson a long time ago. Fat girls aren’t allowed to smile at men. Fat girls should never make eye contact. Obesity is like a contagious disease. Apparently, the shame of it is transmitted through the simple act of maintaining eye contact and smiling. So, like a good fat girl who doesn’t want to contaminate the poor guy sitting next to me on the bus, or walking past me in the hall, or driving in the next lane, I’ve kept my eyes straight ahead and never, ever smiled. I’ve been waiting for that beautiful day, the day I’m skinny, that blessed day when I’ll be thin enough to smile.