The fitness and fat loss industry is famous for trends. From the cabbage soup diet to electric ab belts, a few people have made a lot of money off our desire to be thinner. Fortunately, few of these fads stick around. We realise their claims are bogus, people stop paying for them, and everyone moves … More What’s Wrong With Wellness?
Since BBC3 moved online a few months ago, it has put out some excellent documentaries. But last week’s ‘Obesity: The Post-Mortem’ proved that gratuitous fat shaming continues after death. In the UK, we are bombarded by reminders of an ‘obesity epidemic’. With predictions that 75% of the population will be overweight by 2035, fat people are marginalised and stereotyped as lazy and stupid. … More BBC3, wtf? Dissecting ‘The Post-Mortem’
A few days ago I found myself reading this post on one of my favourite blogs, ‘Fit is a Feminist Issue’. In it, the author talks about her relationship with her body, and the lies we’re told by the fat loss industry. (Do read the whole post, it’s enlightening and brilliant.) The section that stuck … More My Injuries and Me
At first glance, it seems that fitness and feminism could not possibly be related. We all know that we should exercise and be a healthy weight – this is based on science, right? And science is not political, so fitness can’t be political. … More Fitness – a feminist issue?