Archive For March, 2010

A long-delayed missive on “childhood obesity”, from a onetime obese child.

By | March 24, 2010


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Hello. My name is Lesley, and I was an obese child.* I was first made aware of my size during a routine checkup by my pediatrician. I estimate I was around eight years old at the time. The doctor showed me a chart; the chart was arranged by height on one axis and weight on […]

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Health Care Reform and the Culture of Personal Responsibility

By | March 23, 2010


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I live in the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where we have had laws mandating that all residents must have health insurance on the books since 2006. Indeed, the Massachusetts healthcare reform law was supported and largely guided by then-governor and once and future Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, who may be a secret baby-eating liberal […]

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Let’s Go To The Doctor! Part Two: On being weighed.

By | March 22, 2010


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I don’t do scales, spoken cheerfully, brightly. With a smile. This is my automatic, comfortable response, these days, when I visit a doctor’s office. There are really only four reasons I typically find myself at the doctor’s office, and they are, in order of frequency: because I need a new copy of the prescription for […]

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Let’s Go to the Doctor! Part One: Performance anxiety.

By | March 21, 2010


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I’m an “out” blogger, as they say — I blog under my real name, and I have a certain awareness that there are a lot of folks out there in the world who “know” me, or at least know some fairly personal things about me, as a result of reading this blog. Some of these […]

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“That’s Bullsh”: The Sublime Madness of Kirstie Alley

By | March 18, 2010


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Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Yes, that right there is a twelve-minute Today show clip of Meredith Viera interviewing Kirstie Alley about her new reality show, how she hates reality shows, her new diet company, whether her new diet company is a Scientology front, and Kirstie’s long and […]

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Hello hello baby: A communication-breakdown on “Telephone”

By | March 13, 2010


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In the opening scenes of Lady Gaga’s latest video, for “Telephone” — which is as much a short film featuring the song as it is a song the video is meant to promote — we follow Gaga into a “Prison for Bitches”. As the story goes, Gaga is doing time for having murdered her boyfriend […]

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Outfitblog. (And an Unstapled anti-recap.)

By | March 12, 2010


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I caught the last fifteen minutes of the last episode (hopefully forEVER) of Unstapled last night, and felt totally justified in abandoning my recaps. The moral to the story is: nobody learns anything, nothing changes, but at least it’s over. Bust out the champers! On the up side, Chynna Phillips (late of Wilson Phillips) turned […]

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Q&A: How I keep my fabulous figure, and The Nature Argument.

By | March 12, 2010


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WR47E4ZBMKP2 Here we have two new Q&As originally from Formspring. The first I answered on the Formspring site earlier this week. The second I’m answering here because I thought it deserved a wordier answer than I like to type into the tiny text-entry box the Formspring site affords me. So: Q. You exercise and and […]

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[Guestblog] Boobage. Yes that.

By | March 9, 2010


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I walked into a commonly-loathed fatshion store and tried on the 2 bras offered to me. They came in black and beige with polyester all over. Struggling to squish my tits into one, then the other cup was like playing chicken with the fat kid on top. It just so happened that of the two […]

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Yeehaw, it’s a Comment Roundup! Intuitive eating, part two.

By | March 9, 2010


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We sure had an awesome conversation in comments to my post of yesterday on my discomfort with the concept of intuitive eating. Turns out there really are as many definitions for intuitive eating as there are folks practicing it, which makes sense in the larger scheme of things. The discussion really helped me pinpoint exactly […]

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