Oct 30

Earlier this week, big box retailer Walmart listed plus size Halloween costumes as “Fat Girl” Costumes.   Social Media went crazy and the company apologized for the insulting label.  The web site noted that it was not clear how the wording ended up online and immediately removed the heading.




Mistakes can happen but that is a big one!

May 2

Here it is again.

Kath Read, blogger of Fat Heffalump and fat activist wrote recently about being called derogatory names and photographed by strangers just because of her size.  Known for her bright, colorful clothing style, Kath is the brunt of comments and jokes about her size. As she tells her story, one kid went so far as to snap a photo with his  phone while she was eating in a restaurant.  She now makes it a habit of snapping a photo back.  I love her blog, by the way, go and check it out when you get a chance.

This is a form of discrimination and bullying at its worst.  The same old scenario and the result, the dehumanization of people who are overweight.  I think it is a sad state of affairs and says a lot about our society.  The message: Fat woman is not attractive and fat woman is worthless.

I wonder when and if ever, this form of bullying and discrimination will stop.  It makes me sad.  Teenage girls worry more about their appearance today than ever before and eating disorders are on the rise and I am not sure what the answer is and how to stop it.

Check out her blog, Fat Heffalump, it really makes you think about how women are viewed by society and her desire to go against norms and define their own reality.  I give Kath credit for her bravery and her candor.

I am just not sure what to do about it.

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Dec 21

I was watching Catie Couric’s now cancelled, talk show with Personal Fitness Instuctor, Jeanette De Patie and I loved her message. Stop saying, “When I lose weight, I will…” She urges all of us to stop putting on hold what we want to do when __________… How true is that?

As a plus size person, she decided to become a fitness instructor, run a marathon and compete in a triathalon.  She has also led several hot flash mobs!

As she says, “Not everyone who exercises is going to look like a super model.”  She reminded me to keep on keeping on and stop saying, “When.”

Take a look at her interview with Catie and see what she has to say.


Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Deb at the Nononsense Beauty Blog.

Nov 15


That is the only way to make manufacturers pay attention.  First Abercrombie & Fitch, now another idiot.

I think in this day and age, it is ridiculous to say something like this.

How about you spend more time and money on more expensive fabric and testing your product and here’s an idea??


Vancouver-based Lululemon Athletica founder Chip Wilson said that his popular yoga pants sometimes “pill” because “quite frankly some women’s bodies just actually don’t work for it.”

Photo: Bloombergt TV

Those comments made in a TV interview in the U.S. and his online apology to his employees continues to have legs almost a week later.

Sign the petition for the CEO to STOP blaming women’s bodies..

No kidding!  Take a look at Neon Buddha or Diane Kennedy or Comfy USA, they ask and listen.

More later.

Jul 19

A recent study conducted by Notre Dame’s Body Image and Eating Disorder Lab with women ages 8 to 25, who were observed looking at photographs of themselves, revealed that those who engage in ’fat talk’ – critical remarks in relation to eating, exercise or their own bodies – are less popular with other women.

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When women were looking at the photos of themselves and making derogatory comments about themselves, whether overweight or not, were rated significantly less likeable by the women who were studying them.

In contrast, the women who were overweight yet made positive statements about their bodies were rated as more like-able.  It has been believed that women who engage in self-depreciating comments were seen as trying to fit in and level the “playing field” with other women, but this  body of research indicates that the sentiment may not  be universal.

Interesting to note.


Jun 6

One blogger, Jes M Baker of the Militant Baker, a size 22, has made her own statement about what she thinks about Abercrombie & Fitch Mike Jeffries, the CEO’s remarks.

She said, ”What this is about is eliminating the differentiation between cool kids and not cool kids, not using the versus when it comes to pretty vs. ugly and not separating attractive and fat,”she told the Today Show.


Interesting to see what comes of this.  From former sales associates who dieted to fit into the clothing to the backlash from the negative press surrounding this controversy, maybe the company will do something about it and maybe other companies will think twice before doing anything along the same lines.

Good for this younger generation!  Check out the Fashion Flash from Shawna at Female Fat Loss Over Forty.

Apr 28

CBS Houston polls readers as to whether they think this Houston Cheerleader is too chunky.

What?  She is beautiful?

Kelsey is a dancer for the OKC Thunder Girls and whose business is it exactly?

The CBS Affiliate did take down their poll, by the way.  Good idea.


Check out this week’s Fashion Flash from Jackie at Aging Backwards.

Jan 15

Oh, you gotta love Howie… Sometimes he needs a smack.

Last Monday, Howard Stern called Dunham, “a little fat girl who kind of looks like Jonah Hill” and ranted about his “Girls” grievances.  Stern said,   ”I learned that this little fat chick writes the show and directs the show, and that makes sense to me because she’s such a camera hog that the other characters barely are on,” Stern complained.

Today, he did a 360 and said that he was sorry because he has come to love the show and Lena Dunham, the producer and writer and now, two-time Golden Globe Winner, one for Best Actress in a TV Comedy Series and the other for TV Comedy.   Dunham looked cute as she tried to maneuver her heels in her Zac Posen gown.

Image: Paul Drinkwater, NBC

Dunham’s acceptance speech showed grace and class and maturity beyond her years.  She said, ”This award is for every woman who felt like there wasn’t a space for her,” said the 26-year-old writer-actor, who an unknown until last year, with the premiere of her comedy about the travails of young women living  in New York.

Dunham said on the Late Show With David Letterman, “I did find out that Howard Stern really hates (the show), “I’m a Howard Stern fan and I really think that he has earned the right to free speech and he should just go for it. But he did say something that I thought was so funny that I want to get on my gravestone, where he said, ‘Congrats to her, it’s so hard for little fat chicks go get anything going these days.’ And it put me in the best mood!

“I just wanted to be like, my gravestone says, ‘She was a little fat chick, but she got it goin’.”

She certainly did.


May 31

It is beach season and a time when some plus size girls and women tend to hide their bodies in cover ups at the beach. I watched with interest as plus size blogger, Gabi Gregg was interviewed on the Today Show about posting photos of plus size women in bikinis.

Image: xoJane

Gabi posted an image of herself in a bikini when she was on vacation and was amazed by the outpouring of positive and even some negative comments on wearing a bikini, which she calls, Fatkini.  Gabi encouraged other plus size women to send their vacation images to xoJane because she wanted to show more people that all women, regardless of weight or size, can be happy heading to the beach.

Gregg said it was important for women of all shapes and sizes to embrace their bodies. She encouraged her readers to embrace what they have. “Don’t let body shame keep you from having a good time!” She wrote on her blog.

Great idea! What do you think?

Also, check out our newest Fashion Flash contributor, Cindy, at Prime Beauty Blog!

May 9

This week’s Fashion Flash is hosted by Shawna K of Female Fat Loss Over Forty!

Wonderful tips on fat loss and tips on how to stay fit! Check it out! Shawna has great ideas and insight!

More later! Jodell


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