Enjoy Easter This Year

Easter used to be a very stressful time of year for me. First, there was all the special chocolate around and I didn’t know how to handle it. Second, it involved seeing people which was hard if I was heavier than the last time I saw them. And third, it marked a...

A Difficult Choice: Authenticity or Belonging

Our culture doesn’t make it easy to exist in a body that is othered. What I mean by ‘othered’ is a body that is seen to be outside of the norm, different from the dominant body, and/ or a body that is seen to be undesirable in some way. An othered...

Are You Believing These 2 Lies About Yourself?

There are 2 lies that you probably tell yourself – at least from time to time. Perhaps when you’re complying with the rules of diet culture you don’t actively accuse yourself of these. But my guess is that they’re lurking just under the...

This News Item Infuriates Me

Note to self: don’t read the news before bedtime. I do know better! But last night I didn’t listen to my own advice and I couldn’t scroll past an item with the headline: ‘Two teenagers placed in foster care after weight loss plan fails’. WHAAAATTTT? We’re removing fat...

4 Reasons Why Cosmo is Right and Piers is Wrong

I’m sorry if you’ve had the misfortune to witness the furore unfolding online recently. It’s full of fat hate. If you’ve missed it, here’s what happened: Cosmopolitan magazine’s latest UK edition profiles 11 women who explain what...

How to Sniff Out a Diet in Disguise

Diet culture is sneaky. The ‘wellness’ industry has seen to that. For some time now the fact that diets don’t work has been in the public realm. That’s why dieting companies have changed tack and now talk about ‘lifestyle changes’...