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By Michael Hobbes

For decades, the medical community has ignored mountains of evidence to wage a cruel and futile war on fat people, poisoning public perception and ruining millions of lives.

It’s time for a new paradigm.

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By Aubrey Gordon

Body Mass Index has been used in recent decades as a referendum on individual health. But it was never meant to be.

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By Sarah Jacoby

The simple tool can empower patients to start crucial conversations with their providers.

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By Sabrina Park

"We got a long way to go" before full inclusivity is reached within the music industry and elsewhere.

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By Aubrey Gordon

Please, let fat people describe our own bodies

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by Marquisele Mercedes

The Big Fat Loophole in The Hippocratic Oath

Medical fatphobia isn’t the result of providers not knowing some special cheat codes for working with fat patients. Providers didn’t all miss the day in medical school where students were taught how not to be cruel to fat people. Fatphobia is medicine’s status quo. 

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By Virgie Tovar

Dieting was a way to adopt white beauty ideals by starving my brown body.

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By Virginia Sole-Smith

Does it make sense, medically or ethically, when fertility clinics refuse to treat prospective mothers they consider too large?

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People typically lower their risks of heart disease and premature death far more by gaining fitness than by dropping weight.

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By Aubrey Gordon

Fat patients are getting worse health care than ever. Here are 10 recommendations that can help.

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By Linda Gerhardt

How do you raise a fat, healthy, happy child? As a fat kid who grew into a fat adult, here's what would have been helpful to me.

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By Stephanie Dolgoff

Fact: The world can be a hostile place for people on the higher end of the weight spectrum.

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Pinterest is the place people come for inspiration to create life they love. It’s where everyone belongs—regardless of body shape or size.

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By Matt McGory

Actor and activist Matt McGorry shares how he lost himself to diet culture — and what it took to come home

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By Sabrina Strings

Even before Covid-19, black Americans had higher rates of multiple chronic illnesses and a lower life expectancy than white Americans, regardless of weight. This is an indication that our social structures are failing us.