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There Are Two Ways to Say “Keep Going”; or, How to Spot Toxic Fitspiration

There Are Two Ways to Say “Keep Going”; or, How to Spot Toxic Fitspiration

This morning, I posted a link to a brilliant Buzzfeed piece on “Corrected Fitspiration Photos” on my Twitter feed, because frankly, it elicited a big cheer and a “hell yeah” from yours truly. Now, I’ll be honest: I do find myself having mixed feelings about […]

Stop Calling Miley a Slut; or, How Stepping Back From Shame Culture Improves Your Life

Stop Calling Miley a Slut; or, How Stepping Back From Shame Culture Improves Your Life

I’m really sorry guys – I haven’t fallen off the edge of the world, I swear. I’ve just been ridiculously busy, with a combination of work and non-work stuff. Plus, the dark mornings and nights are making me want to get up as late as […]

The Disordered Side of “Tackling Obesity”

The Disordered Side of “Tackling Obesity”

As you’ve probably guessed, I have been hella busy for the last few weeks. It’s been a mad patch at work – which I’m not complaining about, because mad for me usually means I get to do a whole bunch of fun stuff – but […]

Choices, Empowerment, and Other Totally Delicious Things

Choices, Empowerment, and Other Totally Delicious Things

I’m super-sad to see the end of the amazing BBC2 series The Men Who Made Us Thin, in short because it’s been a programme basically aimed squarely at people like yours truly. The first episode was about why the diet industry is selling you lies (which […]

Let’s Get Angry, and Start Being Kind

Let’s Get Angry, and Start Being Kind

Generally speaking, I’m a pretty chilled out kinda girl. Relatively. I spend a lot of time telling people not to worry about stuff, and I don’t stress too much about the future because I figure it’ll all turn out alright in the end, just so […]

In a Shocking Turn of Events, the Diet Industry is Selling You Lies

In a Shocking Turn of Events, the Diet Industry is Selling You Lies

You may have caught the show “The Men Who Made Us Thin” on BBC2 on Thursday night. If you didn’t, but you’re in the UK, you can watch it on iPlayer here. It was, frankly, excellent, if you’re really into shouting at your TV. Or, […]

Hey, OK Magazine? Go F**k Yourself; and Other Thoughts on Baby Weight

Hey, OK Magazine? Go F**k Yourself; and Other Thoughts on Baby Weight

Now, I’m going to go ahead and hope – just hope – that this is a fake. Because, you know, that would be a ridiculous thing to put on a magazine cover less than 24 hours after someone has given birth, and no editor – no matter […]

Body Shaming, and the Secret to Effective Weight Loss

Body Shaming, and the Secret to Effective Weight Loss

It’s the weekend. I’m supposed to be relaxing. And yet it would appear that things like this, and this, and this happen to me on weekends. And today, it seems, is no exception. So I’m just going to get right on in there and commence […]

A Marketing Fail So Big I Had to Share

A Marketing Fail So Big I Had to Share

This is maybe a little off the usual topic, for me. Or maybe it isn’t. I don’t know. Here’s the situation. You all know I work in marketing, right? I’ve confessed this plenty o’times before. Judge if you will, but let’s be clear – I […]

Celebrity Weights Revealed, and Other Things That Make Me Furious

Celebrity Weights Revealed, and Other Things That Make Me Furious

Yesterday, my gorgeous Mum came to visit me in London town, and I had the most wonderful day. We did some lovely touristy things – visiting Buckingham Palace, strolling down Carnaby Street, and wandering through St. James’s Park. It was awesome. I was happy. And […]

Small Thoughts on Boston and This God Damned Week

Small Thoughts on Boston and This God Damned Week

It’s been one hell of a week, hasn’t it? I mean, sitting here, in bed, in my cosy little house, I feel well and truly apart from the awfulness that’s going on in Boston as I type. It’s almost as though, the second I turn […]

One Year of Fat Girl, PhD

One Year of Fat Girl, PhD

It’s my birthday! Well, not mine. But it’s a whole year since I found myself sitting in my bedroom, writing my very first post, in my slippers and hat, at 10pm at night. I’d written the post, but I couldn’t think of what to call […]

Horse Burgers and… Snarking?

Horse Burgers and… Snarking?

Okay, so I’ve been meaning to get to addressing this since it started emerging – it’s time for me to talk about horse meat. I know I’m late to the party, but sue me – I’ve been busy. And also, if I’m honest, I’m not […]

Feel the Cliche and Do It Anyway

Feel the Cliche and Do It Anyway

You’ll notice things have gone a bit quiet around these parts since my last post – because it’s been something of a whirlwind since I upped sticks and moved to the big smoke. Honestly, I have not stopped for long enough to even think, let […]

All Change Please, All Change

All Change Please, All Change

Well, it’s done. I’ve made it to London, and I’m writing this post from my lovely new house in Islington. As it happens, I have something of a fuzzy head after a welcome night out with my new housemates – which was ridiculously fun, but […]

Patience, Perfection, and That Time I Pretended I Was the Subway Guy

Patience, Perfection, and That Time I Pretended I Was the Subway Guy

Perfection is something I’m pretty sure I don’t believe in; it’s right up there with the phrase ‘nothing tastes as good as thin feels’ and the 2013 Cliff Richard calendar in my ‘List of Things I Strongly Oppose.’ But sometimes, for reasons beyond my control […]

What Do You Really Want?

What Do You Really Want?

Simple question, really. But I have a theory that this whole health, fitness and wellbeing malarkey pretty much boils down to it. Figuring out what you really want – on a number of levels – is one of the most important things you can do […]

The Resolutions You Really Should Be Making

The Resolutions You Really Should Be Making

I don’t know about you, but I am terrible at sticking to my New Year’s Resolutions. Disastrous. Last year, I resolved to go on a diet, and diet I did. For two weeks. As a result, I lost half a stone… And gained 10lbs immediately […]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Hello! This is only a short post, but I wanted to check in and wish you guys a very, very Merry Christmas. Here’s me and my gorgeous, wonderful, super-intelligent (and a bit of a pop star) sister this morning – we thought we’d dress up […]

The “Low-Fat” Myth and Why You’re Being Marketed To

The “Low-Fat” Myth and Why You’re Being Marketed To

Don’t judge me, but when I’m not writing this blog, or doing a PhD, I work in marketing. I know, I know – I’m pretty sure that means I’ll be a slug or something in the next life, but a girl’s gotta do what a […]