American Academy of Pediatrics makes major shift in recommendations on overweight and obesity
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The American Academy of Pediatrics announced last week that it was radically changing its guidelines for treatment of overweight and obesity in children and teens.  Specifically, it recommends DEemphasizing dieting and weight loss while avoiding any kind of public shaming … Continue reading

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Obesity at the Pediatrician’s Office
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The excellent medical history and women’s studies blog Nursing Clio is running a series of posts about female presidential candidates. They also recently featured a truly illuminating scholarly blog entry on the history and modern use of obesity and BMI in pediatric … Continue reading

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Telling Tales: Narratives About Black Men and Obesity

EDITOR’S NOTE: This entry was originally published on IJFAB Blog December 19 of 2014.  In the early hours of July 5, 2016, Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, LA was shot dead by police. He was a father, selling CDs outside … Continue reading

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“Against the False Narratives of Anorexia”

Find at Slate an extended personal reflection by Katy Waldman concerning anorexia and its etiology, with a special focus on the role of literature and narrative. A few excerpts: More fundamentally, though, anorexia is an inveterate liar whose grand theme is your … Continue reading

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“Just Modeling?: The Modeling Industry, Eating Disorders, and the Law”

The University of Toronto Press blog is currently featuring an interview with Galya Hildesheimer and Hemda Gur-Arie (both at the School of Law at the Peres Academic Center, Rehovot, Israel), co-authors of IJFAB essay from which this post takes its title. Follow … Continue reading

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Deadline Extension to 1 June: “See How She Runs: Feminists Rethink Fitness”

The deadline for submissions to IJFAB‘s upcoming special issue “See How She Runs: Feminists Rethink Fitness” has been extended to 1 June, 2015. From the CFP: Fitness is a neglected concept in bioethics but fitness is of key importance to women’s health … Continue reading

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Write in White Ink:
A Response to “#FreetheNipple?” by Patrick J. Welsh

When I shared on Facebook the piece on Scout Willis that PJ mentions, a woman friend of mine commented sarcastically on it, something like: ‘Thanks, Joy—I’ve seen my first nipple on Facebook.’ I took this to mean: ‘Thanks for continuing … Continue reading

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#FreetheNipple?

Okay, so I posted about this before on the occasion of Scout Willis’s topless foray through the Lower East Side, and hesitate to do so again because I am not sure I have much new to say. Nevertheless, since the issue has … Continue reading

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Tina Fey on Kim Kardashian

I had initially refrained from dignifying Ms. Kardashian’s, as far as I can see, pointless publicity stunt with any further attention than it has already received. After all, there really isn’t a lot of nuance to explore. But this is just … Continue reading

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Keira Knightley Poses Topless in Act of Feminist Opposition to Photoshopped Female Bodies

Once again, I’m not entire sure how I feel about this. Good for her, I suppose — though I remain skeptical about how much this actually advances a meaningful feminist body-image agenda. Still, considering the “enhancements” in the promotional shot below, I … Continue reading

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Women and Responsibility for Health: Food, Physical Activity, and Feminism

Consider this new Kitchen Aid ad from 2013.  Notice anything?  The ability to make your own healthy food—made of quality ingredients and preservative-free—is emphasized, as is preparation skill and social activity: “…new knife skills… a fish you’ve never bought before… … Continue reading

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Women and Responsibility for Health:
Food, Physical Activity, and Feminism

Consider this new Kitchen Aid ad from 2013.  Notice anything?  The ability to make your own healthy food—made of quality ingredients and preservative-free—is emphasized, as is preparation skill and social activity: “…new knife skills… a fish you’ve never bought before… … Continue reading

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