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My Body Type is Not an Insult: On Identifying as Fat

By Rachel Taylor--There are a lot of things that people can call me that impact me in a negative way: selfish, lazy, a liar, ignorant. The list can go on for days, but one word that has no power over me is the word fat. Because I am just that – fat – and I’ve come to accept and embrace it.

How to Avoid Body-Bashing Comments When Out with Friends

By Lauren Myers--Many of us have been there: your friend is making uncomfortable comments about how fat they feel, how much weight someone gained over summer break, or going on about how much you both need to get to the gym.

How Are You Feeling? Talking to a Friend About Eating Disorder Concerns

By Adam Pope--One cannot be certain an individual has an eating disorder solely by their appearance. In fact, several signs of disordered eating may be viewed by some people as normal behavior—for example, runners adhere to strict workout regimens and people with diabetes often need to eat at specific times. 

It is not one or several habits that make an eating disorder diagnosis, but the severity and frequency of the habits. Even then, the only person qualified to diagnose an individual with an eating disorder is a qualified medical professional.

3 Ways to Create a Safe Space for Athletes of All Sizes

By Rachael Hershon--Back when I was in high school, I was a varsity softball player. I’m sure many people would be in shocked by the previous sentence, seeing that I am clearly a fat woman, and that I was even fatter in high school.

5 Things You (Maybe) Didn’t Know About Eating Disorders

By Laura Porter--Fill in the blank: “______ has an eating disorder.”

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