A few projects I’ve worked on are making, or have made, their way into the world. Recently, the Champlain Society shared a short piece I wrote about Justine Blainey. This documentary analysis looks at a letter to Blainey from her lawyer about a telephone conversation with a hockey official. Part of a larger project I’m … Continue reading “Writing”
Women’s Studies, an Interdisciplinary journal, is offering free copies of my review of Fat Activism by Charlotte Cooper. Click here. Spoiler alert: the book is well worth the read, but more details and discussion on the book’s contribution to Fat Studies are in the review.
Coming April 29, 2016. Order here.
Tomorrow afternoon I’m speaking at the Canadian Obesity Student Meeting (COSM) in Waterloo, Ontario. My talk, “Historical Perspectives on Obesity Stigma” examines how the problems that we associate with obesity have shifted over time, from religious (sin) to moral (poor character) to health issues. Obesity’s history means that, when we try to engage the public … Continue reading “Tomorrow: Historical Perspectives on Obesity Stigma”
The findings of a research study can often be distilled to an amazing headline. And when that research is on a popular health topic like superfoods or cancer research, it can draw a lot of interest. But popular health reporting has drawn critiques from academics for presenting individual studies out of context, misleading and confusing … Continue reading “‘New’ Research Confirms Long-Term Weight Loss Impossible: CBC Health News”
An image from one of my projects is featured on the cover of the current issue of the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History (30.1). It is an illustration by Dr. Ingrid Laue who was the editor of “The Bolster, ” the newsletter of Vancouver fat acceptance organization Large as Life (LAL). LAL was active in … Continue reading “Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, Issue 30.1”
Earlier this week Geoffrey Miller, a Stanford-educated NYU lecturer with a permanent appointment at the University of New Mexico, tweeted the following: “Dear obese PhD applicants: if you didn’t have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won’t have the willpower to do a dissertation #truth” Miller subsequently deleted the tweet, apologized, and has since … Continue reading “Why I’m not surprised by the Geoffrey Miller Twitter controversy”
A group of 20 international experts on obesity will gather in Kitchener-Waterloo on the weekend of October 20-21, to share insights into the social and cultural dimensions of obesity in Canada. Attendees will reflect on the ethical and equity issues that arise in the treatment of people deemed obese. “As the obesity epidemic and critical … Continue reading “Ethics of “Obesity Epidemic” to be Examined at International Workshop”