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”
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”
I am preparing a talk for International Women’s Day (IWD) on fat activism. Why does it exist and why does it matter? In casting about for a way to explain this to members of the Mount Allison community, I came across this quote from Breakfast of Champions. I think it is a good one. I … Continue reading “International Women’s Day”
Subtitle of this post: if you like the same stuff I like. I like popular culture that deals with regular people and everyday concerns. So, Mindy Kaling’s new book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? was a treat to read. The book is short, mostly biographical, and includes some sharp observations about beauty and the body … Continue reading “Read Mindy Kaling’s Book”
I’ve been working on a review article for a new journal, Fat Studies, on recent exercise DVDs for larger people. The DVDs (Yoga, Belly Dancing, Scuba) are all great – I won’t pre-empt the review here. Instead, I’ll note that in preparation for writing the article I reviewed some new and older medical studies on … Continue reading “Fitness for Every Body”