Here's What Barbie Would Look Like if She Had Average Measurements

Artist Nickolay Lamm — he of the future fish faced humas and fresh-faced, scary-ass Barbie — got the measurements of an average 19-year-old from the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) and then made a 3D model and used photoshop to shape her into Barbie's blond as hell image. The result? Skipper on steroids » 7/03/13 10:00am 7/03/13 10:00am

‘Every Single Woman in America Is Now Curvy’ — and That’s a Good Thing

There's a smart, funny read on The Cut right now that gives the overuse of the word "curvy" as a descriptor for All Types of Women a good talking-to. Lauren Bans takes on the fashion and entertainment media's exhaustive use of the term in all situations involving females, citing loads of examples, and shows how, when… » 12/12/12 4:30pm 12/12/12 4:30pm

'I Would Be Your Customer and You Know It': Marie Claire Writer Calls…

Marie Claire columnist and blogger Nicolette Mason used the latest episode of her YouTube show to call out Marc Jacobs for failing to follow through on the company's promised plus-size line. » 10/16/12 4:30pm 10/16/12 4:30pm

Stressed Men Prefer Larger Women, Because You Were Wondering

A study in England has found that men coping with stress more often prefer larger women than men who aren't stressed at all, an insight that builds on earlier findings about how experiencing stress affects body-size judgments, often leading people to be attracted to more "mature" body types. » 8/09/12 9:30am 8/09/12 9:30am

If Your Kid Is Fat, You Might Not Even Know It

When it comes to evaluating their children, parents aren't known for objectivity. After all, everyone usually thinks their kids are above average in every way, even though that is statistically impossible. But it turns out, strangely, that many parents are not very good at telling when their kids are above average in… » 5/08/12 11:30am 5/08/12 11:30am

The Horrible New Diet That Totally Stinks

Scientists, ever on the hunt to find ways to keep us looking slim and trim, have done a new study and discovered a revolutionary new way for us to trick ourselves into taking smaller bites. No, it's not by simply saying to yourself, "Why don't you take a smaller bite this time, friend?"—that would be too easy, silly… » 3/24/12 2:20pm 3/24/12 2:20pm

For Levi's, 'Hotness' Comes In Small, Small, and Small [Updated]

Levi's latest ad campaign is all about how its jeans fit different kinds of bodies. Unfortunately, the company doesn't seem to understand what "different" means. » 2/22/12 10:20am 2/22/12 10:20am

A History Of Presidential Races, Broken Down By Weight

All of this speculation about Chris Christie's weight — and whether or not it will affect his ability to become the next President — gives us the perfect reason to take a look back at the size, weight, and height of political candidates of the past. This Op-Chart, published in 2008 by the New York Times, does exactly… » 9/29/11 4:35pm 9/29/11 4:35pm

Southwest Gave Me The Kevin Smith Treatment

This post was me sharing a shitty, funny, embarrassing situation with my readers. This never was and shouldn't be about my FAT AGENDA AGAINST SOUTHWEST'S POLICY. I have no agenda, fat or otherwise, except getting treated like a person. » 11/08/10 10:49am 11/08/10 10:49am

Should "Fat Studies" Be Taught In School?

More universities are offering Fat Studies classes that teach students about the implications of weight in society. But do the courses do any good? » 11/04/10 5:51pm 11/04/10 5:51pm

Marie Claire "Fatties" Piece Gives Birth To Brilliance

If there is an upside to the "provocative" "opinion piece" that was Maura Kelly's exercise in fat-shame, it's the amazing writing it's generated. Here, just a few of the awesome responses. » 10/28/10 3:56pm 10/28/10 3:56pm

Marie Claire's "Fatties" Counterpoint: "Yes, Fat People Exist"

The Marie Claire mishigas continues. Now, the mag is running a "counterpoint" series to Maura Kelly's initial "provocative" article. The first one's title? "Yes, Fat People Exist: A Vote in Favor of More Diverse Bodies on TV." » 10/28/10 12:00pm 10/28/10 12:00pm

When The Plus-Size Model Is A Man

"A series of stylistic suggestions for bold summer fashions to be worn by gentlemen of quite marvelous shape," reads the copy. And the model is — well, he's not the chiseled blue steel we're used to seeing. » 6/02/10 3:00pm 6/02/10 3:00pm

Gabby Sidibe Is "Big" ... Compared To "Abnormally Tiny People"

Says a friend of blogger Molly Knefel: "it's a combination of the camera, which adds weight to everyone, and the context she's in– on a red carpet full of abnormally tiny people, she certainly stands out." [True/Slant] » 3/19/10 3:30pm 3/19/10 3:30pm

Study: Fat People Dare To Think They're "Normal"

According to a new study, almost 10% of obese people "misperceive that their body size is normal and think they don't need to lose weight." Time for a Fat Panic! » 11/18/09 5:00pm 11/18/09 5:00pm

Study: Even Plus-Size Models Lower Self-Esteem

According to a new study, overweight women feel worse about themselves after looking at photos of models, whether those models are skinny or not. Underweight women, however, show an increase in self-esteem. So what's going on here? » 10/15/09 9:40am 10/15/09 9:40am

People Think Female Armpit Hair Is Gross • Black Women Are Shrinking

• One English woman grew out her underarm hair to see how people would react. Let's just say they made her feel like the pits (sorry). • » 12/30/08 5:30pm 12/30/08 5:30pm

It's Not Always Easy Looking Like A Fat Hooker

This week's New Yorker runs a short notice about Margot Roth, a first-time filmmaker who set out to make documentary showing "real" nude women, with all of their not-so-perfect parts exposed (the New Yorker describes her as the "Bob Guccione of bulgy everywomen"). When Roth shot the film — now called Fifty Nude Women:… » 1/28/08 3:00pm 1/28/08 3:00pm