Media Is Setting an Unhealthy Beauty Standard for Dogs

“Why don’t I look like that,” the dog asks, putting his paw to the television. On the screen, four chubby golden retriever puppies bound down the stairs to an overflowing bowl of dog food. A single dog tear rolls from the dog’s dog eye as he watches the puppies, their bodies displaying a chunky perfection that he will… »7/17/15 3:10pm7/17/15 3:10pm

Bryn Mawr Health Center Helpfully Emails Students Weight Loss Tips

The private women's college Bryn Mawr emailed a group of students late last week encouraging them to join the new school-sponsored weight loss program. Students received the email based on their elevated body mass index, data that was mined from their medical records collected by the college's Health Center. »1/30/15 3:00pm1/30/15 3:00pm

Don't Get Too Cocky, Thin People: 'Skinny Fat' Is Coming For You

This one's for the effortless thin. We all know a person like this: one who never goes to the gym, subsists on a diet of burgers slathered in cheeses and sauces and bacons and non-diet soda yet never gains a pound, who hates the gym because "it smells" and drinks like a parched fish. A person who, despite what she… »3/10/14 6:00pm3/10/14 6:00pm

Science Decides That Even a Teensy Bit of Exercise Is Good for You

Even science can get a little frivolous over the holidays. We can be frustrated all the live long day that science hasn't yet given us a mech warrior army, amusement parks built around Saturn's rings, or cats with opposable thumbs, but frustration alone won't spur scientific innovation, especially this close to the… »12/15/13 1:00pm12/15/13 1:00pm

Buzz Off, Special K, We Don't Need Your Lecture on Fat Talk

Ladies! Special K (the cereal brand, not the drug) has a very special message for all of you. It's come to their attention that 93 percent of women are engaging in "fat talk." And that's bad. It's so bad, in fact, that Special K has launched an entire ad campaign, complete with Tyra Banks as spokesperson, devoted to… »12/11/13 12:30pm12/11/13 12:30pm

Formerly 'Fat' Henry Cavill Talks Weight Loss, Leaves Shirt On

Man of Steel hits theaters June 14, and the star, Henry Cavill ("Rhymes with travel," he says) has landed the cover of Details. Superman is a somewhat physical role, and the superhero's build is part of the character, so it makes sense that Cavill would be asked about his own body and eating habits. "I was fat," he… »5/30/13 3:00pm5/30/13 3:00pm

If You Must Think About Your Weight, Here Are 10 Things to Think

Another day, another opportunity to think about how much space you, as a woman, take up. That's how it feels when you can't throw a fat-burning supplement without hitting a visual about the losing of the weight or the gaining of the weight, and who gained what, how they look, how they lost it, and how you can, too.… »5/21/13 11:50am5/21/13 11:50am

Doctors Aren't Mean to Fat Patients, They're Just Nicer to Thin Ones

As a fat person, I've never been treated like complete shit at the doctor, although I've certainly gone in for a sore throat and been told to go on a diet (ugh, why wouldn't I stop eating so many strep-laced Ding Dongs!?). But I have had some uncomfortable experiences, and I know plenty of fat people who have had… »5/02/13 11:20am5/02/13 11:20am