My Body Is Undisciplined and I Deny Myself Nearly Everything I Desire

I watched the first few seasons of The Biggest Loser avidly. The show offered the ultimate fat girl fantasy—go to a "ranch" for a few months, and under the pressure of intense personal trainers, low caloric intake, the manipulations of reality show producers and the constant surveillance of television cameras, lose the… » 4/10/14 4:00pm 4/10/14 4:00pm

Kirstie Alley Gained a Bunch of Weight and Is Back with Jenny Craig

Upset about a recent 30-pound weight gain, Kirstie Alley has reprised her role as lady-who-yells-at-you-about-Jenny-Craig—a job she last held seven years ago. Welcome back, Kirstie! It seems like you never left us. (No, really. Does anyone actually feel like they've had a break from Kirstie Alley yelling about how much … » 4/07/14 4:00pm 4/07/14 4:00pm

I Don't Love (or Hate) My Body — and So Can You!

When it comes to body acceptance, it seems like there are two ways to feel: you either want to burn yourself in effigy for having the wrong kind of clavicle, or you're out on the corner handing out Up With People juice because you're so comfortable in your radiant form. But what if you're neither of those people, and… » 4/06/14 2:00pm 4/06/14 2:00pm

Smallest Ever Biggest Loser Winner Gains 20lbs, Feels Much Better

Rachel Frederickson, the Biggest Loser whose dramatic weight loss prompted a series of uncomfortable discussions about what the fitness competition show is actually promoting (a lot of people's guess: exploitative, unhealthy self deprivation sold as entertainment), has gained about 20 pounds since the show's finale.… » 4/03/14 1:20pm 4/03/14 1:20pm

Wedding Diets Are Evil and Just Make Women Feel Like Shit

It took more than a year of wedding planning, but it finally happened: I snapped and started frantically scanning the Internet for weight-loss schemes. A couple of unflattering pictures from a bridal shower and I basically blacked out and woke up a half an hour later, hovering over the "buy" button on a Groupon juice… » 3/25/14 2:20pm 3/25/14 2:20pm

Isaac Mizrahi: The Fashion World Is 'Condescending' Toward Plus Sizes

Isaac Mizrahi did a quick HuffPost Live segment the other day, in which he discussed the fashion industry's treatment of plus size women. When asked when, or if, Project Runway will feature contestants who specialize in plus sizes, Mizrahi responded that it's a "very good idea, I love that idea." Fashion, Mizrahi says,… » 3/19/14 4:10pm 3/19/14 4:10pm

This 8-Month-Old Baby Weighs 40 Pounds

There is an infant named Santiago in Bogota, Columbia. Santiago weighs 40 pounds. At eight months, Santiago should tip in at about seventeen pounds — but he's three times the size of other babies at his age. There’s nothing medically wrong with Santiago, according to ABC News, he’s just been overfed; now doctors have… » 3/19/14 1:40pm 3/19/14 1:40pm

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 puts… » 3/10/14 6:00pm 3/10/14 6:00pm

Pounds of Flesh: On Being Fat In Public

It's Saturday, and I'm at Six Flags, waiting in line for the Tatsu. I've been in line for over an hour, my feet hurt, my back hurts, and I'm absolutely terrified. I love roller coasters, and I'm not afraid of the speed or heights. I'm afraid of getting in the seat and pulling down the restraint. Will I fit, or will it… » 3/08/14 3:35pm 3/08/14 3:35pm

The Mysterious Disappearance of Target's Plus Size Section, Explained

Target hasn't had the very best 12 months, customer relations-wise. Back in November, a massive data breach left millions of customers vulnerable to the ass-ache of credit card theft. And in recent weeks, stirrings online suggest that across the country, the store's plus size departments are quietly disappearing. When… » 3/03/14 1:30pm 3/03/14 1:30pm

Money Is the Only Thing Dudes Worry About More Than Their Looks

Talk about body image often revolves around the pressures that women face, which are of course abundant. (I was once tut-tutted for my cuticles. WHO CARES?) But men aren't immune, either. A recent survey says that men worry about their appearance more than anything—oh, except for money. » 2/28/14 1:30pm 2/28/14 1:30pm

Hayley Hasselhoff Seems Pretty Cool With Being a 'Plus-Size' Model

Another "plus-size" model has weighed in regarding the label and its merits. This time it's Hayley Hasselhoff (yes, daughter of David; she also appeared on the short-lived-but-excellent ABC Family show Huge) and she's actually pretty cool with the label. » 2/25/14 6:30pm 2/25/14 6:30pm