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I pity trolls who hate me because I’m fat…

Posted on 06/06/2016

Interesting article on the BBC today… I pity trolls who hate me because I’m fat The American feminist performer Lindy West happily describes herself as fat, but she can’t understand why strangers think her size gives them the right to send her abusive messages online. Speaking to the BBC, she explains that when she Read more

Why do people end up shut into their homes…?

Posted on 16/05/2016

A lovely lady called Kelly Lynn posted this on Facebook and asked people to share – so I am…. Please read her words and get an insight into the hurt that discrimination causes. The picture, and the words that follow are all Kelly’s. Even when I asked him to stop he didn’t stop. Even when Read more

Another side to weight loss..?

Posted on 21/03/2015

Matt Diaz is a bit of a hero in my opinion.  Matt has worked very hard to lose 270lbs in six years to try to achieve his goals. I admire him for his single minded determination but thats not why I think he’s a hero. Matt’s journey has gained him many fans, all drawn to Read more

Survey – help needed

Posted on 10/03/2015

Plus Sized in the Workplace – Survey If you identify as ‘Plus Sized’ could you take some time to complete a quick survey? Annabel Masson is working on her PhD at Loughborough University. You can find the full details here: Annabel said The next stage of my PhD research is to gain an understanding Read more

Katie Hopkins…

Posted on 02/01/2015

I can hardly bring myself to post this for fear of giving the ghastly, hate filled, ignorant Katie Hopkins yet more publicity. I haven’t watched her new TV show which airs tonight and I have no intention of doing so, or of reading any of the commentaries about it either. I understand that Katie, who Read more

When it comes from your Friends…

Posted on 29/09/2014

I read this article in The Guardian and found it really moving. I think it gives a view from the inside and you might find it interesting… What I’m really thinking: the fat friend ‘I can shield myself from the ugly insults of the general public, but with you I imagined I was safe to Read more

Fat Shaming doesn’t work – Academic proof at last!

Posted on 18/09/2014

I’ve often repeated that the idea of shaming people into losing weight doesn’t work and is in fact counter productive but I only know this through observation and personal experience. A recent study by Dr Sarah Jackson at University College London confirms it though and I was delighted to see the story reach the front Read more

Mobility with Dignity – MD350

Posted on 29/03/2014

In the course of my ten years as a demonstration model and product tester I think I have tried most of the hoists, slings and transfer systems on the market. I had a chance a while ago to try a new alternative which, I was told, could transfer a 55stone (350kg) patient from a bed Read more

Announcement from Greater Manchester Police

Posted on 28/03/2014

Following the question I raised to Greater Manchester Police regarding the definition of Hate Crimes and how they apply in the case of abuse of overweight people (Read the original post here) I’ve had the following response:     Hello Tracey, apologies for our delay in response. In the instance where a person who is Read more

Why almost everything you’ve been told about unhealthy foods is wrong

Posted on 28/03/2014

Things that make you go ‘Huh?’ After examining 72 academic studies involving more than 600,000 participants a report funded by the British Heart Foundation found that saturated fat consumption was not associated with coronary disease risk. People often ask me why I think we as a population are getting fatter and the simple answer has to Read more

Hate Crimes?

Posted on 25/03/2014

I’ve recently been pondering the attitude of the wider public to large people and the abuse and offensive remarks which get thrown our way on a daily basis. It was prompted, need you ask, by someone pointing out to me that I was fat. When I replied that I was already aware of that fact Read more

Superdrug – WTF?

Posted on 30/01/2014

You know how occasionally you see a media article, and you have to check the date to see if somehow the calendar has flipped round to the 1st of April and the whole thing is a joke? Superdrug are apparently trialling new ‘Celebrity’ scales so instead of checking your weight you can compare yourself to Read more

Icon: Gabourey Sidibe

Posted on 23/01/2014

There are so many reason to love Gabourey Sidibe. She received an Oscar Nomination in her very first role in ‘Precious’ and continues to break down barriers and defeat stereotypes assigned to both her size and her colour. Most recently she appeared at the Golden Globes and once again, with horrible inevitability, her appearance was Read more

Why does it hurt you if I dont hate myself?

Posted on 14/01/2014

I’m always interested in hearing how other people describe themselves and their life experiences when they are fat. Meghan Tonjes uploaded this great video to YouTube and it’s worth watching. I think the question ‘Why does it hurt you if I don’t hate myself?’ is a brilliant summary of the puzzlement of lots of bigger Read more

Plus Size in the Workplace

Posted on 10/01/2014

A PhD Student at Loughborough University is conducting a survey into Plus Sized people in the workplace. If you identify as being ‘Plus Sized’ please consider completing this survey. It only takes a few minutes and your help would be appreciated. Thank You very much  

What’s in a Word?

Posted on 09/01/2014

How do you describe someone who doesn’t fit..? Big? Large? Fat? Obese? Morbidly Obese? Bariatric? Gravitationally challenged? The question of terminology is an interesting one and it’s something I get asked a lot. The answer though is, as ever, that it depends. Large seems to me a bit woolly, because it could refer to someone tall rather than someone heavy. Obese Read more

Calling all Occupational Therapists

Posted on 01/10/2013

Calling all Occupational Therapists Are you going to the OT Show at the NEC on 26/27 November? I’ll be there on the ‘Mobility with Dignity’ stand C74 so if you are visiting do please come and say hello. I’ve copied the details of the show below if you need them. The Occupational Therapy Show Tuesday Read more

Ever seen a spotted zebra? -

Ever seen a spotted zebra?

Posted on 19/06/2013

A few thoughts on why people stare…

Teresa Smith – Rest in Peace

Posted on 12/06/2013

“Teresa Smith died in her home aged 48. She left behind a 13 year old son and a boyfriend.”

Protected: Personal Hygiene for Plus Sized People

Posted on 10/06/2013

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What do you wish your Doctor knew? -

What do you wish your Doctor knew?

Posted on 10/06/2013

I raised this question on an Internet Discussion Board and asked people who considered that they were overweight to contribute. I received the following replies and these are reproduced below with the permission of the writers and in their own words.

Celebrity Ding Dong? -

Celebrity Ding Dong?

Posted on 19/11/2012

Did you see that fat woman on Alan Carr’s Celebrity Ding-Dong having a bunch of celebrities make fun of her “Bingo Wings”? That was me, and I’d like the chance to put my side of the story…