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My class 10/10 lost the plot today. I don’t even know where to start or how to explain to their parents that I think they’ve all turned into tiny little rebels.

9:10 - we are studying a report about Chernobyl in guided reading. Several are looking at me gone out when I explain that nuclear power can be dangerous. “So why use it?” one asks. Why indeed.
9:12 - we are now discussing renewable energy. Several more express outrage and ask why the country doesn’t have to use renewable energy. Several more state that we should avoid pollution because it kills polar bears and stuff right, Miss?
9:13 - I mention that it’s a complicated issue because of different viewpoints, and that certain people, say Drumpf, don’t believe in climate change.
9:14 - chaos.
9:15 - small child suggests someone murder Drumpf. I say that murder is both bad and illegal.
9:16 - the class have learned the word impeach and are shouting IMPEACH TRUMP IMPEACH TRUMP IMPEACH TRUMP while banging on the tables.
9:17 - headteacher comes in to see what is going on. Small child tells him quite angrily that SOME PEOPLE JUST DECIDE TO NOT BELIEVE IN SCIENCE WHICH YOU CAN’T DO BECAUSE IT’S SCIENCE. He backs out of the room quite quickly.
9:25 -I have abandoned plans for grammar and the children are now writing persuasive pieces about Why We Should Use Renewable Energy.

The saga continued after lunch when we continued our WW2 topic work, learning about the holocaust.

1:35 - we are discussing Kristalnacht. The class are collectively outraged and appalled. One is in tears.
1:40 - “Miss, I fucking hate Hitler.” that’s okay, but please express your hatred of fascism without the F word or I’ll have to ring your Mum again.
2:00 - small child who suggested murder earlier says “isn’t this exactly what Drumpf tried to do to the Muslims?” There’s a heady mix of realisation and outrage in the room.
2:13 - “Racism makes no sense” says a child, looking quite confused.
2:33 - “Hitler would have killed me because I’ve got cerebral palsy, right?” says a boy. He is tackle-hugged by a girl from across the table. I have to pretend I’m not crying.
2:34 - The rest of his table have made a pact to never let anyone hurt him. I am still pretending to be super chill. I am obviously failing as another child offers me a hug.
2:37 - I ask the children to look at nine examples of things the nazis did against Jewish people, and then arrange them in a diamond with what they consider the worst at the top.
2:38 - Mutiny. They all collectively decide to arrange all nine cards in a line and say that they’re all awful things so they all go at the top.
2:39 - I tell them if they kind find a way to fit a line of all nine in their books then fair enough. Smart child suggests a circle. Everyone cheers. We have a break, and they go outside raging about Hitler, Drumpf, racism, prejudice and injustice in general. I am handed a very strong tea by my TA who congratulates me on my gang of angry eleven year olds.
Faith in humanity both challenged and restored. Bring on tomorrow.

The world is gonna be okay….
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Spiritassassin Week 2017, Prompt 3: Hurt/Comfort 

( Also the poem in this is by e.e. Cummings, which, look, I know that Star Wars exists “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away”, but my Cummings book was *right there* and I couldn’t be arsed to make up my own poem so. It is what it is.)

The temple does not fall all at once, though he thinks it would have been better that way, quicker, cleaner. No, it is a slow thing like water eating into the side of a cliff. Little by little the Imperials chip away at everything that they are, everything that they have, until the foundation is too spindly to support the weight, until it falls in on itself, top heavy and reeling. It does not end with a fire or an explosion. There is not a great battle waged between the Guardians and the Empire. It is a waning, as of a moon, until there is just a sliver left. It is easy to force a handful of the disenfranchised out. It is easy to make them give their ground, their livelihood, their world. It should not be, but it is. It is easier than Baze ever wants to admit because it is a shame heavier than everything else in the universe. He who is a mountain. He who is a pillar of faith onto himself. He should not have been moved.

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Spiritassassin Week 2017, Prompt 2: Alternative universe/timeline

(Not happy with this fic so much, but I’ve had this idea about Saw taking Jyn to Jedha because the Guardians would raise her better than he would and this happened and eh. Don’t hold it against me.)

As much as he wanted to, Saw Gerrera quickly discovered that he was not going to be able to keep his promise to the Ersos. The life that he led, the rebellion that he was building, brick by brick, slowly but with force and power, was not a life that meshed well with raising a child. Suddenly he understood Galen’s hesitancy, and the fact that Lyra–Lyra who he had always known to have a frown on her face, a shrewd look in her eye and at least three weapons on her person at all times–had exchanged her daggers for braids, had given up shooting for baking. There was something about a child, about their round doe eyes and their trust, that made the world softer somehow, made one want to put their head in the sand and stop looking at everything that was ugly because it was better to pretend, even in the middle of war.

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Ruth Negga for 13th Doctor please
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When you work with directors who really love actors, who love their contribution, it feels amazing. But sometimes when you work with directors, you feel like youre in the way.
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Elle France - 10 au 16 Février 2017
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Ruth Negga, photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair, March 2017.
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HELP ME!  I need help identifying the fabric in this skirt,  I’m probably going to have to make it myself because I cannot find a skirt like it.  Reblog please to help me crowd source better.
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Gioia! - 25 Febbraio 2017
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don’t repost in packs
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Heckin’ Attractive People 16/??

Ruth Negga

Born January 7th 1982 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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I started Sunday Morning with the 11am showing of Rogue One at South London cultural institution that is the Peckham Plex. It was the last showing. It was one of the last showings in London. It’s the first time I’ve seen a film twice in the cinema since Fury Road.

I like it a lot. My one-line tweet review ROGUE 10/10 captures my basic feelings, but second time through, things are always going to change. You can’t cross that river twice. You change. The world changes. In the last month, more than most.

But I found it as effecting as first time, on average. Some bits more, some bits less, over-all similarly wet eyed. But it’s lingered in a different way. First time, I came out in a giggly fanboy rush. Second time, I’m pretty much crushed.

Being a working writer, I’m unpacking and trying to reversely analyse choices, and doing my own rewrites to make what I think the effect it’s looking for more efficiently. It’s just something I do, and have done for the vast majority of my life. It’s certainly true towards the end the tangle of game-logic makes it top heavy, and (as always happens when you explain so much) leads to even more questions . You can question the integration of all those fighter pilots into the final act, leaning into the “not a star wars film unless there’s a dogfight at the end” (I felt them weakest bits of Force Awakens, but landed better here for reasons I’ll go into…)

But underneath all that, I can’t question it too much, as I see its point and the reasons for doing so. That’s why we talk about choices, as it’s really about what you choose to prioritise. It’s all done to make the movie turn into a relay race, a chain of buckets. If any one individual doesn’t do their small thing, it fails, and the future for a galaxy far, far away is the Empire’s jackboot, forever.

This rebellion isn’t about one kid getting a lucky shot . This rebellion is about all those individual choices and moments of heroism enabling the kid to get to a place to take that shot. It is many Bothans, writ large. None of the people who died knew that what they did made a difference. Some knew if they hadn’t done it, it’d have failed… but none knew for sure. They went to their graves ignorant. It could have all been for nothing.

To that end, the ballooning of viewpoint characters becomes the point, those pilots as real as anyone else, the actors commitment to those fragments of time meaningful. And as we pull away from our cast, we come to the final scenes, with those nameless Rebellion troops being cut down by Vader, one by one. Look at the details as Vader looms out the dark. The half-lowering of the guns as each consider just not doing this.. and then raising as they decide they have no choice.

Any of them didn’t slow down Vader for a half second, the Death Star survives. Any of them.

Which leaves me aware that’s all we can do when facing fascism in the dark. We have no idea if what we do make a difference. But it may. You have to believe it may.

Imagine Sisyphus watches the boulder tumble back, time and time over. Imagine the centuries, millennia of frustration. Imagine taking a breath, stepping up to its familiar form, and rolling that boulder again.

You wonder why he does so.

He knows that, against all his history, one day maybe the boulder won’t tumble back.

Hope is all we have, but hope - whether new or old – can be cruel.
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Family is everything.
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I’ve ranted before about how much I dislike the idea that the Rogue One team’s deaths are mandated by continuity, given that 1) we only ever see the Rebellion in glimpses, with new-yet-longstanding leaders appearing with every movie, and 2) they’re spies.

But I think I’m even more :| at the idea that it was mandated by their in-story characters. That is, that the Scarif mission is about as good as it was ever going to get for them, and they’re too troubled/unconventional/traumatized/rootless/whatever to find any real peace or happiness in living. Dying in triumph and hope was really the kindest end for them. Et cetera.

I mean, part of it is that aggressive unsentimentality is not really my deal. Beyond that, though, I really can see the reasoning, and I leaned somewhat that way in the beginning, but the more I think about it—especially now that I can watch closely—the more dissatisfying I find it.

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Sean and Flynn
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DIY Giant Harry Potter Book of Monsters Cushion

This is a NO SEW DIY.

Faux fur is wrapped around and glued to a foam cushion - so no batting or filling needed.

For everything DIY Harry Potter go here including an amazing DIY Harry Potter Monopoly Game and DIY Harry Potter Chess Set.

Find the DIY Harry Potter Book of Monsters Cushion Tutorial from Pieces by Polly here.
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The thirst is real….I c u, @verodactyl
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Rules: Always post the rules. Answer the questions asked, then write eleven new ones. Tag eleven people to answer your questions as well as the person who tagged you.

One song that means a lot to you. Unemployed Boyfriend - Everclear. It reminds me of my favourite book, a very specific period in my life, and The One That Got Away. 

Favorite flower. Hrm. I don’t think I have one? I tend to go for colour over specific flower. Can’t go wrong with clematis, or poppies, though. 

What’s more important in a song, lyrics or music? Music can move you without saying a word; I almost answered Q1 with a piece from ‘Amelie’, and the bass/tenor harmonies at choir give me goosebumps without them saying a word. 

Place you’ve always wanted to visit. New Zealand, long before Lord of the Rings

Ocean or sky? Depends if you mean sky or space….I’ll say Ocean. 

One fictional character who really resonates with you. Remus Lupin.

Favorite word. Petrichor. Susseration. 

Do you feel like the hero or the sidekick in your own life? Sidekick.

Do your favorite characters tend to be ones you relate with or ones you would rather emulate? Ones I relate to; though there are a few that fall into the latter category.

What would you want to be famous for? Doing good things. Being kind. Being unashamedly fucked up. (Carrie Fisher. Basically I want to be Carrie Fisher.)

Do you think alone has to mean lonely?  Of course not. 

My questions:

1. If you had to pick one fictional character that best represents you, who would it be?

2. 3 greatest living musicians, in your opinion? 

3. If you could only listen to one album for the rest of your life what would it be?

4. What fictional world would you choose to live in?

5. What’s your favourite smell?

6. What personal trait has got you into trouble the most throughout your life?

7. Shark diving or sky diving?

8.  Wierdest food you’ve ever eaten? (Or worst)

9. What genre would you like your life story to be in?

10. If you could guarantee success in any profession you chose, what would it be?

11. If you could personally witness any event, current or historical, what would you choose? 

and I shall tag… @verodactyl @magicalrocketships @figmentedfollies @boundtosoil @femininenachos @icarli @atthelamppost @fandomfeministe @easylibrarian @pocket-elf aaaand @thosequieteyes
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One Pot Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Really nice recipes. Every hour.

Show me what you cooked!
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Stranger Things is an amazing show. I can’t recommend it enough.

This comic isn’t very spoilery but it won’t make a lot of sense until you’ve watched the show. The entire first season is on Netflix. Go check it out!

okay but like THERE IS AN ACTUAL CONNECTION:

“When Millie auditioned, she had long brown hair down past her shoulders. But Eleven was written as having hair “buzzed almost to the scalp.” Millie and her parents were understandably hesitant to chop it all off. Would it look ugly? Would it cost her other roles? Fortunately, Mad Max: Fury Road was about to come out, so we pulled out a magazine photograph of Charlize Theron as Furiosa and showed it to Millie. “Charlize looks totally badass, right?” Millie agreed; Charlize looked badass. And that was it: She agreed to buzz it all off.

“When the day of the haircut finally arrived, Millie’s mom brought out a camcorder, while her dad ran away with tears in his eyes, unable to watch. It was a pretty dramatic scene. But also very quick. Within 10 minutes we had shaved it all off and slapped a fake “11” tattoo on Millie’s wrist. Millie looked at herself in the mirror, gave her best Furiosa scream — and Eleven was born.”

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I just.  LITTLE GIRLS BEING INSPIRED BY FURIOSA WHILE GROWN MEN CRY.
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“I think … right now I’m just really in love with my girlfriend,”

Okay but the most amazing thing here is how she captures the bisexual struggle too. Like, she talks about hiding her relationships with guys from the public eye for the sake of her privacy, but that she didn’t want to do the same now that she’s with a girl, because it would feel like she’s ashamed of it. Like, honestly Kirsten Stewart is amazing and so brave for coming forward with all this issues she faces and I really hope she is happy and fulfilled and in love with her girl.
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harry’s reaction to facing a dragon is me 24/7
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do you ever freak out about how close cats are to dragons

what???

okay hear me out:

they love to hoard things (dragons = gold, gems, cats = dead birds, mice)

they’re adorable

they curl in on themselves when they sleeping

they act superior to humans (which they both are)

they move gracefully but are huge dorks

they play with their prey

honestly cats are basically dragons without the scales and wings??

also obsession with shiny things??

pointy ears!!

cannot resist dark hidey holes!

• like sitting on/in warm things
• sharp teeth
• will let you pet them only if they say ok first
• slit shaped pupils!!
• take really long naps all the time

sure i guess???

what will it take to convince you this is pure science
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do men have resting bitch faces as well or do they not have negative characteristics ascribed to them for putting on a neutral rather than a deliriously happy facial expression

Yes, Black men in majority white spaces do. If I don’t smile every single second of the day my coworkers become in intimidated and start asking me what’s wrong, telling me to smile, make jokes about how I’m trying to be a thug/act hard, why am I angry, etc. And it’s not just white men at my job God FORBID I my large Black ass makes a white girl feel threaten because I’m sitting down with a neutral expression.

I’m not trying to take this post away from women and make it about Black men but I want to point out that wether it’s patriarchy or white supremacy; those who feel as if they have power over you HATE to see you not smile. They are so used to people like you smiling to gain their approval that when you don’t there’s a cognitive dissonance that makes them extremely uncomfortable.

That’s why “angry Black women” is a thing. They have to put on a smile for everyone (yes even feminist white women) or we all get uncomfortable.

This is such an amazing response.
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A northern school, a southern school, a historically Black school, a Native school, and a Spanish missionary school on the west coast.

Or just something that fits in with American history.

as a side, I also think Canada would have at least four: one in Québec where everything is taught primarily in French (it serves the Acadian population in the Maritimes too, but anyone can attend the school so long as they’re fluent); one in Ontario (serves everything east of Manitoba); one on the west coast (either in the forests in BC or in the Rockies); and one in the northern territories, on one of the shitload of islands.
All the schools would look like the railroad hotels, bc those are the closest things we have to castles here. The one in the territories looks like Château Montebello though.
(Saskatchewan gets nothing bc it’s flat where are you supposed to hide a school behind corn?!?!)

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Up until the 1870s, wizarding schools in North America were small, insular, and devoted to a particular cultural group. During the 18th century, New York City alone had 4 schools: The old Dutch Haardhuis (steadily losing popularity), the fancy new British school that met in across the street from St. Paul’s, the Swedish school consisting of only 3 students and their tutor, and the secret door in the Bowery which led (if you knocked three times and threw a pinch of ashes into a barrel) to where slaves and black freedmen learned magic at night.
Americans come from varied experiences, varied backgrounds, and no one school can service them all. Besides, the agrarian year would have prevented most magical kids from leaving home long-term. Also immigrant wizards would have brought the culture they tried to blend in with: A French Catholic from Maine wouldn’t want to go to school with a Spanish Floridian or Pennsylvania Dutch. I don’t care what anyone says about international magic cooperation.
I think with the advent of the latter industrial revolution post-Civil War and the attitudes of nativism and cultural assimilation, particularly towards immigrants, the American magical community would have consolidated into at least 5 major schools. I headcanon Ilvermorny, a school in New Orleans, Area 51 (established post-WWII as a technomancy school. WIZARDS IN SPAAAACE), the Bermuda Triangle (who offer course loads in Spanish, French, and English), and a school in Santa Cruz, CA (almost as old as Ilvermorny) not-so cunningly disguised as a Mystery Spot.
There are still small schools and insular communities. One community of wizards in Illinois got away with appearing un-charmed for 103 years before the US wizarding government stepped in. Their non-maj neighbors assumed they were a religious sect because of the weird clothes and antiquated technology. Both the Japanese and Chinese schools of magic opened remote campuses on the West Coast, accessible by mirror, to allow immigrant wizards a well-rounded education.
Indigenous North Americans, in general, do not having wizarding schools in the sense of Rowling and Ilvermorny. They keep their traditions and magical arts to themselves. Removing children from their community and lands is counterproductive. With few exceptions (most distinguished being the schools of the Anasazi and Iroquois Confederacies) indigenous wizards were taught at home, by their own people. Groups would meet at yearly gatherings to exchange news, trade, and information. One such notable indigenous wizarding rendezvous is the yearly event at the Straits of Mackinac, held for thousands of years where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet- hidden from view thanks to the Mackinac Bridge.
But yes, the Americas are too big, too varied, too mixed an experience to have one narrative, one school, and well… one writer.
(Sorry for getting carried away, I was having a storm of a headcanon session post-Ilvermorny. I’m mixed race indigenous, so I had some gripes…)

Santa Cruz school headcanons because it’s the first time I’ve ever seen my hometown mentioned online and wow a wizarding school here makes sense.
First of all: nobody notices magic. You’d think they would, but you’ve never lived here. You could walk down the main street in downtown Santa Cruz doing magic in broad daylight and people would just throw change at you and think you were one of the less weird buskers they’d ever seen there. You can talk openly about spells and such and people will just roll their eyes and mutter “hippies…” There’s no Diagon Alley - all magic shops are open to the public (there are at least three that I can think of, and that’s not a headcanon, that’s within a 10 minute drive from my house). Wizards think it’s kind of funny when they see muggles buying magic items with no idea what they do, or to use in made up “spiritual rituals”, but what can you do. Lots of shops actually make extra money by stocking lots of useless crystals and incense to sell to muggle hippies. Small time healers set up shop as alternative medicine clinics and use their magic to heal wizards and muggles alike.
The magic and magical community is heavily influenced by Latin American magic. Students learn potions with eye of newt and sempasuchil. Every corner store sells handmade magical pinatas.
Speaking of the Mystery Spot, all the weird stuff surrounding it is because of the effects of the powerful magic hiding the school. Wizards worked for years to try to correct it, but after muggles turned it into a tourist attraction, they decided just to leave it. Despite it being banned, students love to mess with tour groups by making random things float/disappear/etc. The tour guides all know what’s really going on (they’re mostly squibs and muggles married to wizards) so they can cover for it. Mystery Spot bumper stickers are extremely popular (the Mystery Spot has these bright black and yellow bumper stickers that are kind of iconic and A Thing here) and students trade them around like contraband, trying to get enough to cut up and spell new sentences, or paper the walls of their rooms, or cover random objects in. Having lots of stickers is a mark of pride.
Students study basically the same subjects, but there are no houses - it’s broken up by dorms, which are randomly assigned. They don’t officially compete with points or anything because blah blah fostering a sense of community, but that actually just makes the rivalries more intense. Along with Quidditch, students compete in muggle sports against local muggle middle and high schools. They aren’t the weirdest team competing. After finishing school, lots of students attend the local muggle college to continue their education and “learn about muggle culture” (ie smoke pot on the beach). Whenever muggles ask students where they go to school, they just say “private school” and the muggles go “ah, that explains it”.
Got a little carried away with this too…

There’s a surviving small school usually somewhere in the Upper Midwest (it moves around every few years) founded by immigrant Scandanavian Muggle-borns who wanted to build the anti-Durmstrang. (All Scandanavian Muggle-borns hate Durmstrang. Historically the small school for Scandanavian Muggle-borns had to be hidden in Greenland because trashing the Muggle-born school was a favorite Christmas break activity at Pureblood Asshole Magnet School.) They still have a magical compass created by their founders which supposedly indicates how far the school is from Durmstrang. Any movement towards prompts feverish reexamination of policy.

Apnevinduer accepts students of any blood status and tries to maintain a mix, is tuition-free and committed to waiving fees for any student who can’t pay them (because Durmstrang is for rich people), seeks out students and faculty from any available magical tradition that is willing to play nicely with the others, and has a special course of academic-and-theory study for Squibs and Muggle stepchildren of wizards (although they have to admit those kids will frequently get more out of just going to Muggle school). They strongly encourage students to do a year of Muggle education, and tend to get fined for secrecy violations every few years.

It’s small and weird and generally agreed not to be the most academically rigorous because it’s too busy rewriting its curriculum and bylaws to avoid having too many Old Traditions, and it doesn’t always implement its ideals perfectly. But its students are proud to go there (despite the compass’s disapproval of school pride).

Honestly I think that there’s a big wizarding community in Los Angeles that’s also not even bothering to hide. I mean look at Hollywood. If that’s not crawling with wizards I’ll eat a bag of Bertie Botts without complaining.
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[Original post found here. All content following is authored by the maker of Big Liberty, the source blog.]

DISCLAIMER: This links list is always in the works, and is not comprehensive or complete. If evidence is not listed, it doesn’t mean it does not exist. If you have any links to add, please insert them in relevant comments and they will be reviewed.

For a general resource on debunking the junk science behind obesity, please see:

Linda Bacon’s resources and blog

Sandy Szwarc’s blog, Junkfood Science

Michelle’s blog, The Fat Nutritionist

ASDAH’s article repository

Debunking Fat Hate and Misconceptions

Doesn’t Obesity Kill?

Obesity does not kill 400,000 Americans a year (in fact, it ‘contributes’ to fewer than 30,000).

Fit Over 60s Live Longer Regardless of Body Fat

No tenable link between obesity and breast cancer type

No tenable link between diet and weight control and remission of type II diabetes

The J-curve relationship between BMI and mortality

Mortality risk for overweight and obese is no greater than for ‘normal’ when hypertension and diabetes are controlled for, (Anthony Jerant, Peter Franks. “Body Mass Index, Diabetes, Hypertension, and Short-Term Mortality: A Population-Based Observational Study, 2000–2006″ J Am Board Fam Med July-August 2012 vol. 25 no. 4 422-431)

Low-Calorie Diet Doesn’t Prolong Life (New York Times, August 29, 2012)

Shouldn’t Fat People Should Simply Eat Less and Move More?

In controlled settings people lose 10% of their weight on a diet, but one third to two thirds of the weight is regained within 1 year, and almost all is regained within 5 years. (“Methods for voluntary weight loss and control. NIH Technology Assessment Conference Panel.” Ann Intern Med. 1992 Jun 1;116(11):942-9.)

The preponderance of evidence shows that diets don’t work

No weight loss intervention shown generally effective post 5 years

Fat people as a whole metabolically the same as lean people, except that they’re bigger

Eating and weight gain not necessarily linked, study shows

Evidence for a bodyweight setpoint (energy homeostasis)

Medicare’s search for effective obesity treatments: Diets are not the answer. (Mann, Traci; Tomiyama, A. Janet; Westling, Erika; Lew, Ann-Marie; Samuels, Barbra; Chatman, Jason. American Psychologist, Vol 62(3), Apr 2007, 220-233. doi: 10.1037/0003-066X.62.3.220 ) (PDF)

Isn’t There An Obesity Epidemic?

Americans have only gained an average of 14 lbs (women) and 16 lbs (men) since 1990 (Gallup)

Obesity: An Overblown Epidemic

The 1998 BMI definition changes made 30 million Americans overweight or obese OVERNIGHT

The Myth of the Obesity “Tsunami”

One-third of American Adults are Obese, but Rate Slows

Yeah, But What About the Children? Isn’t Fat Killing Them?

Childhood famine (that includes dieting and starvation) increases risk of type 2 diabetes

Adolescents who engage in unhealthy weight-control behaviors such as dieting and binge eating are three times more likely five years later to be overweight than adolescents who did not engage in those behaviors

Isn’t Weight a Lifestyle Choice?

Obesity largely determined by genetics, says study

Obesity is 77% heritable

Thin parents pass on skinny genes to children (October 4, 2011, The Independent, UK)

Insulin resistance. A multifaceted syndrome responsible for NIDDM, obesity, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. DeFronzo RA, Ferrannini E. Diabetes Care. 1991 Mar;14(3):173-94.

But Doesn’t the Idea that People are Different Sizes Though Consuming/Exercising the Same Violate the Second Law of Thermodynamics?

In fact, in principle, the suggestion that a “calorie is a calorie” — all human metabolisms are the same Bunsen Burner — violates the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

Isn’t there a Study that Disproves the Claim that You Can Be Fit and Fat?

That study is junk science. The preponderance of evidence shows that in fact, one can be fat and fit.

Is there Discrimination Against Fat People?

Brownell Obesity Discrimination Study (2001)

Health Professionals Specializing in Obesity Aren’t Immune from Weight-Bias

The surprising reason why being overweight isn’t healthy

Obesity bias based on disgust, study says (2010)

Isn’t Fat Unhealthy?

Weight Science: Evaluating the Evidence for a Paradigm Shift (Linda Bacon and Lucy Aphramor, Nutrition Journal 2011, 10:9, 24 January 2011)

Higher BMI can lower risk for Alzheimer’s

Metabolic syndrome associated with decelerated cognitive decline in the very elderly

The case against the Type II diabetes “epidemic” in kids

You can’t eat your way to diabetes

‘Obese’ BMI does not harm current health of young adults, study says

Obesity not always tied to higher heart risk (Reuters, May 24, 2012)

Shouldn’t Fat People Try to Diet Anyway?

Although long-term follow-up data are meager, the data that do exist suggest almost complete relapse after 3-5 yr. (Miller, W. C. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 1999 Aug;31(8):1129-34.)

In fact, size acceptance and health at every size may be a better approach to health than chronic dieting. (Bacon L, Stern JS, Van Loan MD, Keim NL. J Am Diet Assoc. 2005 Jun;105(6):929-36.)

Except that dieting can kill you, even when you’re fat and dieting down to a ‘normal’ weight.

And there are suggestions that frequent (intentional) weight loss diets reflect susceptibility to weight gain, rendering dieters prone to future weight gain. (August 9, 2011, K H Pietiläinen, S E Saarni, J Kaprio and A Rissanen. “Does dieting make you fat? A twin study” International Journal of Obesity | doi:10.1038/ijo.2011.160)

Healthy lifestyle habits are associated with a significant decrease in mortality regardless of baseline body mass index.  (Eric M. Matheson, MS, MD, Dana E. King, MS, MD and Charles J. Everett, PhD. J Am Board Fam Med January-February 2012 vol. 25 no. 1 9-15)

And adolescents who engage in unhealthy weight-control behaviors such as dieting and binge eating are three times more likely five years later to be overweight than adolescents who did not engage in those behaviors.

There are even further suggestions suggest that for many adolescents, dieting to control weight is not only ineffective, it may actually promote weight gain. (Alison E. Field, ScD, S. B. Austin, ScD, C. B. Taylor, MD, Susan Malspeis, SM, Bernard Rosner, PhD, Helaine R. Rockett, RD, Matthew W. Gillman, MD, Graham A. Colditz, MD. “Relation Between Dieting and Weight Change Among Preadolescents and Adolescents” PEDIATRICS Vol. 112 No. 4 October 1, 2003 pp. 900 -906)

Weight Regain Following Sustained Weight Reduction is Predicted by Relative Insulin Sensitivity, Trudy J. Yost, Dalan R. Jensen, Dr. Robert H. Eckel*, Obesity Research, Volume 3, Issue 6, pages 583–587, November 1995

But Aren’t Food Deserts/Lack of Access/Poor Choices/Lack of Time Making Poor People Fatter?

Studies question the pairing of food deserts and obesity (Gina Kolata, The New York Times, April 17, 2012)

General Sites Debunking the Junk Science About Obesity

Big Fat Lies

General Science

The Problem With Peer Review

When the population approach to prevention puts the health of individuals at risk

Food Science

Canned foods are as nutritious as fresh foods

Evidence for the Moral Panic

ADOPTION AND FERTILITY

Australian woman told she was too fat to adopt (January 2003, The Age, Australia)

In the UK, fat women can’t adopt (June 2006)

Kylie Lannigan told she was ‘too fat to adopt’ (June 2007, Australia)

Gary Stocklaufer denied adoption request because he was fat (July 2007, United States)

New Zealand bans fat woman from entering the country (November 2007, Big Fat Blog, NZ)

Obese women not allowed to get IVF treatments (December 2008, BBC News, UK)

Charlotte and Damien Hall denied for adoption because of their BMI (January 2009, The Guardian, UK)

CHILD ABUSE

Couple accused of starving baby so she doesn’t get fat (January 28, 2010, Fox News, USA)

Grandad arrested over Grand Canyon hike (September 2, 2011, The Age, Australia)

Parents allegedly starved baby because of obesity concerns (November 8, 2011, ABC News, USA)

Grandmother to face capital charges in granddaughter’s death (March 1, 2012, CBS News, USA)

CHILD REMOVAL

Oz parents to be held responsible for their kid’s obesity (February 2, 2009, The Indian Express, India)

Parents of fat children told they may be put up for adoption (September 5, 2011, Mirror News, UK/Scotland)

Ohio puts 200-lb third grader into foster care (November 27, 2011, MSNBC, USA)

‘Obese’ 5 year old taken from parents (December 5, 2011, iOL News, UK)

DEMONIZATION OF FAT PARENTS, AND PARENTS OF FAT CHILDREN

Is childhood obesity a symptom of neglect? (July 16, 2010, TIME Magazine, USA)

Study: Children are likely to become overweight by mimicking behaviors of obese parents NOTE: The study did not in fact show that children become overweight by mimicking the behaviors of fat parents, despite that scare-headline. It just showed that fat parents are much more likely to have fat children — which makes sense, given body weight is 77% heritable (July 13, 2009, NYDailyNews, USA)

MEDICINE AND HEALTH CARE

Doctors’ ultimatum to kidney transplant wife: Lose 42lb in nine months or watch your husband die (March 2009, Daily Mail, UK – h/t richie79)

TAXATION AND PUBLIC POLICY

Fat people should have their food taxed to ‘pay for healthcare’

Don’t operate on smokers and the obese, says NHS Health Secretary (February 2007, Daily Mail, UK)

City government promotes lie to motivate weight loss via fear; anti-obesity agenda is to blame

The 1998 BMI definition changes made 30 million Americans overweight or obese OVERNIGHT

Obesity bias based on disgust, study says (2010)

Global governments must get ‘tough on obesity,’ in which the commentariat helpfully suggests plus-size clothing be ‘prescription-only,’ amongst other astoundingly panicked and bigoted replies (August 25, 2011, BBC Health, UK)

TRANSPORTATION

Southwest, Sizism, and Institutionalized Oppression (Athia, YouTube, August 2011)

On Kevin Smith and Flying Fat (BigLiberty, February 15, 2010)

WORK AND EMPLOYMENT

Obesity can mean less pay

Libertarian/Anarcho-capitalist Arguments Against the Obesity Moral Panic

The freedom to be fat

The new obesity pandemic, as same as the old obesity pandemic

The assault on food

Public health and the tyranny of the common good

Are food trucks really like child molesters?

Is Your Flab Imposing a Burden on Society? (May 1, 2012)

BOOM. Everything you ever needed to know to argue with your fat phobic friends and family.
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