I’m Fat, I’m Fabulous, But I’m Not Your Fetish

We all want someone who will appreciate our curves, but not like this. 

August 4, 2017

Calling Me Fat Isn’t An Insult, It’s A Compliment

C’mon, it’s not even a creative insult.

July 4, 2017

Your Daughters Hear You When You Criticize Your Body

She’s creating her body image based on the things you say.

May 31, 2017

Where Are All The Fat People on TV?

Stealing our characters and making them thin isn’t cute.

May 26, 2017

I’m Fat, And I’ll Wear Whatever The Hell I Want

Wake up: you don’t get to decide what I can and can’t wear.

April 21, 2017

This Salon Will Charge You Extra For A Pedicure If You’re Overweight

Overweight customers break the chairs, claims the owner.

March 22, 2017

Learning to Love Myself Made Me Distrust Other People

The path to self-love was fraught with second guessing.

March 8, 2017

All The Things The Victoria’s Secret Show Makes Me Feel, As A Fat Woman

This show is everything that’s wrong with the world.

November 14, 2016

This Model Was Actually Told She Was Too Fat To Win A Beauty Pageant

Yet another depressing example of everything that’s wrong with the way this world views women.

October 23, 2016

I’ve Been Skinny-Shamed And Fat-Shamed. Fat-Shaming Is Worse.

Skinny-shaming is not okay, but neither is dismissing fat-shaming. 

September 5, 2016

Our Fatphobic Culture Is Out Of Control, And It’s Hurting Girls

Do we really want our daughters to grow up thinking they’re not good enough because of their size?

July 20, 2016

I’m Fat And My Husband Isn’t, And We Still Have Sex. A Lot.

It’s not fat sex. It’s just SEX. Human sex. 

June 27, 2016

Fat Women Aren’t Taken Seriously In Job Interviews

My size is always weighed over my qualifications.

May 4, 2016

What I Wish My Doctor Knew About Having An Invisible Illness

There’s no such thing as an easy cure.

April 15, 2016

FDA Approves Injectable That Gets Rid Of Your Double Chin

Unsurprisingly, there’s a huge waiting list.

April 13, 2016

I’m Body-Shamed For Wearing The Same Things As Skinny Girls

My well-endowed ‘assets’ attract negative attention.

March 29, 2016

Why I Wouldn’t Let My Daughter Play With Barbie

Owning a Barbie doll isn’t child’s play. 

October 13, 2015

The Obesity Epidemic: Is The ‘Taste’ Of Fat To Blame?

Obesity is reaching epidemic proportions with 2 billion people worldwide now reported to be overweight. With fast food at our fingertips and sweets every which way we look, it’s easy to see why temptation overrules our voice of reason.

RELATED: How To Deal With Winter Weight Gain

The good thing is, however, we’re not crazy in our inability to stop craving these foods, because according to researchers from Purdue University, Indiana, fat has a “taste sensation” that keeps us wanting more. What’s more, scientists believe that the discovery of this could lead to tackling the epidemic once and for all.

“Our experiments provide a missing element in the evidence that fat has a taste sensation, and that it is different from other tastes,” Professor Richard Mattes, director of Purdue’s Ingestive Behaviour Research Centre, told The Independent.

“Identifying the taste of fat has a range of important health implications. At high concentrations, the signal it generates would dissuade the eating of rancid foods,” he explains.

“But at low levels, it may enhance the appeal of some foods by adding to the overall sensory profile, in the same way that bitterness alone is unpleasant but at appropriate levels adds to the appeal of wine and chocolate.”

Researchers believe that as a result of identifying fat as its own flavour – just like sweet, sour and salty – it will help to create fat replacements, which Mattes pointed out has been unsuccessful up until now because scientists have failed to nail the taste of it.

The research, published in the journal, Chemical Senses, comes off the back of a study conducted by Deakin University that found taste was one of the primary reasons some of us overate. Because fat is a vital contributor to feeling full, they discovered that people who couldn’t taste it in their food were less likely to recognise that they were full compared to those who could.

“These results suggest that the ability to taste fat is linked with the fullness experienced from fat,” professor Russell Keast, a researcher in sensory science, told the Daily Mail.

“If you do not taste fat or experience the fullness associated with eating fatty food, you are likely to be more hungry and consume more energy after an earlier fatty meal. And as we know, over-consumption of foods – particularly fatty foods – is associated with people being overweight or obese.”

Should we be pleased or concerned with this research, however? If there is in fact a link between the taste of fat and overeating, will this then lead to even more genetically modified products on our supermarket shelves?

What do you think?

July 21, 2015

What is the High Fat Diet?

Could a diet that is high in good fats be the most healthful diet of all?Let the debate begin. Gary Martin is challenging the way people think about losing weight.  Naturopath and co-founder of Queensland’s world-renowned health retreat Living Valley Springs, Gary is a supporter of the high fat diet.

“You can lose weight by eating more fat while controlling consumption of carbohydrates,” says Martin. “I believe and follow the motto of eating like a king for breakfast, a prince for lunch and a pauper for dinner.

“The king’s breakfast is ideal for diabetics or those trying to lose weight. It consists of a Greek salad with an olive oil and lemon juice dressing, two or three organic eggs and/or an organic lamb chop. Be sure to include olives, feta and avocado to increase the fat”, says Martin.

For decades fats have been blamed for atherosclerosis, heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, cancer and increased mortality. Martin believes most fats are actually beneficial and even essential for optimal performance and general wellbeing. Saturated fat particularly has been maligned as public enemy number one over the last 60 years, but according to Martin, it is has been a major component in longevity diets for millennia.

The French boast the lowest death rate from Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) in the world. In 2000 the number of French who died of CHD was 82 per 100,000 population, compared to 144 in Australia. Only 11% of French adults are considered overweight, compared to 66% in the USA. A low 7% are obese compared to 31% in the USA. It is interesting to note that the French consume more fat than any other nation, ingesting an average of 170 grams per person per day, against a world average of 78 grams. In 1992 Bordeaux University determined that saturated fats make up the greater part of the French diet.

Martin also points out that in 1920 the average consumption of butter in the USA was 18 pounds per person per year, while death by heart attack was an insignificant statistic. By 1960 butter consumption had plummeted to four pounds per person per year, while death by heart attack had soared to 37% of deaths.

“Gone are the days of living off just fruit and vegetables and avoiding the fats such as butter, cheeses and other animal fats in fear of putting on weight or developing a health problem. We need the fats for optimal health”, says Martin.

Living Valley Springs is a not-for-profit organisation which is located amongst 180 acres of lush green hills, valleys and pristine countryside in Noosa Biosphere Reserve, which pride themselves on empowering people to take charge of their life and live in the best health.

April 1, 2014

Plastic Surgery Guide: How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic plastic surgeries, so let’s take a look at what to expect from liposuction, including how much does liposuction cost?

Liposuction removes fat deposits from areas of the body, especially stubborn spots that do not respond to dieting or exercise. Liposuction is most frequently performed on the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, legs and waist. It can also be done on the arms, neck, back, inner knee, cheeks, chin and chest. Properly done, liposuction can give you more sculpted curves and tighter contours.

Liposuction cost

How much you’ll pay for liposuction depends on how many areas you have treated in one procedure. Typically you’ll pay $3,000-$5,000 for one area of the body, $5,000-$6,500 for two,  $6,500-$8,000 for three and $9,500-$15,000 for four to six areas. Liposuction can be done alone or combined with other cosmetic procedures like a breast reduction, facelift or tummy tuck.

The total price of your procedure will include the surgeon’s fee, anaesthesia, cost of hospital or surgical facility, post-surgery garments, medical tests and prescriptions for medication. For a more exact idea of how much the procedure will cost, consult a surgeon in your area who performs liposuction. Check with the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons to find a registered plastic surgeon, and do your homework.

The procedure

What happens during liposuction? First, you receive anaesthesia, then small, inconspicuous incisions are made. A thin, hollow tube called a cannula is inserted through the incisions to loosen the excess fat, then the dislodged fat is suctioned out with a surgical vacuum. The results will be visible once the swelling and bruising of the procedure subside.

Can the fat come back?

Generally, no, because the fat cells have been vacuumed out. However, liposuction should not be considered a treatment for obesity. You should be at your optimal weight before having the procedure performed.

Liposuction is not for everyone. The ideal candidate is an adult who is within 30% of optimal weight with good muscle tone and elastic skin that is in good health and has an optimistic outlook on the surgery. It also helps with healing if the patient is a non-smoker.

Possible complications

The list of complications that can happen is too long to list here, so thoroughly discuss this subject with your plastic surgeon. Problems can range from uneven contours or irregular pigmentation to blood clots, scarring or nerve damage. Liposuction is major surgery, it can be very painful and it should never be considered an easy way to drop a few kilos quickly.

New liposuction techniques

The latest techniques being used in liposuction are external and internal ultrasonic liposculpture. These techniques allow fat to be removed in larger volumes and more precisely with less swelling or bruising. Currently, a small number of surgeons in Australia are performing these procedures.

July 18, 2013

5 minute Choice – Fast food

Even the hardened CHOICE food team was shocked by the amount of kilojoules, fat and salt that some options packed. A burger with 67 grams of fat ? that?s around three-and-a-half tablespoons, even before you add the chips and other possible extras. Or a serve of crunchy chicken bits that?s nearly 2000 kJ are just two examples.

If the kids drag you to worship regularly at the fast-food altar and you?re looking for something that amounts to more than a tiny burger yet is healthier than the usual chain offerings, try:

    • RED ROOSTER?s Sub 97.


    • A visit to NANDO?S will give you a few options that won?t break the nutrition bank.


    • A KFC Orignal Fillet Burger ? if you go for potato and gravy or coleslaw with it instead of chips ? can be a reasonable option.


  • SUBWAY ? it offers plenty of choice as long as you?re careful not to add the high-fat options.
  • A falafel roll or some of the kebabs, which are also good choices.

The report also reveals that a kid?s meal from the big chains buys you 2000 to 3000 kJ, 20 to 30 grams of fat and way more salt than a kid needs. So if there?s a bonus toy, it had better be good!

Upsize to the next trouser size

Fast food?s easy availability, relatively low cost and the advertising-driven demand from our kids for fatty, salty, high-calorie fast food have to take some share of the blame for the expaning waistlines of our kids.

And the fast-food giants can take more blame still for their deliberate strategy aimed at increasing the amount you spend when you visit by offering meal deals and ?upsizes? where a little more money gets you heaps more food.

In some instances you even get more food for less money by taking a meal deal. For example, the smallest HUNGRY JACK?S meal deals include regular-size chips and soft drink, so if you really only want small chips and a small soft drink with your burger it?s going to cost you more for less.

A recent study by health researchers at Deakin University in Melbourne found one upsize deal that delivered as much as 50% more fat, calories and sugar for only 16% more money. On average they found 12% more cash buys you around 25% more fat and calories (and nearly 40% more sugar).

It may add up to value for money, but your arteries (and backside) won?t thank you for it.

For more information including a table of fast foods compared, check out the CHOICE free report Fast Food. You can also see hundreds of independent product tests from digital cameras to dishwashers at CHOICE Online ? www.choice.com.au. We?re a non-profit site funded by consumers.

? Australian Consumers Association 2003

May 21, 2003

Easy Weight Loss Secrets Revealed

Hey girls, want to lose some weight before summer hits? Well it might be time to take it seriously as winter draws to a close. All you have to do is head into a low-carb, lean protein diet with no bread, pasta or starchy carbs. Personal trainers call it the A, B, C – with alcohol being the A, bread the B and starchy carbs the C. In practice, the thing to avoid when you go out with your friends is the bread basket. It’s a basket of wasted calories with a tub of unnecessary fat – well, if you count the butter. Appetizers should consist of salads or vegetables with a light dressing or if you have to fit into those size 8 jeans by Saturday, go with just lemon and some black pepper. Unfortunately for any cocktail loving girls these are out of bounds. Full of too much sugar. Dinner is easy. Just have some grilled chicken or fish or even a lean piece of meat. As for dessert, forget about it – a simple piece of fruit will have to do.

February 3, 2001
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