“A popular, growing class of drugs for obesity and diabetes could, in an ideal world, help us see that metabolism and appetite are biological facts, not moral choices.”
No Health, No Care
“Fatphobia is medicine’s status quo.” This essential read in Pipe Wrench’s Fat Issue explores the history of medical fatphobia. When you see a fat person, you associate them with ob*sity. What you believe about ob*sity and have internalized from health authorities—its causes, symptoms, consequences, treatment, and more—then guide your interaction with that fat person. You […]
Body of Lies
Deenie Hartzog-Mislock confronts a lifetime of body image trauma when her marriage turns south and sexless.
Tommy Tomlinson: The Weight I Carry
“On top of all that, some of us fight holes in our souls that a boxcar of donuts couldn’t fill.” Tommy Tomlinson shares the physical and emotional costs of weighing 460 pounds.
You Are What You Hear
A personal essay in which Pauline Campos writes about trying to forget the harsh words she heard about her body as a child, and to avoid passing along her body shame to her young daughter.
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Lighter
Colin Gillis is happy with most of the changes a massive weight change have brought, but finds unexpectedness sadness and loss, too.
On Being Smaller
Colin Gillis finds both joy and an unexpected sadness after losing one-third of his body weight.
If Oprah Can’t Achieve Permanent Weight Loss, Can Anyone?
Writer and television producer Caissie St. Onge, writing in Vox, on Oprah, diets, and liking (or not liking) yourself — and how all the money and drive in the world doesn’t help.