Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Welcome new readers

Some of you have arrived here via the New York Times piece on the fatosphere. Some have come from other blogs, like Shapely Prose or Manolo for the Big Girl or Creamy Nougat Lair. However you stumbled onto this blog, I'm glad you're here.

I hope you'll take a few minutes to read up on the I Love My Body! pledge. Subversive, isn't it? Especially when you think about the messages the rest of the world gives us every single http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifday. Lose weight. You're too fat. You're worthless if you're fat. Thin = pretty. Thin = sexually attractive. Fat is repulsive, dangerous, unhealthy, ugly.

Here at Feed Me!, we believe in Health at Every Size. When our friends make comments filled with self-loathing, we talk them off the ledge. We believe that each and every one of us deserves a joyful, competent relationship with food.

I've been researching and writing about issues of weight and body image for several years, including this story about my daughter Kitty and her struggle to recover from anorexia. I'm putting together an anthology of essays about these issues, called--what else?--FEED ME!, which will be published by Random House next December.

I'd love to hear from you. What's your relationship with food and eating and your body like? What challenges you and what brings you joy? Share it with the community here. You won't be sorry.


Anonymous said...

my relationship with food reflects my relationship with my body. at times i love it, and other times i hate it. like right now, i am in the midst of a bad binge that comes off the heels of a 3 week-long restrictive diet. it's a love/hate relationship that has sent me to the brink of an eating disorder but i don't know how else it could be.

Anonymous said...

I don't have any relationship with food. I have relationship with people, friends, relatives, spouse etc.

I eat if/when I am hungry. I don't obsess about eating. I obsess about my portfolio ( equities ).

Fat/thin are just words. They don't have to hurt. If you are not thin you are fat. If you are not fat you are thin. I mean, its not that big a deal. Basic Nursery School vocabulary.

Whether fat people are unattractive & thin are pretty ? Yes. But attractive & unattractive are also words. Just like rich & poor are words. We don't go to the poor & say - let us take a pledge of poverty! Accept that you are poor! No, we just hope someday they'll become rich. Likewise, someday, unattractive people will become attractive, fat people will become thin etc. Some won't. So ? So nothing. Those who will, good for them. No need to rain on their parade. Those who won't, well, tough shit.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...sounds like a LITERACY pledge might be in order. Doesn't seem anonymous and alex actually read what you've written or acquainted themselves with the science involved here.

Harriet said...

Too right. Which is why alex from philly has been sent to troll hell.

Anonymous said...

Censorship! How dare you! This means the terrorists have won! AFP!

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