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Is It Possible to Be Fit and Fat?

During my latter years as a private personal trainer, I developed a keen interest in sculpting the bodies of full-figured women who weren't necessarily seeking to lose weight. One of my most memorable clients was a curvy plus-size model who…

A Better Weigh: Measuring Success Beyond the Scale

I'm always amazed by the powerful psychological effects of the old bathroom scale, especially among women. All too often, unfavorable numbers negatively influence self-esteem, body image, and overall perceptions of beauty. In many cases, mounting…

Appearances Can Be Deceiving: Why Being Thin Doesn’t Equate to Being Healthy

Months back, former supermodel Cheryl Tiegs caused a major stir when she criticized Sports Illustrated for selecting plus-size model Ashley Graham for one of three covers of its 2016 Swimsuit Issue. Tiegs specifically claimed that the magazine…

Fat-Shaming: Are Legitimately Unhealthy Fat People Hiding Behind the Term?

The Urban Dictionary has defined "fat-shaming" as "a term made by obese people to avoid the responsibility to actually take proper care of their body". As an exercise scientist, nutritionist, and advanced trainer with expertise in obesity,…
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Stop Calling Me Skinny!

Have you recently experienced a dramatic weight loss and now sense that people are treating you differently? Are you suddenly hearing things like you’re "getting too skinny" or you "look sick"? If the answer to either of these questions is…