II. Health at Every Size (HAES), and health with every limited set of abilities
Health At Every Size, by Linda Bacon: this book carefully reviews the science about dieting and fat. She comes to the conclusion that it’s best to eat right and exercise without regard for whether one might loose weight, and that the healthy thing is to go about it in a nurturing way rather than as a form of self-flagellation to punish one’s fatness. All this sounds hard, and is even harder. There’a also a Health at Every Size Community site, which I haven’t spent much time with.
The Fat Nutritionist blog: a nutritionist whose work will do much to re-enforce your sanity if you are fat and/or sometimes think you are fat. Special gems include: “if only poor people understood nutrition!” and her takedown of the recent NIH decision to classify obesity as a disease. Dig in to find instructions on things like meal planning, or how to do emotional eating in a healthy way.
Waist High in the World, by Nancy Mairs: a beautiful autobiography about living a rich life with a crippling and degenerative illness, and all the physical, social, and emotional implications that has. This book has helped me to process my own experience with a degenerative musculo-skeletal condition that forced me to give up many things I love.
If you have limited abilities or know someone who does, accommodate. Be creative and persistent; it can be done, and it is worth it. This is true in sports and in life. A world that is good for people with disabilities to live in is a world where we try to help every individual develop to the fullness of their capacities. Doesn’t that sound best for everyone?
The dances with fat blog and the fat can dance tumblr: hard evidence to inspire you, if you feel like your weight is holding you back. If you’re not so sure about this whole fat acceptance thing, check out the FAQ from the shapely prose archive. . . and pass me a baby flavored doughnut.
For what it’s worth, I’ve also started a food blog from a socially conscious and fat-accepting perspective.