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This blog will explore what it's like having a fat Mid Section in Middle America, comparing and contrasting the Mid Western fat experience with that of the rest of the country and exploring the perception and treatment of fat people in the United States at large.

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Go All Out

Summer brings on the need for skin-baring clothing to beat the heat. Mary encourages us to feel free to wear what keeps us comfortable, but also to take steps to avoid skin cancer.

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Non - TRANS - ference

Did you hear about the new FDA ban on added trans fats in foods? Mary has some keen observations on how it has been covered in the media.

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Recipe For Disaster

Some state government food and drink police are at it again, wanting to put warning labels about sugar content on soft drinks. Mary shares the details, and some thoughts of her own about this.

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The Big Story

Want some ideas for fat-friendly summer reading? Mary offers suggestions and asks for yours, too.

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Losing Steam

Is the public growing tired of news stories about the “obesity epidemic?” Mary hopes so!

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We Know Nothing

Because the upcoming seasonal cookout and picnic events can sometimes lead to fat shaming comments, Mary offers some great ideas for responses.

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Learning Curves

Are weight loss drugs being approved at the expense of our health? Check out Mary’s investigation of Contrave, the latest “diet drug” to be approved by the FDA.

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Cost of Living: The Big Finish

Mary concisely summarizes all the facts covered in her recent blogs, so that we can easily use the information to “...counter the ugly trope that Fat people are a burden on society, in the workplace and in our healthcare system.” Thank you, Mary!!!

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Cost of Living: Costly Correlations

There is a U.S. federal government program called “LEAN Works!” Have you heard of it? The CDC supposedly scrapped LEAN Works! within 2 weeks of introducing it to the public, because there was such an outcry about how it fueled anti-fat bias. Mary fills us in on the details.

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Cost of Living: Big Bottom Line

Do fat employees really cost employers more? This week, Mary analyzes a study that supposedly supports that claim, but even the study authors admit that the study has shortcomings. Also mentioned by the researchers: fat people are usually paid less.

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Never exercise to earn food or punish yourself for eating.
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