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Size 26 Tess Holliday leads an army of curvy models at London Fashion Week to promote "body positivity"

Feminism is not a girl’s friend. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, “positive” about being obese.

Tess Holliday is 5’5” and weighs 260 pounds, according to bodymeasurements.org.  Per the CDC BMI calculator, her BMI is 43.3she is obese. Her normal weight range should be 111 to 150 pounds. How in the world did having almost 50 percent body fat become celebrating “body positivity?” Make. It. Stop.

From Daily Mail: Women ranging from a size 10 all the up to a 26 have walked the runway to kick off London Fashion Week in what is being hailed as its first ever ‘curve catwalk’.

With the average UK size a 16, fashion bosses have regularly come under fire for casting waif-like models to advertise their clothes.

But on Thursday evening, seven women of all shapes and sizes took to the stage to showcase their wildly different body shapes in Simply Be’s ‘size inclusive fashion show’ – wearing t-shirts emblazoned with their dress sizes across their chests.

Among them were size 26 model Tess Holliday and size 22 Callie Thorpe, both of whom have been outspoken about the plus-size debate in the past.

Holliday was this week forced to defend herself after being accused of ‘promoting obesity’ during an appearance on Loose Women.

The mother-of-two, from Mississippi, said: ‘No one is celebrating obesity, I am celebrating being the first model my size in the world to be in an industry where everyone said I couldn’t. I am celebrating existing in my body and loving myself, when everybody said I wasn’t worth anything.’

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Size 26 Tess Holliday leads an army of curvy models at London Fashion Week to promote "body positivity"

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Tess Holliday promoting “body positivity”


Feminism is not a girl’s friend. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, “positive” about being obese.
Tess Holliday is 5’5” and weighs 260 pounds, according to bodymeasurements.org.  Per the CDC BMI calculator, her BMI is 43.3she is obese. Her normal weight range should be 111 to 150 pounds. How in the world did having almost 50 percent body fat become celebrating “body positivity?” Make. It. Stop.
From Daily Mail: Women ranging from a size 10 all the up to a 26 have walked the runway to kick off London Fashion Week in what is being hailed as its first ever ‘curve catwalk’.
With the average UK size a 16, fashion bosses have regularly come under fire for casting waif-like models to advertise their clothes.
But on Thursday evening, seven women of all shapes and sizes took to the stage to showcase their wildly different body shapes in Simply Be’s ‘size inclusive fashion show’ – wearing t-shirts emblazoned with their dress sizes across their chests.
Among them were size 26 model Tess Holliday and size 22 Callie Thorpe, both of whom have been outspoken about the plus-size debate in the past.
Holliday was this week forced to defend herself after being accused of ‘promoting obesity’ during an appearance on Loose Women.
The mother-of-two, from Mississippi, said: ‘No one is celebrating obesity, I am celebrating being the first model my size in the world to be in an industry where everyone said I couldn’t. I am celebrating existing in my body and loving myself, when everybody said I wasn’t worth anything.’
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NSFW: Lingerie company calls out "haters" who body-shame an obese model

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Playful Promises: Creating “safe spaces” for obese women


There’s that “body shaming” again. Thou shall not tell the truth!
From Fox News: A lingerie company is not having it with internet trolls who try to body shame their customers.
U.K. based brand Playful Promises shared a photo of plus-size model Jewelz Mazzei wearing their bra and underwear on the company’s Instagram page. Alongside the photo, they added a comment, warning against any negative comments people feel compelled to post about the image.
“Goes without saying, but negative comments will be deleted (if you don’t like something, that’s fine, keep scrolling),” it said. “Anyone who continues to comment after having comments deleted will be blocked. Anyone that tries to pull in known trolls to comment will be blocked. Known trolls are already blocked.”
According to Allure, the company reportedly removed any comments voicing “concern” for Mazzei’s health or how her lingerie fits, as well those that disagreed with their decision to feature a plus-size model at all.
Playful Promises also added an apology for the offensive comments they hadn’t yet removed.
“I [apologize] to anyone that is offended by [the comments] before I get to them. Please avoid feeding the trolls, they’re hungry and lonely,” the company wrote. “Women of all sizes and all shapes deserve to feel sexy and loved. It’s not affecting you. Use your time and energy for better things, for real issues that affect you and your countries,” they added.
Anna Sampson, a brand manager for the company, told Brit & Co that their goal is to create a safe space for women to feel confident and express their sexuality, regardless of what they look like.
“Women are not treated well on the internet,” she said. “It’s irresponsible for brands not to stand up for their customers, showcasing things like diversity and support are important. As a consumer, I don’t want to browse lingerie and see reminders of how much society values the slim, white cisgender woman, I want to see reminders of how amazingly diverse we are!
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‘He is a PIG’: Plus-size model Tess Holliday dons ‘Dump Trump’ T-shirt for new fashion ad

Women are not just sexual objects you pigs. Just remember that when they trot out the bejewelled boobs, wear the “TaTa Top”, or just want to “Free the Nipple” in the name of “empowerment.”

From Daily Mail: Tess Holliday is using her platform as a model to speak out against Donald Trump and the allegations of sexual assault against him.

The 31-year-old took to Instagram over the weekend to share an ad of herself posing in New York City’s Times Square while modeling a New Look Fashion T-shirt that reads: ‘Respect Women #Dump Trump.’

‘Respect Women,’ she captioned the image. ‘Our bodies are not for you to stare at or touch without our consent. Women are not just sexual objects, women are not here for your consumption. So many of us have a sexual assault story, myself included,’ she continued.

‘To endorse someone who not just condones this behavior but actively engages in it would be an awful step backwards for women not just in the US but across the world. #dumptrump #dumptrump #dumptrump

‘Also might I add I’m NOT telling you who to vote for. Trump is a pig & that’s a fact. [sic]’

The photo, which was taken by her longtime partner Nick Holliday, sees Tess posed with her hands on her hips as she stares at the camera. Along with the white T-shirt, which features black block lettering, she is wearing ripped jeans and black high-heeled sandals.

The photo has been liked more than 62,000 times since it was posted on Saturday, and unsurprisingly, the political statement caused a stir.

‘Love the shirt, Tess,’ one woman wrote. ‘Way to use your constitutionally protected voice. #activism #freedom #feminism.’

And while many supported Tess’ statement, there were plenty of people who disagreed with her. ‘Such a shame to have to [unfollow] you,’ another woman wrote. ‘Use your celebrity for something better than being political.’

There was also a fierce debate about whether or not Tess’ post could be seen as an endorsement for the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and some people who disagreed with her statement attacked the size 22 model for her weight.

‘There is some super hateful stuff on here,’ one woman wrote. ‘I don’t agree or disagree with your position, but I still admire your message. Why can’t everyone get along! Dang! Everyone gets to have their own opinion people!

‘And targeting her weight because you disagree? Really? People are crazy, keep up your positive messages Tess! Whatever your political views are, I still love what you represent girl!’

Read about the rest of this womyn’s rant here.

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Many on Social Security Disability can but don't want to work

Why are we demonized for speaking the truth?

truthH/t FOTM’s Trail Dust

More than a year ago, in May 2012, Lance Roberts wrote that Without government largesse many individuals would literally be living on the street.” As much as 1/5 or 22.5% of the average American’s income is dependent on “government transfers.” 
One of those “government transfers” are Social Security Disability benefits.
There are two types of Social Security Disability benefits:

  1. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): Earned disability benefits for those who have held jobs for significant periods of time and paid at least partially into Social Security before becoming disabled.
  2. Social Security Disability (SSI): Unearned disability benefits for individuals who have petitioned to be classified as disabled, although many of them have never worked and have never paid into Social Security.

Under Obama, the number of Americans claiming disability has surged to the highest levels on record since the beginning of the last recession. What is most notable, however, is when the surge of disability claims began – exactly two years from the beginning of the financial crisis. This was when the 2 years of extended unemployment insurance began to run out.
Unlike welfare, disability isn’t term-limited, and in some cases it’s become permanent unemployment insurance for the unemployable or those who simply refuse to work.
Today, more than 28 million Americans who are of working age have a disability – a level higher than at any other time in recorded history. There are approximately 11 million SSDI or earned recipients and approximately 7 million SSI or unearned recipients.
But how many of those on disability are actually disabled?
Luke Rosiak reports for the Washington Examiner, July 30, 2013, that a study by the Social Security Administration found some disturbing, but unsurprising, attributes of disability recipients:

  • Recipients of federal disability checks often admit that they are capable of working but cannot or will not find a job.
  • Returning to work is not a goal for 71% of the SSDI recipients, and 60% of the SSI recipients.
  • Most have never received significant medical treatment and not seen a doctor about their condition in the last year, even though medical problems are the official reason they don’t work.
  •  Those who acknowledge they’re on disability because they can’t find a job say they make little effort to find one.
  • Of those who say they’re actually looking for a job, most say they’re looking only for part-time jobs that will allow them to keep their disability benefits.
  • The unearned disability recipients are in less pain than their counterparts who had paid into the system. In other words, they are using SSD as a substitute for welfare. These individuals are typically overweight, uneducated and from broken homes.
  • There are practical barriers to weaning recipients off the disability rolls. The jobs they’d be candidates for often don’t provide health insurance, which is essential for those with medical problems, and they’d rather receive the SSD benefits. Many also say they don’t have transportation to work.
  •  72% of the small number of SSDI recipients who started a job while on disability got cash under the table, as did 70% of the small number of SSI recipients who started a job while on disability.
  • 24% of the SSDI recipients lack even GEDs, as do 43% of the SSI recipients.
  • Only 18% of SSDI and 15% of SSI recipients said, during the past 4 weeks, they could not do social activities with family or friends because of their physical health or emotional problems.
  • As many as 96% of SSDI and 91% of SSD recipients admit whatever physical health or mental problems they have do not hinder or limit them from the kind or amount of work or other daily activities they do. In other words, they are not really so disabled they can’t work.
  • 47% of SSDI and 41% of SSD recipients are obese; 30% of both groups are overweight; only 21% of SSDI and 25% of SSD recipients are of normal weight.
  • 28% of SSD recipients had never worked for pay, i.e., they never had a job!
  • Most SSD recipients don’t bother to educate themselves about or avail themselves of government programs to wean them off disability, such as the Plan for Achieving Self-Support, Earned Income Exclusion, and Continued Medicaid Eligibility after they get off disability benefits.
  • Many disability recipients also receive other government welfare benefits: 28% of SSDI and 81% of SSD recipients are on Medicaid; 80% of SSDI and 42% of SSD recipients are on Medicare; 18% of SSDI and 52% of SSD recipients are on food stamps.
  • The lack of a spouse is a significant factor: 54% of SSDI and 88% of SSD recipients are not married.
  • 11% of SSDI and 21% of SSD recipients have been receiving disability benefits for 20 years or more.

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America’s national debt now exceeds our GDP and is closing in on $17 trillion. It doesn’t take an Albert Einstein to know that our super-extended welfare state cannot continue as it is. Indeed the danger signs are already visible.
In three years, by 2016, the first of the Social Security funds — Social Security Disability — will be in full collapse.
Brian Faler reports for The Washington Post, May 30, 2012:
The disability program pays benefits averaging $1,111 a month, with the money coming from the Social Security payroll tax. The program cost $132 billion last year, more than the combined annual budgets of the departments of Agriculture, Homeland Security, Commerce, Labor, Interior and Justice. That doesn’t include an additional $80 billion spent because disability beneficiaries become eligible for Medicare, regardless of their age, after a two-year waiting period. The disability program is projected to exhaust its trust fund in 2016, according to a Social Security trustees report released last month. Once it runs through its reserve, incoming payroll-tax revenue will cover only 79% of benefits, according to the trustees. Because the plan is barred from running a deficit, aid would have to be cut to match revenue.”
Lastly, since the American Medical Association recently declared obesity to be a “disease,” expect even more Americans to apply for and receive Social Security Disability benefits.
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Looks do matter: 7 ways your looks affect your pay

Life's not fairWe all know life isn’t fair.

We all know that good-looking people get all sorts of advantages simply because of their looks. But higher pay, too?

Aaron Gouveia writes for Salary.com that multiple studies show that the amount someone is paid — and in some cases whether or not they get the job — is based, at least in part, on how they look.

Below are 7 ways your looks can affect your pay.

7. Height

Tall people get paid more money — and it’s not just on a basketball court. A 2004 study by Timothy Judge at the University of Florida found that for every inch of height, a tall worker can expect to earn an extra $789 per year. That means two equally skilled coworkers would have a pay differential of nearly $5,000 per year, simply because of a 6-inch height differential.

But the pay differential isn’t just due to prejudice against short people. A 2006 study by Princeton economists Anne Case and Christina Paxson indicates there could be a good reason for the pay gap — tall people are smarter. Taller children score better on tests even before formal schooling begins, according to the study, and the tall adults go on to take higher-paying jobs that require greater intelligence.

6. Weight

A George Washington University study, citing data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth in 2004, found that obese workers (those who have a Body Mass Index of more than 30) are paid less than normal-weight coworkers at a rate of $8,666 a year for obese women, and $4,772 a year for obese men. Other studies indicate obese women are even more likely to be discriminated against when it comes to pay, hiring and raises.

A study reported in the International Journal of Obesity described an experiment in which people were shown pictures of job applicants, as well as resumes, and asked to score them on suitability, starting salary, and employability. What the test subjects didn’t realize, however, is the pictures they were being shown were actually of the same person, but before and after bariatric (stomach stapling) weight loss surgery. Overwhelmingly, the thinner candidates were chosen for the job and with higher starting salaries than the heavier applicants.

5. Hair Color

Not only do blondes have more fun, it turns out they also have more in their paychecks.

A 2010 study from the Queensland University of Technology studied 13,000 Caucasian women and found blondes earn more than 7% more than female employees with any other hair color — a pay bump is equivalent to the boost an employee would generally see from one entire year of additional education. The study also found blonde women tend to marry rich — men who earn an average of 6% more than husbands of women with other hair colors.

4. Physique

According to a study by Cleveland State University in the Journal of Labor Research, workers who exercise regularly earn 9% more on average than employees who don’t work out. People who exercise three or more times a week earn an average of $80 a week more than their couch-potato coworkers. Even those who work out just one to three times a week see a slight earning advantage over their sedentary peers, making slightly more than 5% in additional pay.

3. Make-up

Not only are women who wear make-up (a moderate amount instead of overly made-up) judged to be more attractive, they also rank higher in competence and trustworthiness, according to a study funded by Procter & Gamble, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston University, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. A study in the American Economic Review said women who wear make-up can earn more than 30% more in pay than non make-up wearing workers. A study in the London Times also found that 64% of directors said that women who wore make-up looked more professional.

2. General Attractiveness

A study by Yale University’s Daniel Hamermesh found that if people think you’re good-looking, they’ll pay you more money. The beautiful workers earn an average of roughly 5% more, while unattractive employees can miss out on up to almost 9%. Furthermore, while effects for men are at least as great as for women, there’s a double whammy for unattractive women: Not only do they have lower labor-force participation rates, unattractive women also tend to marry men with less human capital.

1. Being “Too Pretty”

Everything in moderation — including looks!

That saying “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful” has truth in it. Although attractive people make out when it comes to salary and hiring, and although being exceedingly attractive doesn’t seem to hurt men, according to a 2010 study that appeared in the Journal of Social Psychology,  women rated as very attractive face discrimination when applying to “masculine” or professional jobs.

In an experiment that was part of a Newsweek survey of more than 200 hiring managers, people were given a list of jobs and 110 photos of candidates (split evenly between men and women). When test subjects were asked to rank suitability for each job, the men were overwhelmingly given preference for jobs such as director of security, manager of research and development, director of finance, mechanical engineer and construction supervisor. The women were relegated to more traditional (and lower-paying) female roles such as receptionist, proving beauty can be a beast at times.

MakeupHere’s my take, as a social scientist, on looks and pay:

Most of the above 7 attributes are associated with overall health:

  • Height: Shortness can be due to malnutrition in the womb and in childhood. Thus, we unconsciously favor taller people.
  • Weight: Obesity (not just being 5-10 lbs. over-weight) is a sign of poor health. Indeed, we have statistical data that fat workers take more sick days from work.
  • Physique: People who regularly exercise are more physically fit and healthier, not to mention sickly people tend not to or are unable to exercise.
  • Make-up: See the pictures of women with and without make-up (above)? They show that a moderate amount of make-up makes a woman appears healthier — with an even (instead of splotchy) skin tone; a glowing (instead of sallow) complexion; rosy cheeks; and bigger brighter eyes, etc.
  • General attractiveness: Studies have shown that humans across cultures view faces that are symmetrical as more attractive. Scientists believe it’s our instinctive natural selection at work because a lop-sided or asymmetrical face can be an indicator of disease.

As for the remaining two attributes — being blonde and being too pretty — they seem to be culturally learned prejudices, instead of health-related. Or is it?

Daniel Hamermesh writes in his new book, Beauty Pays, that pretty people tend to be more immoral. Studies found that prettier people borrow money more easily, get lower interest rates on their loans, but are more likely to later default on the loan. This suggests there may be a moral dimension to the prejudice against exceedingly attractive women.

That said, we’re still left with coming up with a rational explanation for why blondes get higher pay. LOL

A final word of caution:

The studies cited above are generalizations about groups — tall vs. short, fat vs. thin, attractive vs. ugly — instead of about any particular individual. While taller, thinner, fitter, prettier people tend to get higher pay, that doesn’t mean every tall, thin, fit, attractive person is better paid. Nor does it mean that being short, fat, flabby, or homely consigns a person to a low salary.

While good looks might work to someone’s advantage initially, looks alone are not enough. In the end, hard work, character and talent will be the difference-maker. Just remember the Aesop’s fable about the hare and the tortoise. 😉

And if you are turned away because of your looks, chances are you’ll be better for it. Who wants to work for an employer or organization so shallow that they value physical appearance over job performance?

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Road to Obesity – Schoolhouse to Jailhouse

Despite the endless food stamp/EBT propaganda and PSAs starring Michelle Obama moaning about parents getting involved in good food choices,many American children receive their first two meals of the day at school, ending the day with a fast food/takeout  meal for dinner.
The website Fitflex.com discussing a recent study published “Physiology and Behavior” notes, ” What we eat influences how we act and feel. Besides supplying the vital energy and nutrients essential to life, food helps to regulate behavior by the way it affects certain chemicals active in the nervous system. These behaviors range from mental alertness to pain perception….
…. those consuming a high-carb diet showed increased insulin levels. Insulin is known to induce drowsiness, explaining why you may feel sleepy after a meal containing a high sugar content.

Every school district in the country has federally-subsidized free and reduced price food programs. The guidelines take from the Seattle School District website, children living in multi-generational households grossing over $5,000 a month qualify.
The menus are carefully planned to meet government-approved nutritional targets with carbs and diabetes in mind. This chart looks woefully short on protein and heavy on starchy carbs; but, it meets the government target.
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Sign of our (fat) times


So what does a toilet for fatties look like?
Here’s a regular toilet

And here’s a toilet for the obese:

H/t Armstrong & Getty
At the rate we’re going, in 18 years, by the year 2030, more than 4 of every 10 (42%) Americans may become obese and 11% could be severely obese, adding billions of dollars to health care costs. That means 32 million more obese Americans within two decades, on top of the almost 78 million people (1 out of every 3 Americans or 36% of the total U.S. population) who were already obese in 2010.
For more on what “obesity” means and how it is measured, go here!
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Obesity Kills! Ban the Spoons!

Is this Moochelle’s next step in her War on Fat?

ROFLMAO!   LTG

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A product of the "Self Esteem" movement

In the 1980s, public government schools began promoting the self esteem movement.
Here’s one product.
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In 2007, five psychologists unveiled the results of their comprehensive study of U.S. college students who would have grown up being indoctrinated in the self esteem movement. Based on the responses of 16,475 college students nationwide who completed an evaluation called the Narcissistic Personality Inventory between 1982 and 2006, the study found that today’s college students are more narcissistic and self-centered than their predecessors, which has troubling implications for society.
“We need to stop endlessly repeating, ‘You’re special,’ and having children repeat that back,” said Jean Twenge , the study’s lead author and a professor at San Diego State University. “Kids are self-centered enough already.”
Self esteem can only come from real achievements. Unearned self-esteem leads only to grandiose narcissism.
That would explain why young Americans are also lacking in empathy.
A Univ. Michigan ISR meta-study in 2010, summarizing 72 other studies of college students’ empathy, concluded that American college students are 40% less empathic than in 1979 with the biggest declines coming in the last decade. They found especially large drops in “empathic concern”.
One of the distinguishing traits of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder is that narcissists, imagining themselves to be superior than others, lack empathy. A deficit in empathy also characterizes sociopaths and psychopaths.
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