Blog Matters: Exploring Our Future, Calling on Our Readers

by Health At Every Size® Blog

ASDAH’s blog committee is reviewing its policies and procedures and we wanted to share some information with our readers.

The first issue concerns frequency.  Currently, we post blog pieces on a weekly basis.   As we are an all-volunteer committee with different day jobs and multiple volunteer commitments (as our bloggers are), this has become a challenge, and consequently, we will be reducing the frequency of our posts. This was a difficult decision for us to make, as we too sometimes struggle with exceedingly high expectations.  But in the spirit of HAES®  and overall acceptance, we know that by doing this, we will be better able to bring you the high quality material that furthers your knowledge about the HAES  movement, our size acceptance community and the issues impacting and influencing us collectively.

Secondly, we want to know if there’s any content you would like to see us cover in the blog.  So, feel free to suggest topics in the comments section. Tell us what new content you want to see us add or issues you want to see fleshed out and discussed more.

Lastly, we are looking for eager participants to join our team and expand our knowledge.  So, if you are currently a reader of this blog and you’re passionate about the Health At Every Size® approach but not a member of ASDAH, please consider reaching out to the community by contacting us at blog@sizediversityandhealth.org so you can be featured in a Building Bridges interview. This way, we can expand our reach beyond our organization to the broader HAES community and discuss topics that are meaningful to all of our readers.

With warmth and appreciation for our entire readership and the amazing volunteers who write for us, 

The Blog Committee
(Amy Herskowitz, Chair; Marsha Hudnall; Dr. Deah Schwartz; Dr. Stacey Nye)

15 Responses to “Blog Matters: Exploring Our Future, Calling on Our Readers”

  1. An issue that is live for me is helping my daughters be accepting of different body shapes, and help them negotiate a world that is mostly not accepting. I am fat, they are not. If my 6 year old comments on my size, I say something neutral like ‘yes I have a big tummy, people come in different shapes and sizes.’ She told me yesterday that her friend had described me as fat, and it seemed to me that she feels some shame about this. I haven’t found any resources dealing with this particular issue, and I would welcome some.

  2. Shapesville by Andy Mills, Becky Osborn and Erica Neitz is also a nice book for young children.

  3. I’d love to see more about fat and disability since current discourse links fatness as the cause of all disability (no matter which causes which, people should be treated well!).

  4. First, thank you for the HAES principles, Linda et al.!

    I agree that often, the order of cause and effect when it comes to fatness has arbitrarily defaulted to “fat causes everything.” How curious that In an era we consider one of reason and science, fat seems to be the “evil eye,” just as in Medieval times. In fact, I’m pretty sure it causes milk to curdle and crops to fail…just like everyone knows that the movement of the leaves on trees causes wind. Human beings are far too complex for such simplistic, ridiculous etiology.

    Years ago, I read “Fat is a Feminist Issue” by Susie Orbach, and ever since, it has been a mental touchstone when I confront issues related to weight. As an avid feminist, I find that the more awareness I cultivate of the connections between weight and being female, the more loving I become of myself and others. Of course, awakening knowledge also causes anger that ignorance, especially in the guise of science, not only encourages fat shaming behavior, but also applauds it. Of one thing I am certain: that misogyny, coupled with social, cultural, racial, and economic bias, has a massive impact on all aspects of girls’ and women’s health, and on weight in particular.

    I would be willing to volunteer a piece exploring ideas about gender-centered weight issues. It would be a subjective piece, of course, fusing personal experience, observation, and attributed sources.

    Cheers! Sandra

    • Thanks for commenting and volunteering to write a piece about gender-centered weight issues, Sandra! Subjective pieces are totally welcome. I’ll send you the blog committee’s guidelines as an FYI-FAQ for your reference and information and we can go forward from there!

      Warmly,
      Amy (blog committee chair)

  5. First, quantity should never be confused with quality–but in your case, the blog seems to have had both. Less frequent publication would be no biggie, at least in my book.

    Second, many of us might have worthwhile things to contribute in a blog submittal, yet be intimidated by the very high quality of the material that has been published. For example, I know a lot about fat and disability, and consider it an important subject matter, and I would have my own unique perspective to offer–yet I don’t have time to thoroughly research what has been published on the matter (precious little, but it does exist), and any blog I submit would mainly serve to get people thinking about it in a constructive way. I suspect that for some in SA and maybe even some HAES(r) advocates, it can be a very uncomfortable topic, since our detractors often use the disability of some people of large size as if it is a trump card to prove all their negativity on the subject of fat.

    Third, and this is probably a stupid question–are there published guidelines as to the length of submittals that are sought? I and other blog readers might want to know. 🙂

    • Thanks for your comment and ideas Bill!
      The beauty of blogs is that their content can range from personal journal-style to opinion pieces and researched articles. There’s no “right” way to blog and we are most happy to receive all sorts of pieces, so long as they speak to the Health At Every Size® approach in some way. Your experience and knowledge of issues concerning fat and disability would be most welcome, especially with your professional background as a biomedical engineer.
      As for blogging guidelines, yes, the blog committee has a document that we send to all prospective authors as a sort of FAQ on what we expect in terms of content, format, length and how our editing process works (spoiler alert: it’s collaborative!).
      Keep these ideas and suggestions coming, we’re really grateful to hear from you!
      Warmly,
      Amy (blog committee chair)

  6. How about publishing the last section of the HAES history?

  7. I would love to see a series where ASDAH members share a bit about their relationship to the HAES principles- how they came to them, and how they factor into their life currently.

  8. Given that ASDAH is an organisation for HAES professionals, I’d love to see a series on things that come up regularly in treatment. How you deal with the patient who says/believes/feels XYZ.

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