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  1. Cynthia

    Feeling Judged -- Coping tips?

    How do you cope when you get together with smaller acquaintances, and they see you struggle with steps or long distances? Do you use humor, frankness, or some other approach? I can feel their sympathy – and quiet judgement, too -- as they watch me slowly navigate a flight of stairs or grow...
  2. Cynthia

    Video - 100 Years of Plus-Size Fashion

    This offers an interesting, albeit cursory, look at the evolution in plus-size fashion, including sizing standards, retailers, and advocacy. Of course, many milestones are missing from the video's brief overview. (For example, I'd say that Mode Magazine was as much of a game changer as BBW...
  3. Cynthia

    BHM Musicians with Swagger

    The Hansons' little brother is an mmmbop smokin' BHM. (I feel like such a cougar, saying that....) "Hey, Hey" by Joshua and the Holy Rollers
  4. Cynthia

    Article: About the Fat Caste System

    The size acceptance community spends an inordinate amount of energy convincing others that 1) our fatness isn't our "fault" and 2) we're healthier than people give us credit to be. In some cases, both one and two are true. But that's not the reality for many of us. Regardless of whether we're...
  5. Cynthia

    Increasing Flexibility (Planet Fitness, Yoga, etc.) -title edited

    Weight and kidney disease have left me feeling less mobile and more tired than usual these days, so I'm looking for a gentle way to add more flexibility. Years ago, I loved dance workouts and never cared much for machines, but I don't have the stamina for that anymore. An old poster here...
  6. Cynthia

    Fatness & the Death Industry: Plain Talk and Dispelling Myths

    I just found this excellent video called "Dying Fat: Your Funeral Options." In the course of her work, the featured mortician has talked with a lot of fat activists about our community's needs and concerns. The result is an an eight-minute piece that educates viewers about accommodations for...
  7. Cynthia

    Transforming Basic Clothes with Extras

    It can be expensive and time consuming to put together an interesting wardrobe in larger sizes, so I buy humdrum clothes and liven them up with scarves, ethnic jewelry, thrift-store jackets, etc. (Unfortunately, though, I've been in a rut lately and haven't bothered at all. Summer in the South...
  8. Cynthia

    Dietland on AMC TV -- What do you think?

    I'm really intrigued by the series, Dietland, on AMC TV. Some scenes are blistering reminders of my experiences when I was younger, single, and living in larger cities. What do people think of it? (If there's a thread elsewhere that I've missed, please excuse the redundancy.)
  9. Cynthia

    Lookism and #MeToo

    Every time that I see "Me, too" from a friend on a Facebook feed, I feel increasingly uncomfortable. It's not about the experiences behind the phrase. It's about the movement itself -- the vagueness, the lack of concrete objectives, and the sense that, yet again, society has found another...
  10. Cynthia

    Has anyone tried Newchic?

    A lot of the clothes are really creative looking and reasonably priced, but the size converter makes it look like a 5x is the equivalent of a Misses size 16. :blink: Yikes, really? I'm hoping that I've misinterpreted the chart. Has anyone had any experience with this company? Size Chart
  11. Cynthia

    Looking for Artistic Clothing

    I'm looking for a source of reasonably priced avant garde plus sized clothing online. I've seen a couple of retailers with those types of designs, but the clothes are typically too small. For example, a vlogger who is probably no more than a size 8 ordered a NewChic blouse in 4x, and it was...
  12. Cynthia

    Kidney Disease

    Is anybody here living with kidney disease? I find most of the online forums to be depressing, and there aren't (to my knowledge) any face-to-face support groups in Metro Atlanta for people who are not yet on dialysis. For those of you who are in stages 3-5, how do you find the positive...
  13. Cynthia

    Edema Style!

    Coping with extreme foot/leg edema lately has been rough for this skirt-and-dress kinda gal. I'm under medical care for diabetes and (new discovery) stage 3 kidney disease -- but the swelling hasn't yet responded to treatment. On the weekends, long skirts and clogs are my go-to uniform...
  14. Cynthia

    Course on "Obesity Economics"

    Whenever we assert that our bodies are no one else's business, someone pulls out the old, familiar economic bomb -- noting that obesity raises healthcare spending and thus affects all consumers. It's an argument that I've been repeatedly unable to counter, and I believe that it hurts our...
  15. Cynthia

    Forum Software Suggestions Needed

    Hi, Web gurus. I’m setting up an online discussion forum for a group of community service organizations to share program operations ideas, brainstorm solutions to challenges, and attach sample materials. Can you recommend an online forum service that would be free, reliable, professional...
  16. Cynthia

    Hi-Rises + Fire Drills = Stairs, Stairs, Stairs

    This fall, the office in which I work will move to a higher floor in our building. I’m okay with the 10 flights that we currently walk down during fire drills, but the idea of 34 flights has me more than a little anxious. Working on general fitness and such will help, but that's a long-term...
  17. Cynthia

    AMA Journal: Foster Care for Selected Obese Children

    Wow. That's quite a slippery slope.
  18. Cynthia

    Seeking Advice: Becoming a Healthier Foodie

    Like many foodies, I view food as a source of excitement and adventure, and there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that when it’s placed in proper perspective. But, sometimes, I expect far too much from food emotionally. Consequently, I eat out excessively and empty my wallet at gourmet...
  19. Cynthia

    Ultimate Office Food

    What's your favorite quick workday snack? I'm on a quest for the ultimate desk delicacy -- something that's vegetarian, non-noisy, non-smelly, non-perishable, and reasonably diabetic-friendly, too. Any good suggestions?
  20. Cynthia

    Panic! Upcoming Dr's Visit

    Tomorrow, I have a long-overdue doctor’s appointment, and I’m wondering how to get through the dreaded experience like an adult. No secrets here … I’ve taken lousy care of myself. I’ve rationed my anti-hypertensive medication to delay getting weighed and tested, and I eat sweets almost daily...