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FAT ACCEPTANCE? “HAES” (Health At Every Size)?

2 Jul


TOPICS:  Fat Acceptence and HAES Movements

Today on the Backstage Pass Radio Program, I’ll be co-hosting the show with  good friend of mine.  Author Dagny Kight, of, will be discussing a very topics that will likely ruffle some features.   We originally scheduled the program to talk about two very popular artcle we saw online, invited the authors and (surprise) were ignored.  Here are the  individual articles were were ininitially discussing:

From these articles, we then found ourselves smack dab in the Fat Acceptance and HAES Movements, and decided to feature today’s show on that.

We’ll be discussing The Fat Acceptance Movement and the HAES momvement.  Here’s some info from both:


Founded in 1969, NAAFA is a non-profit civil rights organization dedicated to ending size discrimination in all of its forms. NAAFA’s goal is to help build a society in which people of every size are accepted with dignity and equality in all aspects of life. NAAFA will pursue this goal through advocacypublic education, and support.

—obesity research should be focused on improving the quality of life for fat people instead of weight loss

—the media and educational materials aimed at children should include fat positive role models

—public and private organizations and government agencies involved in recommending public health policy should consult the NAAFA for guidelines in protecting the interests of fat people

Where they appear to want to take choices away by defining these choices as unhealthy

—insurance coverage should not cover weight loss treatment including prescription drugs and surgery

—weight loss surgery should be “discontinued” as based on the usual inaccurate and old statistics

ASDAH’s HAES Principles reject judgments about health and any discourse of individual responsibility

HAES now rejects what is called “healthism,” the defining of what’s considered healthy or unhealthy. Again, HAES’s position is totally subjective and, I think, meaningless. How can we discuss health if we refuse to define it? I remember well a post by Marianne Kirby that argued we can’t judge a person who chooses a candy bar over an apple because we don’t know what informed their choice and we shouldn’t define foods as “healthy” or “unhealthy” as those definitions would extend to the people who choose the food.

Dangy and I woulod LOVE, LOVE, LOVE for you to join in the discussions You can call in at either  347-857-2052 or call into the show directly with Skype.  We welcome and thank you for participating in the discussion.


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I recently read a very interesting article by Marianne Kirby on xoJane called, “I’VE ONLY GOT 1 THING TO SAY TO FOLKS WHO DON’T UNDERSTAND FAT ACCEPTANCE,” which was a response article to Carolyn Hall’s “6 THINGS I DON’T UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE FAT ACCEPTANCE MOVEMENT.”  The article has almost 600 comments – which are incredibly interesting, provocative and informative all at the same time.

As a former morbidly-obese woman (311+ lbs), I am incredibly sensitive to the bias and stigma against overweight people. However, I struggle with the terms and ideaologies that are core to the Fat Acceptance movement.

Today’s discussion will feature a panel of smart, intelligent folks from both sides of the table discussing the ideas and issues.  My aim is to keep the discussion respectful and moderated.  Interested in being on the panel?  Please email me at:


Diva Taunia
Dagny Kight – author of Powerful Hunger
Stay tuned for more panelists!


1 Apr

Yesterday, my latest blog article was posted on the Wellesse blog, and I was inspired to run a little contest so that you could share your story and possibly win some Wellesse Liquid Bariatric Vitamins!

The blog article is about shapewear, and in the comments section, I shared a “funny” story about shapewear – I’m sure we all have them.  All you need to do to be entered into the raffle drawing is either 1) share your funny shapewear story or 2) share your favorite piece of shapewear (brand name and possibly a link if you have one).  That’s it!

Everyone who enters by Friday, April 4th at NOON PST will have a chance to win a full bottle of  Wellesse Multivitamin +, Joint Movement Glucosamine, Digestive Balance Aloe Vera, and some sample sizes of Iron, Calcium, and B12.

To enter, just click on the graphic below and it will take you directly to the article.  Scroll to the bottom and leave your story or shapewear favorite in the comments section.  Wellesse approves each comment, so don’t worry if you don’t see it right away – it will show up later after it’s approved.  Thanks for playing!

“The shape of things to come…”


18 Aug

Do you remember when you finally made the decision to have weight loss surgery?  How excited you were to FINALLY know that you were going to tackle it head-on, but then also get really nervous about how you could possibly pay for it?  Would insurance cover it?  All the worry, all the anxiety about it.

Many of us, myself included, were lucky enough to have the surgery covered by insurance.  My life has been entirely changed for the better since that decision five and a half years ago.

I just read about a contest today that Riverside Surgical Weight Loss Center / Sebastian River Medical Center is running:   two winners will win a free weight loss surgery procedure.  Two people can have their lives changed forever!

One of the contestants is someone who’s become quite active in our community.  Her name is Anna Vasquez, and she WAS in second place but has slipped to third place.  WE have the power to help her get her numbers back up.  It takes only a few moments to vote, and you can vote every 24 hours.  How great would it be to work as a community and see her win?

This is Anna.  Look at that smile.  I think she’s cute as a button, and I want her to win. You can help!   Click on her photo and it will take you to the page to vote:


Just “like” the page, then you can immediately vote for her – every 24 hours.  And I KNOW this community can help her win this.  Just a few clicks, and you could change someone’s life.  Go, Anna!  :)


Burlesque Babe – New WLS Patient

13 Aug

This lovely gal, Heather B,  posted on my Facebook Diva Taunia Music page and very sweetly gave me a little shout out. I think she’s just cute as a button and I’d love for folks to give her some support and wls love as she starts on her journey. :)

Ladies Home Journal : Need Lapband Interview

31 May

I get daily media inquiries from various sources and this one came through this morning.  They’re looking for a lapband patient to interview for an article.  Good luck!


Name: Kenneth Miller Ladies’ Home Journal

Category: General


Media Outlet: Ladies’ Home Journal

Deadline: 7:00 PM PST – 3 June



I’m looking for a woman who’s undergone lap-band surgery and is
willing to talk about her experience in detail — the operation
itself, what led up to it, and what life has been like since
then. This article will tell the patient’s story in her own
words, based on an interview which I’ll edit for clarity and
narrative flow.


23 Apr

I know that brussels sprouts get a bad rap, and I think that’s why I avoided them like the plague for most of my adult life.  What I didn’t realize is that they could be DELICIOUS and super-duper easy to make.  I’m going to give you two versions:  one low-calorie and much healthier, and another with, you know, BACON.  :)


  • 8-10 large/robust fresh brussels sprouts
  • 3 tablespoons of good olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Splenda or other sugar substitute
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of kosher salt and pepper



  1. Take the brussels sprouts and cut them in half, width-wise
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the oil, sugar, salt and pepper
  3. Toss the brussel sprouts until they are well-moistened
  4. Grill the brussel sprouts for about 10 minutes, turning frequently to get even carmelization
  5. Enjoy the hell outta these!


  1. Follow the recipe from above, then set aside grilled brussels sprouts when done
  2. In a pan, crisp up one half package of small diced/cubed pancetta.  You can usually find this pre-packaged in the salami and deli meat section.  Fresh pancetta is best, but in a pinch you can use the packaged.   It will be about 1/4 cup of pancetta total.
  3. Take the pancetta out of the pan to blot from the oil. Toss pancetta into a bowl, and then toss in the sprouts and mix well.  Enjoy the hell outta this even more!  The salty and sweet are a really killer combo!

If you make this, please let me know what you think!  :)


Brussels sprouts are a cultivar of the same species that includes cabbagecollard greensbroccolikale, and kohlrabi; they arecruciferous (they belong to the Brassicaceae family; old name Cruciferae). They contain good amounts of vitamin Avitamin Cfolic acid and dietary fiber. Moreover, they are believed to protect against colon cancer, because they contain sinigrin.[5] Although they contain compounds such as goitrin that can act as goitrogens and interfere with thyroid hormone production, realistic amounts in the diet do not seem to have any effect on the function of the thyroid gland in humans.[6] Brussels sprouts also contain high levels of erucic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid.[7]




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