If you feel like an impostor, you’re probably not

Today I read an interesting post about impostor syndrome – that fear so many of us have that we don’t belong where we are or deserve what we have, and that sooner or later, and probably sooner, we’re going to be

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New studies: The waiting is (almost) the worst part

Much has been learned in recent years about the negative physical and psychological effects of experiencing weight stigma. Tomiyama and colleagues have shown that experienced weight stigma is associated with increased cortisol (the stress hormone) and oxidative stress independent of abdominal

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Why do heavier children do worse at school? It’s not about ability

This article was originally published on The Conversation. The comments under the article are also worth a read. Read the original article. Negative stereotypes towards heavier individuals starts to affect long-term life opportunities from a young age. A number of

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PhD students: how to pimp your productivity

One of the biggest challenges of graduate study is the lack of structure and the need to be self-directing and self-disciplined. A PhD is as much about consistency and endurance as about intelligence or technique. I know a lot of very clever people

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Researching stigma: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Conducting research into stigmatised groups means that you spend a lot of time thinking and reading about something that is inherently not very nice. It’s depressing and dispiriting. And if you’re a member of that stigmatised group, it’s depressing and

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the HAES® files: Malpractice with a Side of Victim Blaming

Today, blogging Sunday is reblogging Sunday. I’m feeling a bit under the weather so in the name of self-care, I’m sharing a fantastic post from the archives rather than penning my own. Writing on the ASDAH blog, Ragen Chastain addresses some

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New study: Kids learning to dislike fat bodies by 2 and a half?

Title: Toddlers’ bias to look at average versus obese figures relates to maternal anti-fat prejudice Authors: Ruffman, O’Brien, Taumoepeau, Latner, Hunter Source: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology (2016) Vol 142, pp 195–202. Link to article Super-quick summary: Toddlers below the age of three

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My other blogs

On Huffington Post UK

On The Conversation

Never Diet Again UK (This one is aimed more at the lay public; may contain ranting and occasional language!) Similarly, my blog posts for the sadly, now-defunct, Fierce Freethinking Fatties: archive here

Weight Stigma Conference