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Kate Harding, queen of the fat-o-sphere

April 30, 2009

The Chicago Tribune has a short profile of fat acceptance blogger and total badass Kate Harding. Harding, whose book “Lessons from the Fat-O-Sphere” was published recently, talks about the absurdity of diet culture and fat-shaming and the importance of eating right and exercising to stay healthy and happy. Besides the fact that the article finds it necessary to give her stats (5’2″ and 200 pounds, OMGZ!), it’s pretty cool. I love how snarky she is about the fact that people just don’t seem to understand that, yes, fat people do understand things like “eating right” and “exercising”:

“Maybe what I’m most angry about is the assumption that we’re ignorant,” Harding says of fat people (her term). “All these people are saying, you just need to do X, Y and Z. As if we’ve never thought of X, Y and Z! As if we haven’t all tried restricting calories and exercising our brains out…Or we’re not aware that fruits and vegetables are better for you than fast food. A lot of these things assume that you’re downright stupid or living on another planet.”

Harding’s blog: Shapely Prose.

ETA: The article was headed by this sweet picture:

kate harding

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