Trump’s America: No fat chicks

(CNN)Donald Trump has a message for the American people: No fat chicks.

And America has a message for him: That kind of crass sexism may have sold tabloids in the ’90s, but it loses you elections in a more feminist, body-positive 2016.


    But a reinvigorated feminist movement and its overlap with movements for fat acceptance mean broader awareness of the harms that narrow beauty ideals can cause, and a more generalized disgust at men who feel entitled to judge women’s bodies. Beauty pageants are on the decline. Companies increasingly tout the use of “real women” in their ads, or their refusal to airbrush photos of models. Americans are, in general, larger than we’ve been in the past.

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    That means more Americans know the sting of anti-fat bias, and aren’t laughing along when Trump calls a beauty contest winner an “eating machine.” There is also strength in those numbers: The more Americans self-identify as fat and refuse to accept that being fat makes them less worthy of love, respect, and being treated with basic humanity, the less public figures like Trump can get away with using weight as a tool of sexist humiliation, and the more antics like this will hurt him in November.
    It is not a coincidence that Trump doubled down on his sexist, sizist remarks right as polling showed that voters crowned Hillary Clinton, and not him, the winner of the debate. Trump is a sore loser who loves to play king. But as any of his pageant contestants could have told him, you don’t show up on stage outgunned and underprepared — and if you come at the queen, you’d best not miss.

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    Zoodles With Bolognese Because We’re On A No-Carb Diet

    So like, weve frequently sung the praises of Mr. Atkins and his groundbreaking diet. Is it totally recommended by nutritionists and people who actually study this shit? No, but can you lose 3 lbs in a week? You bet!

    Simple swaps like replacing rice with some sort of cauliflower powder or noodles with some sort of spiralized veggie can save you more than 200 calories. That way, you wont feel as bad when you splurge on some kind of delicious sauce like the meat-laden Bolognese.

    Making zoodles isnt hard. We adapted the Bolognese from Italian skinny betch, Giada, so you know its good.


    • 2 medium zucchini
    • 2 tbsps olive oil
    • Salt and pepper

    For the sauce

    • 2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
    • medium onion, chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 celery stalk, chopped
    • 1 carrot, chopped
    • lb ground beef
    • 1 14 oz. can crushed tomatoes
    • cup dry red wine
    • 3 tbsps parsley, chopped
    • 6 basil leaves, fresh, chopped
    • Salt and pepper
    • Grated Pecorino Romano cheese

    Grab your spiralizer, if you have one, or a veggie peeler. Cut off the ends of the zucchini and spiralize or peel, catching all the noodles in a sheet pan. Grab a saut pan and heat with half of the olive oil. Once its super fucking hot, add in half of the zucchini and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring n shit. Add some salt and pepper, cook another 2 minutes, then remove. Toss out any and all liquid in the pan, add the rest of your olive oil, and repeat with the rest of the zucchini noodles.

    Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat up your oil and, when its almost damn-fuckin-hot (like, nearly smoking), add in the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is translucent without burning the goddamn garlic.

    Add in the celery and carrot and saut for another 5 minutes before adding the beef. Cook over high heat, breaking that shit up into manageable pieces until it isnt pink anymore. Add in the tomatoes, wine, parsley, basil, salt and pepper and cook until the sauce thickens in like, 15-20 mins. Remove from the heat and top your zoodles. Grate some fucking cheese over the top and BLAMO.

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    Gremlin The Bulldog Cant Gain Weight Then He Gets A Special High Chair

    When it comes to celebrating our favorite friends in the animal kingdom, were always ready to show them plenty of love!

    Still, while each and every animal is pretty darn spectacular, well confess that we do have a special soft spot in our hearts for some of the creatures that spend their days making human lives that much better.

    Theres something truly exceptional about loyal animals like horses, kitty-cats, and sweet pups like this fluffycotton ball with the face of an angel that just makes life that much better!

    And if you know dogs, you know that they will never give up on their human. Even when youre at your lowest, in the worst mood of your life, a pup will always do everything in her power to boost you back up again.

    Thats why its so powerful to see humans that return the favor, and absolutely refuse to give up on their very best four-footed friends.

    Check out the gallery below to learn the background behind one incredible puppy-love story.

    Gremlin, now 5years old, is a beautiful valley bulldog who lives in a happy and loving home with his human family.

    But Gremlin didn’t exactly get the easiest start in life.

    As a puppy, he was the runt of his litter, and wasunable to gain enough weight.

    Fortunately, he was adopted early on by his fur-ever mom, Chrissy Wilson, who was bound and determined to give her little guy a good life.

    When they first found each other, poor little Gremlin was throwing up all day long, and still couldn’t put on any weight.

    The veterinarian gave Gremlin a grim prognosis: The pup likely only had a year to live.

    Eventually, however, Wilson was able to get a diagnosis for her poor pup, who couldn’t keep down enough food to gain weight.

    He had canine megaesophagus, a condition where his throat muscles are too weak to push food all the way down, so it gets stuck in the esophagus, where it’s eventually vomited back up.

    With the diagnosis, Wilson was able to start thinking hard about a solution to improve little Gremlin’s quality of life.

    After lots of research, Wilson hit on an innovative solution that would improve Gremlin’s life dramatically and allow him to gain weight.

    All she needed to do was change the way he ate.

    Instead of eating standing on the ground, as is healthy for most dogs, Gremlin needed to sit up straight, to allow gravity to pull his food into his stomach.

    To help Gremlin, Wilson jury-rigged something called a Bailey chair.

    For humans, Bailey chairs are generally used to help children with developmental or physical disabilities sit upright.

    Gremlin’s chair works in much the same way: It holdshim vertical, with a high chair-style tray toeat from.

    The initial idea proved to be a huge success, allowing Gremlin to eat and reach a healthy weight for the very first time.

    Wilson took the idea to a handy friend, who ended up developing a nonprofit called Bailey Chairs 4 Dogs, to help other dogs living with the condition.

    They have now successfully helped hundreds of dogs have happier and healthier lives.

    Gremlin, meanwhile, isn’t resting on his laurels. He’s become a doggy advocate for the chair that saved his life.

    He shows off his skills by napping in the chair, hanging out, and, most impressively, jumping into the chair all by himself, and showing other dogs (and humans) just how this awesome concept works.

    If you’d like to learn more about this awesome project, check out Bailey Chairs 4 Dogs, and watch the video below to see Gremlin putting his moves in action!

    Please don’t forget toSHAREthis awesome idea with friends and family to help raise awareness about dogs that just need a little extra loving to live their best lives!

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    Chrissy Metz reveals she is under contract to lose weight for ‘This Is Us’

    Chrissy Metz as Kate in “This Is Us.”  (NBC)

    Kate may have only lost a little over a pound on this week’s episode of “This Is Us,” but according to Chrissy Metz, her character will be shedding the weight — and that’s in writing.

    The wildly popular NBC drama follows Kate as she struggles with her weight, a journey Metz tells TVline is a “parallel to my life.”

    The 37-year-old actress shares that in order to realistically portray a 36-year-old woman working to transform herself physically, she too had to agree to lose weight as it pertains to the storyline. “In our contract, it did state that that would be a part of it, to lose the weight in the trajectory of the character as she comes to find herself,” Metz explains.

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    “That was a win-win for me,” she adds. “Because it’s one thing to try to do it on your own. But as human beings, it’s an ego thing: We’re more likely to do something for someone else.”

    Metz recently spoke with ET about the overnight success of “This Is Us” and why her character resonates with so many viewers.

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    “I think everyone has shame about something, whether it’s a lack of a relationship with a child or maybe their weight or a lack of communication within their marriage,” she said. “Everyone can relate to that because we all have something that we’re like, ‘God, I can work on that or I wish I was better at doing this.'”

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    Cnn Hypocrisy? Flashback To When Network Fat Shamed Miss Universe Alicia Machado

    Alicia Machado (R) talks to Colombian model Nathalia Paris in 1998.  (Reuters)

    Donald Trump is being assailed in the media for disparaging comments he made about Alicia Machado, the Venezuelan winner of the 1996  Miss Universe competition.

    Machado claims that Trump, who ran the Miss Universe pageant, called her Miss Piggy after she gained weight. Trump himself said earlier this week that Machado gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem.

    So lets take a look back to the late 1990s, when the Miss Universe organization put Machado on a strict diet and exercise regime, and media outlets flocked to film her working out in a New York City gym. In fact, the medias coverage of the spectacle was every bit as fat-shaming as Trumps remarks.

    CNN, for example, would be aggressively denounced today for what the news network wrote about Machado in 1997.

    When Alicia Machado of Venezuela was named Miss Universe nine months ago, no one could accuse her of being the size of the universe, wrote legendary CNN correspondent Jeanne Moos. But as her universe expanded, so did she, putting on nearly 60 pounds.

    Some have noticed another interesting aspect of this story, which blew up after Hillary Clinton very deliberately mentioned Machado at the end of the presidential debate on Monday. As it turns out,  sympathetic mainstream media outlets had been working on profiles of Machado since last week, causing some to wonder if the press was coordinating all along with the Clinton campaign.

    This story first appeared on Heat Street.

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    A bad diet is worse than drugs, alcohol and tobacco combined


    When you next visit the supermarket, tread carefully, because your food choices could be cutting years off your life.
      Whether it’s too much junk food or a lack of nutritious food, malnutrition caused by bad eating habits is on the rise, a new report shows.
      Globally, poor diets pose a greater risk to our health than alcohol, tobacco, drugs and unsafe sex combined, according to the report by the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition (Glopan).
      The report draws upon data from 250 data sources and peer-reviewed articles, and lists recommendations for policymakers.

      In Africa, the increasingly urban population is eating more processed food, the report shows, leaving the continent with a dangerous mix of both underweight and overweight people causing diet-related diseases.
      “Bad diets are a big problem affecting all countries. We estimate that one in three people has a poor diet,” says lead author, Dr Lawrence Haddad, executive director at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).

      Bad for you, bad for your country

      A poor diet may lead to type two diabetes, coronary heart disease, cancers, hypertension, anaemia and a whole range of other health issues, Haddad explains.
      In sub-Saharan Africa, for example, the growth in the rate of obesity among men is larger than that of undernourishment, and in Nigeria and Ethiopia diabetes is on the increase, the report shows.

      This isn’t just bad news for your health, it’s bad for the economy, as poor public health can be a huge cost for governments.
      Across Africa and Asia, the estimated impact of undernutrition on gross domestic product (GDP) is 11% every year, according to the report — worse than the annual economic downturn caused by the global financial crisis of 2008 to 2010.
      It’s not just Africa — rates of obesity and diet-related diseases such as diabetes are increasing all over the world, but they are growing fastest in countries with low GDP, according to the report.

      From underweight to obese

      But that doesn’t mean the end of starvation.
      In Africa, due to large gaps in living standards, many countries are battling both undernourishment and obesity, according to the report.
      Children are particularly vulnerable. An estimated 45.4% of deaths among children under five can be linked to poor diet. Foetal growth restriction, suboptimal breastfeeding, stunting, wasting and vitamin A and zinc deficiencies are all possible consequences.

      While undernutrition and hunger is slowly declining in Asia, in sub-Saharan Africa, the number of stunted children is still 58 million and rising by 500,000 every year, according to the report.

      Income, a double-edged sword?

      While developing countries tend to see improvements in education and the reduction of poverty as incomes rise, more money doesn’t automatically fix the problem, if people spend more on sugary drinks, street food, ready meals and other processed foods Haddad says.
      “As income goes up, we can consume and buy more good things, healthier things like fruits, vegetables, fresh fish, stuff like that. But we can and do also buy unhealthy things — processed meats, sugary drinks, highly processed food.”
      In Africa, urbanization has fueled a rise in processed food purchases, the report showed, especially in lower- and upper-middle-income countries.
      Among the highest income group in urban areas of southern and eastern Africa, highly processed foods make up 65% of the average food basket, compared to 35% for this group in rural areas, according to the report.
      Haddad says processed foods are bad because they are full of calories, but may not leave you feeling full.
      They may also be low in nutritional value.
      “They have got lots of sugar, salt and saturated fats in them, and not a lot of anything else,” Haddad says.

      Do cities make people fat?

      The demand is driven by rapid urbanization, with people in cities leading busy lives and wanting convenience, Haddad says.
      Others may live in slums without kitchens and buy all their food on the street or in cheap restaurants and cafes, he adds.
      “Those kinds of places want to make their food tasty. They use unhealthy fats and lots of salt and sugar.”

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