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Fit Girl Series: Accept Your Body

You can never, ever, not-in-a-million years, love and accept yourself from the couch. If feelings were math "accepting your body" is a mathematical impossibility if you are not in touch with and caring for your body. It's not only ineffective,…
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Fit Girl Series - Friends, Strangers With Candy

Ainsley's in the other room reading to her brother and my husband and I are having a consultation with her doctor. And I'm hearing myself say this, I don't understand how this could be happening. This doesn't make any sense. We're doing most…
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Fit Girl Series - Comparing Children

My husband and I are sitting in the doctor's office and we've done the math - Ainsley is officially "overweight." Her BMI is over 19. Not by much, but over. I'm trying to wrap my brain around how this could happen and what it means. Like…
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Fit Girl Series - BIG FAT LIARS!!!

America's kids are fat. Parents are taking the blame. Aren't parents ultimately responsible for their kids' health? But, this nice and tidy excuse rubs me the wrong way. It rubs me in the same way that the pornification of girls' Halloween…
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Fit Girl Series - Obese Teens on Oprah

Yesterday, in  Fit Girls: Weight = Moral Failure, we talked about how having a moderately overweight child isn't necessarily a moral failure, but a side effect of prosperity. And then there was the Oprah Show with those severely obese teenagers. Sometimes…
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Fit Girls: Weight = Moral Failure?

Let's talk about the feeling of failure parents feel when they realize their kids weigh too much - or too little. You're in the doctor's office and she announces your child is overweight, in the red zone and a feeling of failure quickly follows.…
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Fit Family = Fit Girl

There are millions of parents out there who, like me, worry about their children's weight and the weight of children in general. 16 percent of children (over 9 million) 6-19 years old are overweight or obese In the last 3 decades the…