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Fit is a Feminist Issue Friday Link Round Up #92/Mark Your Calendars

In the past we regularly shared links in a round up post that we couldn’t share on our Facebook page for fear of being kicked out. Read why here. Often the posts are about body image, sometimes there’s nudity but we’re all adults here. Right? Right. Today’s links are more about events that I think regular blog readers might be interested in. I think I’ll start doing weekly round ups again, some events and some things that aren’t appropriate for Facebook sharing. It’ll be a mix.

  1. Lessons from women 55+ on ageism and the importance of remaining engaged in physical activity, recreation and sport: This session will explore ageism and the ways in which to overcome it in order to get women 55+ engaged in physical activity and recreation. Further, we will hear about work being done by Canadian Women and Sport (formerly CAAWS) that describes the challenges, solutions and motivations for women to become and stay active. Finally, two speakers will share how they’ve put these lessons into practice and talk about their own personal lived experience.This webinar is a part of CPRA’s Gender Equity in Recreational Sport initiative. The initiative includes a number of projects informed by best practices and evidence, in an effort to increase the participation and retention of women and girls in recreational sport in Canada. This effort received funding from, and supports, the Government of Canada (Sport Canada) commitment to achieve gender equity in sport at every level by 2035.

Mar 10, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

2. Where are all the fat people?

“Once a friend of mine observed that in their daily life, they just felt like they didn’t see many fat people at all. And it’s true: fat people are often missing from public life, especially very fat people. Why might that be?

BMI is bull, but let’s use the master’s tool for a moment to examine the master’s house. I live in a body that is quite fat and my BMI is 42, so let’s use a BMI of 40 as our starting point. Depending on which source you reference, people with a BMI of 40 or more comprise 6-10% of the American population, so around 10% of the population is fat of the kind that you’d notice walking around in public. So where are they? Why isn’t at least 1 in 10 of the people you see out and about (in non-COVID times) very fat?

Well, that 10% of the population is also a group of people who face significant barriers accessing public life at all. Thin people have designed a world that excludes us.”


4. More women age 70+ out there running: “I’ve just looked at @parkrunUK participation figures for women aged 70+ & found that from 2017 to 2019 their participation increased by more than 140% – I find this very encouraging – more older women being active is good news.”

5. Coming up, International Women’s Day Bike Ride, March 8, 2021

6. Social Media Can Increase Risk Of Eating Disorders And Negative Body Image

“Research indicates a correlation between time spent on social media and increased risk for eating disorders exists; however, it is hard to conclude that social media directly causes eating disorders,” said Allison Forti, Ph.D., LCMHC, NCC, associate teaching professor and associate director of the Department of Counseling Online Programs at Wake Forest University.

“The intersection of social media and eating disorders is complicated,” Forti added. “On the one hand, it serves as an outlet to mask, cultivate, or inspire eating disorders.”

One example of this is in how social media platforms promote wellness or healthy eating, for some, are also the precipice for orthorexia nervosa, an obsession with healthy eating that can lead to emotional distress and physical problems, suggested Forti.”

7. Beauty vs body: MSU’s female student-athletes share body image struggles

“Body image is a struggle for almost all female athletes at some point in their careers. In total, 68% of female athletes said they felt pressured to be pretty in a study conducted by ESPNW. Also, 30% responded with a fear of being “too muscular.”

Between every set and during every rep, women athletes think about that.”

8. Chelsea Handler celebrates her 46th birthday skiing topless at Whistler

“It’s important to stay hydrated as well as relaxed, and it’s also important to celebrate your body no matter what age or size,” she said in her Instagram caption. Handler sported Canadian and American flags on her ski helmet, explaining the two nations are the countries she feels the strongest ties to. “I’m learning that no matter what country I’m in, I like to take my clothes off and smile,” she said.”