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Fit is a Feminist Issue Friday Link Round Up #111

GPs in England to prescribe ‘non-judgmental’ exercise classes for women

“GPs are to begin prescribing “judgment-free” fitness classes for women seeking help with conditions including diabetes and depression. Designed by Sport England, This Girl Can classes will be launched across the country early next year, drawing on the success of its award-winning campaign of the same name. This Girl Can was launched in 2015 after research showed women wanted to be more active but were held back by fear of being judged. In five years it helped more than 500,000 women and girls to become more physically active. But while things improved, research commissioned by Sport England found more than half of women continued to say they were prevented from exercising, at least occasionally, by worries about what others think.”

Canadian adults given an ‘F’ grade for sedentary behaviour, ParticipAction report on fitness finds

“It seems the majority of Canadian adults aren’t making the grade when it comes to physical fitness. The second report card for adults from ParticipAction, a non-profit group that promotes healthy living and typically ranks children’s fitness levels, suggests many had poor activity levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. It gives grown-ups an “F” for sedentary behaviour after finding 88 per cent of surveyed adults said they were relatively inactive more than eight waking hours per day. Examples of such behaviour include sitting while watching television, playing video games, listening to music, doing paperwork or commuting. The report, released Tuesday, also gives adults a “C” when it comes to both total daily steps and moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.”

My Christmas wish? Nobody comments on my body

“The holidays are coming, and I am ready. I finally know what to say when somebody tells me I look great, that I look like I’ve lost weight, that my skin looks good. I will quote Jonah Hill, the actor and producer, who wrote on Instagram, “I know you mean well but I kindly ask that you not comment on my body. Good or bad I want to politely let you know it’s not helpful and doesn’t feel good. Much respect.” Do you think that will work? I’m not sure. This new policy may upset people. They could feel defensive because their intentions are pure. They don’t realize what happens in my head when the subject of my body comes up; the shock of remembering that I have or perhaps simply am a body.”

3 thoughts on “Fit is a Feminist Issue Friday Link Round Up #111

  1. How wide spread is the wish for people to not tell you you look great? It makes me really happy when someone tells me I look good and I in turn try to sincerely compliment other women. I had no idea that this could cause offence! I kindly request a post on this topic it seems like an issue worth discussing and understanding more about.

    1. I know some people work hard to maintain a neutral attitude about how their bodies look and comments of any sort through them off. That’s not me. Like you I am usually happy to hear compliments but not about body parts, shape, size etc. Hair, clothes etc I’m good. But I think can be hard to know and maybe best to just not comment. Like you, I’m curious to know what others think!

    2. Commenting that a person looks happy, put together, cool shoes, etc, is ok.

      Commenting that a person looks thin, fat, tired, old, etc is not.

      I try very hard to not voice opinions on others bodies. I struggle immensely when people comment on mine.


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