Tagged: health.

tangledupinlace:

CASTING CALLLLLL!!!!!!

Lucy Hewett, the amazing woman that took this phenom picture of me at The Gold & The Beautiful, is starting a new exciting project she wants YOU (as long as you identify as below) to star in it!

Here is a message from her:

“Hi All, I’m working on a new portrait project, featuring beautiful fat women. My project aims to capture women who are confident and unapologetic during a time when fatness is being called out as an “epidemic” by every major news source. The perimeters of the project are broad, as I ultimately want my subjects to define the overall voice of the final piece. If you’d like to pose for me and share some of your experiences I would love to talk to you. Thank you so much. 

*I am starting the project with people who are living in Chicago and the surrounding area. However as I talk to more people, I might include other parts of the country as well.

LUCY 
lucy@lucyhewett.com

www.lucyhewett.com

PLEASE REBLOG

  01:17 pm, reblogged  by raggedyanndy 628

more on pelvic exams and PCOS

Every1’s giving inspirational responses re pelvic exam. While it’s definitely necessary/worthwhile to go for it, I don’t think we should make the health system out to be such a utopia. Pelvic exams can be incredibly uncomfortable. I’ve had friends who ended up bleeding and w PTSD-symptoms afterwards, who weren’t given warning b4 the speculum was inserted and t/fore it hurt a lot. The key is to force yrself to be strong, demand comfort, to know you’re not alone in a female-underresearched system. Not trying to talk her out of it or scare her, but I think women need warning that the health system isn’t always amazing, because to go in with high expectations and then experience sth shocking can be traumatic. That said, our health comes first and good luck. xx
It’s worth noting not every fat girl with irregular periods has PCOS. I was tested for it, since being a death fat gives me many of the symptoms anyway (irregular and weird duration periods, higher testosterone levels, and from that a bit more body hair), but I don’t have it. I’ve been told by every doctor I’ve seen my periods are just like this because I’m fat and that’s messed with my oestrogen levels. *shrug* (They’re very irregular and last about three weeks when they do arrive.)
re: PCOS - it’s inaccurate to say that heavier women* are more prone to PCOS. PCOS causes weight gain. It’s not being heavier that makes you prone to developing it; rather, developing PCOS makes you more likely to become heavy. Doctors often tell patients with PCOS to lose weight in order to make it get better, but telling someone to treat a symptom of the condition is rarely helpful - plus, weight loss is near impossible in general and even harder for someone with PCOS.
09:55 pm, by raggedyanndy 8

Irregular Periods & PCOS

Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. All women can get it, but women who are heavier appear to be more prone to the condition. PCOS can vary in degree but generally women who have it have 1. irregular or no periods 2. excessive body hair 3. higher testosterone levels 4. cysts on your ovaries that ka-boom! 5. thinning hair 6.difficulty conceiving or infertility

Ask your PCP to do blood tests to check your hormones. If something is irregular you may have to go see an endocrinologist. If the endo rules out other things you may have to go to a gyno. Birth control is one way it is treated.

I was told I had PCOS when in reality I have an extremely rare disease… oh well.

also:

For the anon who asked about irregular periods and being fat, well, I have irregular periods too, and I have PCOS, I have been repeatedly told that unless I loose weight I won’t get a normal period. :|
02:11 am, by whiskeywanderlustpoet 20

tw for menstruation

I haven’t had my period in MONTHS, and this is the usual for me. I can go half a year or even longer without getting my period, and then when I do, it’s very light/spotty. I weigh just over 300lbs, and I’ve heard that weight may be my issue with not having my period. However, I don’t have health insurance or the money to go to a doctor/gyno so it’s not as if I could just stroll into the hospital and get this checked out. Has anyone else ever dealt with this?

So I googled “irregular periods” and came up with a few links.

http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/symptoms/menstrual-periods-heavy-prolonged-or-irregular/overview.html

http://www.womentowomen.com/menstruation/irregularperiods.aspx

http://women.webmd.com/tc/missed-or-irregular-periods-topic-overview

Note: ALL OF THESE SITES ASSUME THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO GET PERIODS ARE CISGENDER WOMEN.

I have heard, and these sites confirm, that being very fat can affect one’s periods. I would suggest reading up on it online, then if you feel you need to see a healthcare provider, try looking up free clinics in your area.

01:43 am, by raggedyanndy 5

more anon advice about pelvic exams

for the anon who asked about the pelvic exam: i just turned 18 and got mine done. im a size 22 and the lady was not fazed by it at all. yes, its a little uncomfortable, but everyone has to have it. it doesnt matter if youre plus sized, you still deserve to get a check up. all it does is tickle a little, but there is no penetration.

To the pelvic exam anon, I’m 20 and have had MANY pelvic exams. I’ve varied from size 16-18 and have never shaved. It’s never all that pleasant but doctors and nurses are all very well aware that lots of people are uncomfortable being naked with a random all up in your business, so they try really hard to make you comfortable! Remember they see loads of other bodies every day of different sizes and shapes and levels of sexual activity, and don’t be afraid to say if you’re uncomfortable xx

01:21 pm, by raggedyanndy 8

Hi; i'm 19. I'm a size 18/20. I have to go for a pelvic exam. I'm scared shitless. I've never had sex. i don't like my body. I don't like people touching me. I don't.. you know.. shave down there.. any advice? :x


Yes! Now, I (RaggedyAnndy) am definitely not an expert, but I do have some advice. I know it can be scary going in for that exam and having some rando all up in your business, especially for the first time, so learn as much as you can about it ahead of time. Knowing what the OB/GYN will do will help you feel better going into it because there won’t be surprises.

You do not need to shave if you don’t want to. Pubic hair doesn’t get in the way of the exam. Your OB/GYN knows that some people don’t shave and some people do; they won’t be surprised or grossed out.

It’s totally fine that you haven’t had sex. The health of your reproductive organs is important regardless of whether you’re sexually active or not.

Be honest in answering any questions you are asked. If you are uncomfortable answering something, you don’t have to. If you’re unsure, say you’re unsure; don’t make something up.

It may make you feel more comfortable to go to the bathroom before the exam. You could also ask to go right before the exam - after talking with your OB/GYN but before you actually have the exam - and take that moment to relax and take a few deep breaths.

Feel free to ask questions before, during, and after the exam. You don’t have to do anything or answer any questions you don’t want to. If you have any concerns with people touching you, be honest and upfront about that with your doc. The important thing to remember is that it is your body, and you deserve to be treated with respect in the doctor’s office. 

EDIT: whoops, meant to include links to WebMD’s page on pelvic exams and Planned Parenthood’s page on pelvic exams.

12:54 am, question from Anonymous, answered by raggedyanndy 10

I’m not sure if this belongs here, but since many of us will or have been in hospitals (for whatever reason) I think it’s important to know this. FYI, and use of the word diet in this ask specifically refers to the way a person eats, not the act of dieting. I learned this from my mom who is a long time ER nurse.


When you enter a hospital for overnight or long term, your diet changes. Often, without asking, the doctor will put the patient on a 1200 calorie, strict diet. It is important to let your nurse know what your normal caloric intake is. They will still cut you down but not as steep. The reason this is important is because a sudden drop in caloric intake can weaken the walls of your heart to the point of tearing or bursting. Your body will also think it’s starving and wreak havoc on muscle tissue. This applies to people of all body types. Diet changes MUST be gradual. In the long term, this unhealthy diet control is something that needs to be tackled but in the short term, it’s important that we are all safe in what is supposed to be a place of healing.

— werockthisshit

02:12 pm, by chunkymilk 23

justjasper:

“Don’t You Realize Fat Is Unhealthy?”

1. Weight itself is not a health problem, except in the most extreme cases (i.e., being underweight or so fat you’re immobilized). In fact, fat people live longer than thin people and are more likely to survive cardiac events, and some studies have shown that fat can protect against “infections, cancer, lung disease, heart disease, osteoporosis, anemia, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis and type 2 diabetes.” Yeah, you read that right: even the goddamned diabetes. Now, I’m not saying we should all go out and get fat for our health (which we wouldn’t be able to do anyway, because no one knows how to make a naturally thin person fat any more than they know how to make a naturally fat person thin; see point 4), but I’m definitely saying obesity research is turning up surprising information all the time — much of which goes ignored by the media — and people who give a damn about critical thinking would be foolish to accept the party line on fat. Just because you’ve heard over and over and over that fat! kills! doesn’t mean it’s true. It just means that people in this culture really love saying it.

2. Poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle do cause health problems, in people of all sizes. This is why it’s so fucking crucial to separate the concept of “obesity” from “eating crap and not exercising.” The two are simply not synonymous — not even close — and it’s not only incredibly offensive but dangerous for thin people to keep pretending that they are. There are thin people who eat crap and don’t exercise — and are thus putting their health at risk — and there are fat people who treat their bodies very well but remain fat. Really truly.

3. What’s more, those groups do not represent anomalies; no one has proven that fat people generally eat more or exercise less than thin people. Period. And believe me, they’ve tried. (Gina Kolata’s new book, Rethinking Thin, is an outstanding source for more on that point.)

4. Diets don’t work. No, really, not even if you don’t call them diets. If you want to tell me about how YOUR diet totally worked, do me a favor and wait until you’ve kept all the weight off for five years. Not one year, not four years, five years. And if you’ve kept it off for that long, congratulations. You’re literally a freak of nature.

5. Given that diets don’t work in the long-term for the vast, vast majority of people, even if obesity in and of itself were a health crisis, how the fuck would you propose we solve it?

6. Most fat people have already dieted repeatedly. And sadly, it’s likely that the dieting will cause them more health problems than the fat.

7. Human beings deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Fat people are human beings.

8. Even fat people who are unhealthy still deserve dignity and respect. Still human beings. See how that works?

9. In any case, shaming teh fatties for being “unhealthy” doesn’t fucking help. If shame made people thin, there wouldn’t be a fat person in this country, trust me. I wish I could remember who said this, ’cause it’s one of my favorite quotes of all time: “You cannot hate people for their own good.”

10. If you scratch an article on the obesity! crisis! you will almost always find a press release from a company that’s developing a weight loss drug — or from a “research group” that’s funded by such companies.

03:55 pm, reblogged  by whoistorule 413