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Please don't get fooled by the fat acceptance movement

Health at every size is a myth. It is impossible to be obese and healthy, just as it is impossible to be severely underweight and healthy. Our bodies are not built to carry too much body fat and being overweight causes and increases the chance of getting dozens of horrible diseases, for example cerebrovascular disease, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, metabolic disease, chronic pain and mobility issues, hormone imbalances, infertility and so on. Don’t glorify being obese! Glorifying obesity is glorifying all the diseases I mentioned and more. No one deserves to get these diseases so instead of speading the message that obesity is ok, start spreading the message that people deserve better than disease, pain and an early death. Anyone can lose weight. It doesn’t matter what genes you have or if you have some thyroid issues. Anyone can still lose weight with the right amount of determination. Instead of glorifying sick and obese bodies, start glorifying healthy and strong bodies! Exercise and a good diet is the foundation of health, both physical and mental. And that should the the goal for the self love movement. Not just settling for obesity, disease and an early death.

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Trump's Election Inspired Ali Larter To Become A Planned Parenthood Advocate
Although actress Ali Larter has always been a fan of Planned Parenthood, it was the election of Donald Trump, a man who supports defunding the health care organization, that inspired her to really dive headfirst into being a Planned Parenthood advocate.
By Morgan Brinlee

“My daughter is worried about my health and wants me to get better. How do I get her to shut the fuck up?”


Yes, by all means, teach your kids to be more body positive but if your seven year old daughter is trying to teach you to exercise because she’s worried about you because she loves you maybe, just maybe, you should consider listening to her. 

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Why drink milk when there are many alternatives out there? #milktruth #getreal

How does Planned Parenthood get its funding?

Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. An estimated 1 in 5 U.S. women will visit a Planned Parenthood health center in her lifetime. And a number of recent national polls have shown overwhelmingly that the American people support Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood funding comes from:

  • Medicaid reimbursement, which is a combination of state and federal funds
  • Title X
  • Patients who use private health insurance or pay out of pocket
  • Donations
  • Other government programs and grants

You may have heard some politicians talk about defunding Planned Parenthood. But what does “defunding Planned Parenthood” actually mean?

There isn’t a line-item in the federal budget for Planned Parenthood. And the federal government doesn’t just write blank checks to organizations. When people talk about “defunding,” what they’re really talking about is removing Planned Parenthood from federal programs — specifically, Medicaid and Title X.

Medicaid

Medicaid is government-funded insurance for low-income people. Like many hospitals and clinics around the U.S., Planned Parenthood participates in the Medicaid program. There’s federal funding for Medicaid and also state funding for Medicaid.

When a patient goes to a Planned Parenthood health center and uses their Medicaid insurance, the Medicaid program reimburses the health center for the cost of the patient’s visit — just like it would for any other provider. At least 60 percent of Planned Parenthood patients rely on government-funded health care like Medicaid.

Do your tax dollars pay for abortion services at Planned Parenthood health centers? The reality is no federal money can be used to pay for abortion services except in rare cases of rape, incest, or if the pregnant person’s life is in danger. That’s because of The Hyde Amendment: The Hyde Amendment is an unjust federal policy that prohibits federal dollars from paying for abortion with very few exceptions.  

However, the Hyde Amendment doesn’t keep states from using their own money to cover abortion. Right now, 17 states permit state funds to cover abortion for those who have insurance through Medicaid.  

Reproductive health, rights, and justice activists — including Planned Parenthood — are working to overturn the Hyde Amendment, since it unfairly affects poor women, especially poor women of color, by keeping them from accessing abortion services.

Title X

Politicians have also tried to defund Planned Parenthood through Title X, the nation’s family planning program. Planned Parenthood health centers care for about 1.5 million patients through Title X — roughly one third of the more than 4 million people served by the program.

After Kansas attempted to block access to care at Planned Parenthood, Parenthood and other reproductive health providers, the number of people accessing birth control, cancer screenings, STD tests, well-woman exams, and other care through the Title X program fell by more than 14,000.

So despite what some anti-abortion groups or extreme politicians might say, the only thing “defunding” Planned Parenthood accomplishes is to take away access to lifesaving cancer screenings, STD testing, and other essential health services that Planned Parenthood provides.

For every $1 that Americans contribute to public family planning programs, we save more than $7 that would have otherwise been spent on unplanned pregnancies, or from delayed cancer screenings and other health problems best addressed with preventive care. Medicaid and Title X funds are government dollars well-spent.


Planned Parenthood also receives money from a few other sources: health center visits, donations and other government grants.


Health center visits

Like all health care providers, when patients use private insurance, Planned Parenthood benefits by receiving the revenue. As a non-profit, the revenue gets used to fund the organization’s operations and programs. The same is true for people who don’t use insurance and pay out of pocket for their health care.

Private donations and grants

Private donations are critical for non-profits, including Planned Parenthood. Some Planned Parenthood health centers use a sliding scale, so patients only pay what they can afford — this is because of grants or programs set up thanks to private donations.

If politicians out to “defund” Planned Parenthood have their way, they’ll block millions of patients who depend on Medicaid and other public health care programs from accessing care. Their ultimate goal is is to shut down all Planned Parenthood health centers.

Many Planned Parenthood patients — nearly half of whom are people of color, and many of whom live in rural areas — would have nowhere else to turn for health care. Defunding Planned Parenthood would cause a national health care disaster.  

Keeping Planned Parenthood funded isn’t only the right thing to do, it just makes sense.

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Not only the Opening Cerimony at Rio de Janeiro called atention for racism, misogyny, poverty and enviromental issues but the girl who carried the Brazil’s annoncing sign was a trans model called Lea T. She’s the first transgender to ever take role in an Opening Cerimony.

"I just lost 10 pounds!!! :D "

I understand why people might not see this statement as fat shaming. In our current culture, thin is associated with being healthy/beautiful while fat is linked to being unhealthy/ugly. So when someone acts proud of losing weight. They’re not actually proud of losing weight. They’re proud of the fact that now they’re one step closer to fitting into society’s standard of beauty/health. A standard that is impossible for a majority of people.

Talking about your weight loss is triggering to most larger people. It perpetuates the idea that something is wrong with their body, and that it needs to be fixed. I’m not saying you can’t feel exultant when losing weight. Just as long as you show that same emotion when gaining weight as well. Other-wises you’re sending out a bad message that can be harmful.  

My BMI is 24.9. I’m OFFICIALLY in the ‘Healthy Weight’ category. I’ve been obese since I was in high school, probably even before and now, many years later, I did what I was told was impossible.  I did what I was told I couldn’t change.  I changed what I was told was in my genes.  FUCK YEAH!

Quote from Michael Klaper, an American physician and author.

Happy Birthday to public relations guru, author and mental health activist Terrie M. Williams!

The owner of her own PR firm, The Terrie Williams Agency, she is also the author of “Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting,” a celebrated book which speaks to mental health in the African-American community. It is available athttp://amzn.to/1UVkI1K