RBI focuses on using expressive writing, design-oriented work, photography, media, research, and community input to fuel fat positive, body acceptance, discussion, and outreach. Our goal is to redefine the way we view and think about body image, size, fat, discrimination, health, fitness, wellness, mental/chronic illness, stigma, and other related topics.

We are constantly redefining our own perspectives, and therefore tend to write a lot about our personal experiences. Many followers and contributors are living with anorexia, bulimia, body dysmorphic disorder, depression, and a variety of other body image disorders or mental illnesses, so please be respectful and remember that health applies differently to everyone. Any and all potentially triggering content will be prefaced with a trigger warning.

RBI supports all races, genders, classes, and sizes. We try our best to make this a safe space for everyone. If we are not doing our job or checking our privilege, we invite you to please inform us.

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We are not health professionals. Any and all advice provided on this blog is supported only by our own research, studies, and personal experiences; nothing more.

This blog is part of the Safe Space Network.



shout out to pimples

makin pimples look cute like????????? OKKKKKKKKKK

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Trust me— you need to click through and watch the trailer for this documentary.

Watch the trailer! Donate and share!!

After last night and all of the hate being sent about this documentary it seems like the best time to support this film. Fuck the trolls.

Click here to find out what happened last night and report the account doing it.


A troll has been doxing the filmmaker, contributors and now is targeting backers of the kickstarter for the film Fattitude. As of now twitter has done nothing to remove this person from their website, where he keeps posting links to personal information he’s collected. Twiter, kickstarter and pastebin are all complicit in the harassment and stalking of these people.

Block and report this person, report the individual tweets, report the links in the tweets. Tweet at kickstarter, pastebin and twitter. Don’t be silent while people’s personal information is being spread around the internet. Make it stop.

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How often have you been shopping and you come across something that is just PERFECT, but does not go up to your size? Over 60% of American women wear a size 14 or above, but only 17% of clothing sold is 14 & up. That is a ridiculous disparity.

Moreover, when some brands move into plus (ahem H&M), they throw their signature trendy looks by the wayside in favor of flowy dark fabrics that they think “work” for plus sizes. That is crap. Plus size women want color, print, and structure. Moreover, we want variety. A group this numerous cannot be a monolith, and since style is such a personal thing, we all have different tastes. I want #plussizeplease to be a way to showcase the demand for styles we’d buy and rock, and all the money brands are forfeiting by refusing to expand their sizes.

So here’s how to use it:

1) Snap a picture of a garment you love but does not come in your size. Include the brand and price, tagging the company if possible. For example, I am in love with this Zara marble print dress. I would have purchased it yesterday if it went above a size L. My tweet would be:

“.@Zara marble print sheath, $59. I’d buy it right now if it came in my size. #plussizeplease”

2) Use it on any social media – Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest… even Facebook supports hashtags now.

3) Tag anything you’d purchase, whether in store or online.

4) Feel free to include the size range it comes in and/or the size you think you’d need. Sizing can be tricky, so this is definitely not required.

5) Tell your friends! I don’t just want this to be a blogger thing – I want all women who wear size 14 and up to show their purchasing power and share styles they love. Let’s be unignorable!

Um, yes. I will be doing this.


There is nothing wrong with having a bad day, nothing at all. There is nothing wrong with putting your jammies on and staying in. The world will wait, the world will not combust because you can’t force a smile. - Sharon Rooney

bottom right she literally looks like an oil painting

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Scarleteen is a vital queer and trans positive sexual health resource. Their staff do an amazing job of creating really comprehensive and helpful articles on literally every sexual topic you can imagine. They also provide live chats, advice columns, moderated discussion forums, and SMS-based peer support. This site has helped me on countless occasions, and I refer at-risk queer and trans kids to this site every single day.

Scarleteen is invaluable.

And Scarleteen needs your help.

During their annual donation drive this year, the site was only able to raise $1,500. Only fifty people out of Scarleteen’s 350,000 unique monthly visitors contributed to the fundraising drive.

This means that unless Scarleteen sees a stable, sustained, 50% increase in donations, the site will essentially be forced to go dark on May 1. No more new content, no more advice columns, no more forums, no more live chat, no more SMS support. 

This is devastating.

If Scarleteen goes dark, millions of young people, vulnerable queer and trans teens among them, will lose access to essential, fundamental sexual health resources. We cannot let this happen.

Please, please, please donate to Scarleteen. Consider making a recurring monthly contribution if you feel that this is within your means. Even $5 or $10 a month will go a long way to helping this very, very deserving organization.

And whether or not you’re able to donate at this time, please signal boost this and spread the word. Scarleteen does incredible, very necessary work, and they need our help.

Hey y’all, Scarleteen was like my number one resource in high school and early college, it helped me through a lot of scary stuff. If you can afford to spare a few bucks, please do! I’ll be heartbroken (and worried about new lil high schoolers) if it shuts down.



I wrote a chapter for this book almost 2 years ago and they are finally at the point where they are trying to get it published. It will be an awesome fat positive art book.

Support / share. 

So Amanda Levitt of Fat Body Politics ALSO contributed to Sometimes Beautiful, and you should all know how amazing she is by now. Seriously guys, everyone please go donate whatever you can. It is such a great project and a wonderful way to support fat positive artists and activists.  Fair warning, I’ll probably be reblogging/reminding people about this frequently for the duration of the kickstarter.


- Liz

Well, guys, there’s just one week left to the Kickstarter, and we are very far from funded. Since two of the mods here contributed to this project, I’m SURE all of you would be interested in owning this awesome book. Micheal might publish on blurb or something regardless of it a professional printing gets funded or not, but it would be so great it we could get it printed in a really beautiful way, with great images of the work.  

We have over 12,000 followers here at RBI.  If each of you contributed one dollar we would be more than funded. If one tenth of you contributed $10 we would be more than funded. Please please please contribute if you possibly can.



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This blending perfection makes me so happy inside.








WE ARE SO CLOSE! Only 16 hours left and $1500 to our goal! Please donate and help spread the word!!!!

As a quick note: since we are so close to the goal, pls consider the following:

If we make the goal and only have to pay the 4% service fee (instead of the 9%), this saves enough money that we literally can get one extra person to come out to this.

I believe in all of you. We can do this!

12 hours left to raise $844! Please donate and/or share if you can!

omg. getting so close.

you are all fucking amazing.

keep boosting (and donating)!!!!

There’s 11 hours left and only a few hundred dollars to go! Please donate if you can!


you guys are all amazing.

pls keep it up!

2 more hours to go. The goal has been met, but you never know what might come up and I’m sure additional funds will allow them to support more people.


[Series of texts by @fatnutritionist, which read: “People are mad at me because they ‘work so hard’ to be fit or lose weight. They have told me this explicitly. It implies that they think my rejecting the values they subscribe to can somehow take away the fitness they’ve worked for. That is totally delusional. If you’ve worked hard for fitness, no amount of fat people rejecting stigma can take that away. So this is obviously not actually about fitness, at all. It’s about the other thing they ‘worked hard’ for: social status. They DO think, and they know, that the social status they have worked hard to earn, through ‘fitness,’ can be devalued. It can be devalued if the hierarchy that rewards them is crushed. Crushed by people rejecting stigma. We can’t take away your fitness or whatever weight you’ve lost. But we can devalue those things by destroying fat stigma. So they are afraid of us, and for good reason. If fat people aren’t stigmatized, then there is no more thin privilege. Remember always, fat people: People are afraid of you because you have an awesome power - to destroy the hierarchy. If they were not afraid of losing their place in the hierarchy, they would not come after you so viciously.” All tweets were accompanied by the hashtag, #notyourgoodfatty]

Read the full thread of Michelle’s tweets on Storify.


It feels like every few years another movie comes out attempting to expose the root cause of the “obesity epidemic” making my life as an activist and a fat person even harder. Last night on twitter I was asked if I had heard about the documentary Fed Up that’s coming out next month by someone who saw it at Sundance in January. You can read their review here but after watching the theatrical trailer that was released this week, it only confirmed what my initial fears would be about the film.

At the 45 second mark commentary on the trailer states “this is the first generation that is expected to live shorter lives than their parents,” which first started circulating in 2002 and was again reinforced in 2005 by a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The lead researcher later backed off his assertion (downloads pdf), as did the first author in 2002, after he admitted that this statement was a prediction and not based on empirical evidence. Since then, especially after the study F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future was published in 2011, the idea that children today will live shorter lives than their parents is continually presented as fact when that simply isn’t true.

Read the rest at my blog.

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Me & my daughter cosplaying together !


Pigmentocracy: Real Talk About Fair Skin (via WNYC)

Last month I worked with the folks at WNYC on a piece about skin lightening. Truthfully, I’ve never had any negative feelings about my skin tone so I had no idea this was such a big business. So for me, this conversation was both sad and incredibly eye opening. Have you ever felt self conscious about your skin tone or considered using lightening products?

Asked Anonymous


Dear god, I’m so bored of this conversation. Fat people literally cannot talk about being sick of how they’re treated without someone crying BUT WHAT ABOUT THE THIN PEOPLE???? I’m so tired of conversations about thin privilege that revolve around being careful what you say about thin bodies!

I did not, at any point, infer or outright say anything that referred to thin bodies the way people constantly refer to fat bodies. I did not call them ugly or shameful or disgusting or unworthy or unhealthy or immoral. I did not, and would not, ever use that language to describe any body. 

To shame someone’s body is to make them feel as though it’s wrong. To make them feel as though their body does not deserve to be. Me saying that thin people do not experience the systemic oppression that fat bodies do is not shaming. Stop throwing that word around. Thin people are not shamed on a systemic level for their bodies. 

Anyone can have insecurities, of course. But fat people’s insecurities are constantly being reinforced by toxic messages. Now, if you want to get nuanced and talk about the reasons why a lot of people experience insecurity based on messages from our societies, let’s talk about how body insecurities are often tied up with misogyny and Eurocentric beauty ideals; with ableism and classism and transmisogyny and gender roles.

Body posi enough for you now babe?!