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Your Fat Friend

Your Fat Friend

Aubrey Gordon writes about the social realities of life as a very fat person, previously publishing anonymously as Your Fat Friend. She is the author of What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Fat. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Lit Hub, Vox, Gay Mag, and has been covered in outlets around the world. She also hosts the podcast Maintenance Phase, in which she and cohost?Michael Hobbes debunk and decode wellness and weight loss trends.?

Opinion
As Coronavirus Rages, We Need to Talk About Anti-Fat Bias in Medicine

What's at stake for fat people in this pandemic?

Culture
After Years of Writing Anonymously About Fatness, I'm Telling the World Who I Am?

The shield of anonymity became too much to bear.

Culture
How Can You Help Fat People Love Themselves? The Answer Isn’t So Simple.

Opinion: Self-love isn’t the issue here. Anti-fat bias is.

Culture
Please Don’t Call Fat People ‘Brave’ Just for Existing

You might be projecting—and revealing anti-fat bias.

Culture
Please Don’t Bring Up ‘Skinny Shaming’ When We Talk About Fat Shaming

Skinny shaming is bad. But it’s not systemic exclusion or oppression.

Culture
It's Time for a Culture of Consent Around Body Talk

Talking about our body insecurities can cause harm. We should seek consent first.

Culture
We Have to Stop Thinking of Being ‘Healthy’ as Being Morally Better?

Enthusiasm for wellness can curdle into healthism and concern trolling.

Culture
Having a Better Body Image Won’t End Body-Based Oppression

What body neutrality does—and doesn’t—accomplish.

Health
A Letter to Anyone Living Through the Pandemic With an Eating Disorder

Reminders for anyone struggling right now.

Culture
Adele Isn’t Discussing Her Weight So Why Are We?

Even compliments send a powerful message.

Culture
Your Fat Friends Hear the Way You Talk About Gaining Weight During the Pandemic

How could we not be hurt? How could we not be heartbroken?

Culture
I’m a Fat Activist and I Collect Vintage Diet Books

My collection is comforting and liberating.

Culture
Is ‘The Biggest Loser’ Reboot Even a Little Better?

After watching the first episode, I think not.

Culture
The Freedom and Joy of Fat Acceptance?

Being fat can be difficult. It can also be liberating.

Mental Health
Letter of Recommendation: Make New Year’s Resolutions That Have Nothing to Do With Weight Loss

Opinion: There are lots of things you can resolve instead.

Culture
When I Speak Out Against Fat Shaming, I’m Told to ‘Just Lose Weight’

Opinion: Weight loss isn’t a solution to social bias.

Culture
ICYMI Fat Shaming Is Still Bad for Public Health

Opinion: Bill Maher claims that fat shaming needs to make a comeback. It never went away.

Culture
What I Learned as an 11 Year Old in Weight Watchers

Opinion: At age 11 I learned to fear food and think of my body as my failure.

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