Valuable Lessons I’ve Learned As A Plus Size Athlete


By: Louise Green In 2008 I gave birth to my son; three months later I decided, despite my leaking boobs, the tail end of postpartum and weighing in at my all time heaviest weight of 242lbs, that this was the perfect time to become a personal trainer. Upon acquiring all my certifications I opened my business, Body Exchange, and I dedicated my services to the plus-size woman. … [Read more...]

In Her Words: Body & Fitness Advocate Louise Green Chronicles Her First Half Marathon


Louise Green is a globally recognized “fit and fat” voice at the forefront of the Body Advocacy movement.  She recently wrote the blog post "Pioneering Fit and Fat, which chronicles her anticipation of running first half marathon. You can follow Louise online at It’s race day and after flying from Vancouver to San Francisco to run my first half marathon, I … [Read more...]

Kirstie Alley Joins Jenny Craig and Offends People with ‘Circus Fat’ Comment


After severing ties with Jenny Craig seven years ago, Kirstie Alley has recently signed on as a spokeswoman for the weight loss brand. The actress and Dancing with the Stars alum admits that she was doing great for a while and then her weight began to increase.  Kirstie’s return to Jenny Craig follows a 30 lb. weight gain in a six month period. I get it.  No one wants to gain … [Read more...]

European Morning After Pill Is Not Effective For Plus Size Women


European Morning After Pill Is Not Effective For Plus Size Women During the first half of 2014, Norlevo, an emergency contraceptive manufactured in Europe will include new labels warning women that the pill may be ineffective if they’re over 165 pounds. HRA Pharma, a European company that manufactures Norlevo (similar to Plan B), updated their packaging after research … [Read more...]

Overweight Pilots Will Be Tested For Sleep Apnea Before Operating An Airplane


Overweight Pilots Will Be Tested For Sleep Apnea Before Operating An Airplane The Federal Aviation Administration recently announced that overweight airline pilots now have special requirements that they must adhere to before operating a plane. Before operating a plane, overweight pilots must undergo a sleep apnea test. Sleep apnea is a disorder that negatively impacts … [Read more...]

6 Tips For Developing A Healthier Mind, Body and Soul


6 Tips For Developing A Healthier Mind, Body and Soul I am always looking to improve myself inside and out; it is an everyday process and life is too short to not live your best life now. The following are just some tips that have helped me and are helping me become healthier; mind, body and soul. First things first look INWARD! Begin thinking about your self-worth, your … [Read more...]

No Treats For Kids This Halloween: Are “Fat Letters” Instead Of Candy Acceptable Or Offensive?

Fat letters instead of candy

No Treats For Kids This Halloween:  Are "Fat Letters" Instead Of Candy Acceptable Or Offensive? Last month we told you about "fat letters" that were given to children at certain schools.   These are letters to the parents of kids with what's deemed as a potentially unhealthy BMI. Many parents were upset about the hurtful effects not to mention how it crosses the line … [Read more...]

Cancer Survivors Can Now Adorn Their Curves In Lingerie After A Mastectomy, post surgery bras

By:  Cassandra Jones-McBryde Cancer Survivors Can Now Adorn Their Curves In Lingerie After A Mastectomy October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and according to the American Cancer Society about 234,580 new breast cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2013 in both men and women. The percentage is overwhelming for women at 232,340. Despite the fact that many women … [Read more...]

Daily Venus Sponsors “Pink & Paint” Event for Breast Cancer Awareness


Plus Size Lifestyle Blog, Daily Venus Sponsors “Pink & Paint” Event for Breast Cancer Awareness The #1 plus-size lifestyle blog, Daily Venus (DVD) is pleased to announce that they will be holding a “Pink & Paint event on October 20, 2013 from 1pm-3pm in Matthews, North Carolina. Guests will be invited to bring their favorite wine, friends and tap … [Read more...]

Did Your Child Receive A “Fat Letter” From School Yet?

Did Your Child Receive A “Fat Letter” From School Yet?

Plus Size Acceptance News I was shocked to read a story on about 19 states that allowed elementary school students to be sent home with a letter to their parents warning that they may be obese. How did the schools come to this information? They calculated each child’s BMI. What do the kids call the letters being sent home? Fat Letters. I'm sad for our children. … [Read more...]

Developing Healthy Eating Habits That You Can Live With


Image Credit: As an adult I have always struggled with maintaining my weight. My key problem? LACK OF CONSISTENCY in my diet and workouts. I hate to use the word diet because really what is necessary is a lifestyle change. You see I have been every size between 7 -24 and as a grown woman I know from experience the toll that my weight gain and even sudden … [Read more...]

Health & Beauty Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar


In a recent interview with the face of Dolce & Gabanna, actress Scarlett Johansson shared her skincare secret with the world, apple cider vinegar. Maybe you've heard of it or maybe this is news to you but apple cider vinegar, (ACV) in its organic form has been known to have many health and beauty benefits when taken internally or applied externally. The following are its … [Read more...]

Yoga For The Pretty Bendy Chubby Chick

Plus Size Yoga

By: Jen McGuire  Most of my life I’ve been a plus-sized woman. Hovering around the size 14/16 mark, sometimes heading into the no-man’s land between plus-size and straight-size. That was tough. Being just a touch too small for one store and a touch too big for the other (while also getting "The Look" in the straight know the one. If "The Look" could talk it would … [Read more...]

Is Size Acceptance the New Feminism?

Is Size Acceptance the New Feminism?

I am constantly mulling over the term “plus size” and whether or not I like it. At a recent gathering of women at my home, where there were women of all shapes and sizes, one of the questions that came up was whether or not the term "plus size" is outdated. Does a thin woman have to say she is a minus size? Why can't we just be women? What does size really have to do with … [Read more...]

Plus Size Mannequins: Are We Ready For Them?

Plus Size Mannequins: Are We Ready For Them?

As long as there are plus size shoppers the topic of plus size mannequins will never get old. In 2010 Displaysense, the UK’s leading supplier of display cases began to offer full figured mannequins. Department store Debenhams eventually incorporated the use of these mannequins and Australian department store Myer followed suit. Since plus size women identify more with … [Read more...]

Heart Disease Prevention: Let’s Get Heart Healthy!

Heart Disease Prevention: Let's Get Heart Healthy!

Years of eating all that fried goodness and cheesy bliss may have left your taste buds in savory place, but have you also considered what could to your heart? Although you are no stranger to the fact that an unhealthy diet can put you at risk for heart disease, it isn't easy to change your ways. You don't have to do a complete 180 to save your heart; you only have to follow … [Read more...]

Erica Watson Interviews Aja Davis, Your Friendly Neighborhood Cellulite Fighter!

Aja Davis, Personal Trainer

About 4 years ago I walked into a pizza shop in Brooklyn to get a slice. As I stood there trying to figure out which slice of pie I would devour, I noticed a flyer on the wall for a new fitness boot camp that was being started by a young woman named Aja Davis. Instead of buying the slice, I took the flyer home and called Aja. A week later I was in her first boot camp class. It … [Read more...]