The Diet Hall of Shame: 2011 Year In Review

A look back at some of the worst body image offenders of the past 12 months

Let's take a look back at the media outlets, diet plans, medical professionals and celebrities who did their darndest to cramp your body-loving style this year.

I hope you'll roll in 2012 with the resolve to never diet -- or at least, not to tweet about it -- fat talk, be mean to your body, or carry food guilt. 

But even if you falter, you hopefully won't be as bad as these diet hall of shamers. 

*December: AskMen.com, comes up with Ten Subtle Ways to Tell Her She's Getting Fat...that are not remotely subtle. They are, however, ten helpful red flags that you should break up with any jerk who tries them on you. 

*November: A nurse thinks I am pregnant when I am really just... female-shaped. This is how much we've lost the plot on what a non-airbrushed woman's body might look like.

*October: Kelly Osbourne fat talks Christina Aguilera. Kelly, it doesn't matter if you used to be fat and it doesn't matter who started it -- this is never okay. 

*September: Someone sells a Chicago, IL woman hot beef fat that she injected into her face to fight wrinkles. See above re: Lost the plot.

*August: Glamour and body image activist Jess Weiner suggest that loving your body might kill you. It won't. And it was super irresponsible of them to go there. 

*July: The brain trust at the University of Tennessee publishes a study concluding that skinnier wives have happier marriages than women with a higher BMI than their husbands.

*June: Research shows that some doctors discriminate against fat people -- and compromise their medical care in the process. This has got to stop. Especially now we know that many of the deciding factors about your weight are well beyond your control. 

*May: Marie Claire and nutritionists reveal what they really ate in an article -- the list includes "air," "sunlight," and other low-calorie, nutritionally-disastrous treats. 

*April: Weight Watchers launches it's "plan for men," complete with a Beer Cheat Sheet and sexist ad campaigns -- misogyny and body shaming strong enough for a man, but as always, made for a woman.

*Also April: SlenderPOPS introduces Weight Loss Lollipops. Gross. 

*April again (it was a big month): Unilever launches campaign against your armpits. How else will the makers of Dove Real Beauty (irony alert!) sell you more deodorant if you aren't completely paranoid?

*March: Dr. Oz thinks the HCG diet -- where you eat 500 calories per day and inject yourself with pregnancy hormones -- is "worth trying [...] under a doctor's supervision." Reality check: No reputable doctor would supervise such nonsense. 

Happy New Year!

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