The Queen's Proclamation




March 2010
News, updates, & pronouncements from Pat Ballard,
the Queen of Rubenesque Romances

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. 
Eleanor Roosevelt

Something to think about....

While in the process of trying to decide what I wanted to write about in this section I ran across these beautiful quotes again, and decided that they are all so inspiring that I'll just do the "quote thing" this time.

Each quote is such a powerful stand-alone message that I feel as if I'm taking something away from each one by clumping them all together. So maybe we, the readers, can read each one and think about it for a few seconds before we move on.
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. 
e.e. cummings
Most people are other people. 
Their thoughts are someone else's opinions,
their lives a mimicry,
their passions a quotation. 
Oscar Wilde
De Profundis, 1905

The great majority of us are required to live a life of constant duplicity. 
Your health is bound to be affected if, day after day,
you say the opposite of what you feel,
if you grovel before what you dislike,
and rejoice at what brings you nothing but misfortune.
Boris Pasternak
Almost every man wastes part of his life
in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess,
and to gain applause which he cannot keep. 
Samuel Johnson,
 The Rambler, 1750
Hateful to me as the gates of Hades
is that man who hides one thing in his heart
and speaks another. 
How many cares one loses
when one decides not to be something
but to be someone. 
Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel
Never be bullied into silence. 
Never allow yourself to be made a victim. 
 Accept no one's definition of your life;
define yourself. 
Harvey Fierstein

You were born an original. 
Don't die a copy.
John Mason
Hi everyone!

Well, March is here and we're almost to spring! Even as cold as it has been, we have some daffodils trying to peak through the cold soil. Bless their little tenacious hearts!

I think if spring doesn't hurry up and get here my husband, Joe, will just curl up in the fetal position and drift on off into LaLa Land. He does hate winter so much. He hates it as much as I love it. I know, I know. I can hear your moans from here!

We've had a good February. I hope you all have.

This past Sunday was fun for me. Our son and his family came over. Grandson, Shaun, was having a baseball tournament really close to our house, so they came and hung out between games. I went back for the second game and watched. Shaun's team won.

Granddaughter, Kayla, isn't into playing the various ball games. She seems content with her dance classes.

Don't forget to check out my latest book, which is a free download. If you enjoy it, pass the word around:

Something To Think About: Reflections on Life, Family, Body Image & Other Weighty Matters by the Queen of Rubenesque Romances

Download it at

Everyone have a wonderful, sunny March.



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Click on the Bookbuzzr graphic (if visible on your computer screen) to browse an excerpt from Pat's book

10 Steps to Loving Your Body
(No Matter What Size You Are)

As a young woman Pat Ballard almost died trying to starve her body into a societally approved size. In 10 Steps to Loving Your Body (No Matter What Size You Are) she shares the steps she created―and took―to heal the damage of years of dieting. Join her in celebrating size diversity, self esteem, positive body image, and health at every size.

Your body is a unique work of art.
There never has been, nor will there ever be,
another body just like yours.
Learn to love it and it will love you back.

More info at the Pearlsong Press website. (All copies of 10 Steps purchased from the Pearlsong Press website are autographed by Pat.)

You can also browse and share Bookbuzzr excerpts from 10 Steps to Loving Your Body, Something to Think About and Pat's other books online at


Weighty Matters

I'm sure we've all heard that First Lady Michelle Obama has taken on the "Childhood Obesity" platform. Below is a press release from the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) regarding this. [Ed. Note: Emphases mine.]

NAAFA Challenges the First Lady

January 29, 2010

Oakland, CA First Lady Michele Obama has recently announced her intention to focus on childhood obesity prevention. NAAFA encourages the First Lady to consider all the research before taking action and supporting any program that may do more harm than good.

Mrs. Obama, please explore and consider the following:

When important figures such as parents, teachers and peers in children's social environment endorse a preference for thinness and place an importance on weight control, this can contribute to body dissatisfaction, dieting, low self-esteem and weight bias among children and adolescents (Davison & Birch, 2001; Davison & Birch, 2004; Dohnt & Tiggemann, 2006; Smolak, Levine, & Schermer, 1999).

The stigmatization of large children has increased by 40% over the last 30 years (Latner & Stunkard, 2003).

Many drugs presently being prescribed to children cause weight gain. There was a 40 fold increase in bipolar diagnoses in children between 1994 and 2003. 90.6% of youth received a psychotropic medication during bipolar disorder visits. For many, mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, and antidepressants were also prescribed. (Arch Gen Psychiatr, 2007)

Prescribing dieting is, in effect, prescribing weight cycling, and many people will be fatter in the long run (Mann, 2007).

Weight-control practices among young people reliably predict greater weight gain, regardless of baseline weight, than that of adolescents who do not engage in such practices (Neumark-Sztainer et al., 2006).

Based on results from a population-based, longitudinal study with 2,500 teens, Neumark-Sztainer and colleagues at the University of Minnesota (2006) concluded that to prevent obesity and eating disorders, the focus needs to be on health much more than weight. The more weight per se is talked about, the more likely teens are to adopt dangerous dieting behaviors.

A 2006 study from UCLA suggests our media and cultural obsession with achieving a certain weight does little or no good and may actually undermine motivation to adopt exercise and other healthy lifestyle habits.

The National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, indicated in 2008 that childhood obesity has leveled off.

NAAFA urges the First Lady to:

Partner with us and our many resources in the scientific and healthcare communities to examine this issue. Fat children are already the targets of merciless bullying. NAAFA urges Mrs. Obama not to support any programs that would create a pervasive bias against fat children.

Consider Guidelines for Childhood Obesity Prevention Programs found at: , Childhood School Plans at , and Guidelines for Children at .

Support the Health at Every Size (HAES) tenets which state that healthy habits are good for EVERYONE, no matter what their size. Eat healthy, nutritious foods and enjoy occasional treats. Pay attention to your natural hunger and satiety cues. Move your body in ways that feel good rather than exercise focused solely on weight loss.

"Obesity has a strong genetic component that is expressed in environments that foster sedentary activity and eating an energy dense diet," stated Joanne Ikeda, Nutritionist Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley. "Therefore, we encourage First Lady Michelle Obama to promote environmental changes in school settings that support enjoyable physical activity and consumption of a wide variety of nutritious, appetizing foods."

This issue is about the critical need to create environments in which children and adolescents do not feel shame or guilt about their bodies but, rather, are motivated to enjoy healthful eating and active living habits regardless of their body size or shape.

Founded in 1969, NAAFA is a non-profit human rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for fat people. NAAFA works to eliminate discrimination based on body size and provide fat people with the tools for self-empowerment through public education, advocacy, and member support.

On the web:

For more information contact:
Peggy Howell, Public Relations Director, NAAFA

Reader Review of the Month

Editor's Note: We're now featuring reader reviews of Pat's books in
The Queen's Proclamation. Post a review at an online bookstore, magazine, or public website and email us at proclamation @ to let us know, and we'll consider yours for inclusion in The QP

The following comment about Pat's books was posted by Barbara Chabot at the Bookbuzzr website at "I love reading these novels and stories! They are about real women in a world that is ever changing! Thank you, I have really enjoyed your books so far and look forward to more in the future!"

Browse and share excerpts from Pat Ballard's books online.

Listen to the mp3 recording of Pat, her fearless publisher, and several other Pearlsong Press authors in a Pearlsong Conversation about
creating fat friendly fiction and fat positive characters

Listen to a Feb. 11, 2009 Conversation with Pat Ballard
(blog post with link to 50-min mp3 recording of Pat talking about her journey to
self- and body-acceptance and -love, her writing process,
and why a truly Happy Valentine's Day and satisfying sex life
starts with loving your body,

no matter what it looks like.

Calendar of Events

Now available from Pearlsong PressPat's newest book, the nonfiction Something to Think About: Reflections on Life, Family, Body Image, & Other Weighty Matters by the Queen of Rubenesque Romances. It's a FREE PDF ebook that can be downloaded at or via the link at the beginning of this newsletter.

Pat is now co-hosting Radio Free Nashville's Health At Every Size show, which airs every Monday morning. The show is streamed live over the Internet 10-11 a.m. CST Mondays. You can also subscribe to the podcast of the show (automatically receive the mp3 recordings of the weekly shows on your computer, iPod or mp3 player) via iTunes. Click on the "subscribe in a reader" button/link in the upper lefthand column, and select "Add to iTunes" or the podcatcher of your choice.

Listen to the live broadcasts over the Internet at You can also listen to the live broadcasts through your telephone via UPSNAP.COM.  See the Health At Every Size show website or the Radio Free Nashville website for details. Davidson County, Tennessee residents can also hear the show live through the Secondary Audio Programming of Comcast cable's Channel 10.

For more on the show, check out the show blog at You can also listen to or download recordings of many of the shows at

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