The Queen's Proclamation




June-July 2011
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....

Those are governed best who are governed least.
 Thomas Jefferson

I had planned on writing something totally different for this section, but after this morning's news I had to write about the horrible commentary/article just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association titled "State Intervention in Life-Threatening Childhood Obesity." Below is a link to a news report on the article, titled "Should Parents Lose Custody of Their Extremely Obese Kids?"

The first two paragraphs of this article scare me to death.

One way to manage the nation's childhood obesity crisis might be to take the most severely overweight kids away from their parents, argues Harvard pediatrics professor and obesity expert David Ludwig in a controversial commentary published Tuesday in one of the country's most well-regarded medical journals.

The recommendation in the Journal of the American Medical Association to consign extremely obese kids to foster care is eye-popping, but it's already transpired in a handful of U.S. cases in which a morbidly obese child was at risk of serious health problems.

In the meantime, the mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate of ALL causes of death for females 15–24 years old. In the meantime, "an analysis by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that hospitalizations for eating disorders jumped by 119 percent between 1999 and 2006 for kids younger than 12."

In the meantime, "A six-year-old girl obsesses over her weight, while another young girl eats paper instead of food to fill up. Why are prepubescent girls developing eating disorders? Sydney Forbis seems like an ordinary teenager: She wears skin-tight clothing, worries about her figure and painstakingly picks out each new outfit when she goes shopping with her mother. The extraordinary thing about Sydney is that she is only 6 years old." (I saw this little girl interviewed on Good Morning America.)

So is the AMA or Big Brother going to come in and take these eating disordered children away from their parents? No. This isn't about our children in general. It's about our FAT children. It's about making fat the enemy. It's about trying to force everyone to be a certain size.

We have to stand up and fight this!

It might be more worthwhile if we stopped wringing our hands
 and started ringing our congressmen

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Hi everyone!

Surprise! I'm still alive. Again I find myself apologizing for getting behind with The QP, but I have a good excuse, even though it was of my own doing.

During our Memorial Day visit to Mississippi, my husband, Joe, and I were at my brother Steve's, and he was showing us his "new" Harley motorcycle. I thought it would be a good idea for me to have some playful photos taken on the motorcycle, since the heroine in my latest novel, Dangerous Love, rides a Harley.

So after Joe got several photos of me wearing Steve's do-rag (not my best accessory) and sunshades, I was getting off the bike while acting silly and somehow managed to strain my left shoulder. (According to the chiropractor, a strain in a muscle is equivalent to a sprain in a joint.) I didn't feel anything until the next day, when I started hurting.

Therein followed some of the most intense pain that I've ever experienced. It was in the top 5 pains that I've ever had to deal with. I put it right under giving birth! The next closest was my infected gallbladder.

After five weeks and five trips to the chiropractor, I can finally stay at my computer and type without being in too much pain. I'm not totally there, but getting really close.

I had the joy of keeping my granddaughter, Kayla, this past week. Grandson, Shaun, was on a traveling baseball team, so Eric and Tiffany took him to Gulf Shores, AL to play in the tournament. Kayla didn't want to spend a week watching several games a day. She wanted to stay with Mimi and Pawpaw. We also had Lacy, our 80-lb granddog.

We played outside in the swing, bought books, went to two movies, and Pawpaw took her to the Grassmere Zoo on Saturday. After they established that Pawpaw's straw hat (think Farmer Brown) was going to totally embarrass Kayla—some of her friends might be at the zoo—and he finally agreed to wear a baseball cap, it's my understanding that they had a fun time.

Kayla and Lacy went home on Monday. It sure is quiet around here.

Everyone have a wonderful July!



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

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Dangerous Love
by Pat Ballard

Now available in PDF, Mobipocket & Kindle ebook format as well as original trade paperback!

Ava Manning has allowed her heart to be broken once. Once is enough. She never intends to let anyone get close enough to hurt her again. She just wants to do her job as a lab technician at Cloneall Drugs, Inc, without any complications in her life.

But after Ava saw some research she wasn't supposed to, someone wants her dead. And now she has to deal with the Southern talking, g-dropping, charming LAPD detective Ricky Don McKinzie.

Her life is just beginning to get complicated.

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

You can also browse and share Bookbuzzr excerpts from Dangerous Love10 Steps to Loving Your Body, and Pat's other books online at

Weighty Matters

In the face of the latest news regarding taking our fat children from their parents, I'm going to leave this article that I used last QP. I think it needs to be repeated.

It seems that our lives are driven by one force these days. Our BMI (Body Mass Index). Our doctors judge us by it. Our children are judged by it in school. Every where we turn, we're coming face to face with something pertaining to our BMI, and we're considered "less than" if our BMI isn't "right."

Below is a wonderful article on the Body Mass Index craze by Keith Devlin.

Top 10 Reasons why the BMI is Bogus

1. The person who dreamed up the BMI said explicitly that it could not and should not be used to indicate the level of fatness in an individual.

The BMI was introduced in the early 19th century by a Belgian named Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet. He was a mathematician, not a physician. He produced the formula to give a quick and easy way to measure the degree of obesity of the general population to assist the government in allocating resources. In other words, it is a 200-year-old hack.

2. It is scientifically nonsensical.

There is no physiological reason to square a person's height (Quetelet had to square the height to get a formula that matched the overall data. If you can't fix the data, rig the formula!). Moreover, it ignores waist size, which is a clear indicator of obesity level.

3. It is physiologically wrong.

It makes no allowance for the relative proportions of bone, muscle and fat in the body. But bone is denser than muscle and twice as dense as fat, so a person with strong bones, good muscle tone and low fat will have a high BMI. Thus, athletes and fit, health-conscious movie stars who work out a lot tend to find themselves classified as overweight or even obese.

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The following note was sent to Pat via email from Beverly Bishop:

Thank you so much for saving my sanity, I have your list of Ten Steps to Loving Your Body in my cube at work and in a frame hanging over my dresser!

Finally someone who has made me realize I am awesome the way I am. A weight has been lifted off of my shoulders and I have never felt better about myself!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


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 Press—Pat's newest book, Dangerous Love.

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