It recently came to our attention that at some point after abandoning her Livejournal, Ragen went back and sanitized her early posts to remove particularly problematic material. These posts were so fundamentally contrary to her current agenda that she removed them, even though she was fine with leaving up hundreds of other posts, like her claims about psychic powers. Unfortunately these posts were deleted several years ago when she migrated to the WordPress platform, so our archive couldn’t capture most of them. We did manage to dig up a small amount of choice material from a separate source, and some of it is presented here for TBT.
These posts are from 2002, right after Ragen dropped out of college for good. She was planning various moneymaking schemes to fulfill her dream of retiring at 35, like having her mother take out mortgages on houses so Ragen could be a real estate manager (more on that in a later post). In a bombshell revelation, it turns out that one of these moneymaking schemes was using and selling AdvoCare, a well-known brand of multilevel marketing weight loss supplements. This should tell you everything you need to know about Ragen’s business acumen, ethics, and why she failed so miserably at weight loss and now rants about the evil 60 billion dollar a year diet industry so much.
In this post Ragen summarizes AdvoCare and lays out her business plans. She is down 43 lbs. This is possibly the last time she ever lost any significant amount of weight, since a year later she weighed 270 lbs and was claiming she couldn’t lose weight on 1000 calories/day.
Here Ragen talks about her Advocare meeting and how excited everyone was about her weight loss. She explains why Advocare definitely isn’t a pyramid scheme.
Ragen has now lost over 50 lbs and managed to sell AdvoCare products to her fitness trainer.
Ragen is selling AdvoCare products to her close friends, but they don’t work (screencap from friend’s blog).
This is where our archive of her 2002 posts ends. At some point in the next year she stopped selling AdvoCare, gained back all the weight she lost, and was back to square one complaining about her inability to lose weight on various diets and absurdly low calorie intakes. In a deeply ironic twist, Ragen — a self-professed “certified fitness instructor and personal trainer” — later wrote about losing a close friend to the “culture of hate” when she did exactly the same thing as Ragen herself. Ragen’s hypocrisy shines through as clear as ever.
“DK is a Ph.D. Social Psychologist and she and I spent hours and hours talking about health and self esteem. She and I nearly wrote a book together about self-esteem in fact. We were so excited about talking about health instead of weight and talking about Health at Every Size. Instead, she committed herself full-time to a pyramid scheme that sells weight loss products, calls herself a “certified health coach”, posts studies to her Facebook that she has more than enough training to debunk as poor research, and spends her days trying to make people terrified of being fat so that she can sell them her shakes and bars. DK is part of a culture of hate.”