Post Tagged with: “body image”

How To Frame Exercise Positively

How To Frame Exercise Positively

As positive body image movements influence our society for the better, we must better frame what exercise means exactly. In our media and popular culture, exercise is often associated with weight-loss, attractiveness, superiority, and more, which can communicate toxic messages to our younger generations. Here’s how we should communicate exercise differently to our children: Last year, I turned forty and […]

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The Fat Shaming Epidemic Is Hurting All Of Us

The Fat Shaming Epidemic Is Hurting All Of Us

We live in a time when a desire for change seems more prevalent than ever, thanks to the Internet. When you watch television or read magazines or surf the web, you’ll find that there are so many people taking the opportunity to use modern day technology to try to make a difference in everyday life by building awareness about an […]

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Your Outfit Essentials For The Next Year

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The vacation season is pretty much over and everything is  starting up again as we go into the latter half of August. Whether you’re starting a new academic year or focusing on work projects once more, right now is a good time to figure out what makes you look great for when you handle all the responsibilities, tasks, and situations life […]

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Do you See Anything Wrong With This Stroller Ad?

Do you See Anything Wrong With This Stroller Ad?

Earlier this week, Bugaboo, an Amsterdam based stroller company, released a picture that features international supermodel  Ymre Stiekema running and pushing a Bugaboo stroller with her daughter, Lymée, strapped in. It has been getting a lot of buzz this past week, especially from women and mothers, but the overall response is mixed. Some are in support of the picture while others […]

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One Woman’s Reaction To Being Told She Looks “Disgusting”

One Woman’s Reaction To Being Told She Looks “Disgusting”

Take a look at this powerful video, created by beauty vlogger Em Ford of My Pale Skin. In it, Ford shows herself with makeup and without, revealing her adult acne. The video includes real – and often vicious – comments left by viewers about her appearance. Many of the compliments praise her appearance in images and videos in which she […]

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Dear Pregnant Body: I Haven’t Been Very Nice To You…

Photo Courtesy of Autumn D.

  …and this needs to change. I’m 35 weeks pregnant, and I feel like I’m bursting at the seams. Lately I’ve been experiencing the effects of my growing waistline more than ever–both physically and mentally. Physically I’m exhausted. The tiredness of the first trimester has come back with a vengeance… In fact, I would say it’s even worse. I struggle […]

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Aussie Mom Does Make-Unders Of Glamour Dolls

Aussie Mom Does Make-Unders Of Glamour Dolls

I loved Barbies as a kid. I didn’t think they were supposed to be realistic, I thought they were more like the characters on “Dallas” — selfish, vain, petty and extraordinarily pretty.   We had more than one Barbie fight where someone’s doll was pushed into the Barbie pool (see old episodes of “Dallas”). Perhaps I didn’t get a poor body […]

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Why You Should NEVER Ask Your Friends If They’ve Lost Weight

Why You Should NEVER Ask Your Friends If They’ve Lost Weight

“Have you lost weight?” If I had a slice of cheesecake for every time someone asked me that–well, let’s just say they wouldn’t be asking it for long, because I’d have a lot of freaking cheesecake. I think when people say that they mean it as a compliment, but that’s not how I take it. You see, the question implies […]

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“Alluringly Anorexic” T-Shirts Send Deadly Message to Women Struggling With Body Image

“Alluringly Anorexic” T-Shirts Send Deadly Message to Women Struggling With Body Image

Usually when people lose weight, they’re thrilled. When I lost 70 pounds I was definitely happy about it, but the feeling was fleeting. For me, losing the weight was fairly easy. The paralyzing fear of gaining it back–even five pounds of it–was not. The thought of returning to the era of rude comments, personal insecurities and difficulty climbing stairs terrified […]

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Kids React To Realistic Barbie

Kids React To Realistic Barbie

The Lammily Doll has been coined the “realistic Barbie.” Take a look at this video, where adults at one school ask a class of second graders for their thoughts on Lammily. The children are asked how Lammily is different from Barbie, what they think the doll would do for a living, and whether they would rather receive Lammily or Barbie […]

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How Pole Dancing is Helping Me Recover from Bulimia

How Pole Dancing is Helping Me Recover from Bulimia

For five years, I felt like my body was the enemy. It was too big, all wrong, an ungainly mistake. It took up too much space and all I really wanted was to disappear. I hoped to fade quietly, to make myself as small as possible to keep myself safe. In other words, I was bulimic. Eventually–and just in time–I […]

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Shopping While Fat–Lessons in Life and Fashion From a Formerly Plus-Size Woman

Shopping While Fat–Lessons in Life and Fashion From a Formerly Plus-Size Woman

As I stood naked in the fluorescent glare of the dressing room, all 200-plus pounds staring back at me in the mirror, I wondered if today might finally be the day I’d find the outfit that would change my life. By life-changing, I meant an outfit that would not only hide my fat, but also make my bleak outlook on […]

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Renée Zellweger, Plastic Surgery & Loving My Aging Skin

Renée Zellweger, Plastic Surgery & Loving My Aging Skin

Forget Ebola, the lava flow that’s approaching residential areas of Hawaii, and the Canadian Parliament attacks. The recent transformation of Renée Zellweger’s face has people in a tizzy, thrown off by a look that’s very different from her “You had me at ‘hello’” days. As I read the harsh reactions, my own 40-year-old face smothered in extra virgin coconut oil […]

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