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Video: Your daughter hears you criticize your body.

Video: What your daughter hears when you criticize your body. | (Real Simple) Our bodies can start to feel like a collection of disappointments—thick ankles, flabby bellies, thinning hair—that we regularly disparage out loud. And if you think there’s no harm in making fun of your hips or jokingly chastising yourself for eating a candy…
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Mom’s viral post urges moms to put on swimsuits.

Mom’s viral post urges moms to put on their swimsuits and get in the picture. (Huffington Post) Ultimately, Bosly hopes her post inspires people to let go of their hang-ups and live more fully. “I have battled depression and anxiety for most of my adult life, and there were times I thought I would never be…
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3 tips to survive health and appearance cultural obsession.

3 tips on how to survive in a world where health and appearance are a cultural obsession. (Recovery Warriors) The world is not made for people in recovery from an eating disorder. It is a bold statement that I truly believe is the truth, but having the knowledge of this truth can shield a person…
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16 non-sexual things make a woman insanely sexy.

16 non-sexual things that actually make a woman insanely sexy. (Thought Catalog) 9. Funny. Women think a sense of humor is sexy. Well, men agree. They want someone that can make them burst out laughing with tears streaming down their face.   (Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:7 things that make a woman sexy.People who make things…
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12 sizes. One photo project to change view of body.

60 models. 12 sizes. One photo project to change how we view the human body. (UpWorthy) Well, putting bodies into categories just gets weird. There are around 300 million people in America, but only 12 or so standard sizes for clothing: extra-extra-small through 5x.   (Visited 20 times, 2 visits today)Related Posts:Being overweight and having an eating…
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Victoria Secret, fashion industry retouching tricks.

Victoria Secret, fashion industry retouching tricks. (Refinery29) She wants us to understand just how unreal the bodies we see are, from head to toe (literally). At the same time, she wants us to understand our own role in propagating these images.   (Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Eating disorders secret epidemic facing gay men.Chewing…
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Nike acknowledges curvy women work out, too.

Nike finally acknowledges that curvy women work out, too. (Huffington Post) Largely absent from the mix, and from athletic brand advertisements in general, however, are women with curves.   (Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Telling women that men find curves attractive.Women more bikini confident in their 50s.Curvy Latina stars: More celebs love their bodies.Fat…
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When people comment on weight or dieting.

When people make comments about your weight or dole out dieting advice. (Weightless) Make sure you work out. You don’t want to gain the freshman 15. (Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:The case against dieting.If you quit dieting, will your worst fear come true?Want to know why you cannot stop thinking about food?People who…
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Signs your teen has an eating disorder.

5 signs that your teen might have an eating disorder. (Huffington Post) As a parent it can be challenging to discern whether you teenager is suffering from an eating disorder, especially because these disorders often thrive on secrecy and silence. The following are some common warning signs that may signify that your teenager is struggling…
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My husband did not ‘settle’ for a fat wife.

My husband didn’t ‘settle’ for a fat wife. (Bustle) When people see my husband and I — he, the “good looking” male and me, the “fat” woman — supporting each other and showcasing our love, it challenges stereotypes.   (Visited 66 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Do not settle for “almost recovered”.5 clues your boyfriend is…
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5 ways to shut down body bashing this holiday season.

5 ways to shut down body bashing this holiday season. (National Eating Disorders Association) The holidays can be tough! Attempting to juggle the stresses of constantly being surrounded by food and people is A LOT, especially if you struggle with an eating disorder or weight-related issues. (Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Social anxiety: How…
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7 things that make a woman sexy.

7 things that make a woman sexy. (Huffington Post) You don’t have to win the lottery in the gene pool to be sexy. We may not be able to decide the cards that are dealt to us, but we can decide how we play our hand. (Visited 74 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:16 non-sexual things…
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Confessions of a Spanx addict.

Confessions of a Spanx addict: What happened when I decided to let it all go. (MarieClaire) My empowering journey from daily constriction to total freedom. (Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:What your therapist has not told you about insurance.Could you have an eating disorder and not know?Insurance companies keep eating disorder patients sick.What to expect…
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The long reach of weight loss compliments.

The long reach of weight loss compliments. (ED Bites) It seems that nearly every time after we reunite with someone after a long time, someone always throws out a compliment like this: “You look like you’ve lost so much weight! You look fantastic!” (Visited 61 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:No more weight loss contests at work!Fighting…
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Chart shows how the same BMI can look different.

This chart shows how people with the same BMI can look different. (BuzzFeed) BMI ain’t nothin’ but a number? (Visited 70 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:When you move in with your partner.What no one tells you about having a panic attack.29 tips they did not teach at college orientation.Things no one tells women about relationships…
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Body-shaming + cyberbullying.

Body-shaming + cyberbullying. (National Eating Disorders Association) While fat-shaming and cyberbullying are not new concepts, with the advent of social media, people have more platforms and opportunities to make harmful comments about one’s weight and appearance. (Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Guidelines for childhood obesity prevention programs.When people comment on weight or dieting.5 ways…
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If you quit dieting, will your worst fear come true?

If you quit dieting, will your worst fear come true? (Huffington Post) Even when I saw, very clearly, that dieting was keeping me in a never-ending cycle of restricting and binge eating, it was still very scary to give up. There’s so much safety in following a plan, and so much hope that this time…
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Why has buff become best for men? Rise of the ripped.

Why has buff become best for men? Rise of the ripped. (Aeon) With bodies sculpted to look like comic-book heroes, today’s muscle men create an impossible template for masculinity. (Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Self-monitoring apps: Recovery Record or Rise Up.12 signs of emotional infidelity.Midlife eating disorders triggers: Infidelity.Screwed-up reason people complimented for being…
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To all the little girls who just want to be skinny.

To all the little girls who just want to be skinny. (Thought Catalog) Baby, when you think you’re alone, don’t cry. You’re not alone. I’m here. We’re all here. And baby, we’re all beautiful.   (Visited 236 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Healthy should be the new skinny.Signs on your way to living your best life.Teenage…
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Selfie anorexics: Eating disorders fueled.

Selfie anorexics: Alert over teen girls’ eating disorders fueled by social media. (Daily Mail) Experts have blamed the ‘unprecedented’ rise, in part, on hashtags including #fitspiration and #thighgap on social media sites, saying they normalise an unrealistic ‘perfect body’ image. (Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Experiencing a miscarriage in the social media age.Peer competition…
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80% of women suffer from food guilt.

New poll reveals that 80 percent of women suffer from food guilt. (Huffington Post) We’ve taken any excitement, enjoyment or pleasure from our food and have infused it with toxicity, both figuratively and literally. This type of stress that we carry around food can lead to things like eating disorders, weight issues, anxiety, and depression.…
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21 women who expertly shut down their body shamers.

21 women who expertly shut down their body shamers. (Cosmopolitan) “I am not a woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size.”   (Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:5 ways to shut down body bashing this holiday season.Women more bikini confident in their 50s.Telling women that men find curves attractive.Pregnancy, motherhood a minefield for…
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Awkward star talks monster eating disorder.

Awkward star Ashley Rickards talks about ‘monster eating disorder’. (Eating Disorders Online) Like her character on ‘Awkward,’ Ashley Rickards knows what peer pressure feels like. (Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Full House star talks bulimia.Telling parents you have an eating disorder.Binge Eating: The overlooked eating disorder.Ann Taylor LOFT awkward angle model photo.I think my…
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Telling women that men find curves attractive.

Telling women that men find curves attractive is not the way to solve body issues. (Huffington Post) Combatting body image issues requires more than assuring young women that random dudes in the grade above them may find them sexually attractive. We are more than our bodies. (Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Women more bikini…
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‘Fitspiration’ exercise obsession.

The problem with ‘fitspiration’ and our over obsession with exercise. (Thought Catalog) “Fitspiration,” or fitness inspiration, constantly clogs up social media. Although the “fitspiration” is a good way to promote healthy living, it is hurting more than it is helping young women’s self esteem. (Visited 42 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Diet obsession: How to break…
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Are you beautiful? Ask 100 men.

Are you beautiful? I asked 100 men what ‘physical beauty’ is and the results shocked me. (Life is Rozie) Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the…
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No more weight loss contests at work!

No more Biggest Loser weight loss contests at work! (Am I Hungry?) Weight loss contests are based on flawed assumptions. Particularly in workplace wellness initiatives, there are two predominant assumptions about body weight that are so ingrained that only a small (but growing) number of people even question them. (Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:The long…
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Stacy London tells more than what not to wear.

Stacy London can tell you more than just what not to wear. (Huffington Post) The new series is a makeunder show in which London helps fashion disasters revamp their look. Similar to “What Not to Wear,” “Love, Lust or Run” aims to help build people’s self-esteem through the lens of style, something London has built…
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Body diversity on OITNB is so important.

Why the body diversity on “Orange Is The New Black” is so important. (Huffington Post) Whether in health magazine articles that feature photos of headless, large bodies holding giant soda cups and brand bodies the size of the average American woman as “pre-diseased,” or in sitcoms that feature one-note characters mocked for their size, the…
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Women of color and myth of the “plus size pass”.

Women of color and the myth of the “plus size pass” — Why stereotypes linked to race and weight are so harmful. (Bustle) People often assume that because I’m black, I get some sort of “plus-size pass” where no one body shames me or treats me differently because of my size. (Visited 7 times, 1…
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Seeing self as overweight a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Seeing selves as overweight may be self-fulfilling prophecy for some teens. (Science Daily) Teens who mistakenly perceive themselves as overweight are actually at greater risk of obesity as adults, according to research findings. (Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Being overweight and having an eating disorder.When you are both overweight and anorexic.Fat talk makes women…
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Why I love my knees.

Why I love my knees. (Huffington Post) Many years ago, a friend made a passing comment about her “fat knees.” I was about 22 at the time and utterly baffled. (Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome, intergenerational trauma.5 Love Languages: Oprah takes the quiz.5 Love Languages on men, sex and love.The science…
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Do not judge the pretty girls at the gym.

Why I don’t judge the ‘pretty girls’ at the gym anymore. (Huffington Post) I know! I have been judged my whole life by people like her. She thinks she is so perfect. She thinks guys will bow down to her. That girls will want to be her. (Visited 40 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Teenage girls…
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I wear a bikini because… f*ck you.

I wear a bikini because… f*ck you. (Huffington Post) Here are the top six reasons why I, as a 43-year-old, size 12, mother of four, woman with thunder thighs, feel totally justified in rocking a two-piece. (Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Women more bikini confident in their 50s.8 things taught about marriage that are wrong.10 reasons to stop…
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Hypergymnasia: The eating disorder that is not.

Hypergymnasia: The eating disorder that isn’t. (Eating Disorder Hope) Not that I would have admitted it then, even while down on the cold floor of the gym surrounded by strangers who looked both concerned and horrified after I had collapsed yet again during an intense workout, but I was a living textbook example of hypergymnasia,…
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Shattering biggest stereotypes about fat people.

9 facts shatter the biggest stereotypes about fat people. (Mic) The intersectional issues of size, health and weight loss are far more complicated than we’ve been led to believe, and this lack of understanding has led to weight-based discrimination becoming a serious problem across the world. (Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:No more weight loss contests…
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Did you know male athletes can have anorexia?

Did you know male athletes can have anorexia? (Eating Disorder Hope) Studies show that males account for 5-10% of cases of anorexia2. Interestingly, 45% of males with anorexia are involved in “an occupation or athletic team in which control of weight is important for good performance”… (Visited 29 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Mental abuse of…
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Healthy should be the new skinny.

Real beauty: Why we think healthy should be the new skinny. (Huffington Post) (Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:To all the little girls who just want to be skinny.Come together in meditation.I am pretty sure the Grinch is a dry drunk.Mindfulness, music appreciation and empathy.Mental abuse of young athletes.Staying healthy during a divorce.
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Fighting the push for wedding weight loss.

Fighting the unhealthy cultural push for wedding weight loss. (Psychology Today) Diets, cleanses, bridal boot camps, wedding-dress workouts…losing weight for a wedding can become an obsession, a distraction, and a source for stress during an already stressful time. (Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Premarital counseling on your wedding checklist?Planning a wedding with anxiety.No more weight loss…
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Famous nudes photoshopped for modern beauty standards.

Famous nude paintings get photoshopped to fit today’s beauty standards. (Huffington Post)   Wade, a senior photo editor for TakePart, wondered what would happen if the nude muses of artists like Titian and Raphael were exposed to the pressures of women today. (Visited 43 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Healthy should be the new skinny.Curvy Latina stars:…
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Ann Taylor LOFT awkward angle model photo.

Ann Taylor LOFT pulls ‘awkward angle’ model photo. (Huffington Post) By now, we’re used to seeing major Photoshop fails grace the pages of our magazines and websites. But sometimes, a blunder comes along that’s so bad… it makes our stomach hurt. (Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Awkward star talks monster eating disorder.Nike acknowledges curvy women work…
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“Recovery bangs” in an eating disorder?

What are “recovery bangs” in an eating disorder? (Psychology Today) Fragile, dry hair; weakened, brittle fingernails; and dull, dry skin are signs of general malnutrition, particularly when calories, protein and zinc are low. No surprise then that hair loss (and bad fingernails and skin) is common in anorexia nervosa. (Visited 466 times, 2 visits today)Related Posts:Binge…
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Self-monitoring apps: Recovery Record or Rise Up.

Self-monitoring apps: Recovery Record or Rise Up. (Psychology Today) “Self-monitoring takes a commitment of time and effort. The most effective evidence-based treatment approaches for adults incorporate self-monitoring. The information you record will be very helpful to me as your provider. You won’t have to do it forever. It is not something that normal eaters do.”…
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The 20 things you need to let go to be happy.

The 20 things you need to let go to be happy. (Elite Daily) Everyone has one common goal in life: to achieve true happiness. The biggest factor holding us back from achieving our dreams is, simply and sadly, our own selves. We put limitations on ourselves everyday, whether intentionally or unintentionally. (Visited 31 times, 1…
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Body image getting in the way of your sex life?

Is your body image getting in the way of your sex life? (Huffington Post) If you’ve felt so self-conscious about your body that you’ve avoided sex, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Sex researchers note that the rising tide of “appearance anxiety” affects millions of women in the bedroom. (Visited 27 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Telling…
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Do not settle for “almost recovered”.

Don’t settle for “almost recovered”. (Psychology Today) Despite the lack of dramatic and obvious symptoms, those who inhabit this gray zone on the health/illness continuum can nevertheless experience a great deal of anguish. (Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:My husband did not ‘settle’ for a fat wife.Signs you are verbally abused: Part I.The link between…
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10 ways we body shame without realizing it.

10 ways we body shame without realizing it. (Internal Acceptance Movement) The Internal Acceptance Movement is an online space that advocates self-acceptance, healthy body image, recovery from self-destructive behaviors and addictions, and the acceptance of all people, regardless of what they look like, who they identify as, what they have been through, and where they…
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Fat talk makes women less likeable.

‘Fat talk’ makes women less likeable whether they are overweight or thin, study finds. (Huffington Post) I remember hearing it all the time in my all-girls high school. “I’m so fat.” “My _____s are huge.” “I can’t believe I ate that. I’m disgusting.” I remember hearing it even more in my own head. (Visited 17…
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Thigh gap: New body obsession?

‘Thigh gap’: New body obsession for teen girls? (Eating Disorders Online) A quick Google search for “thigh gap” returns a plethora of results, including an article titled, “How to Get the Thigh Gap,” and a Tumblr page called “Do it for the Thigh Gap.”   (Visited 36 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Diet obsession: How to…
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Peer competition impacts body image.

Study compares the relative impact of peer competition, television, and social media on girls’ body image. (Medical News Today) Peers exert a greater influence on teenage girls’ dissatisfaction with their bodies than do thin ideals in television or social media use, according to new research¹ by Dr. Christopher J. Ferguson and colleagues from Texas A…
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Women more bikini confident in their 50s.

Women feel more bikini confident in their 50s than women in their 20s. (Huffington Post) While women in their 20s and 30s are scrambling around trying to get ‘bikini ready’, women 20 or 30 years older them already feel confident that they are there. New research has revealed that six in 10 women are at the most comfortable with…
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Accepting the reality of bad body image.

Eating disorder therapist Emily Sandoz on accepting the reality of bad body image. (Huffington Post) The ACT approach to bad body image sounds a lot more realistic than plans that aim for unconditional love and acceptance. You’re actually teaching individuals how to accept reality — the good, the bad and the ugly. (Visited 35 times,…
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Diet obsession: How to break free.

Diet obsession: How to break free. (SheKnows) Ahhh — summer weather is here. Which means dieting time, right? No! Stop the madness and get back to living. Here are three steps you can take today to stop yourself from riding the dieting rollercoaster. (Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:10 reasons to stop dieting now.5…
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Wearing your weight as armor.

Wearing your weight as armor. (World of Psychology) What is the connection between sexual abuse and developing an eating disorder? The answer is guilt, shame, anesthesia, self-punishment, soothing, comfort, protection and rage. (Visited 80 times, 1 visits today)Related Posts:Confessions of a Spanx addict.When law school gives you an eating disorder.Want to know why you cannot…
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