Tag Archives: body image issues

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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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.   Related Posts:7 things that make a woman sexy.People who make things happen.Surprising little things make a…
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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.   Related Posts:Being overweight and having an eating disorder.Celebrities change view of mental…
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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.   Related Posts:Eating disorders secret epidemic facing gay men.Chewing and spitting eating disorder facts.Pure…
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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.   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 talk makes women less likeable.Small…
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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.   Related Posts:Do not settle for “almost recovered”.5 clues your boyfriend is your future husband.12 signs you…
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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. Related Posts:Social anxiety: How to cope during holidays.21 women…
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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. Related Posts:16 non-sexual things make a woman insanely sexy.People…
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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. 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 at your first therapy session.I…
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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? 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 in 20s.17 harmful myths about…
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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. Related Posts:Guidelines for childhood obesity prevention programs.When people comment on weight or dieting.5 ways to shut down body bashing…
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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.   Related Posts:Healthy should be the new skinny.Signs on your way to living your best life.Teenage girls use Instagram to fix…
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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.”   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 recovering women.Nike acknowledges curvy women…
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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. Related Posts:Women more bikini confident in their 50s.Nike acknowledges…
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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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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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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. Related Posts:Being overweight and having an eating disorder.When you are both overweight and anorexic.Fat talk makes women less likeable.Privileged teens more self-centered–and…
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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. 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 of love in the 21st…
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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. Related Posts:Teenage girls use Instagram to fix relationships…
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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. Related Posts:Women more bikini confident in their 50s.8 things taught about marriage that are wrong.10 reasons to stop dieting now.Reasons to break free…
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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. Related Posts:No more weight loss contests at work!Why do people drunk…
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Healthy should be the new skinny.

Real beauty: Why we think healthy should be the new skinny. (Huffington Post) 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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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. Related Posts:Healthy should be the new skinny.Curvy Latina stars: More celebs love their bodies.People…
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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. Related Posts:Awkward star talks monster eating disorder.Nike acknowledges curvy women work out, too.12 sizes. One photo…
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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. Related Posts:Telling women that men find curves…
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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. Related Posts:Why…
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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.”   Related Posts:Diet obsession: How to break free.‘Fitspiration’ exercise obsession.OCD: A…
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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. Related Posts:This is…
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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. Related Posts:Confessions of a Spanx addict.When law school gives you an eating disorder.Want to know why you cannot stop thinking about food?Rx drug…
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