Overweight Americans Have the Lowest Risk of Premature Death

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By Lisa Wade, PhD at Sociological Images Last year the Journal of the American Medical Association released a study aiming to determine the relationship between body mass index and the risk of premature death. Body mass index, or BMI, is the ratio between your height and weight. According to the National Institutes of Health, … [Read more...]

How To Support People’s Health Issues Without Fat Shaming

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By Erin McKelle at Everyday Feminism, cross-posted with permission There’s a lot of propaganda about how being overweight negatively affects your health in seemingly every way possible. Because a lot of this is considered to be factual (even though there are numerous studies that disprove the myth that being overweight is … [Read more...]

Body Image and Our Kids: Getting the Words Right

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By Cherie Ditcham In the film Memento, a man suffering from short-term memory loss tattoos clues to himself on his body to help remind him of his identity. Unfortunately, the memory he is remembering isn’t the real story. Now, imagine if every word that you spoke about yourself appeared on your skin like a tattoo. What would … [Read more...]

Read My Hips: A Body Image Memoir By Kim Brittingham


Sometimes the journey to body positivity can feel like a lonely one. We’re surrounded on all sides by advertisements urging us to lose that last xx pounds, dye those pesky gray hairs back to their “natural” color, or try the latest miracle cure guaranteed to melt off pounds and pounds of fat. (Is it just me, or does anything at all … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Have a Body-Positive Summer


By Erin McKelle Oh, hi! So you may have noticed that I’m doing this video in a bikini. And there’s a reason for it. Because today’s video is all about body positivity.  I am going to give you five ways today that you can have a body positive summer. So let’s get started. The first thing is to share your bikini body … [Read more...]

Too Much To Love: Family, Size, and Finally Learning to Love Your Body

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By Sarah Tedesco After six stores of screaming matches, tears, a few thrown flip-flops, my grandmother, mom and I walked in to the seventh and final store to find my Bat Mitzvah dress.  I prayed it would be the last since I wasn’t sure that I could handle my mother asking me to suck in my stomach one more time. “Just stand up a … [Read more...]

The Shame of Fat-Shaming

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By Sayantani DasGupta at The Weeklings The patient is large. Very large. At more than 600 pounds, he is a mountain of flesh.  “My stomach hurts,” he says, his voice surprisingly high and childlike. The other day, a colleague brought to my attention an essay from The Washington Post called “A morbidly obese patient tests … [Read more...]

Shake It Out: What Zumba Taught Me About Tackling Fitness Standards and Loving My Body

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By Amber Ikeman, Intern 2014 I used to hate dancing. Well, it wasn't so much that I hated it - I thought I was terrible at it. I took dance classes all throughout high school as part of my specialized performing arts program. Four years of ballet, jazz, tap, and modern, and most days I left class crying or feeling extremely … [Read more...]

Shaving Your Legs Is Not Feminist (But You Can Still Be A Feminist And Shave)


By Anne Thériault from The Belle Jar, cross-posted with permission. I posted this picture (by Natalya Lobanova) on my Facebook page yesterday and received a bunch of varying responses to it. Some people loved it. A bunch of people shared it. But some also found it insulting and judgmental, and took it as a criticism of women who … [Read more...]

I’m A Tiny Asian Woman: Eating All the Cheetos in the World Isn’t Going to Make Me Grow Bigger

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by Christina Majaski; Cross-posted with permission from xo Jane When it comes to body sizes, “normal” is often person-specific.   I’m 40 years old. I don’t think about my body too much anymore unless I’m scheming on ways to get rid of organs that seem to no longer serve any useful purpose. Like ovaries, for … [Read more...]