Three Steps to Transform the National Weight Debate


By Claire Mysko, Media Literacy and Body Image Expert The United States has issues when it comes to food, weight, and body image. There are an estimated 24 million people who suffer with eating disorders (a growing number of them are children), and even more Americans who fall into gray areas of disordered eating. Then of course … [Read more...]

The Sizing Nightmare: What do Labels Tell Us about Ourselves?

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By Valerie Martin A recent article at the New York Times has the web buzzing with rants about the inconsistency of women's clothing sizes, which, as any woman who has ever bought clothes in the U.S. knows, is nothing new. Five years ago, Newsweek did an article on vanity sizing (manufacturers' practice of putting a smaller … [Read more...]

If You’re Fat, Your Paycheck Might Not Be


By Ashley-Michelle Papon When it comes to cultural and social inequalities between men and women, the wage gap is one of the most widely accepted yet paradoxically ignored aspects of the gendered disparity. For over 30 years, equal pay has been the law of the land, though numerous independent studies have established that … [Read more...]

The Truth About Celebrity Weight Loss


By Claire Mysko In Hollywood, female stars who shed pounds get glamorous photo shoots and breathless “How She Did It!” cover stories. But not all slimmed-down celebrities are falling over themselves to shout their new stats from the rooftops and share their diet and exercise tips with the world. Their reluctance to do so points … [Read more...]

Carrie Fisher Joins the Ongoing “Star Wars” Against Fat


By Ashley-Michelle Papon Carrie Fisher, the woman who launched a thousand nerd fandoms as heroine Princess Leia from “Star Wars,” has recently joined the ranks of Kirstie Alley and Valerie Bertinelli in pimping out subscription diet plans. As the newest face of Jenny Craig, Fisher discusses the pain associated with being … [Read more...]

Filling Out Fashion: The Expanding Plus-Size Industry


Do clothes make the woman? These days, the catwalk has become a podium for size acceptance. But will big, beautiful women find real power there? BY OPHIRA EDUT I'M CHILLING ON THE COUCH WITH A BAG OF CHEETOS, watching a beauty pageant on the tube. Women parade across the stage, draped in gowns, after-five wear, casual attire. A … [Read more...]

Fat Talk Free Week: Banning the “F” Word

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By Bonnie Rochman, TIME Coming soon to a college campus near you: a ban on "fat talk." O.K., so the ban is voluntary — and temporary — but it's designed to get students to think about the psychological effect of even seemingly innocuous comments like "Omigosh, you look so good — have you lost weight?" … [Read more...]

NOW’s Love Your Body Campaign and NOH8 Join Forces to Promote Acceptance For All


America’s Next Top Model Whitney Thompson recently created a media buzz posing nude for the Hollywood NOW's Love Your Body campaign. The Love Your Body Day photo shoot, Thompson joined by the event's creator, Chenese Lewis. The dynamic duo is back with a new campaign combining Love Your Body and NOH8, protesting California's … [Read more...]

New York Fashion Week To Include Curves

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New York Fashion Week FINALLY embraces curves with first ever plus-size fashion show by Daniel Bates at Mail Online They have traditionally been shunned from the world's catwalks in favour of stick-thin women. But the rise in popularity of plus-size models is gathering pace as New York Fashion Week prepares to host its … [Read more...]

She’s so Normal She’s FAT

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More and more mainstream media coverage looks at body image in the context of what it means to be a normal, healthy size. Unfortunately, these stories are laced with the false assumption that if you are thin you're healthy and if you're fat you are not. I know first hand that my size has nothing to do with the status of my … [Read more...]