The Most Wonderful Time of the Year? Violence and the Holidays

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon George Zimmerman has been described as “the most hated man in America.” In case you spent 2012 avoiding the news about murder cases in Florida due to a Casey Anthony-inspired news coverage hangover, Zimmerman was the overzealous night watchman who was acquitted in the shooting death of unarmed teenager, … [Read more...]

BMI in Schools: Educating Children in Self-Loathing, Not Health

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By Sayantani DasGupta I don’t know how, as a pediatrician, mother, and body politics activist, I missed it all this time. But, I recently learned something that rocked my world in an avalanche of outrage and horror. I was preparing to give a talk at The Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, on a … [Read more...]

How Diets Decrease Your Self-Esteem and Not Your Size!

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Dieting and Body Image: The Facts By Maddie Ruud from hubpages.com Raking in $40 billion every year, the diet industry is one of the most profitable areas of our economy today. One out of three women and one out of four men are on a diet at any given time. With these statistics, you well may wonder why the so-called … [Read more...]

Expressing Disorder: Art Therapies for Eating Disorder Treatment

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By Valerie Kusler Several years ago, David Alvarado learned that the woman he had recently fallen in love with was severely bulimic. Never having been exposed to eating disorders (EDs) at a personal level, questions swirled around his head, but answers were elusive. The more David read about EDs, the more he wanted to understand … [Read more...]

Michelle Obama’s “My Plate” Leaves Us Hungry

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by Ophira Edut Lights, camera, action! It's...oh. It's my middle school pamphlet on the five basic food groups, right? Wait, no, it's my Weight Watchers tracker where I can enter what I just ate into an online widget. Cool! What? It's not that? Oh, oh, now I see: it's the First Lady's big healthy eating initiative, … [Read more...]

Body of Lies: Debunking the BMI

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon It’s that time of year again: swimming pools are opening, students are jogging, and if you’re a mom, you’re probably getting fat. According to a new study released in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, young mothers are more likely to make poor dietary decisions, less … [Read more...]

Body Image: Are We Wired for Distortion?

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By Ashley Solomon of Nourishing the Soul Do you ever wonder why you can’t seem to move past those disparaging thoughts about your hips or belly? Your weight may be less to blame than your brain, according to recent research on body image. While body image admittedly has many sources of influence (such as parental commentary … [Read more...]

Dove Video Shown to Impact Girls’ Self-Esteem

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'No wonder our perception of beauty is distorted' - that's the concluding catchphrase of a one-minute video called 'evolution' made by Dove a few years ago to show how cosmetics and computer trickery are used to create the unrealistic portrayals of female models on advertising billboards. Now a team of researchers at the University … [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...]

Ads With ‘Real’ Women Don’t Work: Mediabistro.com

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By Matt Van Hoven of Mediabistro A study from Arizona State University, University of Cologne in Germany and Erasmus University in the Netherlands found that campaigns utilizing real sized women, which includes 'plus-sized' models, "are unlikely to work on their intended customers". "We found that overweight consumers … [Read more...]