Break My Nose and Make Me Pretty: Why I Said No to Plastic Surgery

Paul Appleyard

By Z Zoccolante The doctor holds his finger against the bridge of my nose, covering the small bump. In the mirror, my profile looms. Little fairies jump on a trampoline in my belly. Black Sharpie lines conjoin in a fractured map along my nose, outlining the nose I've always wanted. I am sixteen and time spills before me like a … [Read more...]

Mom, Dad: Meet My Eating Disorder

Rachel Gardner

By Hannah White Anorexia is innately personal. It's between you and your flesh, you and your bones. It's a body count of one. It causes you to withdraw within yourself, to turn from our food-laden world and burrow into a space of so-called control. Your "safe foods" go into your mouth, and no one else's. It's not a plea for … [Read more...]

Skinny Guilt: Am I Not Allowed To Hate My Body?

Too skinny to have body image issues?  Diane Hopkins doesn't think so?

Skinny Guilt: Am I Not Allowed To Hate My Body? By Diane Hopkins of Women Enough ‘I’ve seen your photo and I don’t feel sorry for you,’ a woman who had suffered from poor body image told me. I guess I was asking for that- being skinny and an editor of a website that advocates positive body image for women. Straight … [Read more...]

The Power of Social Media and the Thigh Gap Trap

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By Nicki Karimipour The thigh gap is everywhere—on social media sites, television, in books and clothing catalogs. It was even rumored that Beyoncé digitally altered photographs posted to her Instagram so that it appeared as if she had a thigh gap. Most of you know that a thigh gap refers to the empty space between a woman's … [Read more...]

Running from Self-Objectification

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By Lexie Kite from Beauty Redefined, cross-posted with permission When we grow up surrounded by appearance-obsessed media's "Weight Less, Smile More!!" and "Perfect Your Parts, Perfect Your Life!!" headlines plastered everywhere, those messages rake in billions and get us nowhere closer to real health and happiness. Instead, … [Read more...]

“But I Still Hate My Body” – Eating Disorder Recovery and Body Image

Image by Jose Vicente Jimenez Ribas

By Hannah White "I'm following my meal plan, but I still hate my body." For those recovering from an eating disorder, this is a daily refrain. The typical response from a professional, however, is often infuriatingly vague. Wait it out, we're told. Stay the course. Body image comes later. Body image comes later. But … [Read more...]

Reimagining Barbie: Villain or Victim?

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By Lisa Wade, PhD at Sociological Images Earlier this year, Barbie posed for Sports Illustrated, triggering a round of eye-rolling and exasperation among those who care about the self-esteem and overall mental health of girls and women. Barbie replied with the hashtag #unapologetic, arguing in an — I’m gonna guess, … [Read more...]

Protecting our Daughters’ Self-Esteem: How does the Internet Harm Our Girls?

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By Amy Williams In a world where trending stories revolve around human Barbies and celebrity plastic surgery fails, it's easy to get distracted by superficial concerns. Selfies and "belfies" (pictures of a person's toned backside) flood teens' news feeds begging for "likes" and comments. Social media and the Internet play huge … [Read more...]

Yoga Journal’s Body Image Issues: the Kathryn Budig Cover

Yoga Journal the Body Issue

(Editor's note: 20.4 million people practice yoga in America. And chances are that includes you or someone you know. Yoga's original purpose is to attain mind-body-spirit oneness, but the word has steadily come to equate an exercise craze with a market worth $10 billion per year. The problem is that as a product this new "yoga" is … [Read more...]

Introducing the Yoga and Body Image Coalition

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By Melanie Klein and Brigitte Kouba This post was originally published at YogaDork. It has been updated and cross-posted with permission. Meet the Yoga and Body Coalition, an alliance created to unite individual efforts in promoting inclusivity, active transformation, and physical, spiritual, and mental empowerment in the … [Read more...]