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

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(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...]

A Life in Loathed Body Parts

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By Hannah White For me, it started with my arms. I was in kindergarten when a classmate called Amy—I remember her vividly—approached me from across the room. “You have hair on your arms, like a bear,” she observed. My eyes dropped as I looked from her smooth white arms to the light-colored hair on my own, and it became … [Read more...]

Three Things Not To Say To Someone In Recovery – And Three to Try Instead

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By Allison Epstein So you know someone in recovery from an eating disorder. Or you’re in recovery yourself, and are looking to help your support system understand what you need. If the latter is the case, congratulations on the complicated but ultimately empowering decision to choose recovery. I might or might not know you (it’s … [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...]

5 Ways to Have a Body-Positive Summer

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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...]

My, What Big Muscles You Can Have: Ads, Men, and Dangerous Lies

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  By Brian Cuban, Contributor Have you ever noticed those pop-up ads that appear with images of incredibly ripped celebrities, humongous body builders and the same ripped senior citizen touting what can be achieved just by taking this supplement, some testosterone or replacement regime, or that mysterious powder? … [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...]

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...]