Mom, Dad: Meet My Eating Disorder

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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...]

Girls in Pants and Boys in Princess Costumes — The Horror!

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By Gabrielle DeFranceschi of The Language Effect, cross-posted with permission Flipping through this year's Halloween magazines, I realized I might actually cry tears of joy if I saw a little boy pictured in a princess costume, or a little girl dressed as Superman. It is 2014, after all, and we have come a long way in the past … [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...]

Disney Starlets Getting Thinner?

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By Gabby Vachon For the last decade, The Disney Channel has successfully launched the careers of the most popular teen superstars. But are these young Hollywood starlets getting thinner, and what message does that send young viewers? I was perusing Tumblr when I found this picture of the three "generations" of Disney … [Read more...]

It’s Here: Day of the Girl 2013!

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By Allison Epstein and Erin McKelle Looking for a reason to celebrate October 11 other than it finally being Friday? How about the Second Annual International Day of the Girl? Created in 2011 by the United Nations to “recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world,” the Day of the Girl provides … [Read more...]

When Self Worth Becomes the Biggest Loser

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By Allison Epstein (Intern, 2013) On the inside, I’m still about 7 years old. There’s a shelf in my bedroom dedicated to Disney movies. When I’m stressed, I’ve been known to break out coloring pages. I’m still a little upset that I didn’t get my Hogwarts letter when I was 11. I look back on my childhood as a simpler time, … [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...]

The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents: A Must Read!

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By Crystal Smith; cross-posted with permission When author Marci Warhaft-Nadler approached me about reviewing The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents, she told me that she had aimed to write a book that was easy for parents to read and relate to; a kind of quick reference guide for parents about the body image issues their … [Read more...]

How Yoga Changed My Mind (And My Relationship to My Body)

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By Melanie Klein For the women in my family, the body was a source of anxiety, shame, a measure of discipline and worth – something to fret over, scrutinize, and punish for bad behavior. Food invoked anxiety and fear. Calories were meticulously tracked and exercised away as quickly as possible. The women openly complained … [Read more...]

Minnie Mouse Doesn’t Need a Model Makeover

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By Ragen Chastain When the high-end department store Barney’s decided to collaborate with Disney for its holiday window, Barney’s creative director, David Freedman insisted that, “the important thing to me was always that it had to be authentic. It really had to hit the nail on the head in every detail.” When it came to the … [Read more...]