Newest Diet Fad Offers False Positive

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon As I prepare to celebrate my daughter's fourth month of life, it only takes a quick glance at my stomach to wish I could burn through the baby weight. My complaint isn't unusual; after all, losing weight has become America's pastime. According to the Aug. 12, 2010 edition of PR Newswire, most Americans … [Read more...]

EDNOS: The Eating Disorder You Haven’t Heard Of

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Editor’s note: Under the recently released DSM-V (2013) EDNOS is now categorized as OSFED (Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder). See the National Eating Disorders Association for additional information.  By Michelle Cantrell of VenusVision.com When I received the diagnosis of Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified … [Read more...]

The Skinny on Pregnancy Weight Gain

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By Julie M. Green As soon as you fall pregnant, suddenly everyone is an expert extolling advice, whether you want it or not. Whole bookstore shelves are jam packed with “manuals” telling you what to do and what not to do when you’re expecting.  One such “commandment” recommends a 25-35lbs weight gain during pregnancy, regardless … [Read more...]

A Male View of Women’s Battle with their Bodies

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By William Leith published as "Women and body image: a man's perspective" at Telegraph.co.uk on May 23, 2010 Ever wondered why a man can look at an advert featuring a six-pack and laugh, while a woman might look at a photograph of female perfection and fall to pieces? William Leith thinks he might have uncovered the … [Read more...]

Deprivation and Dehydration Standard for Male Models

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"You, too, can't have a body like this" by Peta Bee at The Times Online Daniel Martin regularly puts his body through hell. For days at a time he restricts fluid intake so severely that the resulting dehydration causes headaches, haziness and overwhelming fatigue. Having trained for weeks like an Olympian with high-intensity … [Read more...]

Fat Can Still Mean Fit

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Don't Be Shamed by "The Weight Talk" by Jessica Holden Sherwood at the Ms. Magazine Blog I recently had my annual physical, and I got The Weight Talk for the first time. Luckily, I had come prepared.  While driving to the appointment, I even rehearsed in anticipation. … [Read more...]

How I Reconciled My Diet With My Feminism | | AlterNet

Ninety-five percent of dieters gain the weight back. Diets don't work. They perpetuate the idea that the less space we take up in the world, the more lovable, beautiful and valuable we are. … [Read more...]

Why Being Fat Is–and Isn’t–All That

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Our nation is in a crisis. Our waistlines are bulging almost as quickly as our stock market is plunging. More and more Americans are finding themselves uninsured and at the doctor - primarily for weight related conditions such heart disease and diabetes. I am a strong believer in taking responsibility for your self and your health. … [Read more...]

Jessica Simpson’s Controversial Curves

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  By Ophira Edut Today's understatement: I'm not a huge Jessica Simpson fan. Her singing is insipid, her "dad-ager" creeps me out, and she seems totally dependent on men for self-esteem. But I have to say, big courage to her for flaunting a figure that looks more like the average American woman's than I've seen on any … [Read more...]