Gyms: Made For Body Building or Bashing?

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By Gabby Vachon When I entered my gym’s locker room the day after New Year’s, there was something strange about the usual crowd I usually encountered. Perhaps it was the snarl of disgust adorning their faces? Nevertheless, I paid them little attention, until I turned around and spotted the object of their disarming stares. A … [Read more...]

Health as a Moral Imperative: Chasing Gold Stars

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By Michelle Parrinello-Cason Originally published at Balancing Jane and cross-posted with permission. Saturday night, I went to the wedding of a friend from my childhood. It was the first time that both my husband and I had been out, together, child-free, and with a safe ride home in over a year. We drank, danced, laughed, … [Read more...]

Why “Don’t Talk Shit About People’s Bodies (Including Your Own)” Is A Better Resolution Than “Fight Fat Talk”

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By Claire Mysko I get what Jennifer Lawrence was going for when she told Barbara Walters “it should be illegal to call somebody fat on TV.” Media bodysnarking is a profitable blood sport, and Lawrence has become America’s body image heroine by refusing to play victim. She doesn’t diet. She dares to mention her passion for fried … [Read more...]

Modern Beauty Standards Imposed on Classic Art Show Narrowness of Today’s Ideal

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by Rebecca Hains Originally published at rebeccahains.wordpress.com; cross-posted with permission. Several years ago, I was admiring the Venus de Milo at the Louvre when a group of American teens approached. Eyeing the statue, one girl blurted out: “She’s so fat.”Her friends laughed and agreed, but her comment just made me … [Read more...]

A New Wrinkle on Old Research

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By Susie P. Gonzalez Previous body image research has revealed the negative effects of "fat talk" in girls and young women, but new research by psychology professor Carolyn Black Becker of Trinity University and others suggests that the dissatisfaction with a woman's self-image may become more complex as she ages and move … [Read more...]

Are You Addicted to Food or Addicted to Dieting?

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by Golda Poretsky Every week, I hear from people who feel like they’re addicted to food. When you feel like you’re addicted to food, you can’t stop thinking about what you’re going to eat, what you just ate, what you might eat later. You rarely crave the nutrient dense stuff, but rather find yourself thinking about desserts … [Read more...]

Apparently Your Figure is Everyone’s Moral Issue

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By Chelsey Anderson (Intern, 2012) It comes as no surprise that many Americans don’t lead the healthiest of lifestyles. We drink, we stress, and we don’t sleep enough. Somehow though, the issues that strongly elicit a moral outrage and condemnation are those tied to weight. A prime example of this prejudice can be found in the … [Read more...]

Betty Draper’s Fat Suit and Other Ageist Travesties on “Mad Men”

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By Sayantani DasGupta Full disclosure first: I am a Mad Men addict. I love the show, its period costumes and sets, its take on the social and political changes of the 50’s and 60’s, and most of all I love that sexist, chain-smoking adver-jerk Don Draper and his square cut Dick Tracy jaw. So, I write this rant as a fan. … [Read more...]

Activist Counters Fat Shaming Ads with Body Positive Billboard

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By Jennifer Jonassen At the beginning of the year a trio of activists spearheaded a movement against the discriminatory campaign based in Georgia called Strong4Life. This controversial campaign features toxic messages with the intent of combatting childhood obesity primarily through shame. Hundreds of people were inspired to … [Read more...]

Pregnancy, Body Image and the Age of ‘Bump Watch’

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By Melanie Klein Originally posted at Feminist Fatale. Updated for Elephant Journal and Adios Barbie. I'm pregnant but I just feel fat. I can’t believe I said it – not once, not twice but repeatedly throughout my entire pregnancy. I started to feel that way at the beginning of my first trimester and it continued all … [Read more...]