Read My Hips: A Body Image Memoir By Kim Brittingham

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Sometimes the journey to body positivity can feel like a lonely one. We’re surrounded on all sides by advertisements urging us to lose that last xx pounds, dye those pesky gray hairs back to their “natural” color, or try the latest miracle cure guaranteed to melt off pounds and pounds of fat. (Is it just me, or does anything at all … [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...]

The Shame of Fat-Shaming

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By Sayantani DasGupta at The Weeklings The patient is large. Very large. At more than 600 pounds, he is a mountain of flesh.  “My stomach hurts,” he says, his voice surprisingly high and childlike. The other day, a colleague brought to my attention an essay from The Washington Post called “A morbidly obese patient tests … [Read more...]

6 Things I Understand About The Fat Acceptance Movement

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By Jes Baker This piece originally appeared on The Militant Baker and has been cross-posted here with permission. First, a little information about me, because I'm sure the first thing people will do upon reading this is make assumptions about who I am: I am a 27 year old American woman who is comprehensively involved in the … [Read more...]

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...]