The Weight/Health Conspiracy: A Conversation With Body of Truth Author Harriet Brown

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By Kate Walford, Intern 2015 Size discrimination doesn't just focus on looks. America's so-called "obesity epidemic" has led the medical establishment to push a policy based on healthism, focused on weight as an indicator of health. The idea that one can tell a person's health based on their size is complete bullshit—and Harriet … [Read more...]

Endometriosis and the Nature of the “Female Disease”

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By Lisbeth Leftwich, Intern 2015 Author's note: I use the phrases "female" and "woman" throughout this article to refer to someone who experiences or has experienced menstruation, because of my linguistic need for shorthand. However, it's important to note that not all women have uteruses, and not all those who have uteruses are … [Read more...]

Go Barefaced to Raise Awareness for Eating Disorders on Monday, Feb. 25th

Contributor, Valerie Kusler, rockin' a beautiful, bare face.

  By Valerie Martin In December 2011, The Renfrew Center Foundation – a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to advancing the education, prevention, research and treatment of eating disorders – commissioned a study of nearly 1,300 women ages 18 and up. Their goal was to capture women’s feelings about and … [Read more...]

Go Barefaced to Raise Awareness for Eating Disorders on Feb. 27th

Me sans makeup. Ok, I bit the bullet on the internet... now can we do it for real on the 27th? You bet!

By Valerie Martin In December 2011, The Renfrew Center Foundation – a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to advancing the education, prevention, research and treatment of eating disorders – commissioned a study of nearly 1,300 women ages 18 and up. Their goal was to capture women’s feelings about and motivations behind … [Read more...]

Fat Black Women Feel Good and That’s a Problem

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By Tami Winfrey Harris Here is exhibit thirtyleventybillion of how the positive attributes of black women are twisted, folded and rejiggered to be negative through a racist and sexist lens. … [Read more...]

Dare to Resolve to Ditch Dieting

Official logo for the Ditching Dieting campaign.

By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Aside from bikini season, late December and early January is the other time of year that we’re especially susceptible to feeling bad about our bodies. Special thanks to the media and the diet industry for ensuring we do by reminding us that we overindulged during the end-of-year festivities and we … [Read more...]

Eating Disorders and LGBT: What’s the Connection?

Actress Portia de Rossi, shown here with wife, Ellen DeGeneres, struggled with near-fatal anorexia, which she attributed in large part to keeping her true sexuality a secret for so long. Photo credit YourCelebrityStuff.com

By Valerie Martin October is LGBT history month, and as the resident eating disorders geek here at Adios Barbie (perhaps I’ll upgrade myself to “specialist” after I finish my MSW), it got me thinking about how little I know about the connection between eating disorders and LGBT population. The default assumptions I’ve heard are … [Read more...]

Media Literacy and Body Confidence: Is One Lesson Enough?

From Dove's "Evolution" video

By Valerie Martin This past year, as part of my graduate social work internship I conducted student counseling in a local high school, both one-on-one and in groups. For my final project, I created a presentation on Media Literacy that I gave to 10 classes. It provided an excellent opportunity to see the students’ reactions and … [Read more...]

Dove Video Shown to Impact Girls’ Self-Esteem

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'No wonder our perception of beauty is distorted' - that's the concluding catchphrase of a one-minute video called 'evolution' made by Dove a few years ago to show how cosmetics and computer trickery are used to create the unrealistic portrayals of female models on advertising billboards. Now a team of researchers at the University … [Read more...]