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...]

Five Ways to Support a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

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By Melissa A. Fabello Eating disorder recovery – defined in simplest terms as a remission from disordered eating behavior with the goal of becoming healthy again – can sometimes feel like a delicate balance for those in the process. Constantly surrounded by the very substance that threatens a relapse into disordered behavior, … [Read more...]

“Attention: People With Body Parts”

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By Melissa A. Fabello "I sit on the freckled sidewalk miles and years later. You bend in the humid air, bowing down to the grass mingling between the cracks. You, like the grass, would always come back. Through the cracks, through the scar tissue of my razor-cut legs. I trace my fingertips through your misplaced feathers, early … [Read more...]

Five Lessons in Loving Your Body

2012 winner of LYBD poster contest by Erin Agnoli

By Maddie Ruud Today is Love Your Body Day (#LYBD), inspiring all of us to take stock of our personal relationships with our bodies--an area where we all have room for improvement. For 15 years, the NOW (National Organization for Women) Foundation has encouraged us to challenge society’s messages that our worth as women is … [Read more...]

In the Mirror: What Do You See?

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By Ophira Edut, Pia Guerrero & Sharon Haywood, AdiosBarbie.com Editors Why do you look in the mirror? And what’s happening in your head when you do? Mirror time is often distracted, a place to procrastinate or drift to when you feel anxious. In the midst of a creative block, we’ve popped non-existent zits, pinched our … [Read more...]

How I Survived a Week Without Make-up

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By Pia Guerrero, Co-Founder/Editor My step-mother, Maria, and my dad have had a 20+ year running joke. Somehow or other the subject of beauty and make-up arises over the dinner table every time I visit.  My dad in all the flamboyant words and gestures that the Spanish language allows exclaims how he would rather die than 'let' his … [Read more...]

What Not to Say to Someone with an Eating Disorder

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By Maddie Ruud Good Intentions You just found out that your loved one has an eating disorder. Or perhaps an acquaintance revealed their struggle during the course of a conversation. You want to be understanding. You want to help in any way you can. You want to encourage, affirm, support, validate. But what you thought were kind … [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...]

Anatomy of a Sex Symbol

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  “Maybe I’m a sexless sex goddess.” - Marilyn Monroe to Life magazine journalist Richard Meryman, 1961 By Sheila O'Malley, Joan's Digest The sexiest woman in America didn’t have an orgasm until the last year of her life.  Despite her famous love affairs and marriages, not to mention the fact that she was the … [Read more...]

Novel as Mirror: Teen Literature and Body Image

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By Sayantani DasGupta The first young adult (YA) novel I ever read that had to do with body image was Judy Blume’s Deenie (1973). In it, 13-year-old Wilmadeen “Deenie” is the “pretty one” of the family, the one whose mother dreams will be a model someday. When Deenie is diagnosed with scoliosis and required to wear a back brace, … [Read more...]