The Sizing Nightmare: What do Labels Tell Us about Ourselves?

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By Valerie Kusler A recent article at the New York Times has the web buzzing with rants about the inconsistency of women's clothing sizes, which, as any woman who has ever bought clothes in the U.S. knows, is nothing new. Five years ago, Newsweek did an article on vanity sizing (manufacturers' practice of putting a smaller … [Read more...]

The Truth About Celebrity Weight Loss

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By Claire Mysko In Hollywood, female stars who shed pounds get glamorous photo shoots and breathless “How She Did It!” cover stories. But not all slimmed-down celebrities are falling over themselves to shout their new stats from the rooftops and share their diet and exercise tips with the world. Their reluctance to do so points … [Read more...]

Discrimination and EDNOS: One Woman’s Story

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TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains information that may be triggering to some readers who have struggled with or are struggling with eating disorder recovery.  By Kath at Fat Heffalump My name is Kath and I suffer from an eating disorder. Officially, I have what is known as an Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Diagnosed … [Read more...]

Seeing Beauty in All: Over-40 Nudes

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By Sharon Haywood In the summer of 2010 photographer Keith Seat gave life to the project “Seeing Beauty in All: Over-40 Nudes” based out of Washington, DC. He has compiled a wonderful array of black-and-white photos, using non-professional models over the age of 4o. (The oldest models to date are in their mid-70s). He explains his … [Read more...]

Battling the Beauty Myth in Argentina

Typical Argentine mannequins found in the capital of Buenos Aires/Photo by Sharon Haywood

In March 2011, the NGO AnyBody is holding international summits around the world. The aim is to save future generations of girls from the misery that turns women against their own bodies. The challenge is to make people understand how and why this is an emergency, to show them how they can do something about it, and to inspire … [Read more...]

Filling Out Fashion: The Expanding Plus-Size Industry

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Do clothes make the woman? These days, the catwalk has become a podium for size acceptance. But will big, beautiful women find real power there? BY OPHIRA EDUT I'M CHILLING ON THE COUCH WITH A BAG OF CHEETOS, watching a beauty pageant on the tube. Women parade across the stage, draped in gowns, after-five wear, casual attire. A … [Read more...]

Mannequins Make a Statement

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Text and photos (below) by Sharon Haywood Australia has made body image news again. The latest relates to the release of size 16D (US 38D/UK 38DD) mannequins in the lingerie section of the mainstream department store Myers. Back in February, Debenhams department store in London started the movement by using size UK 16 mannequins … [Read more...]

Pop Culture’s Relentless Battle with Body Image

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By Valerie Kusler Mainstream pop culture's back-and-forth, wishy-washy affair with body image is nothing new -- but it seems to be rearing its head now more than ever. TV line-ups are springing up shows like "Huge" from ABC Family and the new fall series, "Mike & Molly" from CBS. At first glance, it's easy for mainstream … [Read more...]

“Mom, do my legs look fat in these skinny jeans”?

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By Valerie Kusler It's no secret that "skinny jeans" have dominated the women's denim market for the past year or two. But a new trend of marketing skinny jeans to kids has caused quite a stir and concern. Many are wondering whether the trend is bad for kids', especially girls', who already have delicate body image. Will this … [Read more...]

Is TV Finally Portraying Overweight People With Depth?

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July 11, 2010|By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic Recent and upcoming shows including 'Drop Dead Diva,' 'Huge' and 'Mike and Molly' buck tradition and portray overweight people as actual humans. After years of excavating their alien habits on talk shows, and of turning weight loss into the sort of blood … [Read more...]