Four Great Reasons to Lose Weight…. Loss TV Shows

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By Allison Epstein Confession: while the goal for many people during the New Year is to give up our vices, I will never turn my back on TLC’s Say Yes To The Dress. Yes, after a steady diet of feminist literature and blogging, it’s difficult to silence the running commentary in the back of my head. “Oh, don’t get a veil, … [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...]

Judging Others, Avoiding Ourselves: Grappling With Body Negativity

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By Jarune Uwujaren  Originally published at Everyday Feminism and cross-posted with permission. You judge people. I’m not judging you for it. I do it, too. And judging people for judging people is a rabbit hole I don’t plan on going down. But how many of the judgments that you make about other people based on … [Read more...]

How You Should Feel About Your Body When You’re Pregnant

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By Kate Fridkis Originally published at Eat The Damn Cake, cross-posted with permission. “If this is your first pregnancy, you may be especially bothered by changes in your body image,” said the Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy, published in 2011. It went on to clarify, “Simply put, you may feel fat and … [Read more...]

When Self Worth Becomes the Biggest Loser

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By Allison Epstein (Intern, 2013) On the inside, I’m still about 7 years old. There’s a shelf in my bedroom dedicated to Disney movies. When I’m stressed, I’ve been known to break out coloring pages. I’m still a little upset that I didn’t get my Hogwarts letter when I was 11. I look back on my childhood as a simpler time, … [Read more...]

How to Stay Body Positive Through the Holidays

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By Maddie Ruud ‘Tis the season to be jolly... and also incredibly stressed. For many of us, the holidays can be one of the most difficult times to stay body positive. With a full roster of family gatherings and work functions (most of them centered on food), it can be hard to maintain personal balance -- and on top of that, of … [Read more...]

“Pregorexia”: Are Celebrities Really to Blame?

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon Yesterday morning, I fished around in my dresser drawer for a pair of pants that wouldn’t make me hate myself. I grimaced when I realized the only option was a pair of threadbare maternity jeans. I let out an exasperated sigh, because with a toddler in tow, I’m outside of the acceptable window to still … [Read more...]

The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things: Body Acceptance in YA Literature

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By Sayantani DasGupta Despite movements toward Health at Every Size (HAES), the truth of the matter is, size shaming is alive and well in this country. From the “Strong4Life” Georgia childhood obesity campaign to New York City’s “Cut your Portions, Cut your Risk” campaign scare tactics and body shame are part and parcel of the … [Read more...]

Why Shawn Johnson’s Weight Loss is Not Heroic

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon Three years ago, America fell in love with the plucky Shawn Johnson. Just 16, she captured plenty of hearts—and headlines—with three silver medals during the 2008 Olympics. The talented gymnast also took home a gold medal, a highlight for many during a competition riddled with controversy and accusations … [Read more...]

Michelle Obama’s “Biggest” Mistake

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Introduction by Ragen Chastain When I heard that Michelle Obama was going on The Biggest Loser to congratulate the participants on being role models I knew that I had to do something. So I e-mailed my friend Darryl Roberts, filmmaker of America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments. We wrote a well-researched article pointing … [Read more...]