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Weight Loss and Diet Industry

Belly Dancer Featured

Let’s see those tummies: stretch marks, scars, fat rolls, and all!

Date: November 7, 2013 | Posted By: Sara O
Google image search “belly” and you will find: 1) Perfectly flat, bikini-clad bellies and model men with six-packs. 2) People woefully grasping at or measuring their belly fat. 3) Pregnant bellies. It’s no wonder that when I found a stretch mark on my belly (after a particularly delicious summer feasting on Afghan food at family Continue reading


Zero Calorie Ads Featured

Zero-calorie products do not equal beauty

Date: October 13, 2013 | Posted By: Katelin
The new magazine advertisement for Glacéau’s recently launched product, Fruitwater, just put me over the edge with the blunt connection that it made between beauty and its zero-calorie beverages. Zero-calorie this, zero-calorie that… I am really tired of the plethora of new “zero-calorie” products on the market. The market for them seems to be exploding Continue reading


Thigh Gap Hot Dog Legs Featured

From thigh gaps to hot dog legs: memes that make us feel bad about our bodies

Date: October 7, 2013 | Posted By: Audrey
Sad that summer’s winding down? Me, too. Nah. Actually not. Because the most popular selfies this season were of people’s “hot dog legs” and I’m sick of looking at them. You know what I’m talking about (possibly because you’ve posted a few yourself?): the shots of tanned, smooth limbs lounging by the pool or beach Continue reading


Flat stomach featured

The earth isn’t flat… and neither are stomachs

Date: September 24, 2013 | Posted By: Elizabeth
I can honestly say that almost every female stomach I have ever seen in the media has been flat. And this is a fact that makes me sick. In no way do I have anything against flat stomachs or people who have them. I accept all body types. I just wish that the media would Continue reading


About-Face Action Featured

Thinking we are defined by our bodies is holding us back

Date: September 9, 2013 | Posted By: Tessa
It’s hardly news that we’re constantly surrounded by images of the “ideal body.” But evidence continues to point out how damaging this ideal is, and how it holds women back from achieving in many areas. And this really gets me riled up! My own experience of existing in this world, of walking down the street, Continue reading


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Love: one size fits all?

Date: September 3, 2013 | Posted By: Sarah L
Brad and Angelina. Kim and Kanye. Beyoncé and Jay Z. Besides being famous, rich, and beautiful, what else do these powerhouse couples have in common? Their size. Think about it. Have you ever thumbed through a magazine and seen celebrity couples who weren’t roughly the same size? If you did happen to see such a Continue reading


BMI Chart Gym Featured

Dear fitness center, the BMI chart on the wall is NOT okay with me

Date: August 29, 2013 | Posted By: Katelin
I have a HUGE bone to pick with my fitness center; a fitness center that I was drawn to because, at the time I joined, I thought that its focus was health and physical activity, not weight loss and numbers. This was incredibly important to me as an individual recovering from a severe eating disorder. Continue reading


Real Beauty Featured

Can we stop trying to define “real beauty?”

Date: August 13, 2013 | Posted By: Sasha
By now, we’re probably all familiar with Dove’s “Real Beauty” campaign – in which the company showcases and celebrates “real bodies and real curves,” aiming to expand the definition of beauty and boost women’s self-esteem. Just take this picture on the left, for example – the familiar lineup of thin, lithe models is contrasted against Continue reading


Clothing Sizes Featured

Narcissism in numbers: what our sizes say about us

Date: August 8, 2013 | Posted By: Sara O
I’ve felt that all-too-familiar terror of walking into a store and wondering what size I’m going to be this time around, or worse, if anything will fit at all. There’s a bit of buzz right now in the media around “vanity sizing” or “size inflation.” Vanity sizing refers to the trend of clothing measurements getting Continue reading


Adipositivity Featured

Fabulously fat: The Adipositivity Project

Date: August 1, 2013 | Posted By: Katelin
Scrolling through the news on my phone the other day, a headline caught my eye, “Turning the Lens on Fat Shaming.” Given the unusual title, I was intrigued; what was this story about? The link led to a video highlighting The Adipositivity Project, a grass roots initiative started by two photographers, Substantia Jones and Haley Continue reading