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Weight Loss and Diet Industry

Dannon Commercial Featured

Dannon ad sells women, guilt, and, oh yeah—food

Date: May 8, 2013 | Posted By: Elizabeth
Woe to the woman who enjoys food and does not restrict: society just doesn’t seem to like her. Women, guilt, and food are constantly working together to sell products. But half the time, it’s hard to tell what those products are: the women, the guilt, or the food. The great news? Dannon’s latest Light & Continue reading

Virgie Tovar Featured

Lose hate, not weight: an interview with the absolutely fabulous Virgie Tovar

Date: April 8, 2013 | Posted By: Vera
Last month I attended a couple workshops that were presented by Virgie Tovar, a body image expert and coach. Virgie has also edited the book Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love, and Fashion. The workshops were awesome and inspiring, leaving me feeling great about myself and wanting to spread the word about how Continue reading

Pinterest Featured

Pinning for a better you: What’s your Pinspiration?

Date: March 18, 2013 | Posted By: David
Isn’t Pinterest great? It’s one of the fastest growing social networks in America. For many people, it is literally their life. They gather recipes, projects, articles, and other informational websites together in an easy to navigate and organized package. It is a place to learn, gain talents, and be entertained. However, there is a trend that Continue reading

Kim Kardashian Pregnant Featured

Why can’t we stop talking about Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy weight gain?

Date: | Posted By: Audrey
It can’t be easy being Kim Kardashian. First, there’s her mom. Then there’s the whole world scrutinizing her pregnant body daily—and using it as an opportunity to engage in more blatant body snarking and policing than I’ve seen in a while. Despite the fact that Kim is in the early stages of her pregnancy and Continue reading

Thigh Gap Beyonce Featured

Want a leg up on being beautiful? It’s all about the thigh (gaps)

Date: February 19, 2013 | Posted By: Audrey
I’m sorry, but did you know that there are Tumblr pages dedicated to praising thigh gaps? That’s right, I’m taking about sites that catalog and pay homage to photos of women whose legs do not touch above the knees. And it doesn’t end there. On Twitter, “#ThighGap” is often listed with other problematic tags like “#soclosetoperfection” Continue reading

Habit Heroes Featured

Disney makes amends for fat-shaming exhibit, promotes healthy living

Date: February 4, 2013 | Posted By: Hailey
Well, here’s some good news we like to report! Last March, About-Face covered a horrific story about a fat-shaming exhibit Disney opened in Epcot, “Habit Heroes.” The exhibit was an interactive game in which children used virtual candy, cakes, and ice cream to combat overweight “villains,” spurred on by the physically superior “heroes,” Will Power Continue reading

A day at the pool: restorative respite or body image battlefield?

Date: January 21, 2013 | Posted By: Audrey
Please know this about me: I loathe the term Yummy Mummy. I hate that it implies that moms are not desirable—that they are, indeed, undesirable (there is a shade of difference. “Un” seems even more derogatory)—if they don’t look better than they did before they popped out a few kids and somehow remain all carefree Continue reading

The Biggest Loser - Season 14

The Biggest Loser lures kids

Date: January 14, 2013 | Posted By: Heather
No, they’re not contestants. They won’t participate in weigh-ins and aren’t eligible to win the cash prize for dropping the most weight. Relax, America! The kids to appear on this season’s The Biggest Loser are just being “mentored.” The 14th season that premiered on January 6th featured two 13-year-olds and one 16-year-old. During a Press Continue reading

Plus-size Bloggers Featured

You go girls! Plus-size bloggers tackle fashion one step at a time

Date: December 3, 2012 | Posted By: About-Face Intern
What we wear as people allows us to express to the world around us who we are as individuals. This should be something so easy to do, right? WRONG! For so many curvy and plus-size girls and women, this has become a battle that leaves many wounded and feeling defeated. For this reason, the valiant Continue reading


Study finds that the “aspirational” body is actually a flexible concept

Date: November 26, 2012 | Posted By: Tessa
A recent study in the UK has found that the more we are exposed to a variety of body shapes and sizes, the more tolerant we become of this diversity. Well, duh. This is what we’ve been trying to say forever. Show us a diverse range of body types! What’s the worst that could happen? Continue reading