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Facebook, give me a break from your dieting ads

Date: July 30, 2013 | Posted By: Haley
Yesterday as I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, I was treated to an ad that Facebook had decided was relevant to my life as a high school female. The words “Skinny Confidential” headed the advertisement; below, the post expanded, informing me: “‘1 Summer Weight Loss Trick:’ This Secret Was Designed to Lose Weight and Continue reading

The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Leave The Lindo Wing With Their Newborn Son

Media finds Kate Middleton’s new body more interesting than new son

Date: July 28, 2013 | Posted By: Elizabeth
I hate to say it, but the way I found out about Prince George’s birth was through reading this article. I was happy to see the body-positive title, “Kate Middleton’s royal baby post-bump is a boost of confidence for new mums everywhere” — despite the strange wording (“baby post-bump”?). However, I was sickened by the Continue reading

Aus Models Featured

The advertising industry fails to step up to Australia’s body image diversity awards

Date: July 21, 2013 | Posted By: Tessa
Nearly two years on from their introduction, Australia’s Positive Body Image awards are failing to catch the attention of fashion, media and entertainment, and advertising industry organizations and individuals. About-Face has previously covered the Australian government’s National Advisory Group on Body Image, and their voluntary code of conduct and awards. In 2012, the inaugural awards Continue reading

AMA Obesity Featured

Be comfortable in your own skin, no matter what the American Medical Association says

Date: July 16, 2013 | Posted By: Gretchen
The American Medical Association thinks it’s time to begin classifying obesity as a “disease”. This news brought me back to reality after I found myself caught up in my own recent weight loss. Let me back up a bit. Recently, after I did a presentation, someone told me I appeared “very comfortable in [my] own skin”. Continue reading

More Featured

No More: a high schooler’s perspective on More magazine’s treatment of middle-aged women

Date: July 14, 2013 | Posted By: Haley
I have a confession: I’m eighteen, and I read More magazine. Every month, I get a glimpse into what it means to be a woman over the age of forty in American society. Recently, I overheard a saying: “Men age, women rot.” This phrase encapsulates the message that More sends its readers. It’s the reason that Continue reading

Eating Disorder Models Featured

How low can you go? Scouting for talent at eating disorder treatment clinics

Date: June 21, 2013 | Posted By: Katelin
Recently, as I was scrolling through news articles on my cell phone, I came across an article that caught my eye. The article was on the scouting of new talent by model agencies at the one place that they should NEVER be looking for talent: an eating disorder treatment clinic. As someone who is in Continue reading

Jes Baker Featured

Why Jes Baker is totally a fat positive hero

Date: June 1, 2013 | Posted By: Elizabeth
Jes Baker is okay with being fat. Get over it. That’s just the message the 26-year-old Behavioral Health Professional recently sent to Abercrombie & Fitch CEO, Mike Jeffries (anyone else tired of hearing that guy’s name?). But she also sent that message to society itself. Jes has garnered millions of views on her blog, The Militant Continue reading

Christine Quinn Featured

A relatable disclosure of an eating disorder from NYC powerhouse

Date: May 28, 2013 | Posted By: Larkin
It’s not easy to disclose an eating disorder, much less discuss in detail where you feel its origins are and how you coped with addressing it. Doing this as a public figure—and a political one at that—is even more difficult. As someone who researches eating disorders, I have to say, I was both proud of and Continue reading

Different Bodies Featured

My body: a (developing) love story

Date: May 21, 2013 | Posted By: Hannah
The number of advertisements that make us want to strip out of our skin and into something more slimming and youthful are more numerous than I would like to discuss. I’ve become wrapped up in the diet craze time and time again, though I’ve tried to mask it with words like “lifestyle change” or “getting Continue reading

Weight Loss Parenting Featured

Have you ever looked at your body and wanted to cry?

Date: May 16, 2013 | Posted By: Gretchen
Recently my 3-year-old son looked at me lovingly and said, “Mommy, you’re fat!” I’m an average-sized, curvy woman and I love my body the way it is. Fat is not a bad word, however, I have to admit, my self-esteem took a temporary hit with this one. He certainly didn’t learn that language from our Continue reading