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Weight Loss and Diet Industry


Weight loss fairy tales

Date: April 23, 2014 | Posted By: Sasha
Unless it’s “too much,” magazines and TV shows always portray weight loss as an inherent good. Weight loss makes you healthier, happier, and more attractive, able to do so much you couldn’t do before. We’ve all seen the beaming smiles on People Magazine’s cover, with text reading “Half Their Size!” or articles about “How I Continue reading


Fit Mom’s publicity undermines her message

Date: April 7, 2014 | Posted By: Tessa
If you haven’t heard about the body-shaming sensation that is “Fit Mom,” here’s a primer: Maria Kang, from Sacramento, California, is a self-employed mother of three boys. She owns two residential care homes for the elderly, and she founded a nonprofit called Fitness Without Borders. In September 2013, Kang posted a photo on her Facebook Continue reading


Fictional food is more real than you think

Date: April 1, 2014 | Posted By: Blog Manager
What does Winnie the Pooh have in common with Lorelai and Rory Gilmore? They all love food. In fact, they don’t just love food—food is their ticket to winning the hearts of their audiences. From Popeye, to Garfield, to Kevin Malone from The Office, food is a means for fictional characters to express themselves and Continue reading


Think only white women get eating disorders? Think again.

Date: March 28, 2014 | Posted By: Tessa
In popular culture, stories of eating disorders are dominated by white women. But what about the other sufferers? Women of color have been sidelined in eating disorder funding and research, and have therefore been underestimated in our perception of the affected demographic. In the new Slate article “Eating disorders do not discriminate“, Michelle Konstantinovsky explores Continue reading


Stop and smell the roses, don’t instagram them

Date: March 21, 2014 | Posted By: Vera
It’s been made pretty clear that social media can have a negative impact on the self-esteem of its users; yet we continue to use it. We’re all guilty of it. How many times a day do you find yourself aimlessly scrolling through your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram feed? Probably more than you would like to admit. Kesha (yes, Continue reading


Why there are no winners in The Biggest Loser

Date: February 23, 2014 | Posted By: Brenda Molina
It was all over the media the last few days; criticism flew all over the internet, on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms. People questioned: Why and how and is there a chance help can be found for this person so many individuals were concerned about? I am referring to the controversy surrounding the Continue reading


You are not a number: How scales can become large-scale problems

Date: | Posted By: Blog Manager
How would you react if you saw the number on your scale go up five pounds or down five pounds? It has become common for people to react to minor weight fluctuations with extreme measures (i.e. “I gain five pounds, and I go on a fast.” or “I lose five pounds, and I eat way Continue reading


Here’s what happens when women decide to love themselves

Date: February 12, 2014 | Posted By: Tessa
Taryn Brumfitt first made a broad impact online with her response to Maria Kang’s controversial “What’s your excuse?” image. Then she quit her day job to focus on her growing mission, the Body Image Movement. The Body Image Movement is “on a quest to redefine and rewrite the ideals of beauty.” It aims to do this Continue reading


Does this name make me look fat? (Why “fatgirlism” needs to stop.)

Date: January 27, 2014 | Posted By: Blog Manager
At Thanksgiving this year, my aunt said I shouldn’t go by “Beth” because it’s “a fat girl’s name”. And before that, when a family friend named his kid Maddie, my brother cringed and said, “I can’t believe he named her that—it just sounds like a fat-girl name!” If you’re appalled and confused by these judgments, Continue reading

Special K Featured

Special K misses the mark… again

Date: December 17, 2013 | Posted By: Gretchen
Recently Special K launched a new marketing campaign to “Shhhhut Down Fat Talk” that’s a “barrier to managing (women’s) weight”. While creating a discussion around stopping fat talk and using their access to a great number of people is a great idea, they totally missed the mark in the follow through. Their goal is still to sell us Continue reading