Weight Loss and Diet Industry
Study finds that the “aspirational” body is actually a flexible concept
Date: November 26, 2012 | Posted By: TessaA 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
Anne Hathaway in Les Mis: Emaciated is the new radiant!
Date: November 15, 2012 | Posted By: HaileyIt seems that losing weight the “healthy” way is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Anne Hathaway was selected to play Fantine in the film adaptation of Les Miserables, and in order to play the part, she lost 25 pounds over the course of a few weeks. Fantine, a “consumptive factory worker-turned-prostitute” dying Continue reading
Six Weeks to OMG You’re Totally Insane
Date: August 21, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyAs a New York City commuter, I am privy to a whole host of crappy advertisements that plaster the subways and buses of our public transportation system. Inevitably, this includes ads that try to entice me to buy all manner of junk food, watch a ton of terrible television, and buy the latest pop-health book. Continue reading
Thanks SO much for that 90-calorie brownie, Fiber One.
Date: July 26, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyOh, Fiber One. Like other popular snack manufacturers, you decided to take the low road in selling your [not-so-]tasty treats, and have tried to convince women that they can — horror of all horrors — break their diets and satisfy their sweet tooth with your desserts! Fiber One’s approach to selling their 90-calorie brownies isn’t Continue reading
Media moguls seem to miss the point of the Golden Rule
Date: July 5, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyI remember so well my pre-school days of being taught that I should treat others the way I want to be treated. I’m not a Pollyanna about the fact that the pop culture media is not exactly prone to use this as one of their guiding principles, but sometimes they outdo themselves. E!’s show Fashion Continue reading
Eating to live in Siberia
Date: July 3, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyI recently returned from four months living and studying in Irkutsk, a large, beautiful city in Eastern Siberia. Since I usually live and study in Ohio, it was quite a change. The most striking thing about travel is how you end up learning more about the place you left than the place you’re in. There Continue reading
Body-shaming hits Bollywood
Date: June 28, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyOver the years, there have been some pretty glaring examples of other countries caving to western beauty standards. For example, in 1999, a Harvard study documented the outbreak of eating disorders in Fiji, a nation that favored fuller figures until the arrival of television (and U.S. programs like Melrose Place and Xena: Warrior Princess) in Continue reading
Yo magazines: It’s time YOU went on a diet!
Date: | Posted By: StaceySomebody needs to go on a diet and it’s not us. It’s the media. Their current regimen? High in digitally deceptive additives (ahem, photoshop), low in nutrient rich reality and diversity. The cure? We want real. Not retouched. That is why About-Face is honored to join the frontline of the three-day social media Keep It Continue reading
Kelly Clarkson succumbs to celebrity diet culture
Date: June 22, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyEvery shopper knows the unavoidable magazine display at the register, the check-out landmark that showcases popular women’s magazines and tawdry tabloids, covers awash in headlines that boast tone up tips and slim down secrets. Digitally doctored celebrities pose provocatively next to unhealthy promises of how to “Eat, Drink, and still Shrink.” A recent US Weekly Continue reading
Is it a good idea to insult one of the strongest athletes in the world?
Date: June 19, 2012 | Posted By: StaceyI love the Olympics. I mean, LOVE. Every other year I sit poised eagerly on my couch, ready to watch downhill skiers plunge through the snow, gymnasts vault into the air, and swimmers and skaters speed through the water and across the ice, with such talent and skill that it’s literally an art form. I can Continue reading