Weight Loss and Diet Industry
Want a leg up on being beautiful? It’s all about the thigh (gaps)
Date: February 19, 2013 | Posted By: AudreyI’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
Disney makes amends for fat-shaming exhibit, promotes healthy living
Date: February 4, 2013 | Posted By: HaileyWell, 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: AudreyPlease 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 lures kids
Date: January 14, 2013 | Posted By: HeatherNo, 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
You go girls! Plus-size bloggers tackle fashion one step at a time
Date: December 3, 2012 | Posted By: About-Face InternWhat 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: 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