BY Alexa Salvato
on Aug 03, 2015
I learned wonderful and awful things from an episode of a Disney channel tween show, Lizzie McGuire. For years, I thought that straight-up losing consciousness was the symbol that you were hurting your body too much, eating too little. One episode—about struggling with and overcoming issues with body image—both helped and hurt.
“Inner Beauty” is the name of an episode in the second season of "Lizzie McGuire," early 2000s Disney Channel sensation (the entire series, btw, is free online). Read More
BY Madison N Nunes
on Apr 09, 2015
There are more people involved in the body positivity movement then ever before as we strive to move towards a day when we will no longer have nine year old boys and girls trying to figure out what degree of "hot" they are. And the movement is neither synonymous to being "plus sized" or being "progressive." Beauty is in the eye of the beholder—so much so that an actual definition of beauty doesn't even exist—or shouldn't, anyways. Read More
BY Madison N Nunes
on Feb 27, 2015
Surely some comic book fan woke up this week and decided they were going to set out to win BUST's heart. There's been news of all female spinoffs, characters coming out as bisexual, and now, members of bulimia.com are re-envisioning the bodies of super-heroines as more down-to-Earth figures.
When the team at bulimia.com saw Buzzfeed's Disney princess makeovers, they decided they should take these super-human ladies and give them some super human bodies. Their hope is that when viewers see these realistic waistlines, they will be able to better relate to the characters. Read More
BY Lex Ellenthal
on Jul 09, 2014
Everyone talks about how teen girls have rough. People just assume that puberty brings about a drop in self-esteem. Why is it that girl's are expected to and often endure such insecurities about their body image? Here are some theories as to why.
Theory #1: Photoshopped images of models and celebrities in magazines and advertising!
This theory is backed by Tina Fey in her book, Bossypants. To quote Fey, “I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style. Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on May 06, 2014
Today is International No Diet Day and women around the world are thinking, "but I really just need to lose ten pounds."But here's the thing: you really don't, because losing ten pounds will not make you more successful, it will not suddenly make the world a better place, it will not make you smarter or more valuable to society, and it will not suddenly convince you to love yourself unconditionally, because I am willing to bet some dollars that after you lose ten pounds, you will want to lose five more. Read More
Warning: This post may not be safe for work.
The artist’s Maria Raquel Cochez’s impressive body of work is powerfully autobiographical, cataloging her painful struggle with eating disorders, weight loss surgery, and recovery. In her recent photographs, she claims the human right to accept and love her body, promoting body acceptance for all women in the process. Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on Apr 02, 2014
Waitresses are terribly under appreciated -- not only are they bombarded with demanding customers, required to work odd and varied hours, and stink like cooking after their shifts, they also rely on tips to make a living wage, as they are paid next to nothing hourly. That's why watching this endearing waitress have the best shift of her life is so satisfying. Be prepared to smile and maybe shed a few happy-tears:
The Chelsea in the video is Chelsea Roff, founder of Eat, Breath, Thrive. Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on Feb 25, 2014
It’s no surprise I clicked the link to the Salon article titled “What Americans Don’t Understand about Weight Loss.” Partly because I am a feminist, and I thought the piece would pick apart the idea that we need to count calories to be worthy, and partly because I myself have always struggled with poor body image and a perpetual weight-loss pursuit. The picture accompanying the story (see below) suggests that we're bound by our obsession with weight loss, placing unhealthy importance upon the poundage of our bodies. Read More
This sounds like something from an episode of The Twilight Zone to me, but ABC News recently reported that schools all over the country (in nineteen states!) have added an annual weigh-in to their programs. Children will be weighed at school, and their BMIs will be measured. They will then be asked to take a letter home to their parents with the results.
This new trend is meant to help prevent childhood obesity, but obviously a simple number cannot determine a child’s (or anyone’s!) health. Although Dr. Read More
BY Intern Lilly
in Eat Me
on Aug 23, 2012
In a piece for xoJane.com, Lesley Kinzel argues that the outrage over blogs that promote anorexia – i.e. the efforts by Pinterest and Tumblr to take down “pro-ana” or “thinspiration” pages -- is actually making things worse.
Shame, Kinzel points out, is a driving force behind eating disorders. So shaming anorexics by rushing at their blogs with flaming torches and scarlet “A”s may only encourage them to retreat further into the shadows, and away from recovery. Read More