Marci Warhaft-Nadler
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Marci Warhaft-Nadler is a body image advocate, founder of the Fit vs Fiction workshops and author of “The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents: Helping Toddlers, Tweens and Teens Thrive”. After battling her own body image issues, Marci created her Fit vs Fiction program to tear down the dangerous myths related to beauty and fitness and empower kids with the self-esteem they need to tune out negative messages and be proud of who they are instead of judging themselves for who they think they’re not.

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Why #NoGenderDecember Isn't Only for 'Insane Feminists'

(34) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 3:17 PM

For years, marketers have told boys and girls which toys "should" interest them, instead of encouraging them to choose freely. This makes no sense. Why should we limit kids that way?

An incredible new campaign called #NoGenderDecember seeks to fix that problem. Created by Thea Hughes and Julie...

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The Best Gift For an Eating Disordered Loved One is Your Support

(9) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 7:58 PM

I have an eating disorder. I've battled my disorder since I was 17 years old and went into recovery when I was 35 years old. I am 44 years old now and it's still a part of my life. While I am lucky enough to live in my recovery most...

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Calvin Klein's Understanding of "Plus-Sized" Is a Waste of Time

(16) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 12:47 PM

In case you haven't heard, Calvin Klein is the latest clothing company to come out with a campaign that has a lot of people extremely pissed off. The campaign is called, "Perfectly Fit" and it features model Myla Dalbesio modeling what Calvin Klein is calling their "plus sized"...

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HBC's Pro-Anorexia T-Shirt Reminds Me of My Own Eating Disorder

(11) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 9:31 AM

Does that pro-anorexia T-shirt come in a size triple zero?

As a body image advocate who specializes in issues related to kids, the question I get the most from parents is, "Why are so many kids feeling so much pressure to be skinny?" Sadly, the message that our kids are...

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You Know How to Eat, You Don't Need a Diet Company to Tell You

(4) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 12:53 AM

Sugar-free, fat-free, chocolate flavoured pudding is not pudding and there is nothing cake-like about rice cakes!

Diet companies might be able to package their fat free, sugar free, carbohydrate free "treats" to look appetizing, but nothing can be done about the taste. The sad thing is that we accept it....

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The Biggest Loser Celebrates the Skinniest Bodies, Not the Healthiest

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 5:05 PM

The Biggest Loser of season 15 was crowned last night and Rachel Frederickson walked away with the title. Rachel may have been the biggest loser, but I'd say the biggest winners of the night were eating disorders. Not that eating disorders needed the boost in popularity, but I...

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Enjoy Holiday Glee Without Weight Gain Guilt

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 11:00 AM

'Tis the season to engage in holiday cheer with family and friends, sings songs, play games and feast on whichever meals and treats are traditional in your family. It's a time to be grateful for all the wonderful things and people who surround us. There's one problem: Why does it...

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Fat Isn't Offensive -- Using it as an Insult Is

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 9:47 AM

For the last few weeks the message has been clear: Stop the Fat Talk!

From newspaper and magazine articles to TV commercials, we're being told to stop talking about fat. We shouldn't talk about it with our friends, mention it around our kids or even think about ourselves.

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Why Our Petition Against Lululemon Is Better Than a Boycott

(9) Comments | Posted December 8, 2013 | 11:20 PM

"Why bother with a petition, why not just boycott?"

"Why do we want them to expand their sizes if doing so will end up helping their company instead of hurting it?"

While we continue to get a lot of support for our petition against Lululemon, these are the two questions...

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Don't Worry About Caroline Eriksen's Body, Celebrate Your Own

(5) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 5:40 PM

Here we go again.

Thanks to Caroline Berg Eriksen's post-pregnancy selfie that she took just four days after giving birth to her daughter, we have been pulled back into the "what should women's bodies look like?" debate.


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Schools Need to Lay Off Our Kids' Lunch Bags

(44) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 12:34 PM

I get it.

Childhood obesity is a growing problem in our society. Some say it's because our kids are playing too many video games, other people blame it on a steady diet of fast food. Whatever the reason, we're constantly being told that our kids are getting fatter and sicker...

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Is Lululemon More Offensive Than Abercrombie & Fitch?

(9) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 12:24 PM

There have been a lot of comparisons made over the last week or so between Abercrombie & Fitch founder, Mike "We only like the cool kids" Jeffries and Lululemon founder, Chip "Our designs aren't flawed, your bodies are" Wilson. It's seems that both men have a very clear idea of...

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Lululemon Wants Women to Hate Their Bodies

(6) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 10:59 PM

Does Lululemon want women to be comfortable in their clothing, or uncomfortable in their own bodies?

Lululemon is the fourth most profitable store in the U.S., behind Coach, Tiffany and Apple. Founder Chip Wilson presents the company as a "technology" company, because that's how they justify the cost of their...

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Ladies, Losing Weight Doesn't Always Mean Getting Healthier

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 1:42 PM

What does being fit actually mean?

To a lot of people it means having six pack abs and chiselled arms or sculpted legs with a rock solid butt. But that's not what being fit is, that's just what we've come to believe that being fit looks like and even that...

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Why Are Fit Mom or Fat Mom the Only Options?

(9) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 6:08 PM

Last Thursday, I wrote a blog in response to Maria Kang's extremely polarizing "What's your excuse?" Facebook post. This was an image that had some people defending it as "inspirational" and others calling it disrespectful and downright nasty towards other moms. As I explained in my blog, I was not...

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Why I Don't Want to Be a "Fit-Mom" Anymore

(85) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 12:07 PM

This morning, a friend of mine sent me what's now become the infamous photo of fitness trainer and uber lean and toned mother of three, Maria Kang. I don't think it's Maria's picture that has gotten her so much attention, but the message that accompanied it. The picture...

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Kids Shouldn't Worry About Halloween Calories

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 9:15 AM

Halloween is almost here, which means that kids have started getting excited about the bounty of candy they'll be getting and their parents are getting anxious about the very same thing. I don't think I'd be surprising anyone by describing our society as weight obsessed and fat-phobic. It's the truth....

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Help Your Kids Start the School Year With a Healthy Body Image

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 9:06 AM

Heading back to school after summer vacation can be stressful for kids of any age. Some kids worry about which teachers they'll get, how much homework they'll have or if they're prepared enough to handle the next level of their education.

But for other kids, the anxiety...

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When Being Too Healthy Is Bad for Your Health

(5) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 1:30 PM

Could being too healthy be bad for your health? The short answer is no. However, it is entirely possible and sadly, becoming more and more common for people to start out with a quest for fitness and end up with a dangerous obsession with exercise and restrictive dieting. We all...

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What Not to Say to Your Overweight Child

(118) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 9:02 AM

Dear parents of an overweight child,

How many times have you said something a little unkind to your child about their weight because you felt it would benefit them in the future? How many times have you tried to get them to lose weight because you thought they'd be better...

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