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Body Acceptance

A Year After Having A Baby, I Love My Body More Than Ever

Jen Picicci | Posted 05.21.2015 | Women
Jen Picicci

Before I got pregnant, I spent more than a decade dieting, picking apart my every flaw and obsessing over my jean size. But now, as my daughter celebrates her first birthday, I'm happier than ever with my body. Yes, even the stretch marks.

The Not-So-Sexy Origins of Body Shame

Hilary Kinavey & Dana Sturtevant | Posted 05.04.2015 | Women
Hilary Kinavey & Dana Sturtevant

Permission to love our bodies at any shape or size isn't coming from the culture any time soon. The patriarchy has far too much to lose if women stop the preoccupation with the thin ideal; so do the diet and fitness industries.

'I Want My Outside To Reflect How Colorful I Feel On The Inside'

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 04.14.2015 | Style

We're consistently in awe of StyleLikeU.com's "What’s Underneath Project" -- the riveting video series that captures style stars and notable creativ...

How Burlesque Helped Me Love My Body -- And All Bodies

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 04.07.2015 | Women

"We are on the edge of a brave new world of body love and acceptance." That's the good news burlesque performer Lillian Bustle shared in her TEDxJe...

In My Perfect World

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 04.20.2015 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

"I don't mean to sound ungrateful, God, but I've been thinking about what we discussed, and I realize rather than returning slim, I'd like is to come back overweight."

The Idea Of The 'Perfect Body' Hurts Men, Too

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 02.04.2015 | Women

"I'm tired of hearing people analyse -- criticize -- appraise -- and hate on my body." That's what men participating in a new BuzzFeed video, "Thin...

At War With My Body

Alison Dawson | Posted 04.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Alison Dawson

For at least 30 years, I have been at war with my body. This body that has birthed two children and survived years and years of self-destructive beha...

My Mother Never Said the F-Word

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 04.01.2015 | Women
Nicole Jankowski

At home, there were no diets, no workout tapes. I did not think much about food, that is to say it was pleasant, it was purposeful and essential. But conversations were never about it. And why would they be, when there were so many books and people and places to talk about?

7 Ways to Practice Self-Acceptance

Michelle May, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Michelle May, M.D.

Remember, what you practice, you get better at. When you chose to practice self-acceptance, compassion, and kindness toward yourself and others, you'll cultivate peace, courage, and joy. That's a habit worth getting good at!

A Body Apology

Andrea Wachter | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Andrea Wachter

I used to be an extreme body hater. After decades of working on cultivating self-kindness and self-care, I am now extremely devoted to loving and appreciating the body I live in. I also have the good fortune of being able to teach others how to do the same.

How I Embraced My Fat Body -- And Improved My Sex Life

Elle Chase | Posted 02.01.2015 | Women
Elle Chase

The fact that I'm fat -- yes, I said "fat," because it's an accurate adjective and not an insult -- does nothing to add or detract from my value as a person and as a woman of great worth.

The Unmissable Body Feature I Didn't Expect I'd Come To Treasure

Posted 03.16.2015 | OWN

Tiphanie Yanique sings the praises of our perfectly imperfect bodies -- warts, moles, freckles, scars, cowlicks, crooked noses, gap teeth and all. ...

Is The Belly The Last Taboo For Women's Bodies?

Constance Caylar | Posted 01.12.2015 | Women
Constance Caylar

So the perfect woman has to have big boobs, a big butt... but why doesn't she have a big gut? The stomach remains the big taboo of the female body: it can't exist, it has to be as flat as possible, with the waistline perfectly defined and no disgraceful flab.

The Only Thing Shocking About Glamour's Body Image Survey

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 12.21.2014 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

I admit that it would be nice to pin our body image hang-ups to one dartboard. It would be super keen if we could lay blame at the feet of the music industry, our seventh grade gym teacher or the guy (and let's face it, it was totally a dude) who invented the tube top.

5 Ways to Deal With Body Image Issues

Kristin Misik | Posted 12.21.2014 | Women
Kristin Misik

Our minds are filled with the thoughts, beliefs and values of all the people who influence our lives. Having a strong sense of self comes from tuning out the voices of everyone else and listening to your own information, intuition, needs and desires.

Why Plus-Size Women Are The Best

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | Posted 09.18.2014 | Comedy

Comedian Jenny Zigrino is happy being a plus-size lady. After all, there are a lot of perks to being full figured, not the least of which is being the...

A Midlife Awakening

Sara Taney Humphreys | Posted 10.22.2014 | Women
Sara Taney Humphreys

I look upon this second half of my life with an open mind, a generous heart and an adventurous spirit.

How I Learned To Love Myself For Who I Am -- Not The Size I Am

Ally Del Monte | Posted 10.04.2014 | Teen
Ally Del Monte

Some people might look at this photo and see a fat girl. I see a girl who fought many demons, dealt with many medical problems, wanted to give up on life but crawled her way back inch by inch to see that life is wonderful, and in fact, decided to# BeBrave and believe in herself.

It's Our Brains That Need Fixing -- Not Our Bodies

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 08.01.2014 | Women

"We put our life on hold, we stunt it, because of our bodies." That's the startling truth blogger and speaker Jes Baker shared in a May 2014 TEDx t...

This Is Not My Body

Literally, Darling | Posted 09.25.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

My body tells the story of all the pieces of women who made me; an amalgamation of my ancestry. I am a patchwork quilt of evolution built from the genetics of women who lived remarkably unremarkable lives.

Two Things That Have Profoundly Changed The Way I See My Body

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Maryann Jacobsen

I'd love to tell my daughter that I have always loved my body. That I have never abused it to lose a few pounds. That health has always taken a front seat to vanity. I'm not going to tell this lie to her.

Why I Won't Praise Miss Indiana For Her Body

Christina Grasso | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Christina Grasso

One can never assess one's state of health or degree of happiness simply by physical appearance alone. It's what's on the inside that counts, cheesy or not. True beauty does not have a size. All bodies are beautiful, and the only way to lasting happiness is through acceptance.

I Wear A Bikini Because... F*ck You

Karen Mangiacotti | Posted 08.06.2014 | Parents
Karen Mangiacotti

It is a bathing suit, people. Perhaps we should all just relax.

Why You Should Love and Hate the Louis CK 'Fat Girl Rant' -- and What to Do About It

Kimberly Dark | Posted 07.22.2014 | Women
Kimberly Dark

I love that Louis CK script because he has opened up a space for dialogue about the real problem. It's not that some women are fat, it's that fat women carry a stigmatized identity, and association will stigmatize the fat woman's partner too.

'Black Women Don't Have Eating Disorders'

Abiola Abrams | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Abiola Abrams

The idea that any group is immune to eating disorders is a damaging one, because if a condition is not acknowledged and diagnosed, it will not be addressed, treated, and healed.