We grow up in a world that loves comparison. The truth is there will always be someone who is doing 'better' than you, and someone doing 'worse'. Instead of wasting your energy and time looking to other's for validation, we should try to compare our success and merits to our own standards.
But how many of us are really feeling free this Fourth of July? And how many of us are feeling ashamed to get out there and be who we are because of the number on the scale? Shouldn't we all feel free to rock our stars-and-stripes bikini, even if we don't have the perfect "bikini body?"
Now the risks of obesity are real. But can we rely on a single number to tell us if someone is overweight? How reliable is BMI really?
What gets lost in the strip routines of Magic Mike, the articles about body building, and the occult romance of True Blood is, perhaps, Joe Manganiello's most impressive characteristic: he's incredibly bright. According to him, everything he has is primarily a result of his brain, not his body.
Everywhere I look lately on social media I am inundated with women tearing one another down. Whether it's an article on the Kardashians, the newest Victoria's Secret campaign, or the hottest Instagram sexy selfie seductress--we women are downright vicious in the comments sections.
Dear Bikini, Now that summer is here, I think it's time we set some ground rules. Our relationship is still new - we're in the crush phase. I'm not angry at or resentful of you yet.
My son just had turned five. This was the first birthday where he really understood the importance of his big day and the magic that comes with no longer being four years-old. I wish I got that excited about my birthdays.
Why is 'Sad' short? Why does she have emo hair? Why is she wearing glasses? Why does she have to wear a turtleneck? Why is she fat, for frack's sake?
In the dim room I'm told to undress to my comfort level. When the therapist gets to my legs I blurt out, "Sorry they're not shaved. I have a waxing ap...
The past decade has been a time for personal reflection and growth. I've learned many important lessons and gained new insights, probably more so than in any other decade. I often find myself saying, "If only I knew then what I know now."
Caitlyn Jenner is making headlines. And, although the transgender aspect of her "change" is clearly being addressed, her physical appearance is what seems to be garnering the most interest. It brings into focus the premium we place on what we look like.
Something good is happening lately -- I feel fitter, happier, and in control. My clothes seem to fit better than they used to and I'm more energized and confident. No, it's not the latest fad diet. I haven't changed a thing about my workout routine. Here's the thing: I no longer own a full-length mirror.
Amye Archer is a writer and teacher living and working in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She holds an MFA from Wilkes University, and is a recipient of the Beverly Hiscox Scholarship.
I reject the term "skinny fat" for its inherent shaming connotations, but deep down I'm almost positive that's what I am.
I knew full well I wouldn't be able to reach my belly button. That, my friends, was the victory right there. Not being able to introduce my innie to my pinkie reinforced my successful departure from daily perfection quests and food fears.
People with body dysmorphic disorder have what you might call a complicated relationship with mirrors, to put things mildly. BDD, a psychiatric condition marked by a preoccupation with perceived flaws in one's personal appearance, is the subject of a new paper published in the Journal of Health Psychology.