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Teen Body Image

What To Do If Your Daughter Doesn't Look Her Best In Her Prom Dress

Dr. Jodi Gold | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Dr. Jodi Gold

Prom season is here and along with the dresses, shopping, corsages, and Instagramming also comes the not-so-pretty side of prom -- crash diets, higher risks for eating disorders, and fat-shaming.

I Don't Need Permission From Anyone To Love My Body

Ally Del Monte | Posted 05.17.2015 | Teen
Ally Del Monte

Let's stop body shaming already, and embrace that we all have our own beauty. We don't need Sports Illustrated or anyone to give us permission to feel comfortable or sexy in any kind of bathing suit or clothing.

The Surprising Health Consequence Of Poor Body Image

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 01.22.2015 | Healthy Living

Thinking you're fat could actually lead to weight gain, according to new research on body image in teens. A paper published in the journal Psychol...

What It's Like To Have A Friend With An Eating Disorder

Mackenzie Patel | Posted 12.23.2014 | Teen
Mackenzie Patel

Having anorexia must be hell for those teenagers that have it, especially in the merciless and superficial world we live in today. However, it is also hard for the friends of those who have it, and it puts us in a quandary nearly every day.

All I Heard Was 'She's Too Fat To Be A Princess'

Ally Del Monte | Posted 12.27.2014 | Teen
Ally Del Monte

I heard my mom asking the lady at the shop for something, anything for me, and she said, "I'm sorry, she's too big for the costumes we have here." But all I heard was: "She's too fat to be a princess."

The Body Image Issue Plaguing My Generation

Isabel Song | Posted 09.30.2014 | Teen
Isabel Song

My generation has grown up in a society that places an appalling emphasis on body image.

How I Learned To 'Choose' My Beauty

Nasir Fleming | Posted 09.28.2014 | Teen
Nasir Fleming

The media is slowly changing and now many unconventional beauties and ways of life are being recognized: non-skinny body shapes, curly and dark hair, bronze/darker skin tones, assertive women, non-aggressive men and many others.

Hey Adults, Please Stop Stereotyping All Teens Who Use Social Media

Jaylen Bledsoe | Posted 07.23.2014 | Teen
Jaylen Bledsoe

We are the generation of social media, and we all look to each other to determine how we should be using it. For some weird reason, we all use it differently.

The Beauty Problem We Don't Talk About

Adora Svitak | Posted 07.05.2014 | Teen
Adora Svitak

Good Chinese girls, after all, are supposed to be "guai" -- docile, obedient. I can remember being called "guai" from the time I was old enough to understand Chinese. Incidentally, that was around the same time I decided I wanted to be white.

Why Barbie Is Actually A Good Role Model

Justina Sharp | Posted 03.16.2014 | Teen
Justina Sharp

I completely disagree that Barbie should be changed in any way. Sheʼs a doll. She lives in her own world, and does not need to accurately represent the people in ours.

How Young Teens' Eating Disorders Can Affect Them Later In Adolescence

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

BY KATHLEEN RAVEN NEW YORK Tue Dec 31, 2013 5:18pm EST (Reuters Health) - Young teens who binge eat and those who are fearful of weight gain m...

Catherine Pearson

The Upsetting Fear The Majority Of 13-Year-Old Girls Have

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women

Body image issues among young teenagers are widespread, a U.K.-based study showed. Two in three 13-year-old girls are afraid of gaining weight, and...

Quit Body Bashing (We Mean It)

This article was written by teen reporters from The Mash, a weekly publication distributed to Chicagoland high schools. By Danah Atassi, Hinsdale C...

My Big Problem With The Fashion Industry

Alexa Curtis | Posted 10.01.2013 | Teen
Alexa Curtis

Fashion is not an easy industry. Competitive, cut-throat and nonstop? Yes, yes and yes. Whether it be modeling, blogging, social media, magazines, sales... most likely, you're going to be underpaid, overworked, and in way above your head.

What It's Like Living With A Chronic Skin Condition

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 09.23.2013 | Teen
Alexis Jane Torre

There are some mornings where I just wake up wishing to have evenly tanned skin, no longer dealing with stares or questions about why I have spots on my legs. I'll even admit that I still have the rare temptation to try self-tanner or skin makeup yet again to try to cover up my splotches.

'Beauty Doesn't Have To Be A Size 0'

Katie Atkinson | Posted 07.17.2013 | Teen
Katie Atkinson

Girls need to start viewing themselves as more than their bodies. Beauty is more than outer appearance, and it's about time women banded together to knock down the image of perfection society has given us.

I Thought This Kind Of Bullying Was 'Normal'

Didi Martinez | Posted 07.16.2013 | Teen
Didi Martinez

Bullying takes many forms and this is just one of them. By promoting body peace and acceptance, we are promoting an end to one of the worst and sly forms of bullying among us today.

In Defense of the Skinny Girl

Ruby Love | Posted 05.21.2013 | Teen
Ruby Love

The human body has no mold; it has no set size or shape or proportion. Beauty does not have a set of criteria and normal does not exist. Whether you are 6'2" or 5'3," whether you weigh 200 pounds or 95 -- you are human and I bet you're beautiful.

Who Owns My Body?

Elaine Vilorio | Posted 05.11.2013 | Teen
Elaine Vilorio

I've felt like the white rag on a tug-of-war rope. My body will never fit the spicy image of a Hispanic Amazon; it will never be naturally slim and naturally curvaceous. It will just be. It is my body. And I'm glad.

'Why I'm Okay With Calling Myself Fat'

Heidi Loscar | Posted 03.31.2013 | Teen
Heidi Loscar

Your body is wonderful, and no matter how much you may weigh, that will never change. Beauty doesn't have a weight limit. Neither should you.

Seventeen's Shocking New Collaboration

Nina Bahadur | Posted 01.03.2013 | Women

What does a reality TV show following obese teenagers' weight loss struggles have in common with a female-focused teen magazine that recently launched...

Girl Hate: An Introduction

Carmin Chappell | Posted 12.16.2012 | Teen
Carmin Chappell

"Look pretty fast!" was plastered on top of the page. Underneath were various makeup tutorials that took five, 10 and 15 minutes. I have nothing against lipstick and blush, but why did I have to paint on a new face to feel good about myself?

I'm Dropping the Photoshop and Pledging to Show the REAL Me

Mary Streech | Posted 10.11.2012 | Teen
Mary Streech

My senior picture looks like me, not like a digital reconstruction of me. The sole purpose of photos is for documentation, and when looking back, I want to be able to remember how I looked at the time -- not how the computer thought I should look.

Helping Your Teen With Eating and Body Image

Andrea Wachter | Posted 11.17.2012 | Parents
Andrea Wachter

Many young girls struggle with food and weight issues and too many young girls develop full-blown eating disorders. Here are some tips for you:

A Mother's Plea: Shut The 'Hunger Blogs', They Are Killing Our Children

Harriet Brown | Posted 04.16.2012 | Parents
Harriet Brown

If my older daughter had never developed anorexia, I might be more sympathetic to the notion that thinspo is a genuine form of self-expression. That it's every girl's right to want to be skinny.