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I Was On 'The Biggest Loser' And It Was The Biggest Mistake I've Ever Made

xoJANE | Posted 02.25.2015 | Women

"The Biggest Loser" claims it is a "public service." I don't believe that a 100 million dollar business that exploits the physical and mental health of its participants, treats people as though they are subhuman, and deceives its viewers is a public service. I just don't.

3 Ways to Shift Out of Your 'I Have To Eat Perfectly' Mindset

Jenn Hand | Posted 01.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Jenn Hand

Pretty good is the new perfect. Incorporate this motto into your life. There is no perfect. There is just "pretty good" -- and that's good enough.

Why Posttraumatic Stress Could Make Women More Susceptible To Food Addiction

LiveScience | Rachael Rettner | Posted 09.19.2014 | Women

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 09/18/2014 10:36 AM EDT on LiveScience Women with symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ma...

The Ugly Secret I Hid For Nearly A Decade

Sally Slater | Posted 11.09.2014 | Women
Sally Slater

The truth is, for the better part of eight or nine years, I've managed to hide a rather ugly secret. Not totally -- I'm not the slickest person on the planet, and I've been known to leave behind chocolate-coated fingerprints and cookie crumbs in my wake -- but well enough.

7 Ways To Like Your Body More (Because We're Tired Of The BS)

Bustle | Posted 10.03.2014 | Women

Every time we give another woman permission to talk about her experience openly, we reclaim a little power from a society that tells us we should just grin and juice cleanse it.

Women's Innermost Thoughts About Food Reveal A Culture-Wide Problem

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 07.29.2014 | Women

Chances are, many of the women you know have a turbulent relationship with food. We are constantly inundated with messages about dieting, and exp...

Emma Gray

The Insidious Type Of Street Harassment No One Is Talking About | Emma Gray | Posted 07.24.2014 | Women

Eating something delicious should be nothing but a delicious experience. "Hey, girl, you shouldn’t be eating that. You’re gonna get fat!”...

Food and Loathing

Pamela Brill | Posted 08.26.2014 | Women
Pamela Brill

I can tell my daughter that nothing is as beautiful as her little body exactly as it is no matter if she is tall, short, big or small. But I am sure she sees through my platitudes. Because she sees a mom who is always on a diet. She sees a mom who looks in the mirror and sighs.

9 Ways To Realize There's No Such Thing As A 'Perfect Body'

The Huffington Post | Renee Jacques | Posted 11.06.2014 | Women

In 2013, we started to hear rumblings of an unusual fashion comeback: the corset. Yes, the garment worn in the 1800s that cinched in women's stomachs ...

'Skinny Bliss' Is Anything But

Sophia Herbst | Posted 05.03.2014 | Women
Sophia Herbst

I don't even know how I know of this number. Only that I know it, and my friends know it, and my mom knows it. Somehow, somewhere along the road, I was taught that if I want to have a flat stomach and tight tushy, I need to limit my calories to 1,200 a day and do cardio.

'Thinness Became My Entire Identity'

Paulina Pinsky | Posted 04.26.2014 | Women
Paulina Pinsky

I had imagined a triumphant moment that involved eating a whole cake with my hands without breaking eye contact and saying, "YES, I HAVE BEEN A BULIMIC AND ANOREXIC FOR SEVEN YEARS. BUT NOW I AM BETTER. I AM EATING THIS CAKE BECAUSE I WANT IT AND I'M HUNGRY."

I Threw Away My Scale And I've Never Felt Better About My Body

Bustle | Posted 04.17.2014 | Women

I threw my bathroom scale in the trash. Along with all the other things that just didn't belong in my life anymore, like worn out clothes and furniture, it needed to go.

This Is Supposed To 'Liberate' Women So They Can Eat Burgers

Posted 11.04.2013 | Women

Many of us wouldn't think twice about opening our mouths wide to enjoy a meal like a cheeseburger or sandwich. But for some women in Japan, this appar...

Why Women Have A Complicated Love Affair With Wine

Emma Gray | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Emma Gray

I still maintain that sipping a glass of wine with friends is one of life's greatest pleasures. The ritual nature of an after-work drink is both what makes it so comforting -- and potentially dangerous

This Video Perfectly Explains Why Body Image Is Different For Women

Posted 10.10.2013 | Women

"Women in my family have been shrinking for decades," declares Lily Myers. Her slam poem, "Shrinking Women," which won Best Love Poem at the 2013 C...

This Photo Of Sophia Loren Makes Us Oh-So Happy

Posted 09.09.2013 | Women

“Everything you see I owe to spaghetti,” actress Sophia Loren once famously said. Judging from this photo, she also owed it to pizza. Italian wome...

4 Women Reveal How They Got Over Their Eating Issues

Posted 08.27.2013 | Women

We recently asked HuffPost Women readers to tell us how they've overcome their eating issues. That's right -- despite the multitude of influences enco...

Have You Overcome Your Food Issues? Share Your Story

Posted 08.25.2013 | Women

One thing we talk about often at HuffPost Women is how many hours and how much energy most women have devoted at one time or another -- for some of us...

Finally, Proof Fat-Shaming Doesn't 'Work'

The Huffington Post | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 07.31.2013 | Women

Fat discrimination and prejudice are everywhere -- at work, in dating situations, in media (we are not over it, Rex Reed), in think tanks, in academia...

Weigh Less, Pay Less Rent?!

The Huffington Post | Julie Zeilinger | Posted 07.26.2013 | Women

There's no shortage of companies looking to profit off women trying to lose weight -- in fact, the dieting industry generates $20 billion of annual re...

If All Eating Disorders Were Created Equal

Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 09.09.2013 | Women
Margaret Wheeler Johnson

We tend to see eating disorders, our general cultural anxiety about food and weight and skyrocketing obesity rates as separate problems with separate solutions. Instead, we need to recognize that they all stem from the same root. Obesity isn't the opposite of anorexia (or bulimia or disordered eating or just distorted thinking about food). It's its twin.

Advertisers Are Seriously Confused About What Women Actually Eat

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 07.03.2013 | Women

Yogurt, diet soda, salad ... low-fat anything. Judging from commercials, this is pretty much all ladies eat! (Just pay closer attention to the ads nex...

Women Spend HOW Much Time Counting Calories?

Posted 06.29.2013 | Women

According to a new survey, women spend a whole lot of time counting calories -- 127 hours a year, to be exact. A SodaStream-commissioned survey fou...

Margaret Wheeler Johnson

With One Small Change, Could Google Fight Thinspo? | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Women

Kathy Benn believes her older daughter, Shelby Starner, had an epiphany on the night of June 22, 2003. Shelby, 19, had been struggling with bulimia fo...

WATCH: Proof 'Pretty Little Liars' Has Food Issues

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 06.11.2013 | Women

"Pretty Little Liars," ABC Family's addictive teen soap opera/thriller has a problem -- a food problem. The hit show centers around the lives of f...