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Barbie: Double Chin or Double Zero?

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 03.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

I'm not ready to say a Barbie doll, in isolation, destroys self-esteem and causes eating disorders. But when you stack Barbie on top of all the other impossible images heaped on to children, she may contribute to a child's sense-of-self crashing down.

I Will Not Fix Everything in 2014

Jacki Donaldson | Posted 03.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Jacki Donaldson

What I need more than anything in 2014 is calm; I need to get off the scale, relax, find balance, eat for health, and parent my children from a place of grace. There is more, but I will not fix everything in 2014; I shall save the rest for another year.

3 Simple Steps to Stay Slim and SANE During the Holidays

Jonathan Bailor | Posted 03.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Bailor

Why can some of your friends eat all the holiday treats they want and stay slim while you start to look like Santa by smelling a fruit cake? And what ...

What's Your Excuse for Not Looking Like Maria Kang?

Lauren Slayton | Posted 03.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Lauren Slayton

This woman, Maria King, has three young children and looks great. What she doesn't look is relatable. The whole photo and tagline makes her seem like the mean girl. Her shtick, if you will, is shock.

Yagana Shah

5 Belly-Fattening Holiday Foods Men Should Avoid

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 12.19.2013 | Fifty

Contrary to popular belief, it's not only women that are afflicted with bodily woes. While men may not be obsessing over thunder thighs or back fat, t...

Does This Baby Make Me Look Fat?

Toni Nagy | Posted 02.15.2014 | Parents
Toni Nagy

Most women are so hyper-aware of their perceived flaws that they could tell you their least favorite body part faster than they could remember their mother's birthday. "My chin... and ummm... I think February 11.

Are Your Taste Buds Making You Fat?

Alison Spiegel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

The causes of weight gain and obesity are layered and complex, with numerous, interrelated factors playing key roles. A new study linking higher body ...

Is the Food Guide Pyramid and MyPlate Making Your Family Fat?

Jonathan Bailor | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Bailor

The thing to keep in mind about the USDA Pyramid is that it comes from the Department of Agriculture, the agency responsible for promoting American ag...

Did the Government Cause the Obesity Epidemic?

Jonathan Bailor | Posted 02.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Bailor

A great deal of money is being made from our nutritional confusion. Even worse, the government created these guidelines in much the same way it creates laws: by listening to lobbyists and by making compromises.

Our Relationship With Food

Ko Im | Posted 02.02.2014 | Food
Ko Im

Food is more formative in our memories than we think. We just have to learn when to stop chomping at the bit, and when to let go and enjoy -- not to give it too much meaning, but in any case, take a more balanced yet relaxed approach to eating.

I am 50 Pounds Heavier Than a Vogue Model -- And That's a Problem Because?

Stacey Morris | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Stacey Morris

My story does not have a Sports Illustrated ending to it. And somehow, I'm still walking upright, happier than I've ever been and grateful beyond measure for my freedom.

Are You Healed or Whole? How to Tell the Difference

Irene Ross | Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Irene Ross

There are many kinds of well-being; to be full, you need to look at everything, including overall happiness, relationships and community, self confidence, career, spiritual health and finances.

48,835 Reasons to Enjoy Lots of Food This Thanksgiving

Jonathan Bailor | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Bailor

This Thanksgiving, don't starve yourself. Don't feel deprived. Starvation isn't sustainable. Hunger isn't healthy. Instead, eat more -- but higher-quality -- holiday foods.

57 Sneaky Sugars to Avoid

Jonathan Bailor | Posted 11.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Bailor

Memorizing this list isn't important. It is important to know that any form of caloric sweetener harms our health and leads to weight gain. Put differently, our body does not care where sweetener calories come from.

You Won't Lose Any Weight Unless You Make Over Your Mind First

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living

Everyone knows how to lose weight. All you have to do is eat less and exercise more, right? WRONG. People who have lost significant amounts of weig...

Is Skinny The New Fat?

Stefanie Williams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Stefanie Williams

These campaigns are great in one sense because yes, they address the fact that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. But I think it pits women against each other in a way that gives heavier women a pass for mocking other women's bodies if they are doing it to prove they love their own.

It's OK to Talk to Your Daughter (and Son) About Weight

Lauren Slayton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Lauren Slayton

None of this is easy. We can dumb it down all we want but kids are smart. They live in the same world we do. As parents or teachers or mentors, let's guide them with honesty and information rather than glossing it all over.

The One Compliment I Never Want To Hear

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Arlene Nisson Lassin

Didn't Emily Post or some Manners and Etiquette person ever establish rules about polite society when it comes to compliments on appearance, and on weight specifically? Why are we such a weight-obsessed society anyway?

Why Do So Many Women Hate Their Bodies?

Posted 10.24.2013 | Fifty

It's every husband's greatest fear. "Does this make me look fat?" his wife asks, as she hesitantly stands eyeing her figure in the mirror. Be careful ...

My Incredible Shrinking Dad -- And the Importance of a Daily Weigh-In

Sarah Klein | Posted 12.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Sarah Klein

Most of the time when the number went the wrong way, Dad knew why. One day, it was three vodkas. Another time, too many carrots. One of my favorites: "freakin' lasagna." And seeing the number edge upward motivated him to make small changes day by day.

118,801 Reasons Dieting Is Fattening

Jonathan Bailor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Bailor

True or false: You slim down by eating less? Before you answer, let's take a quick look at the studies.

My Fat Head

Myra Demeter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Myra Demeter

But something else was happening as I pursued my dancing career. I was growing up and the ballet school administrators decided I was fat -- not normal "fat," but "ballet dancer fat."

The Top 10 Most Shocking Reasons to Avoid Sugar

Jonathan Bailor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Bailor

Having a hard time cutting back on sugar? I hope these statistics help. As Nietzsche rightly remarked, "He who has a strong enough why can bear almost...

What If Everything You Knew About Weight Loss Was Wrong? (Part 2 of 2)

Jonathan Bailor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Bailor

Both approaches can get you to "the other side." But counting calories is like frantically zigzaging through a minefield. Eating more and exercising less -- but smarter -- is as natural and low key as strolling through a meadow.

What If Everything You Knew About Weight Loss Was Wrong? (Part 1 of 2)

Jonathan Bailor | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Bailor

Over the past few decades, we've been trying harder and harder to be healthy and fit. The result: We got heavy and sick. What's going on here? When did healthy and fit start making us heavy and sick? And why is everyone calling us lazy gluttons?