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How Becoming a Mom Improved My Body Image

The Chopra Well | Posted 05.08.2013 | Parents
The Chopra Well

I was frightened of passing down my body obsession and eating disordered history to daughters. With boys, I thought I'd be safe. Boys eat and run and eat some more. Boys don't ask if they look fat in their jeans, right?

Leave Our Princesses Alone

Liz Kozak | Posted 05.07.2013 | Parents
Liz Kozak

...Is it just me, or does it look like Cinderella's been making pies outta that pumpkin carriage? ...More like "Beauty and the BEEF," know what I'm saying???

The Stigma of Obesity

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 05.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

The majority of us would be outraged by, and would not stand for, the same slandering of Asian, black, female, gay, elderly, or disabled Americans. Why, then, do we tolerate those who focus the same vitriol on people who are overweight?

10 Celebrity Bodies We Need to Stop Talking About

Posted 02.24.2013 | Healthy Living

By Charlotte Andersen for Shape.com There's so much more to these famous females (and one male) than their figures! Here, we reveal the inspiring q...

Is a Hot Object Heavier Than a Cold One?

Quora | Posted 04.21.2013 | Science
Quora

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Frank Heile, Physicist, Software Engineer, Consciousness Theory Yes. If you have absolutely ...

The PRH (Personal Responsibility for Health) Chronicles, Part 4: Polar Bears in the Sahara

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We have a natural environment. And a world of fast-food drive-through restaurants, fax machines, escalators and email is not it. The nutritional environment we live in is toxic to us. The effects of that toxicity are rampant chronic disease and epidemic obesity.

Chris Christie: The Biggest Winner?

Rachele M. Pojednic, Ed.M, M.S. | Posted 04.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Rachele M. Pojednic, Ed.M, M.S.

Chris Christie's weight doesn't have to be a discussion about presidential fitness, fame-seeking physicians, or snarky late night TV hosts. But it should initiate a dialogue about the literal, physical health of the nation, and Governor Christie would do well by starting it.

The Most Important Conversation I've Had With My Daughter About Her Body

Kim Bongiorno | Posted 10.03.2013 | Parents
Kim Bongiorno

I was sitting on a toilet, feeling surprised and kind of insulted, when I realized I had an opportunity before me like no other.

The PRH (Personal Responsibility for Health) Chronicles, Part 2: The Way We Are

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.11.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

This particular morning in mid-April was quite chilly, although clear. In fact, the early suffusion of sunlight was promising a day of great beauty. Not that Michelle was listening to such promises. Far too busy. And besides, the climate inside was always perfect.

Is It Possible to Have Empathy Without Being Patronizing?

Michael Hobbes | Posted 04.10.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael Hobbes

I do this all the time, explain away a person's appearance and actions. I try really hard to give people the benefit of the doubt when they snap at their kids in public, cut me off in traffic, refuse to give up their seat to an old person on the train.

Christie Addresses Weight Issues On His Own Terms

AP | STEVE PEOPLES and ANGELA DELLI SANTI | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics

SEA BRIGHT, N.J. — Chris Christie began the workweek doughnut in hand, playfully embracing fat jokes on David Letterman's couch. The New Jersey...

The PRH (Personal Responsibility for Health) Chronicles, Part 1: The Way We Were

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The issue of personal responsibility for health and weight control comes up frequently in my professional circles, generating strong and opposing views. I have addressed this theme recently -- and many times in the past -- and expressed my own opinions.

A Simple Way to Lose Weight

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 03.31.2013 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

I've wanted to lose weight since my son was born in 1992 -- and before that, too. I haven't had much success, probably because I haven't worked that hard at it. Weight loss takes a lot of attention and dedication, and I've never been able to commit to it that way.

Why Do We Women Denigrate Our Own Bodies?

Kristen Houghton | Posted 03.27.2013 | Women
Kristen Houghton

We have such unlovely terms to describe our bodies. How good can you feel about yourself if you use those expressions to define parts of your own body? Not very. I think we're going too far with personal insults we aim at ourselves.

You Could Argue That I Don't Want Anything More Than I Want To Be Skinny. You Would Probably Be Right.

Kate Orazem | Posted 03.27.2013 | Women
Kate Orazem

I want to offer something like an elegy. For the girls I know and the girl I was, who engineer their lives for emptiness. For those who have died, or died a little. For a generation of brilliant, driven women who get up, look in the mirror, and demand less of themselves.

Stop Yo-Yo Dieting For Good

Posted 01.24.2013 | Healthy Living

By Dr. Mike Roussell for Shape.com Q: Why is it harder to lose weight each time I gain it back? A: Ironically, it probably isn't physically hard...

Dread The Scale? 5 Reasons You Can Skip Weighing Yourself

Posted 01.19.2013 | Healthy Living

By Cynthia Sass, M.P.H., R.D. How much do you hate weighing yourself? According to a UK survey, some women would rather be seen naked by a collea...

I'm OK to Weigh...

Kim Bongiorno | Posted 03.17.2013 | Parents
Kim Bongiorno

Over the last eight years, I have traversed the clothes racks from the size 14 section to the size 6. And I bet you just had an emotional response to those numbers, thinking it was really big or really small or too much of a range or something else altogether.

Beauty and the Boy: The Impact of Negative Body Image on Our Boys

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 03.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Even as our acceptance of less rigid gender roles grows in other areas, the pressure on boys to be "toned and muscular" represents a return to a traditional notion of masculinity and what it means to be a man. The message: It's fine if boys want to go around wearing sparkly nail polish as kids, as long as they grow up to be big and strong and macho.

The Big Oversight in Our Obesity Conversation

Andy Bellatti | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

My biggest concern is that solely focusing on weight impedes the health movement's progress. Such a clinical and quantitative frame gives very little thought to -- and leaves no room for a conversation about -- socio-political and environmental factors that pose a threat to our health.

Kilogram Has Put On Weight, Scientists Say

Posted 01.07.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose Published: 01/06/2013 07:55 PM EST on LiveScience The kilogram may need to go on a diet. The international standard, a cylinder-shap...

This Is My Body

Amira Young | Posted 02.17.2013 | Divorce
Amira Young

I wasn't a person; I was a toy to him. And it made me feel ugly.

'Seventeen's' BMI Calculator Is Really (Really) Not OK

Christina Huffington | Posted 12.06.2012 | Women

A BMI calculator on a website for teen girls? Seventeen apparently thought it was a good idea. The magazine for adolescent girls featured a calculator...

When Bodies Matter More Than Babies: The Jessica Simpson Edition

Michelle Konstantinovsky | Posted 01.30.2013 | Women
Michelle Konstantinovsky

I realize that by continually contributing to the uncalled-for public discourse surrounding Jessica Simpson's appearance, I'm arguably just feeding the image-focused fire. And yet, I can't keep my fingers off the keyboard every time the star makes headlines for all the wrong reasons.

How I Learned To Eat Without Guilt On Thanksgiving

Kate Fridkis | Posted 01.19.2013 | Women
Kate Fridkis

We live deep inside a culture that is always yelling at us to diet. That assumes we all, every single one of us, want to be thinner.