BodyImage 

Cut the Fat Talk: Sorority Encourages Building Better Body Images With Fat Talk Free Week

"I'm having a fat day." We pretty much all stand guilty of muttering these words as we stare in the mirror, and, it's not just the grown-ups dissing their bodies. Young girls, tweens and teens refer to their body images in negatives, too. It's...Friends don't let friends talk about being fat.

Women in Sororities More Apt to Have Bad Body Images, Eating Disorders, Study Says

Do sororities cultivate mean girls or future humanitarians? Credit: Corbis
Women who join sororities are more likely to judge themselves on their appearances and display bulimic tendencies, according to a new study published in the journal Sex ...

Is It Possible to Avoid the Princess Phase?

Down with Cinderella! My twins aren't even three years old, and I'm already sick of that girly triumvirate that seems impossible to escape when you are raising girls: The Princess/Barbie/Pink matrix. Toys 'R' Us has entire aisles devoted to Disney...

National Tween Convention Focuses on Positive Body Image

More than 200 tween girls, ages 9-14, gathered for the first National Tween Girl Summit in Washington. Credit: Jenna von Elling, AOL
Girls as young as 10 years old have negative thoughts and feelings about their body, and organizers of the first...

Who's Popular Now? Plus-Size Teen-Lit Heroes

More teen novels are featuring plus-sized characters. Credit: Getty Images
More and more plus-size protagonists are popping up in teen literature, as girls and boys of all ages and sizes learn to accept their bodies. According to the Centers...

Getting Real About Body Image

Is maintaining a positive body image even possible anymore? Image: sxc.hu
A few days ago, as we drove to gymnastics class, my eight-year-old said something I had hoped to never hear from her: "I don't like my legs." My heart sank as I realized th...

Mom and Daughter Botox Addicts

Beauty in a syringe? Image: sxc.hu
We all know that as parents, we have a huge influence on how our children view themselves and the world in which they live. Mothers in particular play a large part in shaping the way their daughters feel about t...

Parents Fear Pink Plague

Are today's little girls being brainwashed by marketers trying to sell toys? After a study of young girls' speech patterns revealed that many of them refer to the color pink as "Barbie", some parents are convinced that their daughters are suffering f...

Is Angelina Jolie a bad influence?

I admit that I am not all that familiar with Angelina Jolie's body of work. I know plenty about her body, her humanitarian work and her personal life, but I don't see many movies that aren't rated "G". I do know that Jolie gets a lot of positive pres...

New-mom body issues

Clicking over to Baby Center's latest, a new-mom body survey, I had to pause after the first sentence: "Gone are the days when the postpartum period meant throwing on a baggy sweatshirt and forgetting about your body for a while." What? Really? ...

Denise Richards on teaching by example

Denise Richards says that she made the decision to include her two young daughters in her new reality show after considering what people would say about her. "I'm in a no-win situation," she explains. "If I don't have my children in my show, then peo...

"Mom Job" anyone?

Oh how I love me some lists! This is my favourite week of the year for scouring every major paper and trashy magazine to read the best of everything over the past 12 months. So match that with my love affair with words and imagine my excitement at th...

Changing the world for our little girls

When the ultrasound technician asked if I wanted to know the sex of my unborn baby, I held my breath. And then let it out in a gush of giddy relief when she looked at me and smile: "It's a boy." It's not that I wouldn't have desperately loved a littl...

Reverse discrimination of the scrawny child

My 10 year-old middle child, Cassidy, is smart, full of life and extremely skinny. So much so that she the term scrawny can easily be applied to her body type. She is long limbed and tall for her age. I believe her to be a beauty for the ages, this i...

Sarah Jessica Parker's new clothing line is body friendly

In the past few years I have shied away from buying new clothes as much as possible. Part of it has to do with the fact that my fun budget is just not what it used to be since I am a single mother of three, ever growing children. The other part has t...

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