body image 

Is 13 Too Young to Start Bodybuilding?

If you hear your kids saying "We're gonna pump (clap) you up" in the mirror while applying bronzer, flexing, posing and lifting weights you'd be afraid to even go near, it may be time for a body image intervention. "Today" reports youngsters...The number of kids ages 6 to 11 joining gyms has doubled since 2005.

News Flash: Women Are More Than Just Body Types and Sex Positions

After seven years of blogging about maternal mental health, I suppose it shouldn't surprise me that I ended up on a media list. Some public relations person somewhere decided I would be a great person to contact with all news releases related to...What are the top health concerns of women? Will waistline be in the top five? Bust size? Skin tone? Waxed upper lips? NO!

Poor Body Image Means Sleep-Deprivation, Carb Cravings for Teen Girls, Study Finds

Study finds correlation between sleep and body image. Credit: Getty Images Teen girls have struggled with their appearances for decades, but new research shows it's not just peer pressure that's contributing to their body image...Girls who worry about being skinny can't sleep and, as a result, eat more carbs.

Overweight Moms, Children Think They're Thinner Than They Really Are, Study Shows

Watch Videos of Four Families Striving To Meet Their Fitness Goals!
Nearly half of moms with fat kids thought their children were at a healthy weight. Credit: Getty Images
Yes, those pants make you look fat.
Actually, to be...
New study says nearly half of moms with fat kids think they're kids are at a healthy weight.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

French ban the promotion of extreme thinness

Can you imagine opening the glossy pages of a high fashion magazine and NOT seeing stick thin models? This is may be made reality in France. The French parliament's lower house has recently adopted a landmark bill that would make it illegal for...

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?...

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