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Body image


On being fat

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I was in fourth grade, sitting in a doctor’s office, the first time my face flushed with shame. I was, I had just learned, overweight. “It’s probably from eating all that pizza and ice cream. It tastes good, doesn’t it? But it makes your body big and fat.” Read more…  

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How to stop criticizing your body

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Criticizing the body comes naturally to us. We criticize it like we criticize so much: our possessions, our surroundings, our associates. Just as we might feel ashamed of a dented car, an unsightly neighborhood, or unimpressive companions—thinking they diminish our worth—we feel shame about our bodies. Read more…

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Women’s Bodies and BMI History

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With the rise of mass media throughout the 20th century, the popular image of women in America has undergone a substantial change. From Marilyn Monroe to Kate Moss, the body shapes of the most admired models have remained consistently slimmer than that of the average American woman, representing a nearly impossible ideal. Read more …

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