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101 Ways to Help Your Daughter Love Her Body
Sit up straight so your tummy doesn’t hang out. Thin is always in. You look so much prettier when you smile. Guys like girls with big boobs. Now that you’ve got your period, you’d better be careful. I’d kill to have legs like yours.

Emulating mom boosts self-esteem and body image
Little girls who emulate their mothers are less likely to suffer from low self-esteem and eating disorders, regardless of the mother’s own body image, psychologists reported. “We found that if little girls said, ‘I want to be like my mom,’ they had a better body image, less eating disorders, and better self-esteem–all these great things,” lead author Dr. Jane Ellen Smith. “We don’t know what it is about wanting to be like your mom that contributes to better self-esteem.”

Girl Fights For a Chance To Dance
Complaint filed over school’s body-type rules
Like almost every 8-year-old girl, gap-toothed Fredrika Near Keefer dreams of being a ballerina. But Fredrika and her mother charge the prestigious San Francisco Ballet School has unfairly dashed the young girl’s hopes by violating San Francisco’s new law banning discrimination against people based on their height and weight. One prominent local civil rights lawyer thinks the case — the first filed under the city’s 7-month-old law — could break new legal ground.

Beyond Beauty There’s more to life than looking fit and thin. Just ask former supermodel Kim Alexis
“The people in this business can be harsh,” says Kim. “I was in over my head.” During that first job Kim was told she’d have to sleep with the owner of the magazine if she expected to be on the cover. She didn’t, but being naive, she didn’t understand exactly what that meant. She soon would. Kim was surrounded by destructive, immoral behavior in the modeling arena, from promiscuity to drug use.

When Minor Flaws Loom Large In The Mirror
With her long strawberry-blond hair, large green eyes and beautiful complexion, 22-year-old Jennifer would be considered attractive by any standards. She reminded Katharine A. Phillips of the captain of a high school cheerleading squad, but there had been no crisp fall afternoons on the sidelines of the football field for Jennifer: She had dropped out of high school, and was steadily dropping out of public life.

Through Women’s Eyes, Finally
After centuries of conforming to female stereotypes created by men, women are taking control of their own image making.

The Hard Body Sell
Welcome to the macho world of cosmetic surgery. Once the hush-hush domain of aging society women, the fast-growing market for cosmetic procedures increasingly includes male baby boomers. Over the past five years, the number of men having liposuction has tripled.

An experimental test of the relationship between self-esteem and concern about body shape and weight in restrained eaters
Apparently, the automatic, nonconscious processing of body shape and weight words was influenced in high restrained eaters with a low state self-esteem, whereas the strategic, conscious processing was not. As soon as the body shape and weight stimuli were processed consciously, the initial increased accessibility was countered and the effect disappeared. Int J Eat Disord 25: 327-334, 1999.

Thin Cycle
Negative body image, harsh self-criticism. While mirrors may not lie, women’s perceptions of their bodies can fluctuate dramatically. To help recognize symptoms of a negative mindset, review the checklist of warning signs below then determine whether or not you are clinging to a distorted body image. Follow up, by answering the true/false questions to see how your body acceptance shapes up.

We used to think that the attractiveness of a woman’s body was based on a ratio of her waist to her hips. Even if a woman had a higher body weight or body mass index (BMI), if she had an hourglass shape, that would carry the day. Most of those assumptions were based on studies that didn’t use evaluations of real women.

The Body Positive
Body Positive explores taking up occupancy inside your own skin, rather than living above the chin until you’re thin.  It is a set of ideas that may help you find greater well-being in the body you have. One of these ideas is to define “healthy weight” not from a generic height/weight chart or even arbitrary Body Mass Index cut-offs, but rather as the weight your body is when you are living a reasonable life.

Do You Have a Body Image Problem?
Jane is an attractive woman in her mid-thirties, tall, thin, and stately. She believes she is breathtakingly ugly. Tormented by what she sees as her huge nose, crooked lip, big jaw, fat buttocks, and tiny breasts, she has not left her house in six years. Though she lives in the same house as her mother, she once went two years without seeing her. When relatives come over, she avoids them, staying up on the third floor of the house, even on Thanksgiving. The one time she left the house — she was forced to see a doctor — she covered her face with bandages. Eventually she attempted suicide. “I can’t imagine any suffering greater than this. If I had a choice, I’d rather be blind or have my arms cut off. I’d be happy to have cancer.”

Women’s Drug Abuse and Addiction
An alcohol and drug rehab for women offers gender-specific treatment for females struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, dual diagnosis, and relationship difficulties. Treatment might take place in a co-ed facility with a women’s track or in a women’s treatment center.

About Face
About-Face is a grassroots effort dedicated to combating negative and distorted images of women and promoting alternatives through education and action – and humor

What do you see in the mirror?
You look in a full-length mirror. What do you see? Is the image reflected of a person who is too thin, too heavy, just right? Do you take in everything or do you lock on “trouble spots”? Overall, do you like or dislike what you see? Your body image — how you see yourself and, more importantly, how you believe others see you — can say a lot about your mental and physical well-being.

Woman Today Magazine
More than half of women overestimate the size of their bodies

Distorted body image can have tragic results
Why is it that so many women feel bad about the way they look? Why do most American females, regardless of their age, think they are too fat? Why do over 75 percent of fourth-grade girls report that they are “on a diet?”

National Association of Fat Acceptance
NAAFA is a non-profit human rights organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for fat people.

Fear Of Fat
Reassessing the Fear of Fat
Why Images of Overweight Women Are Taboo


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