Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fashion retailers and size discrimination- you have more power than you think!

Something that Plus Size women have known for years is finally coming to the surface in various news outlets: weight and size discrimination is not only prevalent but often intentional. Recently the Huffington Post exposed high end athletic brand Lululemon for their intentional sizeist practice of removing “larger” sizes from the front of the store […]

Rebel Your Way Out of Misery. Here’s How

Adversity may be inevitable but misery is optional. This goes along with the saying: “Adversity is a great teacher.”   You may not learn much from misery. But the burden of misery can become more than you can or are willing to be.  Then you rebel. Blog this!Bookmark on DeliciousDigg this postRecommend on FacebookShare on […]

Low-Fat Love 101: Cultivating Your Identity

Last month my blog offered advice on how parents can help their daughters develop a positive sense of self. My first piece of advice centered in the importance of cultivating independent interests and skills, such as activities in the arts. This advice came from a personal place as my daughter Madeline (12 years old) has […]

Neutralizing Your Response to Your Body

     There are thousands of messages in the world that tell us that we are not perfect enough, not pretty enough, not thin enough. Most of these messages originate with the media. The media has been shaping our cultural norms for decades. The media preys on our humanness, our desire to fit in, our desire […]

Ending Bullying Due to Weight Stigma

This week, the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders (ANAD), Binge Eating Disorders Assocation (BEDA) and NORMAL nonprofit (NORMAL) announce the launch of a united initiative to end bullying due to weight stigma.  The project hopes to bring a crucial supplemental programming element to the wellness programs that exist in schools.  One of […]

Jennifer Livingston; Bullying and Weight Stigma

October 10, 2012 by  
Filed under Body Image, Bullying, Featured, HAES

Interesting that the week after BEDA’s Weight Stigma Awareness Week that this mom and LaCrosse, WI news anchor, Jennifer Livingston was called a “poor role model” due to her weight by a viewer. It is hard to not wonder if the viewer who found it so important to take the time to write in sees the irony […]

Size Bullying IS Bullying, thank you Jennifer for fighting back!

If no one has ever criticized you for your weight, body shape or size you may not know that this was bullying. If you have never been yelled at by a bunch of teenage boys in a pickup truck as you were going for an evening walk, you may not realize this was bullying. If […]

Your Body or Your Life

I am mesmerized by the human brain.  The old Euell Gibbons (or was it Marlin Perkins?) Mutual of Omaha cliches about the “wonders and miracles of nature” do not even come close to describing the remarkable capabilities of what some call our sexiest organ.  My attachment to my brain is increasing exponentially as I age.  […]

Why a Parent’s Empathy is Vital for a Bullied Girl — and Why It Often Goes Out the Window

June 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Bullying, Featured, Parents

This Guest Post graciously submitted by Rachel Simmons. When I did the original research for Odd Girl Out, I asked every bullied girl I interviewed to tell me what she needed most from her family. The answer truly surprised me. It wasn’t having the best solutions, calling the school or trying to act like everything was […]

No Offense, But I Was Just Kidding: Dealing with Mean Jokes

This Guest Post graciously submitted by Rachel Simmons. “When girls say ‘just kidding,’ what percentage of the time are they really joking?” It’s one of my favorite questions to ask girls, and I rarely hear numbers in double digits. That’s because “just kidding,” and its cousin, “no offense,” are phrases girls (and guys, though less […]

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