Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Body Image Revolution

Something revolutionary happened this week. A woman posted a photograph of herself in her underwear on the Internet. Although there are thousands of pictures of women in their underwear on-line (and in magazines, catalogs, television, billboards, etc…), this picture was different. It was different because this woman is fat. Stella Boonshoft is an 18 year-old […]

How Can We Eliminate Fat Chat Forever?

I’ve wondered about this since I was in eighth grade. I stood in the lunchroom after school waiting for the bus by myself. None of my few friends were on a late bus so I was alone. Carla* sauntered up with Kerri*, who had the same birthday as me. I was wearing my brand new […]

End Bullying Due To Weight Stigma!

  Join us in celebrating and honoring #WSAW (Weight Stigma Awareness Week)! Need programming ideas to raise awareness of the damages that weight bias and stigma have in your community?  The BEDA, ANAD and MFI organizations are releasing a 20 minute version of the Beneath The Floorboards documentary film based on the true story of […]

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 […]

Emma Bell’s Painfully Powerful True Body Image War Story

The talented and generous Emma Bell shares with Real Deal her painful story of being bullied … When I was 6 years old I got in trouble for kissing my ‘boyfriend’ in preschool during reading. We thought we’d get married.  When I was in 1st grade I serenaded the boy I liked with a rousing […]

Binge Eating Disorder — The Bridge Between Obesity and Eating Disorders

Written by Robyn Hussa Farrell and Chevese Turner — Founders of NORMAL and BEDA, respectively. As we know, the nation is caught in the grip of epidemic health crisis, including both mental health and obesity.  Following extensive recent studies, we now know that mental illness (including addictions) is more widespread than previously imagined and is […]

Why Girls Need to Learn About CyberDRAMA, Not Just CyberBULLYING

February 6, 2013 by  
Filed under Body Image

This Guest Post graciously submitted by Rachel Simmons. If it bleeds, it leads: it’s a popular saying in journalism that refers to our attraction to sensational, often violent headlines. As an anti-bullying educator, I have seen something similar: we tend to focus on the most extreme levels of bullying as a way to teach and build […]

Mental Holocaust

January 5, 2013 by  
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I am currently reading Healthy Selfitude by NORMAL President Robyn Hussa and this month I am more aware of the shift toward mindfulness but also realize that as an African American that grew up in the Protestant church how foreign this concept may come across. I would like to speak to you as you consider […]

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 […]

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 […]

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