Bodies Photoshopped

Photoshopping has a huge negative effect on how women see their bodies.  Comparison is the invitation to negative self talk and media gives us the invitation for comparing ourselves thousands of times  a day. “Hany Farid, a professor of computer science and a digital forensics at Dartmouth with his student Eric Lee have designed software […]

Feeling Fat, Assuming the Worst, and Mirth

The book Why Our Brains Make Us Laugh written by Hurley,Dennett and Adams was recently reviewed in the Boston Globe by Chris Berdik and prompted me to think about the assumptions we make constantly…about what’s wrong with us and what derogatory thing someone else is thinking about us. We say to ourselves: Weight loss, I […]

Do Your Own Needs End Up at the Bottom of Your To Do List?

In my #gmKISS (Keep It Simple Sweetheart) strategy class today at Green Mountain at Fox Run we talked about Stepping into Selfness. Now selfness is something I have written about before. It means counting your own needs as you count others’ needs even when you are feeling fat or unmotivated to exercise. And really, the […]

It Happened This Week – Love Yourself First

“Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” ~ Veronica A. Shoffstall A very happy Valentine’s Day weekend to our readers.  Be your own Valentine this year; change negative body image and realize your own beauty.  As Aimee Mullins said, “Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman […]

Reflections on Respect

Today's post is by Darla Breckenridge, MEd, our psychologist-masters at Green Mountain.  Darla joined us last winter and has been a wonderful addition to our staff.  We're hoping she'll become a wonderful addition to our blog, too.  Meaning that we hope she finds the time to contribute regularly because we KNOW her posts will be […]

What The Heck Is Self-Acceptance

Last summer Karen C.L. Anderson of the blog Why Weight: A Real Life “Before” and After Story shared on A Weight Lifted a story of her personal journey towards self-acceptance.  Her post today looks at how things have changed in a little less than a year.  What a difference a year makes…. We’re excited for […]

When Weight Loss Is the Ultimate Indicator of Success

If you haven’t visited Michelle Cantrell’s wonderful site Venus Vision, stop what you’re doing right now and go check it out.  Its purpose:  To promote self acceptance and help you love the person you are.   If my encouragement to check out Venus Vision doesn’t get you to, maybe Michelle’s post below will. If you’ve read […]

It Happened This Week: America the Beautiful, Boycotting Ralph Lauren, Clean Water & Go Fish

Venus Vision reviewed America the Beautiful, a documentary that asks “Who benefits from women not feeling beautiful?”  I haven’t seen it yet, but after I finish this post, I’m going to go enter the contest to win the DVD.  You can, too, if you enter by today (December 11). Darryl Roberts, director of America The […]

Can We Force People to Be Healthy?

This is a cross-post from one of my recent posts on WeAretheRealDeal,  a body image blog that was introduced at last summer’s BlogHer conference at a panel discussion on body image and blogging.  I’m pleased to join the blog as a contributor. Self-efficacy is a big word.  Okay, two words.  It’s about our belief in […]

Why Are We Trying to Look Like Someone Else?

Many of you are too young to remember Art Linkletter and his tv show “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”  The word “darndest” alone tells us this show was a long time ago!   But I digress. The show was all about kids saying things that their parents would be horrified to hear come out of […]

How to Say I Love My Body and Mean It

In some of the circles I travel, it’s highly controversial whether we’re in the midst of an obesity epidemic as is frequently stated by the media and other sources. I think there are few questions, however, about an epidemic of body hatred.  And that it may well be a major contributor to the eating and […]

On Meghan McCain, Tyra Banks & Hope

Have you been following the Meghan McCain body size debate over the last week?  If you’ve somehow missed it, Lesley at Fatshionista has a good review of what’s gone on. My take on it has to do with dismay, gratification and optimism. I’m appalled that a woman dissed Ms. McCain about her body size.  Guess […]

Weighing In: How to Improve Young Girls’ Body Image

Over the weekend, a relative’s daughter lamented that ‘she looked fat.’ Having just started first grade, and in reality being very slim, my young relative demonstrates how insidious the fear of fat can be.  Her mother has weight issues, but is careful not to share her frustration, comment on body sizes, or limit foods but […]

Weighing In – Literally

One of the worse memories I have growing up as a child was school ‘weigh in’ days.  From 1st grade to high school, I sat in terrified anticipation as I watched the school nurse drag a giant scale down the hall for my yearly humiliation.  Each class lined up in the hallway waiting to be […]