December 3, 2001 |
The 36-year-old Mar Vista mom and businesswoman has long been married to a man who finds her body irresistible, even though she considers herself overweight. He even declares his love for her stomach, the very part of her body she most loathes. But despite her husband's admiration, the woman, who asked to be anonymous, doesn't like to be nude in front of him. "I was never the kind of person to run around naked with all the lights on," she said.
May 1, 2000 |
At 5 feet 4 and 130 pounds, Roniece Weaver is a happy, healthy, size 8. Yet when her husband first introduced her to his family, they told him: "She's a nice girl, but you gotta fatten her up." In the black community "we don't view excess pounds as negatively as white folks do," says Weaver, who is African American and runs a nonprofit nutritional consulting firm in Orlando, Fla. "We don't want to be a size 2, 4 or 6 . . . we enjoy being full-figured."
June 23, 2012 |
Jennie Finch began playing softball as a kid, and her passion and talent for the sport carried her all the way to the U.S. National Team and, in 2004 and 2008, the women's U.S. Olympic team. A star pitcher, Finch led her fellow Olympians to win gold and silver medals. In 2010, Finch announced her retirement from the game to focus on her family. Now, the 31-year-old mother of two has written a book, "Throw Like a Girl," in which she relates the lessons she learned playing softball and her desire to bring the world of sports to more young women.
February 5, 2005 |
Fat. It's a "three-letter word larded with meaning," write the editors of the book "Fat." At a time when the subject of body image provokes widespread anxiety, insecurity and self-consciousness, especially about weight, 13 anthropologists and a self-described "fat activist" consider the word as a concept, a stigma, an aesthetic, an epidemic and even a status symbol in a collection of provocative and entertaining essays subtitled "The Anthropology of an Obsession."
September 22, 1996 |
At a recent visit to her doctor, one mother of a teenage daughter had a concern. Her daughter was a little chubby, the mother said. She wanted to lose 10 pounds. What did the physician think of prescribing the latest hot diet drug, fen-phen, for her. Other parents were getting it for their daughters, she said. The physician refused. "Fen-phen is not for people who want to lose 10 pounds, let alone for young women who haven't fully developed," said an adamant Dr.
October 9, 2012 |
Shatarka Nuby just wanted to be pretty. She longed to fill out her jeans, to look curvier in her bikini, so she sought out a man with a syringe who said he could sell her the body she wanted for $1,000. In her bedroom in South Florida, witnesses later told police, Nuby handed Oneal Ron Morris a wad of cash and stretched out on her stomach. Morris plunged a syringe filled with clear liquid into Nuby's hips and buttocks, the onlookers said. Her skin began to rise under the needle.
July 8, 2001 |
Approaching my middle 60s, I am only now beginning to appreciate what a rich and complex relationship I have with this body that has carried me around for so long. Not that I haven't been preoccupied with it before--with its strengths and weaknesses, with how it might appear to others, with its familiar aches and gripes. But I have only recently begun to fully understand, in the flesh and bones, the extent to which body and mind are integrally related to each other.
September 19, 2013 |
Is there anything crueler or more repugnant than calling a pregnant woman fat? There are a number of unpleasant circumstances that come along with being pregnant, and I'm not just talking about morning sickness and “pregnancy brain.” Some women also have to contend with pregnancy discrimination , and those who don't may still worry about it, which is why too many women conceal their pregnancies for as long as possible. And on top of that, there are those two-faced people who compliment a woman's pregnancy glow to her face but then mock her cankles behind her back.
June 13, 2013 |
Melissa McCarthy has finally responded to a scathing review of her acting and body image from New York Observer film critic Rex Reed. The film critic trashed the "Identity Thief" star in April in his review of the zany comedy that costars Jason Bateman as a victim of McCarthy's felonious identity-stealing con artist. Reed described the Emmy Award-winning "Mike & Molly" star as "cacophonous," "tractor-sized," a "humongous creep" and a "hippo" in the review. REVIEW: Laughs stolen in 'Identity Thief' "Melissa McCarthy is a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success," Reed wrote . "Poor Jason Bateman.
June 22, 2012 |
Weight and body image issues do not belong soley to the young, researchers have found - perhaps making official what plenty of women already discuss over coffee, with fake sugar, please. The study released Friday in the International Journal of Eating Disorders found that 70% of women over 50 are trying to lose weight and 62% say their weight or shape has a negative effect on their lives. The study also found that 3.5% report binge eating at least once a week, and 7.5% reported using diet pills.