February 19, 2014 |
Forget Barbie on the cover wrap of Sports Illustrated's 50th annual swimsuit issue. My personal bathing suit hero is 27-year-old Lena Dunham, who has done more to improve the self-esteem of young women in her scant career than the iconic plastic doll has ever done, despite a 55-year career that has seen her transformed from princess into pilot, police officer, paleontologist and presidential candidate. In last Sunday's episode of “Girls,” Dunham's delightfully transgressive HBO series about an annoying quartet of self-involved, post-college adultlets, Dunham spent most of the 30-minute show, set in a resort town on Long Island's North Fork, in a green string bikini.
August 8, 2005 |
Magazines, TV shows and films are chock-full of toned women and muscle-bound men without an obvious trace of body fat. Although such bodies can be the product of intense diets, workout regimens, genetics, cosmetic surgery or even photo retouching, adolescents are trying to get those same physiques through dietary supplements, hormones and steroids.
November 24, 1997 |
Cynthia Stamper Graff, Janet Eastman and Mark C. Smith Griffin Publishing Group 181 pages, $14.95 Studies make it clear that children and teenagers who are overweight are likely to face a lifelong struggle with obesity unless they can adopt a successful strategy to improve their health. This book introduces teens to healthier concepts of body image.
August 14, 2000 |
Growing up, Jennifer Donaldson developed an unfortunate body image, and one that she has worked hard to overcome. "It was drilled into me by my mother that 'Jennifer needs to wear a dress that goes in at the waist and out at the hips because she has big hips,' " recounted Donaldson, 42, who lives in Stevensville, Md.
January 9, 2006 |
WHEN it comes to assessing one's physique after exercise, men are likely to look in the mirror and say, "Darn, I look good!" Women are more likely to say, "Show me the numbers!" That's the finding from a study published in the December issue of the journal Body Image. A team led by Kathleen Martin Ginis of McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, put 44 adults through a 12-week weight-training course.
July 30, 2010
Having neglected to keep up with the journal Psychology of Men & Masculinity, this recent study had escaped my attention: "When Men Break the Gender Rules: Status Incongruity and Backlash Against Modest Men." That is to say, for men, modesty in job interviews comes with risk. Researchers at Rutgers University found that, when watching staged job interviews, both male and female viewers were a bit turned off by modest men, considering them to be rather weak and uncertain -- "low status" traits to be sure.
August 2, 2003
Re: Dan Arritt's July 29 article "Riding the Wave": Reality shows and advertising dollars have never moved surfing "forward." Their portrayals of surfing bring consumerism, brand-consciousness, body image, competition and aggression into the ocean, while the entire point of the sport is to take refuge from those things for a few precious hours. Surfing is a fat guy in decade-old trunks. Surfing is yielding a ridable wave to someone else and being happy they got a good ride. Longboard, shortboard, bodyboard or no board, we're all brothers and sisters in the waves.
October 20, 2011 |
"Pro Ana" websites, places where children and teenagers can find support to advance their eating disorders, have shocked and frustrated parents and health professionals. To counter that influence, the National Eating Disorders Assn. has launched a new website for teens to support healthy eating and body image. The site, Proud2Bme.org, is an interactive site that offers news about health, beauty, fashion and pop culture in an environment that encourages realistic attitudes about weight and personal health.
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.
December 27, 2013 |
The Jennifer Lawrence-Joan Rivers feud is heating up, with the "Fashion Police" host taking the latest jab at the Oscar-winning actress. The outspoken "Hunger Games" star's crusade against unhealthy body image has frequently made headlines and, in November, the slightly curvy Lawrence spoke out against Rivers' E! snark fest "Fashion Police" for perpetuating a warped ideal of body image. "The world has a certain idea -- we see this airbrushed perfect model image," the 23-year-old said during a Yahoo chat event.