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HEALTH
January 9, 2006 | Janet Cromley, Times Staff Writer
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.
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NEWS
February 19, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
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.
HEALTH
August 8, 2005 | Kevin W. McCullough, Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
October 20, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
"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.
NEWS
June 22, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
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.
NEWS
May 26, 1996 | LEE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two boys from different social stations experience adventure together in a rebroadcast of the Disney Channel's The Whipping Boy (Sunday at 7 p.m.). A streetwise orphan becomes the new palace whipping boy, or stand-in, for a spoiled prince. For ages 10 and up. * In People: A Musical Celebration (Disney Channel, Tuesday at 7 p.m.), many styles of animation--computer, puppet, paper-cut and 3-D--are used to celebrate the world's diversity.
HEALTH
March 5, 2001 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Girls as young as age 5 form negative self-images based on their weight, a new study has shown. Those girls whose weight was above average said they felt worse about their bodies--as well as their cognitive abilities--than did girls with lower body weight. In addition, the study revealed that all of the girls whose parents worried about their child's weight tended to view themselves as being inferior.
NEWS
November 13, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Remember when the first installment of “The Hunger Games” came out and critics said Jennifer Lawrence didn't look hungry enough to play heroine Katniss Everdeen? Well, about that nonsense : Lawrence recently told BBC News that she made a conscious decision to make her character strong instead of svelte. “I feel like somebody like Kate Moss running at you with a bow and arrow wouldn't be scary,” she said during the interview . And that's not all. The actress also wanted to be a positive role model for the young, impressionable women who'd see the movie.
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