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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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NATIONAL
October 9, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Naya Rivera, Jennifer Morrison, Clare Bowen and Christa Miller are taking it all off for Allure's annual nudes issue. The TV stars were photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, strategically covering their breasts and nether regions in the name of art and passion. Last year, Maria Menounos, Debra Messing, Leslie Bibb, Taraji B. Henson and Morena Baccarin posed for Demarchelier. The inspiration for this year's shoot came from Marilyn Monroe's final film, "Something's Got to Give," and the actresses were photographed poolside in Beverly Hills with wet or tousled hair.
HEALTH
November 24, 1997 | SHARI ROAN
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.
NEWS
August 14, 2000 | KATHLEEN KELLEHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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.
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
Actress and stand-up comedian Wendy Hammers has, for years, shepherded other people onto the stage. As a teacher, she coaches writers in private classes; as host of the long-running Tasty Words series, one of L.A.'s preeminent spoken word salons, she's become something of a Pied Piper of one-man/one-woman performers. Now the time is ripe for Hammers to tell her own story - again. Hammers' third one-woman show, “Ripe,” debuted at L.A.'s Greenway Court Theater last month (and is running through Nov 11)
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