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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 27, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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