April 10, 2012 |
Let's start by looking at the picture of Ashley Judd, above, and note that many in the media (and the public) have been speculating of late about how she's losing her looks as she ages. As if. The media (and the public) went into overdrive recently, speculating over one of Judd's recent appearances in which she appeared "puffy faced. " She ruined her face with plastic surgery, or Botox, or something similar, the online world crowed. Now normally, Judd would have ignored all of this.
March 21, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. The Israeli Parliament's move to ban skinny models from appearing in that nation's media may be less momentous than its efforts to thwart Iran's bid to build nuclear weapons. But to the Israeli politicians who sponsored the measure, which won approval in Tel Aviv on Monday, and to American experts on eating disorders, the measure is a clear step toward a key goal: promoting more realistic body images among girls and women.
November 29, 2011 |
Digitally-altered photographs in magazines and beyond -- a pimple fuzzed out here, a crooked nose reshaped there -- can be nice to look at. But as photo retouching has become more widespread, scientists worry that such idealized images have negative effects too, making people less satisfied with their own, less-than-perfect looks. When the website jezebel.com publicized apparent alterations to a photograph of the singer Faith Hill from a 2007 Redbook cover, readers recoiled . This summer, the American Medical Assn.
November 21, 2011 |
It's hard to imagine a time when "Our Bodies, Ourselves" didn't take up space in bookstores and sex education classrooms and rankings on bestseller lists. The compendium of articles and essays on women's reproductive health, sexuality and social issues has been a staple among feminists and their daughters for decades. Four decades, in fact. And the 40th anniversary of "Bodies" has prompted release of a new edition. Much about this "OBOS" (as it's known to many of the faithful) will seem familiar to longtime readers.
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.
February 20, 2011 |
Actors, filmmakers and other invited guests converged on the Culver Plaza Theatre in Culver City on Wednesday for the opening of the Pan African Film Festival, which this year features 121 films from 31 nations. Nate Parker ("The Great Debaters") hosted the first screening, "35 and Ticking," a film by radio personality Russ Parr. Before joining the crowd, Parker said he credited his recent discovery of his Cameroon ancestry as one reason he wished to participate in the festival. "This event celebrates African Americans and African connections," he said.
February 14, 2011 |
Business travel is roaring back after a two-year slump, and the airlines are welcoming it with a selection of new amenities, including bigger, more comfortable seats. But the luxuries typically come at a price. For example, Delta Air Lines announced plans to add a premium economy section ? "economy comfort" ? on all long-haul international flights by this summer. The airline will charge an extra $80 to $160 each way, depending on the route. The new seats will feature up to 4 more inches of legroom and 50% more recline than Delta's standard international economy-class seats.
November 22, 2010 |
With increased airport security measures sparking passenger furor on Thanksgiving eve, the Torrance company that makes most of controversial full-body image scanners used across the country finds itself at the center of a heated debate over privacy rights and health concerns. Rapiscan Systems Inc. manufactured 211 of the 385 image scanners in use at 68 airports nationwide. The machines, called the Secure 1000, use low levels of radiation to create what looks like a nude image of a screened passenger to detect weapons and contraband hidden under clothing.
November 2, 2010 |
Some remarks, like radioactive elements, have a lingering half-life that allows them to poison one generation after another. One that still contaminates our body-obsessed popular culture is the Duchess of Windsor's notorious admonition that no woman can ever be "too rich or too thin. " As the age of anorexia has succeeded the age of anxiety ? or perhaps simply compounded it ? we've learned just how wrong the duchess really was. The actress Portia de Rossi came perilously close to being a casualty of that delusion, and her compellingly honest memoir, "Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain," is a candid account of the toll a tyrannical body image can exact.
November 1, 2010 |
Body Image 101: Like it or not, studies show attractive people have an edge in everything from being hired to being set free (yes, they are less likely to be found guilty at trials), according to a report from the Social Issues Research Centre in Britain. But aspiring to an unrealistic standard of beauty can lead to destructive eating disorders, which is what happened to actress Portia de Rossi. Phoebe Flowers of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reflects on the buzz around De Rossi's new book, "Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain," which hit bookstores Monday.