April 4, 2013 |
Demi Lovato tweeted a photo of herself without makeup on Wednesday, urging her almost 13 million followers to do the same. "Ladies, be brave today.. take off your make-up and stop using those filters!! WE are beautiful!!!," she wrote as a caption to the photo (a cropped version of which is shown above). Her followers responded by sending along pics of themselves in a similar state, with a handful of them earning attention from the "Heart Attack" singer, who offered props for beautiful smiles, skin and more.
September 25, 2012 |
Lady Gaga, who has faced a week of open criticism for gaining weight, confronted detractors Tuesday the best way she knows how: by rallying her legion of fans and also revealing something personal, a battle with eating disorders. After an Amsterdam concert displayed a fuller-figured Gaga, blogs ignited with comments and side-by-side comparisons of her shape. A radio interview saw the singer admit she'd put on more than 20 pounds, by her count. "I'm dieting right now because I gained, like, 25 pounds," she said . "I really don't feel bad about it, not even for a second.
July 10, 2012 |
Last in a series of occasional stories on L.A.-area athletes hoping to make it to the Olympics. Linda Dawson will be sitting inside a velodrome in London early next month, waving a small American flag and trying to figure out track cycling, a sport she doesn't completely understand. It seems like the least she can do for the woman who saved her life. Dotsie Bausch will be introduced to the crowd as a world-record holder and medal contender in the woman's team pursuit, but Dawson, a 52-year-old attorney from Paris, Ky., knows that description doesn't begin to tell the story of the Irvine cyclist.
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.
April 17, 2012 |
April Dunlap was 17 and weighed 165 pounds when she began a diet and exercise regimen. After three months, the 5-foot-5 teen had lost the 20 pounds she had hoped to shed. But she kept going. "It was like a drug," she said. "I always wanted to lose a little more. " When she hit 120 pounds, Dunlap's mother worried that April was losing too much weight. The family's doctor agreed. Four months after Dunlap's diet began, she found herself in a treatment program for anorexia nervosa. After only 10 days, she had gained enough weight to be discharged from the hospital.
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.