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Body image: Imagine Barbie with actual human proportions

Barbie’s got a bad reputation when it comes to promoting a healthy body image in young girls ‘ and it’s not for no reason. If Barbie were a real …

7 Things To Look At When You Feel Bad About Your Body

Everyone has days where they feel terrible about their bodies.<p>Whether it's prompted by a careless comment, a glimpse in the mirror, or just waking up feeling like crap, we've all been there. And body image issues can impact almost every part of your life. They can make your sex life less enjoyable, …

Back On Campus, The Girls Of Project HEAL Take On The World Of Eating Disorders

<i>GirlQuake ‘Fixer’ series amplifies the voices of girls and women who are fixing the world’s problems by disrupting the status quo.</i><p>While eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses, with proper treatment, people can be fully cured. <i>Project HEAL Co-Founders</i><p>When they were …

Have scientists found a way to stop us eating too much?

New research has found an on-off switch in the brain for hunger. Could it stop us overeating?<p>Overeating disorders are increasingly common - it's one of the many reasons the world is facing an obesity epidemic. So a team of neuroscientists in the US wanted to find out which part of the brain causes …

Famous Women With Eating Disorders Are Right To Speak Publicly About Them

"Must we (all) talk about our eating disorders?"<p>That's the question Kat Stoeffel at The Cut raised Wednesday in response to New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn's admission that she is a recovering alcoholic and that she suffered from bulimia in her teens and 20s.<p>Quinn, who if elected …

Mental Health

You Can Get Over Your Eating Issues -- These 4 Women Are Proof

We recently asked HuffPost Women readers to tell us how they've overcome their eating issues. That's right -- despite the multitude of influences encouraging us to think food and our bodies are the problem, there are women who refuse to believe that. We don't hear from those women enough.<p>Here are …

Robyn Lawley: Why The Dangerous ‘Thigh Gap’ Trend Makes Me Mad

A disturbing trend online encourages girls to be so thin they can see a gap between their thighs. Model Robyn Lawley reacts.<p>“Thinspiration” has …

How the 'thigh gap' became the latest pressure point on a woman's self-image

She may have modelled for Ralph Lauren and appeared on the cover of <i>Vogue Italia</i>, but when a photo of Robyn Lawley wearing a corset appeared on Facebook the responses were far from complimentary. "Pig", "hefty" and "too fat" were some of the ways in which commenters described the 24-year-old. Her …

How Body Image Issues Can Ruin Your Sex Life

Does bad body image lead to bad sex? Quite possibly.<p>"Nothing kills the mood quite like being negative about the way you look," HuffPost Live host Caitlyn Becker said during a Sept. 11 segment on how body image affects women's sex lives.<p>Sarah Jenks, founder of life coaching and weight loss …

Is Body Image A Public Health Issue? | The Takeaway | WNYC

Should body image be viewed as a public health issue? And if yes, is city hall the best forum to discuss these issues? The Takeaway is joined by …

City Halls

Jennifer Lopez Talks Body Image And Finding Her Way In Hollywood

Believe it or not, Jennifer Lopez has her insecurities, but she's learned to accept who she is and be proud of her figure.<p>The 44-year-old singer/dancer/actress and "American Idol" judge opens up about her body image in Cosmopolitan for Latinas' Winter 2013 issue (on newsstands Oct. 29), explaining …

Anorexia: 'It affected everyone in the family'

Katie Green's teens were blighted by anorexia. Now 30, she has written a graphic novel, hoping it will help others to understand the condition. Joanna Moorhead meets her<p>Katie Green isn't sure how significant her family's attitude to food was in the development of her eating disorder, but her …