ask a sex therapist
Realizing that poor self esteem is ruining your sex life can be a powerful motivator.
fat shaming
To those who think shaming overweight people will “inspire them” to change, you’re dead wrong.
body issues
At our very first end-of-the-year exam, I was told that my grade had been lowered due to the size of my butt. (I was 10.)

Jul 7, 2014 at 3:00pm | 67 comments

gaining weight
Over 12 months of date nights, meaningful quality time, and copious amounts of PDA…. and over 30 pounds of body mass that I cannot account for.
Discarding clothes has revealed some pretty brutal realities, including the fact that I have wasted a lot, and I mean A LOT, of money on clothes.
Butter, sugar, and carbs aren’t really part of the diet of a real-life mannequin.

May 23, 2014 at 2:00pm | 170 comments

beauty trends
body issues
body issues
I'm not fat and I'm not skinny. So what am I?
On the almost-eve of my 32nd birthday, I've been thinking a lot about the 20 year evolution that my mind and body have taken.

Sep 6, 2013 at 4:00pm | 42 comments

amanda de cadenet
Sometimes I wish I was living in the era of Marilyn Monroe. Fittings would be so much easier.
thin privilege
A few days ago, I was accused of thin- privileging and fat-shaming. I’m still on the fence as to whether or not I did either.
unpopular opinion
I used to think that if I just got really skinny, I would somehow magically like myself and stop hating what I saw when I looked in the mirror, but I’ve rapidly come to realize that this is a fantasy.
As long as I can remember, "leg stuff" as been a topic of conversation and controversy with my mom and me.
After years of working to educate others about eating disorders and healthy body image, I realized there was something else I needed to do: acknowledge my privilege.
Is it the responsibility of doctors to watch their words to avoid upsetting patients? Or is their job simply to identify and communicate “facts” truthfully?
body issues
Since the age of 12, I had been taught to burrito myself in a beach towel at all swimsuit-wearing times or wear an oversized T-shirt to protect the delicate fat-phobic sensitivities of those around me.
body issues
Slowly, I began to feel uncomfortable eating junk around Nick. He would be slamming down protein shakes, growing bigger and stronger, while I remained small and soft and unsure of what to do with this vast difference in body type.
According to my doctor, a person with a broken bone needs as many calories as a “very active” person during the healing process -– and, at least in my case, my body has responded with a deep and abiding hunger. Smart move, body.

Dec 20, 2012 at 2:00pm | 25 comments

I don't wear flip-flops in mixed company for a reason.

Oct 29, 2012 at 9:00am | 94 comments

If I try to stand with my toes and heels touching, then I can't lock my knees. I suspect it is because my bone structure has been altered by a lifetime of obesity.

Sep 28, 2012 at 4:00pm | 103 comments