Body Image Stories: My Body Image Story, Part I: Moving to Maui

I was moving to Paradise, where the sun would always shine on my back, the warm blue water would welcome me, and bad things never happened.  Or so I thought.  I didn’t realize that I was about to enter into shark-infested waters, but they would be inside the school.  The company my dad worked for outside of…

Abercrombie and Body Image

Eating breakfast yesterday, I watched The Today Show’s segment on Abercrombie’s marketing of padded,push-up swimsuit tops for seven-year-old girls. As if the word “padded” wasn’t bad enough, I almost choked on my Cheerios when I heard the word “push-up.” Maybe Abercrombie should change their name to SADbercrombie. A few hours later, Abercrombie removed the phrase…

7 Ways to Protect Your Daughter (or Son) from Eating Disorders

After her brother said she was fat, Karen (not her real name) vowed to do whatever it took to get into a pair of size 6 Calvin Klein jeans.  Most women who struggle with eating disorders remember this type of significant moment in their stories.  This vow included starving herself to the point that she…