Body Image

On Good Morning America this morning, we talked about Grammy-winner, Lorde and her most recent viral tweet that showed two photos.  One photo showed Lorde with flawless skin, photoshopped to perfection.  The other photo showed Lorde completely natural, skin imperfections and all. Why is this significant? Lorde is a superstar with millions of fans.  And […]

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I was interviewed for GMA’s story on Buzzfeed’s photoshop “experiment” with four women who got the model treatment.  The women had their hair and make-up done, wardrobes chosen and bodies directed in a photo shoot.  But it didn’t end there.  Photoshop then went to work!  Lines were erased, bodies were narrowed and birth marks were […]

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You’ve got to admit, it’s a perfect pairing. SI swimsuit issue is all about idealized beauty and fantasy.  So is Barbie. Where we cross some lines is by putting a child’s toy on a magazine for men—Barbie is a plastic object—standing among swimsuit models.  Are we saying that the real women are also to be […]

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Former athlete, Rachel Frederickson, won The Biggest Loser last night after shrinking from 260 pounds to 105 pounds.  That means, in a matter of months, Rachel Frederickson took 60% of her body weight off of her 5’4” frame and took home the 250,000 dollar prize for her achievement. It’s certainly extreme. Record-breaking, in fact. Frederickson is […]

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I was on The Today Show this morning with my colleague, Steve Adubato, talking with Savannah Guthrie about the Lena Dunham photos in Vogue and the controversy surrounding the unretouched photos that surfaced on the website, Jezebel. There has been a great deal of conversation about the Lena Dunham photos that were pictured on the […]

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I was interviewed for Today.com about “selfies,” photos we take of ourselves and then post online usually to see how many “likes” and positive comments it garners.  While we know celebrities do it (Miley Cyrus ranks #1 for number of selfies on twitter)– why are teens turning to posting selfies for public satisfaction? Teens are […]

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This morning I was on the set up for a segment on Dara-Lynn Weiss- the mother who was made famous for publicly putting her daughter, age 7, on a diet. Her daughter’s doctor had told Dara-Lynn that her daughter was obese and was immediately put on a strict diet of limited foods and counting calories. […]

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(Note; My Today Show Health Report Interview on this topic included below) The internet blew up yesterday with applause for Jennifer Livingston, a TV anchor in Wisconsin, who spoke out about fat hatred and what I call, “body bullying” after receiving a derogatory email from a viewer about her weight. The viewer’s email read; “Obesity […]

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I was recently interviewed about Lady Gaga’s Vogue Cover. Perhaps people feel that all’s fair in love and fashion, but the Lady Gaga Vogue cover photo speaks much more that a thousand words. See the video of her photo-shoot here. When a Superstar like Gaga is known for encouraging every young person to be proud […]

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These days, the word “fat” comes with a lot of baggage.  Studies tell us that fat is continually associated with unflattering words like lazy, ugly, blameworthy, gross, and unpopular.  But it wasn’t always that way.  If you look at some of the vintage ads, thin was definitely NOT always in. “Enjoy life!” “Put on 5 […]

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