Fear of Food

Not to be confused with cibophobia (fear of actual food itself).It’s taken me a long time to acknowledge that I have a fear of food.  It’s not so much the “food” as it is the result of eating (weight gain).  I have never been thin and healthy. ...more

YOU - In One Single Word

Sweet                      LEARNING                        DyNAmiC                         <...more

"For Your Age"

I’ve never had a problem with aging.  I believed that beauty, both external and internal, was universal and so why should age change that fact. I believed the term “for your age” was not complimentary and should be banned from all conversations unless in discussions with a precocious toddler....more

When Should You Talk to Your Children About Pornography?

When I was eight years old, my friend Annie told me about a movie she saw at home. She described scenes of a naked woman riding a horse and a man peeing in a woman's mouth. Many (many) years later, I realized Annie had watched one of her father's porn videos. (Is this a "Sorry, Mom" moment? I don't know.) As countless comedians have pointed out, porn is so much easier to come across these days—both for adults and children. So, because of that, we need to be able to talk to our children about it....more
I started watching softcore porn in kindergarten. It's because I had a TV in my bedroom. I ...more

Isn't it Time to Put Pre-Prom Tanning to Bed?

I don’t know a mom or dad who doesn’t remember tanning before prom- or even just to feel some “sunshine” during a long New England winter....more

We Love Barbie...But We Need New Dolls.

The world first met Barbie, Mattel’s flirty fashionista, in March 1959. Today, every little girl’s best plastic friend shows no signs of retiring. Her supernatural ability to adapt to each generation and pick up brown or Latina girlfriends has spawned many imitators. Still, she reigns. So much has changed for women since Barbie's birth. Why does her model persist?...more

The Start of Something New

Hi Everybody,My name is Jessica, I am a Master's student in Kinesiology, and so naturally, I want to get people as fit as possible as fast as possible. I want people to train as hard as possible as long as possible, put their real lives on hold to exercise and eat low carb, low fat, and have 3 small but high protein meals a day.......or not....more

Happy Moments from the Weekend

Good morning! While it will no longer be morning by the time this post is published, the draft began at 5:30 this morning after a cancelled boot camp class. I woke up at 4:30 and it was raining just a little bit. We've had class with a slight rain before, so I got dressed and sipped coffee while I waited for the "Class cancelled" text. It never came, so I left for the park. I waited until 5:05, and when no one else showed up, I assumed everyone hit snooze this morning....more

Inhabiting (and Embracing) The Body I Have

For me it happened sometime in the last few years. I looked in the mirror and thought, ‘When did I start looking like this? Where did these wrinkles come from? And what is up with this back (arm, hip, back, [insert random body part]) fat? What the hell happened to me?’...more

Body Shaming Must Stop

It is a sad day when you realize body shaming has become part of daily life.  I spend part of every morning reading the news. Somewhere along the way, I started noticing daily articles talking about this woman being called “too fat” or another called “too skinny”....more