There are two types of people in this world: Those who eat to live, and those who live to eat. With the exception of my grandmother (more on that later), I prefer to keep the company of those who, lik...
One young woman has had enough with being told that only women with a certain (read: thin) body type should be able to wear certain items of clothing. So she used four photos and Twitter to shut that...
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'It’s no wonder women are laden with insecurities.'
Just in time for the warming weather, a body-lovin' music video titled "Thunder Thighs" has arrived with a spectacular message: chill on the summer bod thing, you already look good. The video, which w...
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Indians get real about body shaming and positivity.
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Deena Shoemaker was organizing her closet when she was struck by the realization that her pants come in a range of dramatically different sizes, and that her size 6 pants fit her exactly the same way...
You've seen Disney Princesses wearing modern clothing. You've seen Disney Princesses with realistic waistlines. Heck, at this point, you've seen Disney Princesses pretty much every single way possible...
Do you overanalyse situations in your head until you feel dizzy? Or self-criticise and then embark on some barmy self-improvement programme? Congratulations, you are in possession of a 'girl brain'....
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As a child, my body was similar to a lot of my South Asian friends: I was skinny, flat-chested and uncomfortably hairy. I never considered myself to be "too skinny," but I remember being reminded (rea...
Is the increased visibility of naked female athletic bodies transforming the concept of contemporary femininity?
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For their latest video, BuzzFeed's Try Guys got a dose of what it's like to be subjected to the ridiculous beauty standards women face every day. In May, the Try Guys got photoshopped to have the ide...
A runner has responded to a man's body-shaming comments in the best way - by quite literally sticking her middle finger up to him. Michelle Kirk, from Florida, was out jogging when a man rudely told h...
Would you put on a bathing suit, walk into a corporate office, stand under horrific fluorescent lighting, be filmed on a camera phone and broadcast on a major news organization's Facebook Live feed in front of more than 50,000 viewers?
Serena Williams beat Amra Sadikovic on June 28 to clinch her 80th win at Wimbledon. Unfortunately, some people were more focused on the tennis champ's body than her victory. Williams was wearing an al...
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In 2015, Delhi-based Kaanchi Chopra decided to put her skills as an artist to some good use, and set forth to address pressing global issues with her stack of crayons. The 17-year old, who calls herse...
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"Fardeen Khan gives a fitting response to the trolls who fat-shamed him"..."Amy Schumer has the perfect comeback for the jerk who fat-shamed her"... These are the types of headlines we see every single day. If you happen to read the comments on these posts, you will see that they are, predictably, heavily divided. On the one side, we have the "you do you!" supporters and on the other side, we have the extremely concerned "fat is bad" folks.
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Maybe what I should have heard more of--first as an impressionable child and later as an awkward, approval-seeking teen--was that I am more than enough, just as I am. That my body deserves my love and care in every stage of its growth, degeneration, and regrowth.
Making people feel bad and less worthy, discriminating against them because their appearance doesn't meet the standards set by society and media, humiliating them in public over something they have no or little control over--if this does not count as abuse, what does? And why have we been ok with it for so long?
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Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor-Khan, Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt make up just a handful of the clientele who rely on celebrity trainer Yasmin Karachiwala for their perfect physique. All of their stories are featured in Karachiwala's book Sculpt and Shape. Which leads us right to where Bollywood's portrayal of body image currently stands: sculpted and shaped, to a point beyond feasible for most people with day jobs.
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The "big" aunty in tights, walking gaily down the chic mall or the neighbourhood market, and who still in a very evolved world generates snickers, may have run an obstacle course to get herself to buy her first pair, and climbed a mountain of belief to wear it! Against her family, her husband, her kids, her magazines, her friends' sense of aesthetics, and who knows what else to reach the finish line of confidence.
With my daughter starting school, the flock of stylish, fit moms I'd see daily made me re-evaluate my own appearance. Weeks passed by and then months of watching other women dressed up so impeccably in pleated dresses with polished shoes. My complex about my body expanded to include my clothes as well.
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If we are going to claim ourselves as true body image liberals, the least we can do is cut Parineeti Chopra some slack. If washboard abs are neither an achievement or nor of any importance in your life, so be it. But don't fret over someone else's right to get them or flaunt them. Especially when she is neither denying nor dissing yours.
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Too many women I know today measure their self-worth by the space between their thighs. "Oh I want to be thin... I need a man, yaar." I don't really think this is about men. It's about other women. What follows is depression, diets and banal discussion. Some work out, some just suck it out. But either way, the thighs start to get thin, so the dresses get shorter. And the lady thinks she is "in".
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My daughter insisted on drinking only juice at breakfast and then again at lunch. I was taken aback considering that I hadn't spoken of my juicing (mis)adventure in her presence. And regardless of my own dieting fads, balanced eating for my daughter is kind of my thing. I tried to explain that my juices contained exactly what she was expected to eat -- spinach, beetroot, apple. With the infallible logic of a four-year-old, she then calmly stated, "I'll also only eat juice." This was a real problem.
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While we need to applaud everyone who wishes to get more healthy and fit, sadly that is not what most people are doing. They are chasing the "right" weight (whatever that is) at any cost. So, crazy diets, starvation, excessive exercising and surgeries all go in the name of getting thin. It is frightening. The harm done to bones and bodies in the bargain are often not known or really worried about.
Interestingly, I never thought I was fat. Not when I was 12 years old. Not when I was 22. Not now, when I am pushing 30 and have loosened muscles all over after carrying a child for nine months. But I have always been described as large by the people around me -- in a way that makes me feel bad about being big.