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Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Author, Body Image Advocate, Founder of the Fit vs Fiction Workshops

Marci Warhaft-Nadler is a body image advocate, founder of the Fit vs Fiction workshops and author of “The Body Image Survival Guide for Parents: Helping Toddlers, Tweens and Teens Thrive”. After battling her own body image issues, Marci created her Fit vs Fiction program to tear down the dangerous myths related to beauty and fitness and empower kids with the self-esteem they need to tune out negative messages and be proud of who they are instead of judging themselves for who they think they’re not.
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I Understand Why Lucy Hale Called Herself 'Fat'

I understand Lucy, because I've shared the same feelings about myself. When you have an eating disorder, the world can think you're perfect, but all you see are flaws. Let's not crucify her for it. Instead, let's use it as an opportunity to talk about how messed up the entertainment industry is.
06/20/2017 09:44 EDT
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How Social Media Can Lead To Self-Hate In Kids

We care more about "likes" on social media posts, than actually being liked as people. Getting positive feedback on an online post is like getting a standing ovation from friends and strangers all over the world. How can something so meaningless seem so important and why is it hurting our kids?
04/18/2017 02:19 EDT
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How To Lose Weight, Dignity, And Money All At Once

This month, The FDA approved a device that promises quick weight loss in minimal time and it has many physicians furious. The device is called AspireAssist and it's appalling. a tube is surgically implanted into the patients stomach using a port valve, which is an opening just above the belly button that can be opened or closed to drain food. Let's discuss the implications of all this.
06/27/2016 05:40 EDT
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The Media Isn't To Blame For The Ruthlessness Of Eating Disorders

Eating disorders don't care if you're male or female, under 10 years old or over 50 years old. They'll destroy anyone who's ripe for the picking. When I speak at school or to parents about body image, the issue of media manipulation always comes up and for good reason. We are definitely influenced by what we see and hear in our magazines and TV screens, but does the media CAUSE eating disorders? I say no.
02/03/2016 12:50 EST
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The Belly Button Challenge Is Body-Shaming at its Worst

For those of you who've been thinking that it's been far too long since the internet has given us a way to judge and hate our bodies, you can relax because there's a brand new "am I skinny enough?" challenge fresh from China that's trending like crazy, called the "belly button challenge."
06/16/2015 12:35 EDT
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Why #NoGenderDecember Isn't Only for "Insane Feminists"

For years, marketers have told boys and girls which toys "should" interest them, instead of encouraging them to choose freely. This makes no sense. Why should we limit kids that way? An incredible new campaign called #NoGenderDecember seeks to fix that problem.
12/12/2014 08:51 EST
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The Best Gift For an Eating Disordered Loved One is Your Support

I get a lot of emails during this time from people wanting tips and tools to help them get through the holidays without letting their eating disorders overwhelm them. But this article isn't for them. This article is for the people who love them and who will be spending meal times with them during these holy days and need to know what they can do to help.
12/07/2014 10:50 EST
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Calvin Klein's Understanding of "Plus-Sized" Is a Waste of Time

In case you haven't heard, Calvin Klein is the latest clothing company to come out with a campaign that has a lot of people extremely pissed off. The campaign is called, "Perfectly Fit" and it features model Myla Dalbesio modeling what Calvin Klein is calling their "plus sized" underwear. It should come as no surprise that 27-year-old Myla is not what most people would consider anything even close to plus sized. I suppose I understand the outrage in principal, but why are people still so shocked when a company that is known for promoting one kind of beauty continues to do just that? Frankly, if Calvin Klein wanted to do something seriously shocking, they would use a model who was older than 25 years old and wore a size bigger than a four.
11/10/2014 12:46 EST
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HBC's Pro-Anorexia T-Shirt Reminds Me of My Own Eating Disorder

The Hudson's Bay Company in Toronto threw its hat into the "Let's try to be clever by making fun of eating disorders" ring, by selling a T-shirt with the words "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels." I am pleased to find out that HBC has removed the offensive T-shirts from their shelves, but am disappointed they were ever there to begin with. These were the exact same words I repeated to myself over and over at the beginning of my very long and destructive battle with an eating disorder back in 1987, when I was 17 years old. Eating disorders aren't new, but the way some companies are trying to profit off of them has recently become a very dangerous trend.
06/26/2014 08:31 EDT
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You Know How to Eat, You Don't Need a Diet Company to Tell You

After years of being told that we don't know how to eat, we've actually started to believe it. This makes us completely vulnerable and therefore prime targets for any new diet plan or product that come our way. When did we lose faith in ourselves and start putting all our trust in complete strangers, who care more about healthy incomes than healthy consumers?
06/07/2014 11:54 EDT
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Enjoy Holiday Glee Without Weight Gain Guilt

Why does it feel like even before the tinsel's been removed from the tree or the wax has melted from the Menorah, we are bombarded with messages from TV talk shows telling us it's time to repent for everything we've eaten or had to drink during the holidays? Here are a few common mistakes we make post-holiday season.
12/27/2013 12:16 EST
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Why Our Petition Against Lululemon Is Better Than a Boycott

The focus of our petition is less about hurting Lululemon and more about helping women. Our goal isn't about bringing Lululemon down, or forcing them to sell merchandise they don't want to, it's about starting a conversation that will open the eyes and minds of so many people who insist on judging a person's level of health by their weight.
12/08/2013 11:20 EST
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Don't Worry About Caroline Eriksen's Body, Celebrate Your Own

Thanks to Caroline Berg Eriksen's post-pregnancy selfie that she took just four days after giving birth to her daughter we have been pulled back into the "what should women's bodies look like?" debate. Let's stop paying so much attention to the bodies that we can't relate to and start embracing, celebrating and taking care of the ones we do.
12/03/2013 05:40 EST
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Schools Need to Lay Off Our Kids' Lunch Bags

When a mom in Manitoba sent her two kids to school with homemade lunches that included roast beef, potatoes, carrots, oranges and milk, she was shocked to receive a note from the school telling her that their lunches were deemed "unbalanced" and were supplemented with Ritz crackers. The school follows the strict guidelines of what many believe to be a very outdated Canada's Food Guide and felt that the "grains" category had been neglected. To add insult to injury, this mom was fined $10 for her oversight. I'm confused, and if I was this mom, I would be livid.
11/20/2013 12:34 EST
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Is Lululemon More Offensive Than Abercrombie & Fitch?

There have been a lot of comparisons made over the last week or so between Abercrombie & Fitch founder, Mike "We only like the cool kids" Jeffries and Lululemon founder, Chip "Our designs aren't flawed, your bodies are" Wilson. But there's one big difference between these two clothing moguls
11/15/2013 12:24 EST