Body Image.

Our Thigh Gap Obsession Worries Me for Young Women Everywhere

Angie Campanelli | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Living
Angie Campanelli

When I was a teenager and well into my twenties, women encountered similar pressures both on television and in print. The difference is that now we can't just blame corporate advertisers for showing unrealistic body proportions. This time, it's real people teaching other real girls how to strive for and achieve these (at times) unhealthy body sizes.

Should You Change Your Filter?

Lynn Morrison | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Lynn Morrison

I have a bedtime routine. Every night I slip into my room before my husband. I close the curtains and dim the lights. Then I stand in front of my full-length mirror and slowly pull my clothes off, piece by piece. It is a show with an audience of one: me.

Change Your Self-Perception, Change Your Self-Image

Collette Gee | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Living
Collette Gee

How an individual perceives him/herself is either a real or distorted view of who they believe they really are, not always who they actually are, or how others see them for that matter. People either develop a positive or a negative self-image based upon their perception of a past experience or event. Therefore, an individual's strengths and weaknesses are a direct manifestation of how a person evaluates themselves.

Controversy Rewards People Like Nicole Arbour, So Stop Clicking

Ward Anderson | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

We set a dangerous precedent when we give tens of millions of views to videos so obviously phony as that one. We make it worse when we then invite the people who make them to go on TV and pretend they're somehow authentic. We wind up telling people that simply being a jerk is a viable talent to be paraded around.

A Dietitian's Response to Nicole Arbour's 'Dear Fat People'

Abby Langer | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Last week, a self-proclaimed 'comedian' from Canada posted a video rant to YouTube titled "Dear Fat People." I had the dubious pleasure of seeing it in its entirety, and it was really really hard to watch -- not only because of the sheer cruelty spewing from this woman's mouth, but also because I felt embarrassed for her thinking she was being 'helpful' to overweight people.

A Life Coach's Take On Nicole Arbour, Fat Shaming and Bullying

Ken Rabow | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

Hello Nicole -- you are not alone. There are lots of people who look like you. When they see someone like me who is overweight, they make judgments. You can't begin to understand what it means to be someone who needs to protect themselves with a layer of fat to feel safe.

Woman Photoshopped In 18 Countries To Show 'Ideal Body' Standards Worldwide

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 08.18.2015 | Canada Style

The results show just how much the "perfect body" varies depending on geographic location.

Body Image Cuts Both Ways for Teenagers

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Becoming more conscious of and admitting to existing or developing problems is a necessary first step to adopting behavioral changes for nutritional health as well as successful weight management. It is important to find a good balance from early on.

How #ProjectWomanKind Tackles Narrow Definitions Of Beauty

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Style

The new web series sees five curvy Australian models talking about hang-ups they have regarding their looks, and how they deal with them.

You Already Have the Perfect Beach Body

Erin Treloar | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Living
Erin Treloar

When I stand in the changing room of the bathing suit store I feel a sense of panic wash over me. Why does my cellulite seem so much more obvious in here? Are those stretch marks getting bigger? How did 20 new moles suddenly appear all over my body?

I Overcame My Body Loathing and Bought a Bikini

Brandee Foster | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Parents
Brandee Foster

Imagine a world where we didn't live our lives according to what the haters said? If we were comfortable to be free and confident in our own skin? I am not my tummy, or my stretch marks or any of my other flaws, rather, they are a part of me.

The Belly Button Challenge Is Body-Shaming at its Worst

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

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."

After Years of Constant Dieting, I've Had Enough

Jessie Lorraine | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Living
Jessie Lorraine

Whenever I dropped weight it was stunning how people suddenly started speaking with me again at family functions and started acknowledging my existence. Of course, whilst they pressured me to devour the high fat food they had prepared. Instead of boosting my confidence, it reminded me that people can be fickle jerks.

How This Blogger's Hashtag Can Change The Clothing Industry

The Huffington Post Canada | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Style

#PlusSizePlease urges retailers to expand their sizes.

Men Spend Almost Seven Days A Year Admiring Themselves

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Living

Women are often portrayed as bathroom hoggers who spend hours in front of the mirror before leaving the house, but new research shows that men could a...

I Celebrated My Body With an Intimate Photo Shoot

Carlen Costa | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

What's wrong with being authentic about your body, taking some pride in it and pushing yourself beyond healthy comfort zones in order to discover the sex-positive, beautiful goddess that you are? Pictures won't suck your soul, but the trolls will try.

Why Celebrating Dad Bods Is Dumb

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Let's not get caught up in the media body trend of the week. Let's fight for everyone's body to be seen in mainstream media and stop hiding behind myths and excuses as to why someone is better than someone else.

When You're Fat It's Everyone's Business

Monica Parker | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Living
Monica Parker

I was on the beach, happy to be alone. I was minding my own business, which is not allowed when one is fat. It's everyone's business. A beautiful redhead jogged past me wearing a pink string-thing. In a soft voice, she introduced herself as Melissa, and then said she hoped I wouldn't be offended. I work for a diet company and we have these amazing appetite suppressants..."

Let's Take Inspiration From How These Celebrities Reacted to Body Shaming

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

This is not going to be an article about the obscenely disgusting phenomenon known as body shaming and why it's so terrible. Instead, let's take a look at the inspiring reactions of most recent celebrity victims and how we can all learn to love ourselves a little more, thanks to them.

To the Women Who Wear Bikinis in Front of My Daughters

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

I don't ever want my kids to see me avoid participating in something because I'm worried about how I look, but I also want to feel comfortable and relaxed, which I find difficult in any kind of bathing suit. So thank you to the women who wear bikinis in front of my daughters, for showing my girls that confident women come in all shapes and sizes.

It's Time to Embrace Our Individuality and Love the Woman in the Mirror

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

We women face unnecessary scrutiny regarding our bodies. Those who weight-shame will often use the excuse that they are just concerned about our health; but rather, it stems from paternal, controlling judgement. We need to love the woman in the mirror, to embrace our individuality and celebrate our unique selves.

Should Kids See Their Parents In The Buff?

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 04.28.2015 | Canada Parents

Once you become a parent, you're rarely alone. Your kids are right there, no matter if you're changing your clothes, taking a shower or going to the b...

Parents: Help Your Kids Say "No!" to the #KylieJennerChallenge

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

As parents, we have an obligation to counter the messages and images that our children are bombarded with, particularly now. If we don't put a stop to it, we're destined to have a whole generation that is not only insecure, but psychologically scarred as well. Here are some tips to help your tween/teen.

Yoga For The Best Sex Ever!

Carlen Costa | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

There's always going to be "the next hottest trend" trying to sell you on how you can have the best mind blowing, knock your hipster-socks off kind of sex. You know, the good-good kind of get-down. Yet, what is the actual key to having a great sex life? Eating more kale? Practicing vaginal weightlifting? Cultivating perfectly pruned pubes?

What It Looks Like To Speak To Others The Way We Do To Ourselves

The Huffington Post Canada | Brittany Goldfield Rodrigues | Posted 03.16.2015 | Canada Living

Dove is back with yet another ad campaign that has us reaching for our tissues and re-evaluating how we talk about body image. This time around, D...