Body Image.

Here Are My Five Favourite Things

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Thank goodness there is more to talk about than Rob Ford and Miley this week -- I refuse to give either one of them air time (even though I just did, right there). I found a really cute Etsy video, a delicious quinoa snack (to buy, not make), some amazing gift-wrapping ideas for the holidays, a revealing video and suggestions on how to help people in the Philippines.

We're Raising Girls Who Hate Their Bodies

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Hawken Diaz

Every day, our daughters are bombarded with lies. Ask any parent what they want most for their kids. The fallout from these lies is all around us. We are raising a generation of girls who hate their bodies and therefore hate themselves. Chances are, they'll say "For them to be healthy and happy." A girl who hates her body is neither.

Lululemon Wants Women to Hate Their Bodies

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Healthy bodies are being shamed so they can glorify skinny ones. We need to love our bodies into health, not hate them into being skinny. Lulelemon should be about getting all women IN the game, not banishing most of them to the sidelines. Lululemon stores even keep their largest items -- sizes 10 and 12 -- segregated from smaller sizes.

Here's a Tip: Don't Hand Out Fat-Shaming Notes to Kids

Darlena Cunha | Posted 12.31.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Perhaps by now you've seen the letter handed out by a woman in North Dakota to children she deems to be "moderately obese" who she thinks shouldn't be consuming candy this Halloween. There are so many things wrong with this I hardly know where to start.

We Don't Need "Excuses" for How We Look

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

"We Don't Need An Excuse" is not about attacking Maria Kang. It goes well beyond her and focuses on the "No Excuses" movement. It's about realizing that we all walk different paths and have different challenges. We are all worthy and we are all valid. No one needs to give any excuses. I think that's the inspiration I'd like to get on board with.

Ladies, Losing Weight Doesn't Always Mean Getting Healthier

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Being healthy includes living an active lifestyle and eating a variety of foods in moderation, but being healthy will look different for different people. Wouldn't it be awesome if we could actually see more than one version of a fit body represented in the media? Instead we're bombarded with image after image perpetuating the myth that the skinniest women are always the fittest and the men with the most muscles are always the strongest.

I'll Never Be a Facebook Hottie...And I'm OK With That!

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Sylvia Forrest

My wish for those who truly desire a six-pack is that they achieve it. My wish for those who can never achieve it is that they stop caring. Certainly there are other worthwhile goals out there, and other paths to happiness and fulfilment.

Why Are Fit Mom or Fat Mom the Only Options?

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

My problem isn't with Maria as a person. I don't believe that she was intentionally trying to hurt anyone, and there's a very good chance that she had no idea how this image would add major fuel to the already blazing fire of contempt in a society that glorifies the skinniest bodies and demonizes pretty much everything else.

Why I Never Felt Beautiful and Now I Do

Natalie Karneef | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Karneef

One thousand people could tell you you're beautiful and you'd never believe it. That it's like the difference For the first time, you understand that it won't come from lists of affirmations, or ashtanga yoga, or expensive makeup. It will only come from your heart. And it never has.

Dear Mom, Believe Me When I Say You're Beautiful

Eternity E Martis | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

My mother came out of the clothing store change room wearing a long-sleeved pink sweatshirt. When she came out, smiling at me, I could tell she felt confident. Her smile vanished the second she saw herself. "I look fat." It's a difficult feeling to describe, when you see your mother so wounded by her own reflection.

Message From the Salesgirl Who Discriminated Against Me

Sunday Omony | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Living
Sunday Omony

I had an opportunity to share my experience. There is always more than one side to a story. Here is the Salesgirl's response to "Dear Salesgirl, Are You Discriminating Against Me Because I'm Plus-Sized Or Black?"

Slut-shaming, Suicide, and Mrs. Hall

Anne Theriault | Posted 11.07.2013 | Canada
Anne Theriault

When I read a recent blog post addressing "indecent girls" that the author's sons may encounter online, the first people that I thought of were Amanda Todd, Rehtaeh Parsons, Audrie Pott, and Cherice Morales. In each of these cases, the girls became social pariahs. In each of these cases, the girls committed suicide after enduring bullying and slut-shaming both online and offline. All because of that toxic mentality.

Dear Salesgirl, Are You Discriminating Against Me Because I'm Plus-Sized Or Black?

Sunday Omony | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Living
Sunday Omony

As I walked into a clothing store, a sales representative greeted me within 30 seconds with a friendly smile. Once I tried on the clothes I came out of the change-room to get her opinion. I was excited about the interview because I was going to be discussing positive body image and my experiences as a plus-size model, and I wanted to look my best for the segment. I asked her if the blazer and blouse fit me well and if the colours looked good together. She rudely responded by saying: "I don't know, I don't dress people like you."

5 Mental Health Tips for Students

Roger Covin, Ph.D | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Living
Roger Covin, Ph.D

University is stressful and students can develop mental health disorders at this time. In fact, the majority of these disorders tend to develop around this age group. Getting help early on for mental health problems is always a good idea. For example, it is ideal to prevent problematic shyness from becoming Social Anxiety Disorder and normal sadness from becoming clinical depression.

Help Your Kids Start the School Year With a Healthy Body Image

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Heading back to school after summer vacation can be stressful for kids. A lot can happen to a young person's body over summer vacation. Some kids will experience a growth spurt, while others will need a little time to catch up. Here are a few things you can do to help your kids start the school year off with confidence.

Stop Telling Me I Have "Problem Skin"

Anne Theriault | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Why do we have to refer to acne as "problem skin" or "bad skin"? My skin isn't bad or a problem; it's just my skin, and I'm fucking tired of being made to feel like I should be ashamed of it. I'm sick of the fact that the only time I ever see someone in the media with acne, they're there to tell me how not to have acne. I can turn on my television and see people from all different kinds of ethnic backgrounds. I can find television shows with characters from all the major religions; I can find shows with characters of several different sexual orientations. There are never any people on my television or in magazines or even in cute, independent, deliberately not-Hollwood movies who look like me, with angry red skin and patches of whiteheads and that greasy sheen.

Why Talking About Your Body Is Actually Good For Kids To Hear

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 10.18.2013 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I want the kids in my life to feel comfortable with their bodies, positive and negative. To me, that doesn't mean never saying they don't like their thighs. In the end, fat or thin acceptance is simply body acceptance. The way you get to the point where you're comfortable with your body is what matters.

Talk To Your Son About His Body

Anne Theriault | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Talk to your son about his body. Give him the vocabulary that he needs to communicate how he feels about himself. Teach him that it's normal to think about his appearance. Teach him that being a boy doesn't take away his right to have feelings about his body. Don't assume that you can talk about your son's body any differently than you talk about your daughter's.

When Being Too Healthy Is Bad for Your Health

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

While healthy lifestyle changes are a good thing, it can be surprisingly easy to cross the line from fit to fanatical. It's not hard to understand the dangers that come from eating too much of the wrong types of food or not getting enough physical activity, but it can be much harder to grasp how too much of a good thing can also put your health at risk.

What Not to Say to Your Overweight Child

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Dear parents of an overweight child, how many times have you said something a little unkind to your child about their weight because you felt it would benefit them in the future? Confused about what to say and not to say? Here are a few sentences that should be immediately and permanently deleted from your vocabulary.

Do Hair and Make-Up Models Need to Be Runway Thin?

Cynthia Cheng Mintz | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada Style
Cynthia Cheng Mintz

I was recently at a beauty-related event where models were used to show off the product. Most of the models there were of the fashion variety -- very tall and extremely thin. I've always pondered on why it is. After all, the models there were present for beauty demonstrations, whether it be hair or make-up, not there to show clothing.

Respect Athletes for Their Talents, Not Their Looks

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

This isn't about whether or not Marion Bartoli is attractive, this is about the fact that it just shouldn't matter. She won at Wimbledon! I'm disgusted that there's more discussion going on about where she ranks on the "sexy meter" than any of her matches.

Teach Your Kids Healthy Body Image With These Fun Games

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 08.18.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Nine-year-old boys are asking why they can't have six-pack abs like Jacob from Twilight and eight-year-old girls hate their "chubby" tummies. What can we do as their parents to help them feel better about themselves? I offer tips, tools, games and projects to help parents empower their kids with the self-esteem they deserve. Here are some fun ideas to get you started.

Breaking Free of a Body-Hating Society

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

We live in an image-obsessed, fat-phobic, thin is in, skinny jean-wearing, thigh gap-measuring, binging and purging, forever dieting, body-hating society where kids barely out of preschool are begging their mothers to keep them home from school because they feel like they're too fat to fit in. And that pisses me off.

Abercrombie & Fitch Owed Us No Apology

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 07.23.2013 | Canada Style
Marni Soupcoff

I feel sorry for Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries. All he did was say out loud what the vast majority of clothing lines already seem to be thinking and practicing. We can, and should, help young people to realize that there are many profound satisfactions to be had in life that do not rely on achieving a certain appearance or level of popularity (a fact that becomes comfortingly obvious as we age, yet is often difficult to grasp in high school). But we shouldn't blame A&F for being honest enough to articulate an omnipresent elitist marketing strategy no one else wants to own up to. We are, after all, the ones that make such strategies pay off.