Does Barbie Give Girls a Bad Body Image?

I’ve noticed two distinct sides in the debate about Barbie. One group exclaims that Barbie presents an unrealistic view of the female form and directly contributes to a negative body image for the scores of women who played with her as little girls. In the most melodramatic version of this critique, the doll haunts us … Continue reading Does Barbie Give Girls a Bad Body Image?

The Faulty Logic Conflating Postpartum Bellies with Body Image

Bellies get a lot of body image blame. Postpartum women, in particular, try to excise their midsections as quickly as possible; no one wants to get the “when are you due” question while cradling her 6 month old. And personally, my postpartum belly was my body image Achilles heel. In other words, I drew a … Continue reading The Faulty Logic Conflating Postpartum Bellies with Body Image

The Dangers of Clean Eating

I have many friends advocating a “clean eating” lifestyle. On the surface, this seems like a good idea. Eat more fruits and vegetables and fewer processed foods. That’s always a wise goal. However, sometimes this nebulous concept of “clean eating” devolves into food camps almost religious in their fervor. In one camp, I have dear … Continue reading The Dangers of Clean Eating