By Mary Ruben--I have yet to meet someone who has never been personally affected by negative body image or who has never known someone to suffer personally from eating disorders.
By Nyana Laura Maille--When people look at me, I am surer of the fact that the first thing they see is the color of my skin than anything I have ever been sure of. One hundred percent.
By Sylvia Ruiz--When I was in middle school I would always watch what I ate. I wanted to feel pretty & thin enough like everybody else in school and the beautiful girls on my favorite television shows or in my favorite magazines.
By Mei Z.--I’ve grown up with hundreds of mixed messages in my head and it has taken me a long time to figure out the right ones from the wrong. I still struggle with unrealistic images and ideas every day.
By Shadi Smith--"You're fat!" "She's way to big to be wearing that!" "You will never get a boyfriend if you look like that!" "Talk to me when you have lost 30 pounds!"
By Idalia Cruz--As I can recall, my childhood did not consist of watching a lot of television or flipping through magazines. But in my teenage years, I noticed a change in the girls I knew.
By Catherine Weingarten--As most TV shows go, Glee has its ups and downs. One recent plotline has been pretty upsetting for me & for others in the eating disorder recovery & activism community.
The Dove Campaign for Real Beauty wanted to make a point to industry professionals who rely on photo retouching to "beautify." Check out this video of what they did.
By Shirley Wang--Have you heard of “The Biggest Loser”? Odds are, you have. It’s a wildly popular show, featuring Jillian Michaels leading teams of adults on a challenging journey to lose weight.
By Claire Mysko--Shirley Wang, 17, is recovering from anorexia. When she came across Seventeen's online BMI calculator this week, she was shocked at the results. We were too.