Embodied: I Am Not Your Accessory

By Debbie Salazar--Trends come and go. Some trends are annoying, while others are bearable. A few get old quickly and really grind my gears. One trend that has caught on fire is the tremendous desire to inject or go under the knife to obtain an overly dramatic derrière. What I want to focus on is the obsession of BIG BUTTS and BIG HIPS.

Professional Ballerina Colleen Werner Wants to Create a Body-Positive Dance World

By Diana Denza--Colleen Werner, a professional ballerina in New York City, first got involved with dance when she was only three years old. Today, after overcoming body hatred and an eating disorder, Werner hopes to inspire others to stand up to an industry that pressures dancers to meet often-impossible body standards.

What Does the Research Tell Us About Social Media and Body Image?

By Diana Denza--There’s been no lack of speculation about the effects of social media on body image and eating disorder recovery. On one hand, social media has fostered a diverse and vibrant body-positive and recovery community. On the other, social media often serves as a platform for anonymous bullying and face-and-body-altering filters. 

Tide and the Millennial Man

By Nathan Hickling--It may not seem like Tide—yes, Tide, the laundry detergent—has had that much of an impact on the millennial man’s body image, but believe me when I say it has.

When Diets Become Deadly: An Open Letter to Lifehacker’s Beth Skwarecki

By Laura Dumitrescu--Your Lifehacker piece, “Starving Yourself Two Days a Week Is Actually Not a Bad Diet,” is dangerous, not only for those struggling with eating disorders, but for the public in general.

Candice Huffine Deserves to Shine

By Katrin Alyss--Candice Huffine posed naked on the cover of the upcoming issue of Vogue Mexico. While featuring a “plus-size” cover model is a considerable step in a body-positive direction, Huffine’s figure was almost entirely covered with flowers.

5 Eating Disorder Recovery Tips for Autistic People

By Annabelle Edge--When I was younger, I knew I was different from other people. I never understood why, and this led me to try to amend myself to “fit in.” I mirrored appropriate reactions and behaviors and ended up trying to “look like” everybody else.

Words Have Power: Why I Don’t Identify as a Tomboy

By Dana Land--When I was younger, everyone called me a tomboy. I refused to wear pink dresses and I played with worms in the dirt. The other girls made fun of me, and the boys didn’t accept me either.

Here's How Colleges Across the Country Raised Awareness This #NEDAwareness Week!

NEDAwareness Week 2017 had a great turnout! This year, 68 colleges and universities signed on as official partners and many more hosted events and posted to social media. Around the country, students, faculty, and staff shared the online screening tool, organized panel discussions, and provided information and resources to their communities.  

Every Body is a Beach Body: Target Diversifies Its Swim Line

By Katrin Alyss--Great news! Target is stepping up and changing its swim line, carrying suits fit “for every beach body.”

About Us

Proud2Bme is an online community created by and for teens. We cover everything from fashion and beauty to news, culture, and entertainment—all with the goal of promoting positive body image and encouraging healthy attitudes about food and weight.

This site was developed in partnership with Riverduinen and made possible by generous contributions from JPMorgan Chase, Globant, the University of Delaware, and The Hilda & Preston Davis Foundation.

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