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Hey Cosmo, Cancer is Not a Diet Plan!

By Laura Dumitrescu--In today’s installment of things that should never need to be said: cancer is not a diet plan (surprise!). Apparently, Cosmopolitan didn’t get that memo, hence their recent blog post about an Australian woman titled, “How This Woman Lost [XX] Pounds Without ANY Exercise,” in which they imply that cancer can help one lose weight without needing to exercise. Yikes.

How Having My Entire Body Painted in San Francisco Helped Me Make Peace with Myself

By Diana Denza--In kindergarten, my mother helped me put together an elaborate project about butterflies. When my turn arrived to present to the class, I cowered behind my teacher, absolutely terrified of the dozens of pairs of eyes on me.

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. 

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