Media Influences

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.

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.

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