Posts Tagged ‘Health’

5 Surefire Ways to Transform How the World Eats

Maybe I was an Italian grandmother in my last life, because so much of this life is essentially devoted to helping people eat healthy food, while having a healthy and satisfying relationship with that food. When I look at the nutritional status of planet Earth, my heart aches. We manufacture strange concoctions that only vaguely […]

Body Image and Nutrition

When it comes to challenges with body image, the conversation usually focuses on the emotional toll such struggles can take. They can severely damage our confidence and sense of self-worth, and that can hold us back from living our fullest lives. However, you might be surprised to learn that body image struggles can be detrimental […]

Body Image and Touch

Of course, many of us realize that our body image relates most closely to our own conception of our worth. If we believe we are worthy human beings, regardless of what the scale says, we are likely to have a positive body image—and vice versa. However, we humans don’t live in a vacuum. Our interactions […]

Body Image and Exercise

At first glance, it may seem like exercising and having a positive body image are at odds. After all, we often exercise in order to lose weight because we do not have a positive attitude about our bodies as they are. But, as a University of Florida study suggests, exercise can actually help us to […]

Is it Okay to be Fat?

There are all kinds of reasons why many of us are afraid of gaining weight. One is the fear of judgment – we worry that others won’t find us attractive. Indeed, there is a great deal of pressure on both women and men to conform to arbitrary, cultural standards of physical attractiveness. Another primary concern, […]

Body Image Around the Globe

To many of us, it may seem that certain standards of beauty – like thinness, for example – reflect an objective reality. We’ve heard it so often that it just feels true – being thin is absolutely better than the alternative. But this is not the case. Cultural standards of beauty are arbitrary, and are […]

Do We Need to Count Calories to Lose Weight?

There is a popular belief that weight loss is simply a matter of keeping track of our ratio of calories in to calories out. As long as we’re burning more calories than we’re consuming, we’ll lose weight. While cutting and counting calories does, in fact, often lead to weight loss, it is certainly not the […]

Practice Good Nutrition to Stop Overeating

Why is it that people overeat? Many of us might be inclined to think that it’s a willpower problem, and that people who overeat simply lack the discipline to stop themselves. But actually, that’s not usually the case. Often, the problem has more to do with what we eat, not how much we eat. The […]

Women, Body Image, and the Media

It’s no surprise that, for most women, body image is negatively impacted by messages in the media. In fact, there is a growing awareness around this, even within the media and our popular culture itself. But how exactly are these negative messages delivered? What makes them so insidious? Let’s take a look at a few […]