Why NOT to Diet in 2016

I'm resolving to make 2016 a diet-free year. I hope you'll join me.

Inside Every Overweight Woman...

We are told that every overweight woman is just waiting for a better self to emerge. But what about loving yourself, at your current weight, now?

Step Away From The Scale (and Never Go Back On)

In our culture where thinner is always better, the scale doesn't just tell us what we weigh. It has become a measure of our self-worth.

5 Tips to Manage Your Eating Around the Holidays

The holidays can be a time of stress and turmoil, especially when it comes to our eating. In the sea of holiday food chaos, let mindful eating be your guide to a balanced and nurturing relationship with food and your body.

Do people replace food with sex?

Subway's Jared Fogel argued that his diet made him engage in sex acts with minors. Can dieting really lead to compulsive sexual behaviors?

Is Anorexia a Choice?

New brain-imaging research sheds light on the question of how people struggling with eating disorders make decisions around food.

Are Healthy Living Blogs Really Healthy?

Healthy living blogs abound online. But these healthy living blogs may not really be so healthy.

Is Facebook Making Us Hate Our Bodies?

Social media, like Facebook, has become a pervasive presence in our culture. How does social media effect how we feel about our bodies? A recent research study investigates this issue.

Does Thinking You Are Fatter Make You Fatter?

Many adolescents misperceive their body size; it is not uncommon for normal weight adolescents to categorize themselves as overweight. What is the effect of this misperception of body size?

Skinny Shaming

Sometimes I feel like I'm living in the Goldilocks fable. This one is too fat…that one is too thin…is anyone just right? While the media has continued to bombard us with the usual fat shaming messages, I’ve also been noticing a lot of skinny shaming recently.

Meditate Your Way to Better Sex

As Valentine’s Day approaches--along with the much anticipated release of the steamy 50 Shades of Grey film-- sex is on the forefront of our cultural psyche. What is the magic to having better sex? Read this article to find out.


What is diabulimia? Read this post to learn about the signs, symptoms, and dangerous consequences of this eating disorder.

A New Drug Treatment for Binge-Eating Disorder

On January 30, 2015, the FDA approved the use of Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine dimesylate) to treat binge-eating disorder (BED) in adults. This is the first medication ever approved by the FDA for the treatment of BED. But before you run out to your nearest physician to get your prescription, here are some things to know.

Is Your Self Worth Up for Sale?

You could say that owning both diet food and junk food companies sounds like a conflict of interest. The success of one business may mean losses for another. But on the contrary, this is a successful and profitable business practice, with damaging effects for our self-esteem. The worse we feel, the more money they make.

Why NOT to Diet in 2015

New Year's is seen as a time to “start fresh” and chase fantasies of the life that we believe we should be living. As in years past, the most popular New Year’s resolution in 2015 will be to lose weight. Before you make yet another New Year’s resolution to lose weight, read about a few things that dieting will NOT do.

Is My Doctor Fat Phobic?

Weight bias is ubiquitus in our culture and doctors are not immune. How does this effect your medical care?

Strong Is the New Skinny

Has strong become the new skinny? Have we transferred our societal obsession with thinness to an obsession with fitness? There has been a backlash against the impossibly thin body ideals portrayed in the media. But lest we ponder accepting our bodies—and where is the money to be made in that?-- we have been given a new ideal.

Eating Disorders in Boys and Young Men

How many men struggle with eating disorders? Traditional definitions of eating disorders don't always apply to men due to different body ideals for men and women, but this doesn't mean that men are unaffected by eating disorders. In fact, eating disorders in men are often under diagnosed.

The Body Image Revolution Revisited

In 2012, Stella Boonshoft posted a photograph of herself online and opened up a national conversation about body image. Two years later, we interviewed Stella to see how she felt about being an overnight celebrity and face of body positivity. Where is the body image revolution now?

Surviving Thanksgiving

What would life be like if we could eat stuffing everyday? Not just stuffing but candied yams, buttery mashed potatoes, pecan pie, and all of our other Thanksgiving favorites. Might this ironically help us feel more in control of our eating?

Pickles and Ice Cream! But Ice Cream Is Fattening

Research suggests that restrictive eating leads to overeating and excess weight gain during pregnancy. So why do doctors keep recommending that pregnant women restrict their food intake?

100% Consumer

How did the diet industry infiltrate our lives? We spoke with a Food Studies expert to examine the shift in consumerism during the 1950s and the impact that it had on our dieting culture.

Is Fat the New F-Word?

If fat has become the new F-word, then have certain types of bodies become unspeakable?

Fat Shame

In the first post of our Fat Shame series, we talk with Dr. Amy Farrell, author of Fat Shame, who demystifies fat stigma in America.

The Evidence for Intuitive Eating

Traditional weight loss dieting programs are typically ineffective in producing consistent long-term weight loss and maintenance. In addition to being ineffective, dieting often results in psychological distress and disordered eating behaviors. Are mindful and intuitive eating non-dieting approaches more effective?

Food Addict or Diet Junkie?

There are striking similarities between food addiction, dieting, and binge eating. Are food addicts stuck in the diet-binge cycle?

Challenging the Thin Ideal

Approximately 50-70% of adolescent girls report feeling dissatisfied with their body. Media representations of the thin-ideal of beauty have emerged as a cause of body dissatisfaction. This post explores a recent research study which investigated an intervention aimed at helping young girls improve body image.

Should Dieting Be Considered an Eating Disorder?

Research suggests that dieting has negative consequences for our emotional and physical health. Despite this scientific evidence, dieting continues to be seen as a normal and even "healthy" behavior. In this post, I ponder whether dieting should continue to be portrayed in this light, or perhaps be better characterized as an eating disorder.

Love Your Self, Hate Your Self

The media promotes contradictory messages about positive body image while also reinforcing the ideas that we are not good enough. These confusing messages pray on our insecurities and sucker punch us when we are least expecting it.

The Ironic Effects of Weight Stigma

America is fighting a “war on obesity”—or is it a war against obese people? Media campaigns targeting obesity depict fat people in dehumanizing and stigmatizing images. Do these messages help people lose weight?