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    Can You Be Heavy and Healthy?

    Are BMI charts a load of BS? New research shows that good health may have nothing to do with your body mass index.

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  • New York Times Magazine, Mermaids, July 2013

    There's Nothing Mickey Mouse About These Mermaids

    At a venerable roadside attraction in the shadow of Disney World, an endangered species is practicing the old secrets of the deep.

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  • Virginia Sole-Smith "Wonder Drug" (ELLE, November 2013)

    Wonder Drug

    Birth control pills are prescribed for every female trouble known to, uh, man. While their benefits are undeniable, some are questioning the explosion in their use.

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  • Virginia Sole-Smith, "Rethink the Pink Drinks" (Marie Claire, November 2013) carousel

    Rethink the Pink Drink

    After a rash of deaths linked to its products, the high-octane beverage industry has gone through a female-friendly makeover. But are these drinks actually safer or have marketers just repackaged a frat-boy favorite? Virginia Sole-Smith investigates.

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  • Harpers "Pink Pyramid Scheme: How Mary Kay Preys on Desperate Housewives" by Virginia Sole-Smith, August 2012

    The Pink Pyramid

    How Mary Kay Cosmetics sells $3 billion per year worth of lipstick, girl power and false promises that you can "have it all."

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From the Blog

Heavy & Healthy [Marie Claire, August 2014]

Getting back to my roots here, with a new feature for the August issue of Marie Claire that asks: Can you be heavy and healthy? Longtime blog readers know that my gut response on this would be yes — but it turns out there is a decent amount of science to support that idea. Of course this is a pretty controversial claim, so let's go over some ground rules right now: No, I am not saying that every o...

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