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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 overweight person is healthy (or vice versa).
  • No, I am not saying that every thin person is unhealthy (or vice versa).
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On The Olympics & Body Diversity

Holly Mangold, weight lifter London 2012Nastia Liukin

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Body Image Warrior Week: Me!

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For my contribution to BIWW (why did I just now, on the final post, realize I could have been acronym-ing that all week? Sigh!) I decided to write an update of this old post. I’m kind of sentimental about that piece because it was pretty much the first time — after almost a year of blogging five times a week — I  wrote about my own body and my own body image struggles. And it was a lot to put out into the world. Especially if you’re not naturally a no boundaries kind of blogger. But it turned out to be hugely liberating and — judging by your comments anyway — kinda helpful. 

So I updated the piece and am reposting it here — not because I’m in the same place as I was when I first wrote it in October 2010. I’m so not. But because our bodies are still our bodies. They are always changing. And always the same. 

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Body Image Warrior Week: Sally McGraw of Already Pretty

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And now we have Sally McGraw, the genius behind this entire Body Image Warrior Week party. I adore Sally’s blog because she takes very practical concepts — like knowing your tailoring measurements — and figures out how to make them empowering. Also, she does this great Insomniac Sale Picks series where she finds great deals on impossible-to-find wardrobe items. Rad. 

Anyway, I am just tickled that Sally asked me to participate in Body Image Warrior Week and similarly pumped to now bring you Sally! 

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Body Image Warrior Week: Kate Fridkis of Eat The Damn Cake

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Happy Friday! It’s the last day of Body Image Warrior Week, so I’ll be bringing you the last three posts throughout the day. I hope you’re enjoying this onslaught of body image goodness. As much as I appreciate y’all stopping by to hear me yammer on (and I’ll be yammering on later on today!), it’s been so fantastic to have all of these other amazing writers guest posting and thought-provoking all week long. 

First up today is my girl Kate of Eat the Damn Cake. Kate was one of my first blogger friends and she’s visited us round these parts before. (Oh and on Never Say Diet, too!) So she really needs no introduction. She’s just awesome.  

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Body Image Warrior Week: Mara Glatzel of Medicinal Marzipan

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The last Body Image Warrior for today is Mara Glatzel who writes the blog Medicinal Marzipan. This essay tackles an important question that sometimes gets ignored in all of our big talk about body image and acceptance: What happens when “love your body” feels way too out of reach? Mara proposes another idea — body neutrality — which seems like a pretty good place to start if full on body love feels too hard and overwhelming. 

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Body Image Warrior Week: Elissa Stern of Dress With Courage

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When you read how Elissa Stern of Dress With Courage feels about her stomach, you’ll know why I am maybe over-relating to her work right now. I also enjoy that she describes herself as a “Fashion blogger, freelance writer, vintage enthusiast, thrifter and cheapskate.” Yes. All such good things to be. 

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Body Image Warrior Week: Rosie Molinary

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Rosie Molinary is another new-to-me writer (she’s not all new — she’s written several books — I am just filling a lot of gaps in my body image knowledge this week!) and I’m loving that she found inspiration in a Nike ad, of all places. And then took it way beyond where the good people at Nike might have expected. 

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Body Image Warrior Week: DeeDee Robinson of Decoding Dress

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I’ll admit it: In the past, I’ve been a little snooty about fashion blogs. See also: My Pinterest angst. See also: I’m a giant hypocrite on both fronts (because I love fashion blogs and Pinterest). And: I was just plain wrong. DeeDee Robinson, who writes Decoding Dress, would be one of the bloggers who set me straight on that. She posts outfits and she writes about why we wear what we wear. And she is so smart.

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Body Image Warrior Week: Caitlin Constantine of Fit & Feminist

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I discovered Caitlin Constantine of Fit and Feminist via Monday’s Body Image Warrior Autumn, (see how this blogging community thing works? love!) and was immediately hooked because Caitlin’s take on all things body is, in fact, fit and feminist. That might sound simple but it so isn’t. In many ways, “fit” has become the new “skinny,” as in, yet another unachievable beauty ideal. Caitlin has no interest in that. She’s all about fitness as a way to realize your own personal power — which means recognizing when those beauty standards are getting in the way. (See this awesome post on why the scale is our new glass ceiling for the case in point.) 

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