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January 5, 1998 | By Douglas Belkin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Personal trainer Rena O'Dwyer and psychologist Laurie Berman owe clothing companies such as J. Crew, Calvin Klein and Victoria's Secret a debt of gratitude. The two argue that by hawking designer T-shirts and sweaters on the skinny backs of the impossibly thin, high-fashion companies have made most American women feel fat, ugly and inadequate. And while there is no shortage of weight-loss clinics or healing gurus who pitch salvation to women, according to O'Dwyer and Berman, there is a desperate shortage of professional services that address not only a woman's body, but her body image.
NEWS
November 18, 2003 | DEBBIE WOODELL
I WILL NEVER be mistaken for Nicole Kidman. Even throwing out out her 8 1/2-inch height advantage, any remaining similarities are infinitesimal. I don't need to focus on body image. I am more comfortable in a T-shirt than Versace and read Acoustic Guitar way more often than Vogue. Still, I strive to stay in good health. Which is why I worry some people might get the wrong impression about new research into lesbians and cardiovascular disease. In a report released in September, researchers at the University of California/San Francisco's School of Nursing cited data showing that some lesbians showed physiological tendencies that indicated we could be at increased risk for cardiovascular disease.
NEWS
May 2, 2014 | BY JENICE M. ARMSTRONG, Daily News Staff Writer armstrj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2223
TURNING THE BIG 4-0 can be a difficult hurdle. Amanda Schoonover, a South Philly-based actress, was no exception. But instead of hiding from her age the way so many in her profession do, she decided to celebrate the fact that she was entering her fourth decade by posing for some boudoir-style photos. Nothing overly risque or graphic. She wanted to pose in lingerie and strike some 1950s-era style pinup poses. Tasteful images taken by a professional photographer. "I wanted to do something that would make me feel good about myself," Schoonover told me yesterday.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2012 | By Molly Eichel, Daily News Staff Writer
SATURDAY MARKS the return of what's becoming a tradition in these here parts: the Philly Naked Bike Ride. The ride is part of a worldwide event that hits 70 cities in 20 countries, but it seems to have a special place in Philadelphia's heart, as evidenced by the turnout that numbers in the thousands (and the subsequent popularity of photos of the ride on philly.com. The enduring popularity of these galleries have become a punch line around the office - and the city, in general - but, hey, whatever keeps the electricity on, right?
NEWS
January 14, 2013 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: My mother-in-law is extremely fixated on weight. Almost every conversation with her at some point comes back to how much (or how little) people exercise and weigh. She is tiny herself, exercises all the time, and is very careful about what she eats. I'm a fit thirtysomething with a healthy body image, so in the past it hasn't bothered me too much (although it has always gotten on my nerves). However, I am now 35 weeks pregnant and honestly would rather just not talk about weight right now. She has made a few comments to me recently - how big I look, etc. - that really hurt my feelings.
SPORTS
December 23, 2006 | By Shannon Ryan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Will Sheridan knows little about anonymity these days. As a senior on the Villanova basketball team, he is almost instantly recognized around campus and the Main Line. His celebrity status helped earn him a high mark on his senior project as a communication major, but not in the way some people might think. Sheridan joined four other students connected to the school's athletic community on a project that became known as "All Body, No Voice. " The effort, which detailed the five students' experiences as well as the perceptions of student-athletes at Villanova, earned Sheridan and his fellow students a B-plus - and valuable insight.
NEWS
November 19, 2008 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
I love clothes. But I often can't say the same about this hippy body of mine that shuns skinny jeans and ultra-miniskirts. This week I'm particularly annoyed with it. I badly sprained my ankle so I can't run at all. That scares me because the holidays are coming, and my 5-foot-3 frame is only going to get chunky. I want my clothes to look good on a well-toned body. Period. If you feel like I do, then you are missing the point, according to Seattle-based photographer Rosanne Olson.
NEWS
August 4, 1989 | Marc Schogol and including reports from Inquirer wire services
EXPANSIONISM. If fitness mania is sweeping the country, at least 34 million of us are keeping our heads. And our paunches. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, 34 million Americans are overweight and most don't seem to be doing much about it. BODY IMAGE. It's not just women who are chronically dissatisfied with their reflection in the mirror. When University of Michigan researchers polled 226 college freshmen, 85 percent of the women and 45 percent of the men said they wanted to lose weight.
NEWS
August 13, 2012 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: I really admired the letter-writer from the April 26 column. I'd like to have an open dialogue with my kids about sex, too. They are 5 and 3 now, so while we have some time to build that relationship, I also know the time is coming way sooner than we think. And I realize this is not an "on-off" switch - we need to lay the foundation early. So how do parents establish that foundation for open dialogue, about anything from sex to drugs to any of those uncomfortable topics? Answer: 1. Tell them the truth.
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NEWS
December 16, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
If you're looking for a holiday gift for that special runner in your life - especially a runner who may be struggling with training or not sure what to do next - take a look at the Believe Training Journal , a project from professional runners Lauren Fleshman, who has been an NCAA and USA Championship winner, and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas, who ran for Ireland in the 2008 Olympics and is a sports psychology consultant. Believe is a heavy volume, more than 230 pages wrapped in a rubber cover.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Zosia Mamet on her secret Zosia Mamet , 26, who plays one of Lena Dunham 's Gen-Zero pals in HBO's Girls writes in the September issue of Glamour that she has battled an unspecified eating disorder since childhood. "This struggle has been mostly a private one. . . . But the truth is, I'm not alone. I have come to discover that 30 million other Americans share the same secret," writes Mamet, who has a regular column in the mag. "If you are lucky enough never to have battled this beast, let me tell you what it's like: I was told I was fat for the first time when I was 8. I'm not fat; I've never been fat," writes Mamet, who is the daughter of renowned playwright, essayist, and filmmaker David Mamet and his ex, actress Lindsay Crouse . "But ever since then, there has been a monster in my brain that tells me I am - that convinces me my clothes don't fit or that I've eaten too much.
NEWS
May 2, 2014 | BY JENICE M. ARMSTRONG, Daily News Staff Writer armstrj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2223
TURNING THE BIG 4-0 can be a difficult hurdle. Amanda Schoonover, a South Philly-based actress, was no exception. But instead of hiding from her age the way so many in her profession do, she decided to celebrate the fact that she was entering her fourth decade by posing for some boudoir-style photos. Nothing overly risque or graphic. She wanted to pose in lingerie and strike some 1950s-era style pinup poses. Tasteful images taken by a professional photographer. "I wanted to do something that would make me feel good about myself," Schoonover told me yesterday.
NEWS
January 14, 2013 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: My mother-in-law is extremely fixated on weight. Almost every conversation with her at some point comes back to how much (or how little) people exercise and weigh. She is tiny herself, exercises all the time, and is very careful about what she eats. I'm a fit thirtysomething with a healthy body image, so in the past it hasn't bothered me too much (although it has always gotten on my nerves). However, I am now 35 weeks pregnant and honestly would rather just not talk about weight right now. She has made a few comments to me recently - how big I look, etc. - that really hurt my feelings.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
While Spanx founder Sara Blakely was celebrating the opening of her company's King of Prussia mall store Friday afternoon, body image experts across town were knocking shapewear. Holding it in, smoothing it out, and pushing it up only feed our desire for a lumpless, bumpless, roll-less physique - in other words, the unattainable perfect body, they said. It's a media-driven, man-centric recipe for making women so nervous and riddled with self-doubt that some develop anorexia or bulimia.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2012 | By Carolyn Hax
While I'm away, readers give the advice. On missing your child's birth because of a prior social commitment: I am an aunt to two children whose mother died giving birth to the second child 13 years ago. It still happens. You need to be there. On unsolicited opinions and advice on medical conditions: My daughter is 7, and from age 3 has had asthma triggered by tree-pollen allergies, as well as an egg allergy we must carry an EpiPen for. She is also allergic to any furry and feathered pets, dust, and weeds, and can get asthmatic in other people's houses from pet hair/dander.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2012 | By Molly Eichel, Daily News Staff Writer
SATURDAY MARKS the return of what's becoming a tradition in these here parts: the Philly Naked Bike Ride. The ride is part of a worldwide event that hits 70 cities in 20 countries, but it seems to have a special place in Philadelphia's heart, as evidenced by the turnout that numbers in the thousands (and the subsequent popularity of photos of the ride on philly.com. The enduring popularity of these galleries have become a punch line around the office - and the city, in general - but, hey, whatever keeps the electricity on, right?
NEWS
August 13, 2012 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: I really admired the letter-writer from the April 26 column. I'd like to have an open dialogue with my kids about sex, too. They are 5 and 3 now, so while we have some time to build that relationship, I also know the time is coming way sooner than we think. And I realize this is not an "on-off" switch - we need to lay the foundation early. So how do parents establish that foundation for open dialogue, about anything from sex to drugs to any of those uncomfortable topics? Answer: 1. Tell them the truth.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 10, 2012 | Howard Gensler
Seventeen magazine, which has survived for years with stories and photos accentuating body image, giving every girl the dream that she, too, could have a model's figure and acne-free skin (and a hot prom date), is finally changing its editorial policy, thanks to 14-year-old Maine ballet dancer Julia Bluhm, who led a crusade against altered photos in the magazine. Top editor Ann Shoket, a Pennsbury High grad, has promised in the new issue to leave body shapes alone, reserving Photoshop for the stray hair, clothing wrinkle, errant bra strap or zit. And when Seventeen does manipulate images, Shoket vowed that it will post before and after shots on the magazine's Tumblr page for full transparency.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2011 | By Dan Gross
"SAVED BY THE BELL" star Elizabeth Berkley is excited about her newest role, an adviser to teenage girls, in a new book, Ask Elizabeth: Real Answers to Everything you Secretly Wanted to Ask about Love, Friends, Your Body . . . and Life in General . She signs copies of the book at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Barnes & Noble on Rittenhouse Square and will also speak this week to 2,000 girls at North Penn and Jenkintown high schools in conjunction with...
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