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Women Enjoy an Immediate Post-Workout Boost

Study finds they feel stronger, more empowered

(Newser) - There appears to be a benefit to exercise for women that researchers are just now exploring more deeply—and it has more to do with what happens in their brains than in their muscles. Researchers at the University of British Columbia report in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise... More »

Dove's New Bottles Have a Message, and Some Hate It

They're designed to mimic the shape of women

(Newser) - Dove's latest ad idea doesn't appear on its bottles—it is the bottles. The company has rolled out "limited edition" body wash in the UK packaged in bottles of various shapes, the idea being that women come in various shapes, too. "Every woman’s version of... More »

Her Before-and-After Pics Have an Unusual Twist

Megan Jayne Crabbe put on weight, and is proud of it

(Newser) - Megan Jayne Crabbe says she was just 5 years old when she first began to hate her body. She thought her classmates were prettier and thinner, and gradually began to believe that if she were also thin, she could be pretty, too, reports the Independent . By 10, she was dieting;... More »

Lady Gaga Is Not Having It With Body Shamers

'I'm proud of my body,' she writes after Super Bowl performance

(Newser) - Whether Lady Gaga made a political statement was one big topic of conversation following her Super Bowl performance . Another? How she looked. "I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I'm proud of my body and you should be proud of yours... More »

Feeling Blue? Scientists Suggest Spending Time Nude

Research suggests nudity around others correlates with greater happiness

(Newser) - Are people who spend time naked in the company of others happier than those who don't? Scientists are reporting in the Journal of Happiness Studies that so-called "naturists" seem to be, though why remains unclear. "Naturists have been saying this for some time," the lead researcher... More »

Fitness Blogger Lifts the Lid on 'Before and After' Photos

Sara Puhto shows how posing and lighting can do wonders

(Newser) - It's not far-fetched for fans of fitness blogger Sara Puhto, who has amassed more than 66,000 followers on Instagram , to think this image is a before-and-after montage. After all, she's done her fair share of such "transformation" photos. But in the recent post, she files a... More »

Lena Dunham to Glamour: Thanks for Not Photoshopping

'Girls' creator talks body image

(Newser) - Lena Dunham appears on the cover of Glamour magazine's February issue with her Girls co-stars, wearing booty shorts, and she has something to say to the magazine for not Photoshopping her thighs to smooth perfection: thanks. "Here goes: throughout my teens I was told, in no uncertain terms,... More »

London Axes Body-Shaming Ads on Tube, Bus

Mayor Sadiq Khan tells Transport for London to stop running them

(Newser) - Londoners sick of being bombarded by pictures of the supposedly ideal "beach body" every time they jump on the tube may soon be vindicated. The city's mayor, Sadiq Khan, says he's banning body-shaming ads from London's mass transit system, the Guardian reports. An example of such... More »

8th-Grader Refuses to Share Her 'Perfect' BMI

She instead pens an essay arguing the index is outdated

(Newser) - An Indiana 8th-grader's refusal to complete a school project as assigned is making headlines . The unnamed girl was asked to calculate her body mass index and give the definition for BMI , which is found by multiplying one's weight by 703 and dividing by squared height in inches. But... More »

Cheryl Tiegs: Don't Glamorize Full-Figured Models

She's not happy with the 'Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit Issue

(Newser) - "I don't like that we're talking about full-figured women because it's glamorizing them." That's what aging model Cheryl Tiegs says about Ashley Graham appearing on the cover of the 2016 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. "Your waist should be smaller than 35 [inches],"... More »

Here's Where Men, Women Are OK Being Touched

Our personal bubbles have some surprising quirks

(Newser) - Where are men and women OK with being touched? Perhaps not surprisingly, it has everything to do with who is doing the touching, report researchers at Oxford University this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . A handy body map—1,368 men and women were asked... More »

Vin Diesel Calls Out 'Dad Bod' Body-Shamers

By using his 6-pack abs, of course

(Newser) - Last week, Vin Diesel raised some eyebrows when he was photographed sporting a " dad bod ," aka a bit of a softer gut than that to which his fans are accustomed. But Sunday while in New York to promote his latest film, 48-year-old Diesel hit back at the haters,... More »

With Eyes Shut, We Can't Tell Our Toes Apart

Many people can't differentiate in new study

(Newser) - This little piggy went to market—or was it that little piggy? According to researchers at Oxford University, it may be hard for people to tell which toe is which if their eyes are closed and someone's touching their lower digits—a condition called agnosia, AFP reports. In a... More »

Chrissy Teigen: I Was Too 'Fat' for Forever 21

Model recalls the time retailer fired her over her weight

(Newser) - During an interview and cover shoot with Du Jour , model Chrissy Teigen let slip this little story in a behind-the-scenes video spotted by Business Insider :
  • "I actually was fired from a job. Forever 21. They booked me directly when I was much younger. I showed up on set, they
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'Average Barbie' No Better Than Actual Barbie

In fact, 'Lammily' may do even more harm: Virginia Postrel

(Newser) - Barbie has been much derided , leading one artist to come up with an idea for an average-sized "anti-Barbie" of sorts, Lammily . The idea has been widely praised, but there's just one problem, writes Virginia Postrel for Bloomberg View : Lammily is "just as fake" as Barbie. The doll... More »

Lululemon Founder: It's Not the Pants, It's Your Big Thighs

'They don't work for some women's bodies': Chip Wilson

(Newser) - In defending his company's problematic pants—criticized both for being see-through and now, notes Bloomberg host Trish Regan, for pilling—Lululemon founder Chip Wilson appears to be shifting the blame to the customer. "Quite frankly, some women's bodies just don't work for it," he tells... More »

Actress Slams 'Rude' Wedding Weight Comments

Danielle Fishel released picture, critics came out of woodwork

(Newser) - Danielle Fishel, better known to people of a certain age as Topanga from Boy Meets World, got married Saturday and released a picture to Us . And because we live in an age of Internet trolls, she was immediately hit with cruel comments about her weight, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.... More »

Topless Keira Knightley: I'm Not Anorexic

Actress talks nudity, body image in 'Allure'

(Newser) - Keira Knightley goes topless in the December issue of Allure , and addresses all those rumors that she's anorexic:
  • On nudity in her film roles: "I'm quite rigorous about what gets exposed. No bottom half! I don't mind exposing my tits because they're so small—people
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Jennifer Lawrence: I'm Considered Obese

But 'I'm never going to starve myself for a part,' she says

(Newser) - In a refreshing interview with Elle , Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence talks about body image and living modestly even when you're rich and famous. Our three favorite quotes:
  • "I eat like a caveman, I'll be the only actress who doesn't have anorexia rumors," she says,
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Now Magazines Airbrush Models Bigger

And some say it's just as controversial as the opposite

(Newser) - Not long ago, all the controversy surrounding magazine airbrushing seemed to focus on models and actresses being made to appear way too thin (to the point that some actually lost limbs ), but not so anymore. These days, magazines are increasingly Photoshopping models to appear heavier, because that's what... More »

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