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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She instead pens an essay arguing the index is outdated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 »

No More Airbrushing, Seventeen Vows

Teen mag vows not to change model shapes, feature diversity

(Newser) - In the great fashion wars, Seventeen magazine is declaring peace: a "body peace treaty," that is. The venerable teen magazine has long had a policy against changing models' faces and body shapes. But now, thanks to greater awareness of body image problems and an 85,000-strong online petition... More »

Vogue Bans Too-Skinny Models

Magazine also pledges not to use models under age 16

(Newser) - Vogue magazine, perhaps the world's top arbiter of style, is making a statement about its own models: Too young and too thin is no longer in. The 19 editors of Vogue magazines around the world made a pact to project the image of healthy models, according to a Conde... More »

Ashley Judd Takes on Puffy-Face Haters

Who, she notes, are mostly and sadly, women

(Newser) - Ashley Judd made a TV appearance last month looking larger than normal and with a puffier face, and the ensuing criticism of her appearance led her to write a scathing but eloquent response in the Daily Beast . Judd was on steroids due to an illness (leading some to assume her... More »

Facebook Linked to Eating Disorders

Using site causes many to feel badly about their bodies

(Newser) - Not only will Facebook depress you and quite possibly lead to your divorce , it turns out the social networking site is also bad for your body image. A new study finds that 51% of respondents felt more self-conscious about their physical appearance after looking at pictures of themselves on Facebook,... More »

'Katniss' Fat Digs By Critics Are Toxic: Experts

Hollywood Reporter grumbles about Jennifer Lawrence's 'baby fat'

(Newser) - Critics' attacks on actress Jennifer Lawrence for being too hefty to star in the Hunger Games are threatening to undo all the positives of having a strong female character in a megahit movie, say experts. The New York Times zinged the choice of Lawrence for the role because her "... More »

Mom Who Put 7-Year-Old on Diet Scores Book Deal

Dara-Lynn Weiss' controversial 'Vogue' article leads to memoir

(Newser) - Dara-Lynn Weiss' Vogue article about putting her clinically obese 7-year-old daughter on a diet wasn’t exactly met with a warm reception —nonetheless, it's landed Weiss a book deal. Random House's Ballantine imprint will publish her memoir about the experience, tentatively titled The Heavy, Mediabistro reports. It... More »

Mom's Article About Obese Kid's Diet Sparks Fury

Backlash after Dara-Lynn Weiss writes in 'Vogue'

(Newser) - When Dara-Lynn Weiss wrote in Vogue about her yearlong struggle to help her clinically obese 7-year-old daughter lose 16 pounds, she probably wasn't expecting quite the level of backlash that has ensued. Yahoo has highlights from Weiss's article, including her admission that she herself has struggled with eating... More »

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