Acceptance

The Surprising Relationship Between Bullying and Eating Disorders

Research has long shown that bullying has serious long-term effects for victims – everything from reduced self-esteem to a greater risk for heart disease, migraines, anxiety and many more devastating conditions. New research by scientists at Duke University Medical Center, however, has shown that both victims and bullies have a higher risk of anxiety, depression and eating disorders. The study, published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, involved 1,420 children, some of whom were involved in cases of bullying (either as bullies or victims) and others of which had not…

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My Personal Body Image Journey

I have trouble sometimes sharing my personal body image story. I’m afraid of sounding like Regina George from Mean Girls: “I want to lose five pounds.” In the movie, she is a victim of many practical jokes because to everyone else she is thin, so her statement sounds more like the whining of a spoiled, superficial rich girl. However, we all have our insecurities thanks to our culture, and this is mine. I have never had an eating disorder, nor have I ever been what anyone would call fat, but…

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I Am Empowered – You Should Be, Too: Plus-size Model Claudia Floraunce Fortelka

My message is believe in your abilities; love the body you are given; eat healthy and exercise on a regular basis. If you must go on a diet; restrict yourself from using any form of diet pills. There are plenty of ways you can learn to lose weight and stay healthy while doing it. Also, you need learn to love your body, because if you don’t love yourself, how do you expect others to love and accept you? In this competitive world of modeling and acting it takes faith, perseverance,…

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Living Beyond Diets: Inspiration From Author Kelsey Miller

Kelsey Miller

Kelsey Miller is a writer living in Brooklyn, New York, and the mastermind behind Refinery29’s “The Anti-Diet Project” – one of the site’s most popular initiatives. Kelsey is also the author of “Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting & Got A Life”, a memoir about her relationship with food and how she freed herself from the dieting cycle. We’re more than honored to share Kelsey’s wisdom and work with you all! Tell us about yourself! I’m a writer, theater geek, light sleeper, semi-capable French-speaker, intuitive eater, public speaker, body…

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Body Love: Wisdom By Plus-size Model Silvana Denker

Silvana Denker

Silvana Denker is a plus size model and photographer in Germany, and the creator behind an amazing global body-positive movement called “BodyLove.” Silvana has been taking her project from country to country, photographing people of all shapes and sizes to promote self-acceptance and diversity. It’s our privilege to interview her and share her work! Tell us about yourself! My name is Silvana Denker, I’m 31 and from a small village in Germany called Niederhövels. It’s around 100 kilometers away from Cologne. I’m a professional plus size model and photographer specialising…

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