Watch Body Image Videos Here
international no diet day
The bombshell's wisdom on sexuality and self-image is just as timeless today as ever.
Experts Blog

Sexuality & Body Image: 7 Lessons Courtesy Of Marilyn Monroe

Today (May 6) is International No Diet Day. Frankly, I think every day should be a 'no-diet' day. The media's obsession with body image has resulted in women hating their bodies. That's why we turned to one of the most beautiful starlets in history, Marilyn Monroe, who embraced her status as a sex symbol. Maybe if she were still alive, women might perceive themselves (and each other) differently today.

The Voice of Trichotillomania
Experts Blog

The Voice of Trichotillomania

I wanted to love myself. I wanted something to change. After years of therapy, coaching and other healing work, the world began to look up. I was full of possibility. The secret that I kept close to me, hidden in the shadows for 31 years was now ready to be shared and I was ready to share it.   I chose to bring my secret to the light. I wanted to celebrate It, and who I had become. I wanted to use It to help others – people like me, people who felt ashamed; men who felt embarrassed, and women who felt ugly.

Living With Trichotillomania: An Opportunity?
Experts Blog

Living With Trichotillomania: An Opportunity?

All of us have secrets. We learn to live with them. We usually keep them close. And of all of them, there’s usually one biggie. One we hope and pray will never come out. But what are we so afraid would happen if others discovered our secret? Why do we hold it so tightly against our chests?

mother, daughter, fashion
She doesn't need a closet full of designer clothes to feel beautiful.
Love Mom

Slave To Fashion? Not Me — And Not My Daughter, Either

Mindless consumerism can lead us to believe our value lies in what we wear. I wanted my daughter to have the freedom to divorce her self-worth from her clothing. But how could I teach her that when here I was — 29-years-old, wallowing in a pile of cheap cotton-poly blends and feeling worthless? It was time to go on a clothing fast. I called it "No Pants 2012."

gay couple
Here's how to finally find your match!
Experts Blog

Gay Men: Top 10 Dating Tips

Unfortunately, the gay dating pool is viciously competitive. So, instead of fighting over the newest man meat on Grindr, I recommend these practical tips for gay men.

How A Negative Body Image Keeps You Single
Experts Blog

How A Negative Body Image Keeps You Single

I HATE my thighs. My butt is so big. I am so fat. I am so ugly. I would be attractive if I could just change my nose.  How often do these thoughts run through your mind? Why do we do this to ourselves? I cannot tell you how much time I have spent criticizing my body. Analyzing it from every angle, squeezing chunks of flesh and berating myself because I wasn’t perfect. Well, I’m done. I think in some misguided way, those actions were meant to motivate me in some way. It motivated me alright! It motivated me to eat my dissatisfaction.

perfect body
Different cultures have vastly different definitions of beauty.
Featured

I Had The 'Perfect' Body ... And I Hated It

Being "too thin" may sound like a problem most women would give anything to have, but my reality is different. My culture places a greater emphasis on being curvy. I didn't realize the irony of my "problem" until I started working in a predominantly caucasian office. Most of my coworkers with were obsessed with being skinny. It was strange to me; all of these women were struggling for a body like mine, but when I looked at them, I secretly wished I were their size.

young woman with bangs looking in mirror
Do you feel attractive?
Video

Help! I Don't Feel Attractive

Do you struggle with bad body image? Are you aware of its negative impact on your love life, but unable to do anything about it? If so, help is on the way.

healthy body image
How can moms help their daughters grow up with a healthy body image?
Love Mom

Can I Stop My Girls From Hating Their Bodies?

As a woman, body image issues have drifted in and out of my life for as long as I can remember. They're that little albatross I can't quite shake: Every time I squeeze into a pair of jeans or put on my swimsuit for my daughters' Saturday morning lessons, every time I turn sideways to see my reflection in a mirror or compare myself to someone beautiful. They're the questions that tumble around in my head: Am I old? Am I fat? Am I pretty? When my daughter started asking the same questions, I knew it was time to break the cycle.

pressure to be skinny
Many women would rather be underweight than a healthy weight.
Featured

The Pressure To Be Skinny: Women Do The Most Damage

From websites devoted to fat-shaming celebrities to "thinspiration" Pinterest boards, it’s safe to say there's a pervasive message out there: women should be skinny in order to be beautiful. And it's not men who are applying the pressure. Women are consistently more critical of other women than men are to women. Why are we so hard on one another?

6 Easy Ways To Befriend Your Body
Experts Blog

6 Easy Ways To Befriend Your Body

Are you among the 38% who made New Year's Resolutions to take better care of their bodies? If so, you're not alone. But while almost 50% of us make resolutions in January, 25% of all Resolvers don't make it past Week One (per Betterment.com). Why is it so easy to take care of our boyfriends, galpals and loved ones but so hard to take care of ourselves? Perhaps because few of us actually treat ourselves like our own best friends -- which we are!

plastic surgery
Is it really worth the pain?
Experts Blog

Is Plastic Surgery Right For You?

What do you tell someone who is depressed or has a distorted sense of their body and believes getting plastic surgery will make him/her better? It is important for anyone considering plastic surgery to know what it can and cannot accomplish.