A Doctor Told Us to Throw Away Our Scales If We Want to Lose Weight: Here's Why

Is the scale haunting you? Does it sit in your bathroom, taunting you from the tiled floor, bubbling up all sorts of bad feelings? Get rid of it. Psychotherapist Dr. Kathryn Smerling, PhD, encourages it. “Throw away your scale,” said Dr. Smerling. “Focus on feeling good in body and spirit rather than feeling good about…

4 Women Share Unflattering Photos of Themselves to Prove a Point About Perfection

When you’re posting a picture of yourself to social media, you always want to choose the best angle, most flattering lighting, and photo option in which you look the fittest . . . right? Four fitness influencers took to social media to do just the opposite. Why? To prove a major point about the idea…

This Inspiring Gymnast Proves That Being Born Without Legs Can't Stand in the Way of Happiness

Connecting with Jen Bricker was surreal. I had received a copy of her book, Everything Is Possible, and learned about her unbelievably inspiring and empowering journey and her unrelenting optimism and faith. The 28-year-old gymnast and aerialist was born without legs and her heart on the opposite side of her chest; her parents (also parents…

The Trailer For Embrace, an Upcoming Body-Positive Documentary, Will Bring You to Tears

After gaining weight postpregnancy, Taryn Brumfitt decided she was going to get in the best shape of her life. Once she did, however, she didn’t gain the self-confidence she had imagined. That’s when she decided to embark on a journey that would attempt to decipher the ongoing global obsession with attaining a certain body. That…

How 1 Woman's Photo of Her Thighs Started a Social Media Movement

I took this on the first day of #ThighsForJeaux pic.twitter.com/A28fkINZo1 – thigh ambassador‚ú® (@Mijeaux) January 8, 2016 When 21-year-old South African Mixo Jeaux shared a mirror picture of herself on Twitter on Jan. 7, she probably didn’t know it would start a body-positive movement that would sweep the social media platform – but it did.…

You'll Probably Be Horrified by This Body-Shaming Ad From Gold's Gym

Gold’s Gym, which states it is “dedicated to helping people feel empowered by fitness,” is apologizing for a body-shaming post made on Friday by Gold’s Gym Dreamland, a subfranchisee in Cairo, Egypt. wow honestly disgusted by this @goldsgym you should be ashamed of yourselves. Things like this are the reason 9 year old girls develop…