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Dear Fathers: Your Son’s Body Is Just Fine

by Dawn Clifford, PhD, RD

Dear Dads,

Please leave your son’s body alone. Your son’s body size and shape is just fine. He doesn’t need to fill out, bulk up, slim down, or get ripped.

Your son received genetic material from you and his biological mother. That DNA will largely dictate his body, both as a child and as an adult. So if there’s anything that doesn’t seem quite right about your son’s body, it’s all you (…well, at least half you)!

Your son’s body will change naturally throughout his childhood. He will grow out, he will grow up, and he may also remain a bean pole. Quit trying to change it.

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Unlearning Fat Phobia Is A Lifelong Process

by Melissa Toler, Pharm.D.

After performing at this year’s Super Bowl half-time show, Lady Gaga’s stomach was at the center of some good old-fashioned body-shaming on social media. Super Bowl viewers took to Twitter and Facebook to express their disapproval of her belly fat and suggested that maybe she should have hit the gym a little harder before the big show. It caused enough of a ruckus that she responded on her Instagram account with a brief post to acknowledge that she is proud of her body… and we should be too.

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The Pool Party

by Stacey Nye, PhD, FAED When I was in the 11th grade I took Junior Honors English. Back then, students didn’t take the profusion of honors and advanced placement classes… Read More »The Pool Party

I Am No Shadow

by Stacey Nye, PhD, FAED “It looks like you have lost weight”. I hear this periodically. It’s always said with a big smile, some knowing head nods, and usually a… Read More »I Am No Shadow

#Selfies

by Fall Ferguson, JD, MA Selfies are a well-established part of our culture at this point. By 2013, the word “selfie” had made its way into the Oxford Dictionary, which… Read More »#Selfies