Posts Tagged ‘body image’

Five years ago when I was in my freshman year of college, I was terrified at the thought of gaining the “freshman 15.” Weight-gain in college seemed inevitable: I was surrounded with greasy dining hall food, well-stocked vending machines and copious amounts of alcohol at every turn of the head.

Miraculously, my weight didn’t skyrocket during my freshman year. Naively, I assumed that it was due to my self-control (refusing dining hall burgers and fries on a daily basis is no small feat). But a recent study provides a counter-argument for my self-praise. According to, the freshman 15 is really more like the freshman 5.

What’s more, freshman weight-gain may not be college-related, but more a result of becoming a young adult. A recent article by NPR highlights the reasons why many people put on the pounds as they get older. Aging causes muscles to break down, which in turn causes calories to be burned at a slower rate. (Just one more thing to look forward to, right?)


For parents who are concerned that their kids are gaining too much weight, author Paul Kramer thinks he has the perfect solution. Introducing his new book, “Maggie Goes on a Diet.” On his intentions for writing the book, Kramer says, “This book is about a 14-year-old girl who goes on a diet and is transformed from being extremely overweight and insecure to a normal-sized girl who becomes the school soccer star. Through time, exercise and hard work, Maggie becomes more and more confident and develops a positive self image.”

While I think his intentions are all there–and that childhood obesity is damn wrong–I don’t think there should be a book with the word “diet” on the cover. Could you imagine, as a kid, getting this book from a parent? “Happy birthday Maggie, now go on a diet.” I would be mortified. My self-esteem would just plummet. If you’re concerned about your child’s weight gain, here’s an idea: teach them healthy eating yourself.


Sexy In Your Skin

Posted: February 26, 2009 by E in Uncategorized
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Although Michael Phelps’s super-human cardiovascular stamina would indeed spice things up in the bedroom, Olympic athleticism is absolutely not a requisite for good sex. Neither are the abilities to bend yourself into circus-freak-like contortions, scream like a porn-star, drop it like a girl in a Snoop Dogg video, or balance plates on your penis. The last one really isn’t relative to sexual activity, but let’s be real, it’s impressive. Anyway…