Two sizes too small: body image and the fashion world

As the chill of October comes to a close and the suburban streets light up from the orange glow of jack-o-lanterns, it can only mean one thing: Halloween is here. With this yearly holiday comes the tradition of dressing up. From Wonder Woman to the Walking Dead, the choices are unlimited—unless your waistline exceeds 32 inches. According to Statistics Canada, the average waist circumference of a Canadian woman between the ages of 18 and 79 is approximately 34 inches. For males, the number is higher, sitting at around 37 inches. When comparing these numbers with sizing charts on numerous costume websites, the largest sizes available without switching into the plus-size section are only suitable for women with waists of 32 to 34 […]

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Editorial: Messages of positive body image must start in high school

Nobody ever forgets high school. We all remember watching our bodies change in the mirror, feeling them grow and shift around us and waiting to grow into our adult selves. But some people still feel awkward and uncomfortable with their bodies—even if they don’t talk about it. Negative body image leads to issues like social anxiety, low self-esteem, and often, depression. We had sex education, but where was the body education? Schools, especially high schools, have a responsibility to open a wider discussion on body image as part of education. Studies show that we are more critical of ourselves than others are of us, and an open discussion about body image at this important time of life could show youth […]

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The pursuit of perfection

It’s probably one of the most difficult things to do—to look in the mirror and feeling able to truly love the person looking back at you. With striking models like Kate Upton and Gisele Bündchen gracing every magazine cover, it’s hard not to compare yourself to these flashy stars. The way media projects attractiveness is impacting an obesity epidemic that is sweeping the country. But there are some women who fight back. Movements towards healthy body image are taking to the social media stage, and the once silent voices of marginalized-feeling women are beginning to be heard. From laughing at some of the best Photoshop fails, like the long-armed model on Ellen, to creating campaigns like the Dove Campaign for Real […]

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