By Maria de Lourdes Campos |Staff Writer| Social media can be the platform in which celebrities endorse the latest fashion craze. Kim Kardashian, Amber Rose, and Black Chyna swear by waist training as the new standard for beauty. What exactly is a waist trainer? “A waist trainer is a device that is made up essentially of bands of material that wrap tightly around the waist and lower rib cage to provide women with an instantly slimming hourglass figure,” said student Monica Sanchez. Sanchez said that on social media, actresses like Brooke Burke and Jessica Alba were trending because they gave credit to waist trainers for helping them get back into shape after giving … [Read more...] about Coke Bottle Body
By Danni Ybarra |Staff Writer| Growing more and more in popularity, the “dad bod” and the ideals behind it are sweeping the nation. Defined by Peter Holley of The Washington Post as “a shirtless, soft-bellied swain north of 30 who is currently lounging on his couch dipping lightly-salted tortilla chips into a kiddie pool of guacamole.” “The kind that looks like [he] should be pushing a stroller and Googling high-blood pressure medications,” continued Holley. A man with a dad bod is a man with an average body type, still slightly in-shape, but at the same time, not one you would see in the gym everyday: a normal man. News outlets across the nation have been covering the topic. … [Read more...] about Will you rock the Dad Bod?
By Marie Fernandes |Staff Writer| People will always be too big or too small according to the standards that our society has set. According to ourbodiesourselves.com, the average American sees three thousand ads per day. Everything in the United States is based off competition. The biggest competition of all for the general population is centered on how close to perfection you can get your body to look and your body size. We are all exposed to images in the media of models that are photo shopped to look more thin and proportional on a daily basis. These distorted images have become desensitized to us since there is no way to avoid them. It is not often that a person … [Read more...] about Tell society I am beautiful no matter my body size
By Brenda Servin |Staff Writer| Women feel pressured to look a certain way based on the images they see in advertisements and magazines. Unfortunately, the pictures of celebrities and models are airbrushed to perfection before they are released to the public eye. People like celebrities and models dedicate time and money to their appearances and still have to be airbrushed. This leaves women to strive for an image of beauty that doesn’t even exists. A thin body is a huge factor of what the media portrays as attractive. Michael Jeffries, the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch said, “Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great … [Read more...] about Photoshopping has become psychologically harmful
By Rachel Cannon |Staff Writer| Eating disorders wreak havoc on not only the physical but the mental health of those that suffer from them. The number of those suffering rises every year. Female college students are by far at the greatest risk for developing such a problem. According to the Massachusetts Eating Disorders Association, up to 40 percent of college women suffer from disorders such as anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder (BED). That means if there are 15 women in you classroom as you read this, odds are that up to six of them are endangering their health through extreme dieting, binging, purging, or some combination of the three. On top of the damage this is … [Read more...] about Eating disorders require on-campus specialists