Ioana Spangenberg is a Romanian model with a 20-inch waist. According to various accounts on the internet, her body ranges anywhere from “natural” and “healthy” to “scary” to “freakish.” But regardless of what anyone has decided about her (based on one now-famous tabloid interview and some photos), no one can seem to stop staring–and it’s not healthy. Not for her or those who are gawking at her. More
Topic: Your Body
As a leader in obesity that’s frequently accused of wage violations, Walmart doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to contributing to a happier, healthier America. They’re trying to change, though–if only because it might be better for business–by carrying more local produce, filling in food deserts, and now, labeling select food options as “Great For You,” to help consumers make smarter choices. Walmart, I want to believe. I really, really do. But you’re not making it easy. More
Could you live on a diet of donated cookies, pumpkin pie filling, and expired condensed milk? Neither can the hundreds of thousands of homeless and needy individuals and families in our country. And yet, the prevailing mentality in America is that any food should be good enough for those in need. When we donate to canned food drives, we’re encouraged to clean out our own cupboards of old food–without regard for which items provide the best nutrition for those who need it most. The homeless need better than our canned food castoffs; thankfully, there are other ways to help. More
Do you floss? Brush twice a day? Drink enough water? It’s ok, you’re not at the dentist–you don’t have to lie. But if you, like at least a quarter of the population, suffer from halitosis (or, as it’s more commonly know, just plain old bad breath) you may want to stop at the store to get some Reach on your way home. Because bad breath isn’t just a bummer–its causes are pretty repulsive. More
One big misconception about milk and dairy in general is that if you are lactose intolerant, you can eat no cheese, no yogurt, no anything that came from a cow. But the fact is, that’s not really how lactose works. In fact, if you love dairy products (but your digestive tract doesn’t), there are still plenty of ways to incorporate them into your diet without being left in an uncomfortable state. More
It’s lunch time on the East Coast, and if you’re getting ready to unwrap and zap a Lean Cuisine or Healthy Choice, you may not want to read this article. Today, Jezebel ran a totally disturbing gallery of images of actual frozen diet food. It’s a bit disturbing, and may make you consider your next lunch break. More
Between October of 2011 and last week, at least 68 consumers across 10 states were infected with Salmonella as the direct result of eating at a national fast food restaurant chain, according to a report released by the Center for Disease Control a few weeks ago. And while the CDC won’t tell you which restaurant (so that, you know, you can choose not to eat there), they will give you a hint: it’s a “Mexican-style fast food restaurant chain.” Beyond that, you’ll just have to guess–because that’s just how the CDC does it.
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The stories and rumors about Demi Moore‘s recent medical emergency/drug-induced hospitalization just keep getting weirder and weirder. First, she was “exhausted.” Then, she was on “whip-its” (a drug that I didn’t realize anyone who wasn’t a 16-year-old barista was using). Now, it’s widely believed that the “stuff” she’d been smoking, which was mentioned in the 911 call, was “ spice” or “K2,” a supremely stupid, dangerous–and legal–synthetic version of cannabis, available at smoke shops and convenience stores. Maybe now this ridiculous drug will get the attention it deserves. More
You may think you’re out of the germ-laden, sniffling and sneezing woods, but the truth is that February is typically the peak of cold and flu season–which means it’s also the peak of flu season myths. Whether it be the mystical, magical healing powers of chicken soup, or the idea that wet clothes or hair can make you more susceptible, these rumors get circulated every year…even though they have no foundation in science. More
Contrary to what you may be inclined to believe by the period-shaming media, your monthly flow is not embarrassing, not blue, not consistant, and often, not monthly at all. In fact, for most women, at some point in their lives, unusual menstruation is the norm–and that perfect, 28-day cycle is an illusive creature, like a hormonal unicorn leaping over rainbows of body-positive tampon ads off on the horizon. But even with that knowledge, when your period does something unpredicted, it can still be worrisome. More
Fashion Week in New York City just wouldn’t be the same without its staples: big designers, scary-skinny 17-year-olds, and copious cans and cups brimming with Diet Coke. So it makes sense that the company who has made its millions as a zero-calorie meal replacement for hoards of disordered eaters is teaming up, yet again, with America’s biggest week in style. What makes less sense, though, is Diet Coke’s joint project with The Heart Truth® , which combat’s America’s biggest killer: heart disease. Because, you know, Diet Coke has been linked to heart attacks. More
With the saturation of gluten-free and non-dairy products on the market in the last year, you’d assume that food allergies were on the rise like crazy. But in fact, the only allergy that’s actually increasing at all is the deadly peanut allergy (happy National Peanut Butter Day, by the way). And, according to the Washington Post and Consumer Reports, about 17% of people with gluten, dairy, shellfish, wheat, and other food allergies are probably lying without knowing it. More
When I was a kid, the only thing that came in a cereal box was a lick-on tattoo, or possibly something made of plastic. Now, if you’re to believe Kellogg’s ladies-only diet-brand Special K‘s new series of ads, your cereal box not only has the only prize women should ever care about (weight loss, of course!), but also a few hidden surprises–like a personality, which apparently, you can’t have if you’re even remotely overweight. More
Even if you know next to nothing about eating healthy, you probably know one thing for sure: that preservatives and additives found in many packaged and pre-made foods are bad for you. But even though I know a few things about what constitutes a healthy diet, if I’m being honest with myself, when I’m staring down the barrel of a loaded food label, I’m not always sure what even is a preservative. With so much coded language (and so many gross additives), it’s hard to tell what’s harmless–and what’s carcinogenic. More