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Susan Cowden, MS

Lizzi Miller: A Poster Girl for Positive Body Image

By January 13, 2012

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I just ran across a fabulous article detailing Lizzi Miller's rise to fame over a (non-retouched!) photograph published in Glamour magazine in September 2009. I remember the first time I saw the photograph online, prompting me to run out and purchase the print version of the magazine to show my support. As an eating disorder therapist, I frequently talk with clients about the media's influence on how we view ourselves. Typically, the mainstream media portrays thin as the only beautiful body type, promoting unrealistic expectations about our own bodies. Yet,  here is an example of the mainstream media, promoting a beautiful, curvy woman.

It is so important for teens and adults to realize that the images we see portrayed in the media aren't always real or healthy. Healthy bodies come in many shapes and sizes and it is important to embrace the real you.

What is a Healthy Body?

Take the SCOFF Questionnaire to screen for eating disorders.

How do media images such as photographs in magazines affect how you view yourself?

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