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Yesterday, the internet noticed that Walmart was selling plus-sized costumes under the name “Fat Girl Costumes.” Wow…just wow. The retail giant has since changed their website listing, but the aftershocks of the glaring error continue to be felt. (Thanks to Jezebel for flagging this shameful marketing technique.)

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Popular fashion retailer ModCloth has decided to take a stand against unrealistic fashion advertisements.  As the first company to sign the “Truth in Advertising Heroes Pledge,” they have made a voluntary vow to no longer use overly photoshopped models on their website or in their ads. The company is also pledging to use models of all sizes and ethnicities, sell clothes in a wide variety of sizes, and listen to feedback from its customers.

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Every song carries a message, and many artists have been relaying an important one: Embrace your imperfections. With this new wave of hits exploring the implications of idealized beauty, listeners are being urged to dismiss society’s demand of obtaining a “perfect’ appearance. While this definitely calls for celebration, one must wonder, what exactly sparked this outbreak of empowering anthems?

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Mia is a lot like any high school student, but after hearing an unpleasant remark about her body, she resorts to dangerous extremes that begin to worry her classmates. She starts crash-dieting and over-exercising. She develops a dangerous eating disorder.

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Once again, the Biggest Loser is drawing criticism after the announcement of season 15 winner, Rachel Frederickson. According to the show, Frederickson lost nearly 60% of her body weight over the course of the season. Now fans and critics alike are taking to the internet to sound the alarm that her extreme weight loss is a dangerous example of the show's unhealthy promotion of excessive weight loss and exercise.
 

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This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged several weight-loss companies with fraud and, to be honest, it’s about time. The products in question – Sensa Products, L’Occitane, HCG Diet Direct and Lean Spa – are just a handful of the hundreds of these types of companies that are peddling products that can contribute to the development of an eating disorder. 

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“I’m Beautiful the Way I Am.” That’s the message at the center of a public education campaign launched by the city of New York this week. The #ImAGirl campaign features NYC girls—not professional models—in a PSA as well as print ads that will appear on subways, buses and kiosks throughout the city.

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Open the September issue of Vogue and you’ll find an in depth feature on Yahoo! CEO, Marissa Mayer.

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