"I know that there are all these different kinds of body types, and that working out what you are might be potentially helpful for when you are buying clothes and such, and working out what suits you. But. I've never been good at working out my body type. Because I have boobs, and a butt, and various other body parts in between, but I don't think they make up any particular sort of shape. Besides, you know, the shape of a body. Not the shape of an apple. Or a pear. Just a body. Women should not be called
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- Body ImageLook, I get it. I understand that labeling women, especially their bodies, is a big no-no, and I can see why. It can make people feel bad. I'm not interested in making anyone feel bad about their body. And I don't think a survey out of the UK detailing the newest kind of "body type" does that. As Natalia Hawk over on Mamamia notes, rectangles are the newest body shape to have been identified. But Hawk isn't thrilled with the rectangle label or any of the labels, for that matter.
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 7, 2014 4:58 PM ESTSugar Vs. Fat: What We Can Learn from One Weight Loss Challenge
Perhaps you've seen the article about the British identical twins -- both doctors -- who decided to donate their bodies, and their identical genetics, to science for a month to figure out which was the better way to lose weight: a no-carb diet or a low-fat diet. The twins, Alexander and Chris van Tulleken, are 35 years old and both, as Alexander describes them, "gluttons." As they approached middle age, they realized they needed to pay better attention to their diets if they were going to maintain a healthy weight. However, despite their medical training, neither of them knew much about eating well. And because both fat and sugar have been demonized as the reason we're collectively getting so fat, the twins decided to test out which of the two was actually worse.
For a month Alexander cut out carbohydrates -- pasta and bread, yes, but also fruits and vegetables, which are high in carbs via their natural sugars. AndRead More »from Sugar Vs. Fat: What We Can Learn from One Weight Loss Challenge
- Babble.com | Beauty – Fri, Feb 7, 2014 4:51 PM ESTValentine's Day is around the corner, and I've been thinking a lot about what to get for my husband. He is ridiculously hard to shop for, especially for a sentimental holiday like this one. He doesn't care as much about grand romantic gestures, so flowers or chocolates wouldn't have a big impact, and a totally practical gift like a shirt seems too impersonal. I'm guessing/ hoping I'm not alone in this predicament. My solution? Grooming gifts! They're fantastic because they're thoughtful and useful. Even the "man who has it all" still needs to bathe and shave, right? And who doesn't like a little pampering? In fact, the men's grooming market is booming as more and more men are discovering how great it feels to treat your hair, skin, nails and senses to quality products and services. So, indulge him this Valentine's Day with one of these terrific gift ideas. -Sonya Lee Benham Read More »from 7 Grooming Essentials to Get Your Guy for Valentine's Day
- Babble.com | Pets – Fri, Feb 7, 2014 4:04 PM EST
Denby Dog is much like any other corgi. He is absolutely cute, he enjoys lying in the sun, playing with squeaky toys, and he will definitely let you know when he is hungry. He just goes about his day a bit differently from most. Unable to eat or drink on his own for the last 9 years, Denby is fed through a tube. Also diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy (DM), a disease that results in degeneration of the white matter of the spinal cord, Denby uses a cart for mobility. But in the face of these obstacles, with the help of a loving family, he enjoys a full and quality life. Through his Facebook page, he shares his life's joys while providing education about special needs pets. Denby isn't just a story about special needs. He is also a story about fun. Like many of the pets who have Facebook pages, Denby provides comic relief. He has numerous fun costumes, and it seems that his cart is always in some form of decoration. Learn about Denby in the interview that follows. I hope that you tooRead More »from Overcoming Disabilities: An Inspirational Interview with Denby Dog
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 7, 2014 4:02 PM ESTPregnancy Not Time to Get Fat I was 16 weeks pregnant with my second baby when some unexplained bleeding led me to the emergency room. The ultrasound detected placenta previa - in which the placenta was covering my cervix. My midwives would watch it throughout the pregnancy to see if the placenta would move as I grew, but unless/until it did, I was told to "take it easy." I could walk, of course, but no running and no lifting heavy things. Depending on how things developed, I could end up on bed rest, and if the placenta didn't move by the final weeks, I would definitely have a c-section. (The placenta did move, and five weeks later I was able to resume normal activities and went on to have a normal, vaginal birth at 40 weeks.)
I took all of this in stride. Despite my love of running, I would do what I needed to do so that my baby (and I) would be healthy and whole at the end of the 9 months. But then, after I asked for additional clarification about my exercise restrictions, my midwife said something to me
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 7, 2014 3:58 PM ESTFascinating Study Reveals What Your Brain Looks Like on Exercise
I've always claimed that I run as much for my mind as for my body. Running helps me "declutter" my brain, allows me to come up with solutions to problems that have been pestering me, facilitates creative thinking, and frees me of stress that would normally burden me. But I thought it basically ended there. Exercise kept both my brain and body young, flexible, and energetic.
I was intrigued, then, to see this headline in the New York Times: "How Inactivity Changes the Brain" - intrigued not because I thought it was particularly interesting, but because I thought everyone already knew that being active helps you think better and keeps your mind clearer. How could this possibly be news? Certainly this was just another article telling us that exercise will help us think better.
But no, I was wrong. And the article - along with the study that spawned it - is, indeed, intriguing. What happens when you have two sets of rats: one that runs three miles on a treadmill every day andRead More »from Fascinating Study Reveals What Your Brain Looks like on Exercise
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, Feb 7, 2014 3:49 PM EST
While we're able to watch the winter games on television, social media provides a more intimate look into each competitor's experience as the Olympic athletes Instagram their way to gold. From the moments leading up to qualifying to the US team, traveling to Russia, time in the Olympic Village with teammates, or exploring the country on their own, each photo provides an inside look into what the athletes are experiencing away from the Olympic venues that we see on television. There are 230 athletes representing the United States in the winter games, and here are eight to follow as they Instagram their quest for gold in Sochi. -Leticia Barr
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Fri, Feb 7, 2014 3:41 PM ESTWhen a Daily Cup Isn't Enough
One cup of coffee in the morning used to suit me just fine. Years ago when I worked in Manhattan, there was one particular coffee cart I frequented, and that became my morning ritual. For a long time I thought of coffee as more of a warm drink to start my mornings than a caffeine boost.
Then my husband started to snore, waking me up throughout the night.
Then I had kids.
Then I started a website.
Then I had to start waking up before dawn in order to make a dent in my daily to-do list. Now I can't get my day started without two cups of coffee in the morning. Well, at least two. Sometimes I switch over to caffeinated tea.
It's a good thing my morning ritual didn't morph into a dependency until after having children. A study released in January found that more and more people are becoming dependent on caffeine. So much so that they suffer withdrawal symptoms and have serious difficulty reducing their caffeine consumption, even if they have anotherRead More »from When a Daily Cup Isn’t Enough: Could You Have “Caffeine Use Disorder”?
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Fri, Feb 7, 2014 1:05 PM ESTState of Dating in America Report Reveals Keys to a Successful RelationshipWhat does it take to make a relationship work? Depending on whom you ask, the answer will vary. Ask a person who is divorced or who has been married for years, and they might say trust or commitment. Ask someone who has been dating for a few weeks or months, and they might think it's chemistry. Perhaps compatibility, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
Recently I had the opportunity to take a look at JDate and ChristianMingle's 2014 State of Dating in America Report. An online survey was administered to men and female respondents ranging from 18-59 years of age. Of those surveyed, some were dating, had the intention of dating, or were in a committed relationship. The study covered various topics, but what I found most interesting was what respondents deemed as the key to successful relationships.1. The Same Race/Ethnicity
Seventy-five percent of men and 72 percent of women felt that race was an important factor in a relationship being successful. In a day where interracialRead More »from State of Dating in America Report Reveals Keys to a Successful Relationship
- Babble.com | Pets – Fri, Feb 7, 2014 12:30 PM EST
Billionaire Steps in to Save the Dogs Being Killed for the Sochi OlympicsIn recent weeks, hundreds of stray dogs in the city of Sochi, Russia have been killed in so-called preparation of the Olympic Winter Games. Russian officials have ordered all stray dogs found wandering the streets to be shot with poison darts.
As a result, Russian citizens have witnessed dogs suffering a painful death as the poison darts causes the dogs to slowly suffocate. Even worse (if that's possible), many of the dogs were pets in homes that were knocked down to make way for the Olympic festivities. The families who lived in the homes were forced to move into apartments where dogs are not allowed and were left behind.
Now, The New York Times reports that a Russian billionaire is making a last ditch effort to save the dogs being killed for the Sochi Olympics:
"We were told, 'Either you take all the dogs from the Olympic Village or we will shoot them,'" said Olga Melnikova, who is coordinating the rescue effort on behalf of a charity called Volnoe Deloe (roughly, Good Will), whichRead More »from Billionaire Steps in to Save the Dogs Being Killed for the Sochi Olympics