issued an apology for their actions, but that hasn't stopped the story from going viral, with people expressing their outrage and disgust.
Amber Langford and Annie Collinge, both 19-year-old students at the University of Chester, sent the following statement to the British newspaper, The Sun, which broke the story: “We never meant to be offensive, but we apologize if any offense was caused. The idea was to depict a serious, modern-day horror that happened in our lifetime and was not intended as a joke.”
On Oct. 31, as part of a Halloween contest at Rosie’s Nightclub in Chester, the women wore cardboard cutouts of burning skyscrapers labeled “South Tower” and “North Tower.” Each featured protruding fiery flames and figures of people jumping to their deaths on September 11, 2001. They also wore hats in the shape of
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- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 6:40 PM EST
issued an apology for their actions, but that hasn't stopped the story from going viral, with people expressing their outrage and disgust.Today in horrible news: Two friends in England thought it would be hilarious to wear Halloween costumes depicting New York City’s twin towers burning to the ground. They've Read More »from Teens' Burning Twin Towers Costume = Most Offensive Idea Ever
Miss Philippines Earth USA competition, despite a condition that’s caused her to go bald.Beauty pageants often evoke images of orange-streaked fake tans, sparkly tiaras, and blindingly white teeth, but one Utah teen has flipped conventional beauty standards by winning a title in the Read More »from Bald Woman Wins Beauty Pageant, Also Our Hearts
Angelica Galindez, a 19-year-old licensed cosmetologist from Salt Lake City, has alopecia, a condition in which the immune system attacks hair follicles, causing hair loss. In many cases, the damage to the follicles isn’t permanent, but Galindez was diagnosed at age 12 and went completely bald three years later. Competing in the Miss Philippines Earth USA pageant — and ditching her wig — was her way of conveying that beauty is not one-size-fits-all. “It was really hard to lose my hair during puberty, so I wore a hat to school, but boys teased me and ripped it off my head,” Galindez tells Yahoo Shine. “As I grew older, I came to terms with the fact that my hair wasn’t growing back, so I decided to own it.”
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Nov 5, 2013 7:09 PM EST
JAMA Pediatrics proves that the problem affects both sexes by exposing adolescent boys' obsession with body size and weight.Eating disorders have long been associated with women, but a new study published Monday in Read More »from Eating Disorders in Boys: More Common Than You Think
The research found that nearly 20 percent of boys aged 12 to 18 are extremely concerned with the state of their bodies, yet those around them may not know it. “Male eating disorders are greatly underestimated for two reasons,” the lead study author, Alison Field, ScD, of Boston Children's Hospital Adolescent Medicine Division, tells Yahoo Shine. “Anorexia and bulimia — the disorders we studied — are traditionally associated with a desire to be thin, a standard that men generally don’t aspire to, and many are ashamed to seek treatment because the disorders are deemed a female problem.”
More on Yahoo Shine: Guys Get Eating Disorders Too
Big and brawny were traits that the boys studied most valued: 9.2 percent of guys were “highly concerned” with muscularity, 2.5 percent strove
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Tue, Nov 5, 2013 3:10 PM EST
"Marriage Isn’t for You," about his utterly selfless approach to marriage, generating both praise and vitriol.The Internet is loaded with marriage advice, but rarely does one single tidbit resonate strongly with so many people. On Saturday, writer Seth Adam Smith posted an essay on his blog titled,
Twitter was flooded with commentary:
Then came the backlash.Read More »from Why Man's 'Marriage Isn't For You' Essay Misses the Mark
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 7:26 PM ESTPediatrics has identified a new reason for the surge: obesity.It’s no secret that little girls today are hitting puberty earlier than ever before, but new research published Monday in the medical journal
Frank Biro, a physician in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, and his team tracked 1,200 girls 6 to 8 years old in San Francisco, New York, and Cincinnati, observing their body mass index (BMI), when they started developing breasts and the results were surprising. “We found that the mean age for early puberty in Caucasian girls is 9.6, four months earlier than previously believed, and the median age is 8.5, about one year earlier than previously believed,” Biro tells Yahoo Shine.
The study also found that African American girls experienced breast development at a median age of 8.8 years, Hispanic girls at 9.3 years, and Asian girls at 9.7 years.
More on Yahoo Shine: Pediatricians Want Kids to Stop Texting So Much
One reason for the Read More »from Early Puberty: Another Scary Side Effect of Obesity
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 3:55 PM EST
It was the Halloween costume seen ‘round the world: A Michigan woman named Alicia Ann Lynch dressed as a victim of April's Boston Marathon bombing, sporting runner’s clothing and fake splattered blood. And as a result, she ignited the rage of the Internet.
On Oct. 31, 22-year-old Lynch posted a photo of herself wearing the costume on Instagram and Twitter, using the handle @SomeSKANKinMI. Shortly after, users descended on Lynch, tweeting their disgust. Responses included:
@SomeSKANKinMI People at the Boston Marathon died in terror and agony... and you looked at the images and thought "lol funny costume idea"?— Rebecca Brown (@Chinchillazllla) November 2, 2013
Read More »from Woman's Boston Marathon Bombing Costume: What It Says About Everyone
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Nov 1, 2013 6:27 PM EDT
Jay Leno that the Instagram snap seen ‘round the world was a big “Eff you” to the online tormentors who blasted her body while she was pregnant with daughter North West. "It really hurt my soul. It changed how I am in the public a little bit," says Kardashian.If you were shocked by Kim Kardashian’s infamous butt selfie, that was kind of the point. Kardashian told Read More »from Kim Kardashian’s 50-Pound Weight Loss: Exactly What She Did
The reality star also revealed that four months after giving birth, she dropped her 50-pound pregnancy weight in a non-celeb-y way: Old-fashioned diet and exercise. Specifically, the protein-rich Atkins plan, paired with Barry’s Boot Camp and Pilates Plus.
“A 50-pound weight loss in four months sounds sensible because it equates to 2-3 pounds per week,” Hilda Hutcherson, MD Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center, tells Yahoo Shine. She adds that women automatically drop about 12 pounds after childbirth just from the baby being born and losing amniotic fluid and blood. Moms can
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Nov 1, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
Read More »from Do-Gooder Replaces Woman's Stolen Bike — But There's a Catch
When someone stole 19-year-old Olgi Freyre’s beloved bicycle, she didn’t just get upset, she publicly posted an angry note to the thief, hoping he would see it. Luckily, a Good Samaritan read it — and bought her a new bike.
On Monday, Freyre, an artist and student based in Chicago, chained her $700 red KHS bicycle to a rack before her 10 a.m. shift at Lake View Art Supply store. “I parked it right in front of a big glass window so I could keep an eye on it,” Freyre tells Yahoo Shine. “I happened to glance out the window on my lunch break, saw it was missing, and my heart sank.”
Freyre ran outside, distraught, and out of frustration, she began angrily kicking the rack. “I filed a police report, but I still was upset because I worked so hard to buy that bike, so that day, I wrote a note to the thief and posted it to a lamppost,” she says. “I didn’t think the thief would see it, but it felt good to vent.”
The note, in part, read, “Do you know how hard I worked to buy that bike? Actually,
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Thu, Oct 31, 2013 7:11 PM EDT
dark side to dieting: an unhappy relationship.Losing weight is usually a good thing. You feel lighter, healthier, and can gleefully ditch those Spanx. But scientists say there’s a Read More »from Your Man vs. Skinny Jeans: When Weight Loss Ruins Love
Researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Texas called on 21 couples in which one partner had lost 30 or more pounds, and asked everyone how weight-loss had impacted their relationships. Many couples were happier — the newly fit people inspired their partners to shape up, and the couple felt closer, both emotionally and sexually.
For others, the effects of the weight loss on their relationships was more complicated. The thinner partners began nagging their significant others to hit the gym. People whose weight hadn’t budged became critical, disinterested in sex, and even tried to tempt their partners with fatty foods in order to derail their progress.
The difference between happy and not-so-happy couples boiled down to the amount of support in the relationship. When both partners
It’s speedy, flirty, and convenient, but fire off too many text messages during a tiff and your relationship will suffer, according to new research conducted by Brigham Young University.
The study included 276 adults, all in relationships (38 percent were seriously dating someone, 46 percent were engaged, and 16 percent were married). And while 82 percent of both men and women traded multiple texts a day with their partners as a form of relationship maintenance (“How is your day?” “Miss you!”), when couples texted frequently about serious issues, gender differences came into play. “We found that when couples use texting to express affection or connect, both sexes experienced higher relationship satisfaction,” lead study author Lori Schade, PhD., tells Yahoo Shine. "However, during an argument, women who text more might do so as a means to resolve issues or apologize; men might text more because they’re unsatisfied with the relationship and texting is how they avoid emotional intimacy.”Read More »from What His Text Really Means During a Spat