Blog Posts by Elise Solé, Shine Staff

  • Weird Reasons We Gain Weight

    Photo: Levi Brown/Trunk Archive You work out regularly. You eat healthfully (most of the time) — so, why are you gaining weight? For starters, check your mood. A forthcoming study of 787 people conducted by Cornell University found that people in a good mood are 77 percent likelier to eat healthy food than those feeling bad.

    “When people are upset, they want immediate relief, which may include grabbing what’s easiest and most comforting,” Brian Wansink, PhD, author of "Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life," tells Yahoo Shine. “However, people in good moods feel optimistic and tend to make choices that benefit their overall health.” Of course, there’s no magic bullet for perking up before you reach for the cookies, but the study also found that taking a moment to ponder a happy thought helps steer people away from the kitchen. But it's not just your mood, of course; here are other surprising reasons you’re tipping the scale.

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  • Why It's Time to End Our Obsession With Celebrity Kids

    Getty ImagesIn a win for celebrity parents attempting to protect their children's privacy, People magazine announced on Tuesday that it would no longer publish unauthorized photos of famous kids taken by paparazzi.

    The move is just the latest response to an effort led by actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard who, for the past few months, have been campaigning the media to ban celebrity kid shots and encouraging consumers to stop buying magazines who publish said photos. (The couple have an 11-month old daughter together.) On Tuesday gossip site Just Jared followed suit, while "Entertainment Tonight" pledged its commitment to not air footage of famous tots, last week.

    But People may not be 100 percent committed to its promise: In an open letter by the magazine’s editorial director, Jess Cagle, he writes, “Lately, several celebrities, including Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry, have been vocal about the paparazzi who can sometimes make life hell for stars and their children…They’ve also made the media

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  • Mom's Photo Series Spotlights Racist Comments Directed at Daughters

    Kim Kelley-Wagner Images/FacebookWhen Kim Kelley-Wagner adopted two little girls from China, now ages 13 and 7, she never imagined that her family would attract much attention. So the barrage of rude and ignorant comments she's received on a daily basis over the years has shocked her. But instead of dismissing her critics, Kelley-Wagner has created a controversial photo series starring her daughters, hoping to show others how words can hurt.

    Though the 55-year-old  communications director at a middle school in Charlottesville, Virginia, never married, she had always known that she wanted kids. Her life changed thanks to a tiny photo accompanying a story about Chinese orphans in Time magazine. “It was an image of six babies sitting in a circle on the floor, and one had the most serious facial expression,” Kelley-Wagner tells Yahoo Shine. “That image stayed with me.” At the time, China was one of the only countries that allowed single people to adopt, so a few years later, in 2001, Kelley-Wagner adopted 10-month-old

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  • What Dr. Drew's Daughter Paulina Pinksy Can Teach Us About Eating Disorders

    Paulina Pinsky, father Drew Pinsky, and mother Susan Sailer Pinsky (Photo: Getty) Paulina Pinsky, the 21-year-old daughter of renowned addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky, has bravely revealed her seven-year struggle with anorexia (food restriction) and bulimia (binging and purging), in a series of blog posts, a CNN interview, and with Yahoo Shine. “I’m speaking now because eating disorders are so stigmatized and I want people to feel comfortable opening up,” Pinsky tells Yahoo Shine.

    Speaking and writing publicly has also helped her repair her damaged relationship with her mother. “I felt a lot of anger towards my mother but opening up with her has helped me let go of that,” she tells Yahoo Shine. “Being angry was not helping the problem, and honestly it was exhausting. And I think it's always good to remember that your parents have your best interest in mind, even though it is a hard situation. Being honest with my parents has been one of the healthiest and freeing things I've ever done, and it has allowed me to grow and move on with my life.”

    Late last year,

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  • The Right Way to Wear 'Mom Jeans' (For Real)

    Topshop's Mom Jeans Collection (Courtesy of Top Shop)“Mom jeans”— pleated, tapered, high-waisted pants with elongated pockets — aren’t exactly cutting edge, but the denim drawers once adored by the over-40 set, and later parodied on "Saturday Night Live," are making a surprising comeback. Again.

    Case in point: Topshop now carries Moto Blue Mom Jeans, a $66 cotton version and Urban Outfitters sells the Mom Jean, a $59 pair with a tapered, cropped leg. And Hollywood is crawling with the look— in December, Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted wearing the voluminous, drawstring version of the jeans, and Elle Fanning admitted to New York magazine that she favors a baggier look, “sort of like a mom jean.” Meanwhile, actress Emma Roberts rocked a high-waisted, skin-tight pair of dark denims recently. Hard to believe that in 2009, Jessica Simpson received flak from the media for wearing a dark blue pair of her own during a Florida concert. But back then, high-waisted denims were having a resurgence, too—thanks to street style blogs featuring hipsters

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  • GIFS, Now? The Evolution of the Internet Proposal


    If you haven’t yet tired of  viral marriage proposals, that’s good, because here’s a new one, and it's a GIF. On Wednesday, Redditor user DizzleStu proposed to his girlfriend by asking her to pose for a photo (he was secretly videotaping her), then captured her excited reaction when he handed her a ring. He then created an adorable GIF of the moment. By Friday, his post had racked up more than 1,000 comments and solidified its status as the next frontier of Internet proposals. Over the past several years, as social media progresses and oversaturates mass culture, love and how we express it, has changed right along with it. What started as endearing gestures caught on film has morphed into high-tech motion movies and animated graphics. Here’s how marriage proposals have evolved, for better or worse. Spoiler alert: All these women said yes.

    October, 2005: We start by asking "Jeeves":  Our Internet archeologists have dug up what may be the first "search engine" proposal back when Jeeves

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  • 5-Year-Old With Cancer Is Made Princess for the Day

    Claire Lankford, a 5-year-old girl with terminal cancer, got her fairytale ending on Wednesday when her hometown of Dickinson, Texas, helped make her a princess for the day.

    For the past year and a half, Claire has been fighting a rare form of cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma, which has no known cure. "Claire was cleared of cancer in June, but her scans in January showed five tumors in her lungs and lymph nodes," Claire’s mom, Patricia Lankford, tells Yahoo Shine. However, like many little girls, Claire brightens up when she sees princesses, so last Monday, Lankford’s longtime friend Jamie Harbuck hatched an idea to make Claire the star of her own princess parade. After getting Lankford's blessing, Harbuck turned to some local businesses and the town's high school for help pulling the whole thing off.

    Claire and her parents, Patricia and Kevin Lankford Photo by Kevin M. Cox/The Galveston County Daily News“I wanted to make Claire feel special and I thought dressing her as a princess and having her spend the day with one would make her happy,” says Harbuck. “It sort of snowballed from

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  • Selfie Regret: It's a Thing

    Ireland Baldwin/TwitterPosting a hot selfie can be thrilling — until you wish you hadn't done it in the first place. That’s what happened to model Ireland Baldwin on Tuesday when she tweeted, “I’m never taking another selfie again.” The 18-year-old didn’t specify which photo she was referencing, but it could have been a cheeky shot she had posted earlier that day, revealing her bikini-clad butt.

    It’s called "selfie regret" and Baldwin is just the latest celeb to experience remorse for sharing unflattering, embarrassing, or controversial photos. On Sunday, Canadian Olympic speed skater Brittany Schussler tweeted a photo of herself and Russian President Vladimir Putin with the caption, “I should've asked him to be my Valentine!" The image generated angry comments due to Putin’s discriminatory laws against gay Russians, prompting Schussler to remove the picture. In July, during a self-described tequila haze, television host Geraldo Rivera tweeted a nearly nude portrait with the caption, “70 is the new 50.” His

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  • 'How I Raise 15 Children': One (Busy) Mom Tells All

    Even if you have a big family, odds are, it’s not as large as LaChelle Adkins's Georgia clan. Adkins and her husband, Jerome, welcomed a 15th child into their sizable family on Sunday.

    Former corporate attorney turned stay-at-home mother Adkins, 43, gave birth to daughter Hope Monique, the newest addition to her brood, which includes 13 children and two stepsons with her husband, Jerome, 45. Jerome juggles three jobs as a U.S. major in the Army Reserves, a manager of a retail chain, and a church pastor.

    Courtesy of LaChelle Adkins

    “The chaos is normal to us and we love it,” Adkins tells Yahoo Shine.

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    The children (deep breath) are: Jerome Brendan, 24, Taylor, 21, Christian, 20, Jonathan, 19, Alexandria, 17, McKinsey, 16, Victoria, 14, Elisabeth, 13, Olivia, 11, Danielle, 9, Jeremiah, 7, Joshua, 5, Jordan, 3, Faith, 2, and Hope Monique, 3 days old. The oldest, Jerome Brendan and his wife are even expecting their own baby in July, making Adkins a

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  • Here's What's Wrong With Nintendo's 'Girls Channel'

    NintendoFemale gamers are often cast as outsiders in a boys' world, but Nintendo UK is trying to combat gender stereotypes with its weekend debut of Nintendo Girls Club, a YouTube channel for girls, which has already sparked controversy online for promoting sexism.

    The weekly video series offers a community for news and trends geared toward female gamers. One of the first episodes features bubbly blond British actress Jorgie Porter sitting in a pastel bedroom, talking about the game “Animal Crossing: New Leaf,” in which players decorate their homes, then embark on a shopping spree at a fashion boutique before visiting the “makeover magician” for a new look “perfect for a night on the town.”

    Unsurprisingly, the pink-washed channel has already experienced a social media backlash. “What's ... the point of that? It's just gonna be a Nintendo news channel but with more pink? Is this really necessary? I understand and appreciate Nintendo trying to appeal more to female gamers lately but this is just

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