Beauty

WOMEN, BODY IMAGE, and the MEDIA: A NEW EMPHASIS

PSYCHOLOGY WOD

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By Dr. Allison Belger

Since staring this blog a few months ago, I’ve solicited article ideas from readers, friends, and fellow athletes a number of times.  Without fail, each request has led to a suggestion for an article addressing women’s body image.  Thus far, I’ve avoided the subject for a number of reasons, in large part because of the widespread attention the topic has already received across various media; what could I offer in a field that has been saturated for years?  In addition, I didn’t want to contribute further to the female obsession with body and food.

In the past few weeks, a number of articles have been published exploring the portrayal of women’s bodies in the media and the extent to which CrossFit has done things differently.  Productive discussions have followed, with many of my readers asking for my perspective on this huge and complex issue.  As a…

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