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    Girls actress Zosia Mamet was told she was fat for the first time when she was just 8 years old.

    In her Glamour column, the 26-year-old recounts that ever since that day, there's been a "monster" inside her brain that fuels her belief that she needs to be thinner.

    Mamet knows she's not alone. Thirty million Americans struggle with eating disorders, and the actress believes that when it comes to this disease, which she's battled in secret, keeping quiet isn't the answer. Regarding herself as "an addict in recovery," Mamet takes society to task for forcing us to believe that "skinny is beautiful." 

    "'Skinny' sells us everything, from vacations to underwear, effectively," the star writes, imploring us to redefine beauty and remind each other that it is a trait we already possess.

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    Have you heard of Freelee the Banana Girl? No, she isn't some performer in a circus sideshow (though with a name like that, your confusion is understandable). Freelee is a self-proclaimed 'diet guru' on YouTube. She preaches the benefits of a raw, vegan, fruit diet as the key to losing weight and staying fit. So far that just sounds hard to do, but not insane, right? 

    That's until you get to the part where you learn pretty much all this woman eats is fruit. She stays 'raw until 4' eating meals of only uncooked fruit. After 4 she'll have a cooked meal ... or more fruit ... or potatoes. Thrilling. 

    Keep in mind, it's not like she's only eating a couple pieces of the stuff either. That's where it gets even more extreme. Freelee talks about how she can eat as many as 51 bananas in one sitting, or over 7 pounds of potatoes

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    One college student is all over the health-o-sphere today, because the administrators at her college insisted that her naturally low weight meant she had an eating disorder. When 20-year-old Yale student Frances Chan began her career at the illustrious Ivy League school, she expected to get one heck of an education. She just didn't think it would be anything like this.

    In an essay she wrote for HuffPo, Chan talks about how a visit to the health clinic to check out a suspicious lump in her breast led to the Yale team subjecting her to weekly weigh-ins and blood tests. She says that unless she managed to add weight to her 5'2", 90-pound frame, the school threatened to kick her to the curb. Chan posits that she was being unfairly targeted because of the school's health team subscribing solely to the guidelines of the hotly contested BMI chart.

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    I have a little confession to make, since I'm (mostly) all about keeping it real up in here. You see, I really, really love food. Like, ridiculously love food. You know the saying, "some people eat to live and others live to eat"? I don't even understand that first group. People that say they're so busy they forgot to eat? They might as well be speaking Greek. Mmmm, Greek yogurt. Wait, what?

    Anyway, not only do I love to eat, but I'm a stress eater. This one time in college, a friend said she always got really skinny after a breakup, because she couldn't eat when she was sad. I was all -- but, but, but ... ice cream!

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    For quite some time now, I've had some major self-esteem/body image issues going on. Actually, it's been more like self-loathing. Ever since I went back to work full-time two years ago, keeping extra weight off has been a bit of a struggle, to say the least.

    In my opinion, I'm a good 10 pounds heavier than what I consider to be an ideal weight for myself. I've tried pretty much every trick in the book to somehow squeeze back into my favorite pair of jeans -- which coincidentally I bought when I was around 25 or so.

    Even though common sense tells me that at almost 37, I need to let go of the fantasy of ever looking as thin and beautiful as I did during my younger days -- it's easier said than done. I look at the photo of me above and think, "Ugh. My face looks heavy. My arms are fat. I used to be so hot and now it's all gone in the shitter."

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    I have a love-hate relationship with HBO's Girls. I loved the first season, sort of hated the second, and now I'm just not sure how I feel about the third. But I watch it nonetheless. 

    I don't generally take much away from the episodes, other than feeling glad I'm not a 20-something anymore. After watching the episode two weeks ago when Hannah spent almost the entire time in a small green string bikini, I sort of had an epiphany about postpartum bodies, even though Lena Dunham has yet to have any babies herself.

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    Not sure if it's because she's dating Tiger Woods or she's sitting out this year's Winter Olympics due to an injured knee, but the media is having a field day bashing champion skier Lindsey Vonn ... for "body-slamming" models and celebrities who she describes as "too thin," "not healthy." It's really bizarre, because when other women in the spotlight have expressed similar concerns (like Eddie Murphy's daughter Bria), they've been applauded. But Lindsey does it, and suddenly, her thoughts and feelings on our weight-obsessed pop culture are filed under "nasty tirade." What the ...? Seems to me the athlete is simply telling it like it is.

    Not to mention that she didn't exactly go on a verbal assault out of the blue. She was asked by SELF about her body insecurities, and she explained how the entertainment world's standards of beauty have affected her. 

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    You've got to admit it: lots of us will watch some pretty inane things on YouTube just because. From videos of parents letting their kids gets mauled by cats to clips of teens shamelessly pouring their hearts out to their girlfriends, anything goes these days. One of the latest viral video trends is one I totally don't understand but find fascinating and, dare I say, even a little inspirational? It seems a great many people love to watch other people eat food.

    If this "movement" has a star, her name is Park Seo-Yeon, a South Korean woman who goes by the name "The Diva." The Diva cooks big meals for herself each night -- everything from noodles to pizza and steak -- and streams herself from 8 or 9 p.m. until whenever, just sitting back at her table alone, eating every morsel of her yummy creations. And get this: she earns more than $9,000 a month from eating -- which was enough to quit her full-time job!

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    "Eat clean. Train dirty." "Complaining never burned calories." "Your body won't go where your mind doesn't push it." "Someone who is busier than you is running RIGHT NOW." "If it were easy, everyone would be doing it." "Suck it up now ... and you won't have to suck it in later."

    You've seen these 'fitspo' sayings, right? They're usually printed in big blocky letters against some supposedly inspirational photo of someone who looks more like a porn star than any real-life female I've ever seen kicking ass at the gym. These images of overly sexualized body parts combined with bumper-sticker mottos are pinned all over Pinterest, shared on Instagram, occasionally posted on Facebook -- and they're annoying as hell.

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    It's easy to look at famous actors and assume they've got it easy. In many respects, they do. They enjoy notoriety, a fun career, and more dollars than one could shake a stick at (that's a lot of dollars). But they're also just people capable of putting the same amount of pressure on themselves as some of us do.

    Troian Bellisario, who plays Spencer Hastings on ABC Family's hit Pretty Little Liars, knows a little bit about pressure. The 28-year-old actress spoke up recently in a Seventeen interview about her struggles with disordered eating and self-harm. Most revealing, Bellisario shares that these aren't battles relegated completely to the past -- she still fights these demons today.

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