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    "I'm a better mum after having a boob job," claims 19-year-old Tamsin Wade, who took out a loan to pay for 32G implants. The young mother says her breast size went from D-cup to AA-cup after she had her son, and the dramatic change was so traumatizing, she was "'forced to wear baggy clothes to hide my figure." Wade adds, "Getting into a bikini made me feel so uncomfortable that me and Finley had never been swimming."

    It's easy to mock a young woman who loses all sense of perspective just because her breasts are smaller. I mean, it's not like the boob police are literally forcing her to wear baggy clothes. And is being petite really so distracting that you can't focus on your job as a mother?!? But maybe we're being too hard on her.

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    Have you heard of Sabina Altynbekova? She's a 17-year-old rising volleyball star who's been getting plenty of attention lately. And it's not for her impressive skills on the court or for her style of play. No, it's for her looks, because according to her coach, Sabina is "hampering" her team because she's so beautiful.

    The teen, who's been playing for years in Kazakhstan, is now a complete distraction to the entire sport. And it all came to be after a tournament in Taiwan, where she became a bonafide online sensation. Her Instagram followers skyrocketed, multiple fake Facebook and Twitter accounts were opened in her name, and videos of her on the court were viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

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    In their latest attempt to peddle hate and lady-on-lady crime in exchange for dropped jaws around the globe, The Daily Mail ran a piece yesterday entitled, "Why are today's young women so unashamed about being fat?" written by Linda Kelsey, a self-described, unapologetic "fattist." In her own words, that means she believes that extra weight is "unattractive ... unhealthy, and, given the problems that being fat can cause, it should be as unacceptable as smoking."

    Kelsey illustrates her spite with an anecdote about three young women she witnessed at the airport who were "not chubby, but fat. They had bulging bellies and billowing pillows of back and shoulder stuffing, punctured by flabby arms and lardy legs that no amount of fake-tan could disguise." As a result, Kelsey seems to believe these girls would hate their bodies and be "racked with self-loathing," but instead "they were doing a grand job of projecting exactly the opposite impression." Gasp!

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    Summer is just around the corner -- which means it's time to put THIGH GAP at the top of your worry list. You know, that space between your thighs that lets the world know your body is bikini-worthy? That little bit of emptiness we should all be using to measure our self esteem? I jest. No one really needs one. But apparently a lot of women really want one. Which is why a Dallas salon is offering "thigh gap therapy," a laser treatment that zaps away that little bit of pudge that keeps you from looking like Heidi Klum. Oh yeah -- and it won't hurt a bit! 

    All you have to do is fork over a thousand dollars and allow someone to point a laser at your crotch. Totally worth it!

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    Brooke Birmingham is an inspiration. A blogger who has chronicled her journey to fitness and her weight loss of 170 pounds on her site, Brooke: Not on a Diet, she was initially excited when Shape magazine reached out to her. Wouldn't you be? It's one thing to be proud of your own accomplishments, but to have such incredible validation coming from the greater world at large? That's got to feel like the proverbial cherry on the sundae.

    They asked Brooke to send in a photo for them to post to their site along with her story. She was happy to oblige, and taking a cue from other success stories like her own she'd seen on the site, she posed in a bikini. Shape got back to her and asked her to send in another photo -- one where she was covered up. Alarm bells sounded in Brooke's head. They said it was just their policy. But Brooke was sure it had more to do with the fact that they didn't want to feature the excess skin her tremendous transformation left behind.

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    There are always going to be mean people in the world who think it's within their right to say inappropriate things to you -- whether you're overweight, underweight, or the perfect weight. Cearra Swetman was out to dinner a year ago when she had the misfortune of running into a big jerk who felt compelled to remark that the Hooters chain restaurant T-shirt she was wearing should not be worn on a girl her size. Cearra weighed almost 250 pounds at the time. Instead of telling him to mind his own beeswax, she used his comment as inspiration to drop a remarkable 130 pounds. Good for her! But what she did after losing all of that weight makes me a little sad.

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    I've done my fair share of eye-rolling when I see moms with huge fake breasts. I mean, the risk of surgery alone would be enough to deter me from having an elective cosmetic operation, but I could also think of about 4,000 other things that would be more worthy of spending that kind of money on than new big boobs.

    And honestly, are those women really doing it for themselves like they say?

    But after four kids and the pregnancy weight gain and weight loss, I have to admit that I now understand why women do it.

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    Once famous for being a big girl with a big voice, former American Idol contestant Jordin Sparks shed the weight a couple of years ago in the healthiest way possible -- by cleaning up her eating habits and amping up her physical activity.

    Home girl looks fantastic, and she's obviously been able to keep it up. She spent the weekend in Las Vegas to tout the opening of the Tao Beach season at The Venetian. Before hitting the red carpet in a bikini, the singer took to Instagram to share a pic and some thoughts about her body.

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    I think we can all agree that not one of the people on The Bachelor or Bachelorette are overweight in any way. Ali Fedotowsky included. But because the world is a critical one and people feel the need to call people names or make them feel bad about themselves, Ali has been called fat. To her face even.

    The camera supposedly adds 10 pounds, but even with 10 more pounds, Ali is not fat. Still she's been berated by so-called fans on the street.

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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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