Category Archives: health

Catch up on the latest health legislation, honest discussions about our bodies, and “I Have” essays from women’s personal experiences. Whether mental or physical The Frisky discusses each disease, concern, or condition to encourage open conversation.

Overthinking Things Will Render You A Useless Human Being

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Hanger Is Real
My Hanger Problem Explained
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Science Explains Cute
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We like cute animals because they remind us of human babies. Read More »

Overthinking everything is my Achilles heel. If I get into my Crazy Thinking Place, as I refer to it, I can loop around on one idea for hours, like a dog chasing its tail. It can be about anything — from what I want to eat for lunch to what I’m going to say when I have that heavy conversation — and where does it get me in life? Absolutely nowhere. All I’ve done is waste one hour of my life deciding which route to take so I can get done with my errands faster. Oh, the irony.

Scientist Taraz Lee of UC Santa Barbara was interested in the overthinking phenomenon that plagues so many of us, so he conducted a study about the effect of thinking on long-term memory and performance. “There are always examples of professional golfers who have the lead on the 18th hole, but when it comes down to one easy shot, they fall apart,” Lee explained. “That should be the time when it all comes out the best, but you just can’t think about that sort of thing. It just doesn’t help you.” Tell me about it. Story of my life. Keep reading »

Study: Anorexia Is Similar To Autism

My Eating Disorder
Katie struggled for an eating disorder in high school and college. Read More »
Dating Man With Autism
Dating a man with autism taught me to be myself. Read More »
Exploiting Anorexia
Tracey Gold photo
Will a new reality TV show exploit women with eating disorders? Read More »
Karl On Anorexia
He thinks the fashion industry has nothing to do with it. Read More »
anorexia and autism

A new study suggests that girls suffering from anorexia display similar personality traits to those with autism, such as lack of empathy, high focus on detail, and rigid behavior. In some instances, girls with anorexia scored five times higher in autistic qualities than non-anorexic girls on the Autism Spectrum Quotient. Keep reading »

Little Girl Who Got Deadly Brain-Eating Amoeba From Lake Is Making Miraculous Recovery

Amazing, miraculous news out of Little Rock, Arkansas! The poor 12-year-old girl who contracted a rare brain amoeba from swimming in a water park is showing signs of improvement. If she survives the amoeba, which eats away at brain tissue, she will be the third known person in the world to do so. From the beginning, Kali Hardig’s mom has been adamant that her little girl will be the third person, even making up T-shirts saying “#3″ — and she hopefully will be right. Kali is awake now and has even squeezed her mom’s hand. Read more at The Stir…

GIF Quiz! Are You Having A Quarter-Life Crisis?

Once you hit your 20s, there’s a reason “Girls” becomes your favorite show. It’s as if you were waiting in line for the quarter-life crisis you heard about and got called sooner than expected. All of a sudden you’re trying to get your life together while juggling things like a career and dating (when really all you want to do is travel the world before, quite frankly, you’re too old). The next time you feel confused about where your life is headed, pick up a quarter-life crisis book guaranteed to lift your spirits and click through these hilarious GIFs. Above all else, know that just about everyone else your age is going through the same thing and that one day soon you’ll laugh about it — from your throne, of course, where you rule the world. Read more at Tres Sugar…

Real Talk: On Birth Control & Protecting Against Pregnancy, Part 2

Real Talk: Birth Control
real women talk about birth control
Part one of our Real Talk on real women's birth control options. Read More »
On Birth Control
This woman uses birth control for medical reasons. Read More »
Birth Control Myths
bigger breasts are a birth control pill myth
Bigger boobs and weight gain are birth control myths. Read More »
real women talk about birth control

This week’s Real Talk focuses on birth control: what we use, why, and our thoughts on all the issues surrounding the way we keep our bodies pregnancy-free! The first half of our conversation about contraception ran yesterday.

The participants are:

  • Rose Fox is a book and magazine editor, event organizer, and activist. You can find them on Twitter, LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, and many other social media platforms as ‘rosefox’.
  • Carrie Murphy is a poet, freelance writer, and birth doula. She tweets @carriemurph.
  • Patricia Valoy is a civil engineer, writer for Everyday Feminism, and host for Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio. You can find her on Twitter or read her blog on feminist issues from the perspective of a Latina. Keep reading »

Victoria’s Secret Model Erin Heatherton Gets Photographed Smoking Before An Event

Celeb Modelizers
frisky guide to celebrity modelizers
These celebs love to date models. Read More »
Smoking & Drinking
That's what Carla Bruni missed while she was pregs. Read More »
Models Eating Cotton Balls
Models are eating cotton balls to feel full.
Some models go to desperate measures not to gain weight. Read More »

Models: they’re the editorial picture of loveliness and good breeding and long legs and dagger-like cheekbones, and, well, many of them smoke like chimneys. This is not to say that all models are smokers, or that all smokers are models for that matter (no, what?), but you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a well-publicized fashion model who hasn’t been photographed with a cigarette in hand at one point or another. At some glamorous fête? Yep. Outside of a show? Of course. Backstage? Oh, definitely. It’s kind of ironic that, out of the entire industry, Victoria’s Secret models are the ones who are generally encouraged to maintain a squeaky-clean, wholesome, “just us girls havin’ some fun in tacky lingerie and a huge fucking set of wings” image (like, good role models or something?). But, you know, if you’re not that girl, you’re just not that girl, and I guess Leonardo DiCaprio ex Erin Heatherton just is not that girl. In fact, she was photographed puffing on a cigarette just moments before walking into one of the chain’s NYC stores for an event, and made no attempts to toss it or cover it up. Nah, she just shot the paps a look, put it out when she was finished, and strolled on in there. Smoking isn’t Good For You, but honestly, I weirdly kind of enjoy that Erin was so nonchalant about the whole thing. You do you, Erin Heatherton, you do you. [Photo: Fame/Flynet]

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