Plus-size mannequins reveal our warped perception of ‘normal’

(CNN)Nike has introduced so-called “plus-size” mannequins at its flagship London store. They have been pictured in the shop wearing black crop tops and leggings, which has already prompted disgust from some who claim that their presence “celebrates obesity” and promotes a “dangerous lie.” The message that these underweight mannequins have been sending women for the last few decades is that they must be critically thin in order to look good in clothes or be considered attractive. This reinforces an undercurrent of negative pressure on women which, even if it does not result in damaging weight loss, can have a huge impact on self-esteem and body image. Woman shuts down body shamer on flight Promoting the thin ideal in sportswear shops …

Will this 13-year-old child-poet be considered for possible sainthood?

Washington, D.C. (CNN)“A champion is a winner, a hero… someone who never gives up, even when the going gets rough… someone who overcomes challenges, even when it requires creative solutions… someone who plays the game, even when the game is called life… especially when the game is called life…” — Mattie J.T. Stepanek And while the words are quite simple, like many of the “Heartsongs” — or expressions of inner purpose that Mattie shared in his poetry and essays and speeches and everyday conversations — the message is profound, and the impact of his existence and his essence is life-changing. Yes, Mattie’s words matter. In believable, achievable, and understandable ways, his messages remind us that hope is real, that peace …