6 Reasons You Must Lose Weight Before Getting Pregnant
6 Reasons You Must Lose Weight Before Getting Pregnant
By Irina Gonzalez | 04/26/2014 - 10:00

We hate to say it over and over again, but the obesity epidemic is no joke.


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Are Your Latina Curves Killing You?
Commentary: Are Your Latina Curves Killing You?
By Irina Gonzalez | 10/22/2013 - 17:09

Growing up as a Latina, I remember looking at magazines when I was a little girl and realizing how different I looked from everyone else. I remember thinking, when I was just 10 or 11 years old, just how big my thighs were. I was deeply ashamed of my curves and the fact that I looked different than anyone else in my class.


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Abercrombie vs H&M
Commentary: It’s Not OK For Abercrombie & Fitch To Tell Me I’m Too Fat
By Irina Gonzalez | 05/16/2013 - 16:50

Being overweight in America is not easy. I know because, although I’m at a healthy weight now, I have struggled with my weight for most of my life. At my highest, I ballooned up to 230 pounds (at just 5’2”!) and wore size 18 clothes. Well, to be honest, I really should have been wearing size 20 pants but I refused to go up that high. Instead, that was the moment that I realized I needed to finally do something about my obesity.


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childhood obesity commentary
Commentary: Junk Food Commercials Are Targeting Latino Kids In Childhood Obesity Epidemic Fight
By Irina Gonzalez | 05/09/2013 - 16:59

When I was a child and my family first came to the U.S., I remember going to McDonald’s and drinking a lot of soda constantly. Although I was always a bit on the chubby site, it wasn’t long before my weight ballooned up thanks to all of the junk food advertising I was suddenly seeing everywhere. 

I remember fighting with my mom as a teen, when she tried to get me to cut back on my soda habit. I refused. It shouldn’t have surprised me when, a couple of years later, my weight hit 200 pounds. At 5’2”, that was quite a big number. 


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Overweight
25% of Overweight Latinas Considered their Weight within Normal Range
By Stacey Rivera | 11/23/2010 - 15:04

A recent study by the University of Texas Galveston found that 25% of Latinas who are classified as overweight in medical terms see themselves as normal weight. Study author Mahbubur Rahman believes this is a symptom of the "fattening of America," meaning being overweight has become the norm for some women.


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