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Ke$ha has an eating disorder because Dr. Luke called her fat
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January 4, 2014

Ke$ha has an eating disorder because Dr. Luke called her fat

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Hey guys,

So Ke$ha just got admitted into rehab for an eating disorder.

You know, I thought she looked so fit in her Timber music video but I didn’t think it was because she had an unhealthy relationship with food. I just read that her ED started when her music producer Dr. Luke (who has worked with Miley and Rihanna) told her that she “looks like a f* refridgerator” due to the extra pounds she gained when she wasn’t performing.

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I really hate that a man, or anyone, can tell a woman how unattractive he thinks she looks and literally control her self-esteem. Words like this hurt. You can laugh it off in front of them, but you know you’ll go home and cry. As much as we all want to believe that we don’t care what anyone thinks…we do. We care a lot because we associate what someone’s reflection of us is as our own self worth.

As a singer (talk-singer? jk) and celebrity, Ke$ha is surrounded by some of the most beautiful and talented people in the entertainment industry – a land where beauty, money, fame, and power are everything. Of course there is pressure to be thin if she wants to play in the same field and feel like she has some leverage. Once in a while, we’ll get some awesome women like Adele or Oprah who are really known for WHO they are instead of what they look like. Even so, I hear that Adele gets trashed all the time for being overweight. Oprah’s yo-yo-ing has also been a big topic too. It’s just so unfortunate because you never really hear magazines making a big fuss about male celebs who are gaining weight. It’s always the women who are under such scrutiny.

I hope Ke$ha has a speedy recovery and can begin to love her body again and not fear food. It’s truly a mental disorder that takes time to heal.

jennifer lawrence

Speaking of celeb bodies and how we judge them, I’m sure you’ve heard of star actress Jennifer Lawrence and her stance against letting Hollywood control her weight. She’s been known to turn down roles because producers have told her to get thinner.

Some of her famous body-image related quotes…

“In Hollywood, I’m a fat actress. I’m obese.” – Huffington Post

“I’d rather look chubby on screen and like a person in real life.” – Mirror

“I’m never going to starve myself for a part. I don’t want little girls to be like, ‘Oh, I want to look like Katniss, so I’m going to skip dinner!’ […]I was trying to get my body to look fit and strong, not thin and underfed.” — Entertainment Weekly

In one way, I love that she lets everyone know she’s confident that her acting skills are what makes her who she is, not how tiny her waist is. But in another way, I’m saddened that a gorgeous beauty like Jennifer has to defend herself like that. Okay, maybe she is 2 sizes above the average Hollywood actress, but OMG! She is by no means fat…at all!!

On YouTube, I’ve seen the comments directed towards me.

“How come you work out so much but you don’t look like other fitness trainers?”

“If I trained like you, I can tell you I’d look much different.”

These comments still sting when I read them but I let go and move on because this is my body and it’s how I am naturally structured. I don’t see fat when I look in the mirror. I see strong, driven, and talented.

I know some people can eat burgers, ice cream, and pizza, not work out at all and stay pretty thin because their metabolism is just way faster. Sure they may not be as strong or as fit, but to the superficial public eye, people will envy and desire that body. We’ve been cultured to align thinness with beauty. It’s just the truth.

When I trained for my bikini competition, I worked out 3-4 hours a day (no kidding) for 10 weeks and did not cheat at all on my meals. It was chicken, broccoli, protein powder, and egg whites all day erry day. Even though my body shrunk down to a size I had never been before, and I thought I looked so fit and awesome, I was pretty cranky and unhappy. Perhaps it was too much too fast, but if I were to do it again, I would try to give myself more time and eat a bit differently. The lack of carbs made it hard for me to even think straight sometimes. And when I was done, it seemed that my body felt deprived of everything it couldn’t have and just soaked everything in…and kept it there!

I know my body and I know it takes a lot more work for me to look a certain way that it does for other people. But at the same time, I also know that there’s more to me than just my body that has taken Blogilates to where it is today. It’s sort of inspiring to know that you guys are here because you love exercising as much as I do and you’re doing it because you love how it makes you feel. That inner fire will fuel you through everything. It will also help you attain that body and that life that you want. Keep it up!

Oh and I wanted to share something special with you all!

fiterazzi magazine

Because body image negativity is running so rampant over the internet and everywhere in the media, I wanted to take a bigger stance against it. So I talked to my sister Jackelyn who is an amazing fitness instructor and health advocate and we decided to team up and create the only positive body image magazine. Then we called it Fiterazzi 🙂

The magazine talks about things other mags don’t wanna discuss. Things aren’t always perfect and beautiful and weight loss. It’s a new way of health and fitness media that will show you how to get the body you want while loving yourself every step of the way. No more body bashing. Only body loving. The articles our writers, nutritionists, and RD’s have written are from a more personal perspective instead of just talking AT YOU. I always believed that writing to someone as if they are your friend and you are sharing a story with them versus lecturing is so much more enjoyable and effective. I wanna take a moment to congratulate my lil sis Jackelyn for spearheading the magazine as Editor-in-Chief! I really hope it grows and will help re-sculpt the way our society perceives beauty in women. Please have a read and share Fiterazzi.com with your girlfriends. The stories are inspirational and educational.

You should also follow Fiterazzi on facebook, twitter, and instagram for your daily dose of healthy motivation!

Let me know in the comments what you think about media and how it trains us to think that beauty can only look one way. What do you think is the best way to battle this? And why do we let other people tell us how we should look!!??

<3 you!

Cassey

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  1. Rachel says:

    If I’m honest, I get very insecure when I compare myself to Cassey. I wish I could work out more but I just don’t have the time of day. Besides that, I’m a completely different human being, with different genes, and a different body. So I know in my heart that I’ll always have my Hispanic curves and that my stomach will never be as flat as hers but it’s hard remembering that sometimes. I also want to be an actress, so when I see people such as Jenefer Lawrence or Ke$ha being called fat, I get very insecure. I starved myself, I used fad diets, but I only seemed to gain weight. It wasn’t until I started just using moderation as my diet that I actually started losing weight. I didn’t change what I was eating (other than avoiding sugar) but I just ate in moderation and lost more weight than ever. But, even with that I still felt inferior to all the girls I saw around me. If anyone has any tips to body positivity please let me know!

  2. sasha says:

    I think more women need to consider the havoc contest prep can wreak on their metabolisms. It can be very difficult to recover from and I know of one fitness youtuber who eats 1500 cal/ day while hitting the gym to lift heavy 4x/week, biking a couple times a week, and doing bodyweight cardio couple times a week and she has a good amount of lean muscl mass and is ~135. She used to compete in bikini (did a few competitions) and I have a hunch she may never get her maintenance calories to a good place, even with reverse dieting. The reason you probably aren’t leaner, is BECAUSE you did that competition with a questionable coach, and maybe your genetics just dictate you have a slower metabolism. My BMR is ~1500 cal. I think we should focus on getting women to lift heavier, do less cardio and EAT MORE! I stay far leaner eating 2550 calories/day than 2000 because I don’t binge AND have the energy to push myself in the gym and recover. I will personally never diet on less than 2200-2300cal again unless I somehow become entirely sedentary and lose a ton of muscle mass.

  3. Disqus User says:

    being a fatass because you are pummeling your body with bad food is not an eating disorder, it’s just being a fatass

  4. Lily says:

    This is a positive environment where people can share how they feel and be accepted. People here are described as optimists and strong people You on the other hand are rude, ignorant, and judgemental. Nowhere in that article did Cassey mention anything about how men have it easier than women. Cassey is sharing a moment in her life where she felt unhappy, because of what someone else thinks. It’s 2016, open your eyes, and get over yourself. Appreciate that she is brave enough to put her opinion out in the world. Don’t discourage her because her choice of wording wasn’t “perfect”.

  5. Ena says:

    “I really hate that a man, or anyone”
    She said “or anyone”, meaning not only men. I think she said “man” to refer to Dr. Luke…

  6. Eline says:

    Thank you Cassey, you are an amazing and inspiring woman! X

  7. Eva says:

    Thanks for everything Cassey! You’re beautiful no just from the outside but also from the inside never forget that! I love JLaw she my fav actress and I love her personality and the way she is, she inspires me in so many ways and you too! I don’t want to look thin I want to look fit, confident and strong. And everytime I look into the mirror to be proud of myself for who I am and I think everybody should think that too.

  8. Biev says:

    Aw but Cassey, you look amazing. I just want to wave a magic wand and cure those insecurities. You’re like the perfect picture of health! You’re radiant and bright, seriously you’re my little ray of sunshine every morning. Congratulations on the magazine. I’m sending tons of love your way!

  9. Sallie says:

    I think the notion is “fat” is highly subjective. For me, I come from a country where most of the women are naturally straight up and down and very skinny and small-built, so anything bigger than that is “fat”. Despite the fact that I’m a US size 2 and have a 24 inch waist and 18% body fat, I’ve been told by boys that they think I’m overweight and that I would have to lose another 30 pounds before they would even consider dating me. LOL

    1. Ethel says:

      Those boys are definitely not worth your time! So shallow I can’t even haha 🙂

    2. Maria says:

      head up, they obviously were not very mature. you just keep doing your stuff, be healthy for you, not skinny for others. 🙂

  10. Thank you for sharing with us! I am really inspired by you and motivated to achieve my targets no matter in what time, what all matters for me is to stay healthy and also fit at the same time.

  11. annettemrodriguez says:

    some people just love to talk bad bout others and we cant control them, so thats why we have to have positive mind, to break all the negative comments. honestly, i envy you cassey. my dream body is YOU! thank you for all your hard work and may you lead a beautiful fit and clean life. stay strong. and i love youuu ! :*

  12. Artemisia says:

    Wishing Ke$ha a speedy recovery and healthy life.
    I’m glad to hear there are some celebrities speaking out for healthy over skinny
    And finally, you look perfect, like a healthy human being, you should be proud of that.

  13. Emily says:

    I love you Cassey! You’re the only one who I can always count on to put me in a good mood and make me feel positive about my body and want to be healthy, not just skinny!! Thank you so much for always motivating me! You’re amazing!

  14. Katrina says:

    Oh my, that’s awful!!! I hope Ke$ha recovers from the disorder cause she’s gorgeous, no matter what!!! Ooh, I’m super excited for Fiterazzi!!! I’m sure it’ll be chock-full of inspiring things =)

  15. Jenny says:

    Dear Cassey,

    in my opinion you’ve got a nice body! You look so happy, clean and fit! I want to thank you for being a fitness instructor and my inspiration. Thank you for always being happy. Because of you I’m motivated to achieve my desired weight, no matter in what time. I want to be happy, I want to have a healthy lifestyle with everything and everyone I love. Thank you, again.
    And please don’t give up, Cassey! You’re such a strong woman!

    Greetings from Germany. Em cam on chi nhe.

  16. Sabrina says:

    sorry if i say bad some words, i don’t write english too good, i’m from a little country call Venezuela and we only talk spanish, so i tell you in spanish to: Te amo y sigue siendo tan magnífica como eres.

  17. Sabrina says:

    omg, you’re like my bigger inspiration, i really love you and love the way you think and talk to all of us. I used to hate the way i looked in the mirror, even i just weight like 54kg I would always see myself fat and hate it, but when i started to follow you and read everything you say something change, i see more beautiful and love myself even more every day, i work out almost every day even i can’t do everything you do i try, my weakness is the junk food and sweetness, i still eat it sometimes and i feel bad about it but then i work even harder the next day for that chocolate bar that i eaten haha. Love you and always be the way you’re, and ignore the people that tell you you look fat and that other stupid things, you look so beautiful and inspired all of us. With all my love xoxo.

  18. I definitely noticed a big difference in Kesha’s appearance since she’s lost. But I think she looks better. If she’s healthy that’s all that matters.

    K.McCall
    http://www.TheUrbanFlamingo.blogspot.com

    1. Aidy says:

      Were you paying attention? She was just admitted for an eating disorder. She may “look better,” but clearly she is not healthy. It is comments like this that encourage people with eating disorders to keep doing what they’re doing. When I had an eating disorder, at first everyone kept complimenting me for losing weight, and I kept at it until I got scary skinny and my heart almost stopped.

      Please think about the implications of what you’re say when you compliment people on their looks.

  19. Ana says:

    I can’t believe that some people post those comments!
    Cassey your body is SO amazing. I think is perfect!

  20. Jessica says:

    Thanks for being here with all of us Mrs. Oh you are an inspiration in everything

    “I know some people can eat burgers, ice cream, and pizza, not work out at all and stay pretty thin because their metabolism is just way faster. Sure they may not be as strong or as fit, but to the superficial public eye, people will envy and desire that body. We’ve been cultured to align thinness with beauty. It’s just the truth.” This is so accurate and you know what, no matter what they say, for me your body is an inspiration because you care about it like it was a Temple i wish one day i can go trough everything just like you do and be so damn happy.

    Thanks for this post, you are amazing.

  21. Hannah Smith says:

    Keep smiling Cassey, we love you, that’s why we stick with blogilates, although looking at your beautiful self does help us keep going!

    1. Candace says:

      Agreed =)

  22. Kat says:

    and another thing.. the Hunger Games is literally the stupidest shit I have ever seen. Fuck the author.

    1. Ale says:

      It is actually not stupid, if you’d read the book…. It is similar to the gladiator games of Rome of back in the days. Also the idea was taken from Greek mythology in the fact that offerings to the Minitor were children and young adults both boys and girls . The author is actually pretty brilliant in the way that she was able to make millions and landed a movie deal which turned into a trilogy.. and she’s a chunky lady. more power to her.

      Stop saying negatives things about people and keep your opinion if its a negative rude one to your self please.
      Thank you.

    2. Candace says:

      You’re Cool.

  23. Kat says:

    I used to think Cassie.. or whoever runs this site was a pretty cool person. Not now. The people perpetuating the harassment are just as much to blame as “dr luke.” If you actually want eating disorders to go away, stop being a bitch and posting unflattering pictures of people in swimming suits. How fucking stupid do you have to be to not know if somebody with an eating disorder sees terrible pictures of themselves it will only make them worse. Good job being such a fucking covert bitch. UNSUBSCRIBED. and posting pictures of things you “hate” thigh gap and bikini bridge.. stop kidding yourself. You post the pictures because that what you’re striving for. Stop being so fake.

    1. tallulah says:

      PMSing much?
      She posted the pics because they were relevant to the article.
      If you can overlook all of the inspiration and motivation she gives to so many women, and just see one photo and spew so much hate, then you do not belong here anyway.

    2. Holly J says:

      Kat, did you read anything on the page? I don’t think she was posting pictures of Ke$ha as a means of harassment, but to say that we don’t need to be judging her body type, decisions, etc, which is exactly what you are doing. The problem is perpetuated by people by saying they’re “unflattering”, “terrible” pictures. The way to help people with disorders like this is to promote positive body imaging.

    3. Shelby Poteet says:

      You just missed the entire point of that article..either you can’t read or you’re just being a b**** for the sake of being a b****, there’s always one of You. Cassie is inspiring and motivational, and the point of those pictures was to illustrate what happened; she in no way ragged on Ke$ha for her weight, and in fact did the exact opposite. Additionally, there will -always- be eating disorders in the world and they stem from multiple reasons, not just “unflattering” pictures, so that little tidbit you so readily spewed is incorrect (and I highly doubt anyone in REHAB will be looking up unflattering pictures of themselves..).
      I agree with tallulah, you do not belong here if you’re just going to ignore every positive message Cassie gives and steamroll right over it with your bigotry and venom. People like -you- perpetuate low self-esteem and negative body images: think about that.

  24. Candace says:

    Poor Ke$ha =( – We all need to learn how to not let the negativity effect us so much. I think its wonderful what Jennifer Lawrence is saying. Her attitude is so refreshing – We need many more celebs like Jennifer and Cassey to remind everyone to focus on health – not on thigh gaps and bikini bridges! 😉

  25. rosie says:

    jennifer lawrence is doing more harm than good to actual obese people by saying stuff like that.

  26. Kayleigh says:

    I actually did my final thesis on the female body image and the media’s influence… I think its great that you are starting a magazine that’s more about body loving than body bashing. <3

    Keep it up!

  27. Nicole says:

    I know what it is to deal with that. I have found anorexia to be rather like alcoholism or any other addictive disorder. I have struggled with it for a lot longer than I care to admit. While I had children and did gain for some time, it always came back, it always reared it’s ugly head at times of stress or just anytime life was a bit out of control. This and another site I post in has helped me out so much as far as gauging how much I allow myself to exercise and pushing myself to eat as normally and decently as I should. Do I still dread when another meal comes around? YES It’s not an easy disorder to fight. So many just say “eat something” or some variant of that as if it’s a choice we have made to dislike our bodies or that we fight so much with simple things such as a life sustaining thing. It’s difficult not to compare our bodies with others that may have not had life touch them as it has, or those that are naturally slender in all the right places (there are a few out there), but I at least try to see the good spots, the over all picture and hope it will be enough to get me through another day. Your workouts have helped to keep me moving toward a healthy self, not just skinny.

  28. A says:

    Thats really scary… the whole Ke$ha thing anyway. It’s ridiculous that she has to go through that because of someone who practically bullied her. She’s fine just the way she is and so are all of us. We come to Cassey to have one of the best and nicest fitness trainers and friends available and it’s just wrong , for guys especially, to point out a girl’s every single flaw. These imperfections make us perfect.

  29. Ruut says:

    Cassey, thank you again! I don’t know how you do that but you can write everytime things that I totally agree. Comparing yourself to others can kill you from the inside. And I know it because been there done that. I don’t know what else to say but thank you. This was important to me.
    Happy january everyone 🙂

  30. Amilia Sofia says:

    Why anyone would want to be stick thin I´ll never understand!
    http://milimola.blogspot.co.uk/

  31. Hannah says:

    Can I just say, I adore you! You have such a lovely, bubbly outlook on life. I’ve struggled with bulimia in the past and have recovered now, but gained a lot of weight. I often feel like a huge failure, and disgusting, and just generally almost regress again. I’ve started doing your beginner pop Pilates and OMG WOW. I’ve only done three days so far (I have the mobile app) but my goodness, I feel so much better already (I mean, apart from the muscle ache–OW!). I also do martial arts, so I hope that those two together will help me on my journey to fitness.

    I love doing your workouts, and I love that they are all on youtube (I work in business and travel 1-2 weeks out of every month!) so it’s nice to have something I can do in my hotel room.

    Keep up the awesome work!

  32. Michelle says:

    Thanks for speaking out about this! As a fitness professional, I feel tons of pressure to be extra lean and cut like a competitor or model, but that’s not my style. There are plenty of ways to enjoy moving my body and loving it without the extra body image stress.

  33. Zubaida says:

    I don’t understand why people would ask about your body’s shape, Cassey. I think you look fantastic! Your legs are perfectly shaped; and your waist seems fat-less! Honestly, people should kill for such a body! You just look human! Real!

    Ever since I started working out, about two years go, I had this wonderful feeling of lightness and cleanness.

    And I’ve been through being underweight. my parents yelled at me very frequently, my friends told me to put on some weight, and I realized what I was doing. I was torturing my body, depriving it from the nutrients it needs, and killing myself without knowing. I was trying to look skinny so I can make other girls jealous (stupid, right?), but girls ended up telling me that i looked like the waking dead.

    Girls, get the message out there. Your body’s shape doesn’t matter. You would consider being fit, not skinny. You’ll be able to run that marathon at the age of sixty as that other skinny girl is being taken around on a wheelchair.

    Love,
    Zubaida

  34. Marni says:

    The point is… the biggest mistake is comparing yourself to other women. Even if we had private trainers and plastic surgery, we’d still never look like VS models. It’s build and genetics. You can’t change those, stop torturing yourselves! Be the best, strongest, healthiest version of YOU. By YOUR rules!
    As someone who works in the fashion industry, I can tell you all 2 things that may change your desire for ‘SKINNY’ forever.
    A. The extreme-skinny look was created by fashion. Twiggy? Young Kate Moss? This was for two reasons- 1 being that fitting unique curves is time consuming, clothing samples for shows need to fit a similar build. Think identical human mannequins, or hangers. Secondly, a majority of the powerful men of fashion are GAY- not attracted to women sexually- therefore, their ideal idea of ‘beauty’ and ‘glamour’ has a boyish figure- it’s their fantasy, not the straight men’s. STRAIGHT MEN LIKE CURVES! Marilyn Monroe- timeless femme fatale bod! Look at any sexy magazine- baby got back!
    B. MODELS AGE HORRIBLY. PLENTY DIE YOUNG. (Google it!) Years of starvation does EXTREME damage to your body. Your skeleton weakens as your body takes the nutrients you deny it from food, heart damage is done due to lack of energy to keep it running properly, skin gets saggy and wrinkly without fats for elasticity, some are infertile do to period loss, eyesight is damaged and muscles break down without proper energy and nutrition to function. SOUND FUN?? Worth the stupid thigh gap??
    True happiness comes from the desicion to BE SATISFIED AND LOVE WHO AND WHAT YOU ARE. Don’t hate your body for what it isn’t- and may NEVER be! Love yourself, be proud of the work and commitment it takes to be FIT and HEALTHY!
    I reached my UGW (ultimate goal weight). Not only was I too hungry and tired to actualy enjoy my life, I was OBSESSED with keeping it- it took over everything. THIS IS AN EATING DISORDER- it disrupted the order of a happy life. So F that. I’m 10 Lbs more now, and got into a great fitness routine. I feel strong and have gone far using the motivation I developed in the gym.
    Ladies, we are all special! Don’t waste your lives and health away on physical appearance. Pursue your dreams, change the world! No one is ever congratulated on their deathbed for how skinny they were.
    YOU ARE YOUR HEARTS, BRAINS AND SOULS- NOT YOUR DRESS SIZES. Get over it, reach for what will really make you happy!
    LOVE YOURSELVES AND OTHERS WILL LOVE YOU. I PROMISE 🙂
    -Marni

    1. Shelby Poteet says:

      Everything you said just made so much sense! You never think about things like that! Thank you for saying that, I will definitely remember this the next time I’m feeling crabby about my weight or size 🙂 fit and skinny aren’t the same things and only one will make you truly happy and healthy!

  35. Paula says:

    I had orthorexia and anorexia in 2012, and it’s crazy how everyone can even ask for diet tips and exercise tips when i was like… 20kgs underweight! My family was so worried about me, and I couldn’t even see how I was looking like a skelleton. It’s scary… I thought that anorexia wasn’t a big deal and i would never had something like that, but when I realized I was counting every.single.calorie and burning every.single.one and losing weight sooo fast.

    I couldn’t see my body changing… I couldn’t see my health getting worse….

    When I was on my lowest weight (41kg) I began to follow recovery blogs, and I had my first YOLO meal in a veeery long time (10 months) and I had the most painful stomach ache I ever had in my whole life. My body couldn’t even digest a cookie… I skipped class for 2 days, laying in bed, crying, in pain.

    I had a conversation with my parents about my eating disorder and they helped me out.

    I wasn’t having my period for about 12 months and my mom was worried sick…

    And my classmates and other girls only wanted to know how they can lose weight and look just like me.

    Remembering those things makes me feel so sad. And realizing that today, when I’m in my 2nd year at college, my friend – she’s 21 – wanting to have a negative-belly, thight gaps and thin fingers. She even made herself an unhealthy meal plan, when she eats less than 300 calories a day.

    Please… stop body shame. 🙁

    Sorry, english isn’t my mother language, so if you couldn’t anything… I’m very sorry! Greetings from Brazil.

  36. Liz says:

    Keep doing what you’re doing, Cassey. Not enough fitness instructors or fitness websites are putting out a positive body image message. I really needed to hear this today.

  37. Chandlar Carneal says:

    I think a lot of people these days think that if girls workout too much they are going to start looking like a man. I know i told my friend john once in high school that i wanted to start lifting weights and he told me that if i exercised anymore id look disgusting. THIS IS FALSE!! I hate that guys get away with this crap too. It ruined my workout habits for so long and i was scared to lift because of it. I’m luckily now able to get past that and i hate to think that there are some girls out there who may never get past comments like that. We are all beautiful no matter what any magazine or judgmental public says. Become the you you want to be, that’s my motto.

  38. Kathy says:

    The other day some guy I know was talking about The Hunger Games. He said he didn’t like the movie because Jennifer Lawrence is ugly since she has big thighs. I didn’t even know whether to be angry and yell at him or start crying. I couldn’t believe a smart and usually very kind person could even THINK what he said but I guess this is where the media has brought us today. Thank you and your sister for fighting against the idea that true beauty is only based on your pants- and bra size. Looking at the comments above, I think you have incouraged a great deal of people all over the world already to start loving themselves and trying to be happier and healthier. So keep on going!

    I LOVE YOU! Because you are amazing!

  39. Belle says:

    I have never been able to enjoy fitness videos… Untill I saw your videos, Cassey!!
    Your approach to body image and focus on fit not skinny is so inspiring. I love this new magazine and your bravery and honesty. I no longer stare at girls and wish I looked like them because you have taught me how to appreciate strength and fitness, that everyone’s body is different and as long as my body is at its best for me, that’s what matters.
    Since being introduced to your videos last year, me and my University girlfriends have become obsessed with them! We do them everyday and have so much fun at the same time. I have never enjoyed exercise before and I still can’t believe how toned my arms and stomach look now!
    Thank you for inspiring me and helping me focus on what’s important 🙂

    P.S You have such an amazing body! You always look so healthy and slim in your videos, it really helps me strive for fitness xx

  40. Sabrina says:

    I had a conversation with a friend yesterday where she told me that she is eating pretty unhealthy recently, but she still lost a lot of weight. Then I was replying that loosing weight is so not the point. She was hesitating and just looking at me and was then like, yeah, yeah, she knows. However, her hesitation kind of shows that she doesn’t really know, and apparently she doesn’t really care about eating healthy in order to be healthy, as long as she is loosing weight.
    I generally very much agree with the saying strong is the new skinny, but you can criticize everything when it comes to body images. This means that also the take on the new strong puts pressure on ourselves to achieve a certain fitness and feel bad if we don’t get there. The new rise of numerous fitness health blogs might not encourage to be skinny, but healthy. However, they might encourage a form of over-exercising, which of course is also not healthy. I read a blog post where a fitness runner talks about her experience how she finally managed to stop excessive running, because she was feeling tired all the time. I myself have problems to miss a work-out, because I feel bad when I do. This is why it is so important to look after yourself and listen to your own body. When it tells you it is enough, then I guess it is enough.

  41. kyla fletcher says:

    I think it is sad that media gives females the idea that thin is the only beauty. I feel we have come along way but like you said adele and other celebs shouldn’t have to defend themselves about their natural and beautiful bodies. I remember having a eating disorder when I was younger but I learned to love my body; we all have self image issues at times but training insane and eating clean is works best for me <3 u have my blessings keshia <3

  42. K says:

    Oh my god. You look WAYY better this way than you did at the bikini competition! I’m sorry but in my opinion everyone there looked ill, you look awesome now!

  43. Hana says:

    Honestly, I don’t know what these people are talking about!

    If I had a body like Ke$ha’s(in either picture- they probably just caught her at one unflattering angle..), JLaw, or you, I would be pretty damn happy with it and if anything just work on maintaining it. People are so rude, just because you don’t see our faces Cassey doesn’t mean that we can make fun of you. What kind of posters are that? ): anyway, I would love to have your body, it’s amazing, I would love to have your determination- that’s something that I’m working on(: and they funny- yet saddest- thing is, I didn’t learn to love my body except for around a week ago. I always told myself “once I loose weight, I will be happy” and ignore everything that you and other fitness bloggers would say. But now, I realized that this is my body, it’s not going anwhere without me. I just need to take care of it, and strength it and mend it to where I want to be- the right way. The healthy way. Thank you, Cassey, I love your videos and meal plans and recipes and, well, everything! Especally your positive energy, that really gets me going. I never wanted to work out with a friend because of how self conscious I get- so your videos are honestly perfect because it feels like I’m with a friend and I can be in awkward positions without caring! Hahaha. Keep it up Cassey, I love you and admire you so much. I’m aiming to have a body like yours- and honestly- I think it’s great. Whoever is seriously thinking that your not fit enough needs to get a reality check- fit doesn’t mean skinny- it means toned.

    Xx, Hana(: <3

  44. Mikaila says:

    Cassey, you are SO amazing! Seriously, I keep reading your posts and watching your workout videos because you inspire me to be happy with who I am, work hard, and find joy in life. Thanks for keeping strong in the fitness world and not letting negative comments get to you. That must be so hard sometimes. Keep on smiling and inspiring!

  45. You two starting this magazine reminds me of a post I did last year! I called on my readers to enter a contest by submitting ‘alternative magazine’ covers that had positive, meaningful messages as opposed to the ones we frequently see on news stands and in the media! Check it out! http://healthyhelperblog.com/2011/09/05/this-is-for-you/

    It was pretty inspiring to see what people came up with! Best of luck with the new mag!

  46. Emily says:

    If I looked like you after working out, I would be happy.

    I think you look great, and embrace your natural body shape/figure!

  47. Aja says:

    Though I don’t know Ke$ha or anything, I do know that it is nearly impossible for one comment to cause this mental disorder. It’s a genetic thing, and the comment probably helped set it off, but it did not cause it.
    People can be awful though. It’s hard to be a celebrity because you’re not a person anymore; you’re a product. You have to be what sells and right now that’s a skeleton. Lady Gaga got called fat recently too for her weight gain, but she looks rockin’.

    1. Katie says:

      Lady gaga has been struggling with ED for several years now too actually. And ke$ha is in the public eye. She is ALWAYS under fat attack. One person may not have triggered her, but she may very well have been thinking it herself and he simply confirmed it and set her off. Men specifically have SUCH a strong hold on our minds. 🙁

    2. Laura says:

      I agree. New research suggests some people do have specific genes which increase the propensity towards an eating disorder.

      However I don’t think anyone should underestimate the power of words. When I was about 16 (a fair while ago!) I was walking down the street in the rain and a man I’d never met before walked past me and said “god you’re ugly”. That short sentence has stuck with me for many years and without a doubt contributed to my self-esteem issues. It took me a long time to realise that that man was a lot uglier than I could ever be. 🙂

      That’s why it is so important that we all treat each other with kindness and respect. Who knows what a unkind word or post can do to a person.

      1. Madeleine says:

        Sorry guys, but I’ve never heard of these “new researches”, and genes don’t have anything to do with eating disorders. These are only mental. I know what I’m talking about.

        1. Jayne says:

          Hi Madeleine,

          Not sure if you’ll see this, but here’s a link to research conducted on genes being a possible factor in eating disorders:

          http://healthland.time.com/2013/10/08/news-genes-connected-to-eating-disorders/

          Oh and this scientific journal piece:

          http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21243475

          Hope that sheds some light on the subject for you 🙂

        2. Anna says:

          Laura is referring to epigenetics, Madeleine. Most studies are fairly recent so you would have to look for them.

  48. Veronica says:

    That’s unbelievable how one person can get sick because of a comment. I really get angry when I hear something like that, I mean, who are them to judge? Yes, the stars are under the spotlights, so they’re more exposed to the critical eyes of the people who like to run their mouth, but they’re humans too. IT HURTS. I love doing workouts because they keep me fit, happy and strong. Since I’ve started I can feel an amazing energy in my whole body. And an important thing, that Cassey made me understand is that it’s ok to be FIT, WELL NOURISHED not THIN AND UNDERNOURISHED. Cassey, you’re beautiful the way you are, YOU’RE SUCH AN AMAZING ROLE MODEL. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!! This magazine looks awesome… I’ll read it 🙂

  49. Betty says:

    Does anyone know how to contact Cassey?

    1. Meghan says:

      Go to the “about me” at the top of this page and then click “contact me”. 🙂

  50. Kali says:

    Cassey, you and your sister are both beautiful, natural, and strong!! It means so much to me that you love who you are and don’t let any haters put you down. Your body is perfect the way it is, because it is right for you. Thanks for being a role model and having a body that is actually ACHIEVABLE for the rest of us and not unhealthy or extreme. My body looks a lot like yours now I’ve been doing blogilates for a while, and I am so happy and proud of it. I don’t look like a superstar since I’m short and have naturally bigger legs… but I know I’m sexy and my boyfriend is blown away by my body. We popsters are REAL girls – confident, feminine, sexy, and strong. But it helps to have a role model like you out there who loves herself and is real. So don’t change and don’t let anyone get you down!!!

  51. Kelley says:

    All I can say is that this post makes me feel so much better about the body I have and that I’m not alone in this. I eat right and exercise and I may never have the so-called ideal physique, but it know it is good for my physical and mental well being. Articles like this remind me that the esthetic part is not the important part, only a perk – and even so that I should embrace my body shape as being esthetically beautiful, not sub-standard! Thanks for writing such a great post to bring us to reality and realize that our misconceptions of the perfect body are media/socially driven. We are all unique, we are all beautiful! Thanks Cassey!

  52. Colette says:

    Cassey,

    I’ve said this before in the comments of past posts, but I really like the route you are going with addressing these issues as of late. I have been a fan of yours for about a year now, and I loved your positivity and determination, but when you started to write on these topics I found a whole new level of respect for you (and there was plenty there already). Women need to hear these messages from women they look up to. Being fit without being perfect is a really huge thing that woman need to learn. They may not always get the exact body they want, but they may learn to love their own, which is infinitely more important.

  53. Faolinn says:

    Dear Cassey,

    I am so enlivened by this message, and so immensely grateful that you are strong enough to bolster not only yourself, but a rapidly growing community through these body-trying times. Know that you have my utmost appreciation for your hard work.

  54. Stephanie says:

    Thank you so much for all your hard work at providing a strong stance against body bashing. I have always been naturally smaller because of a fast metabolism. In high school I was also very active between marching band, soccer, and dance classes. I also always felt uncomfortable about my body because a friend of mine would talk about it and how ‘jealous’ she was which made ME feel bad. I would feel that it was my fault that she wasn’t happy when really it was her. She would make fun of my lack of chest with talk of how the guys liked her better with bigger boobs, because she was upset with her own image. Everyone has body issues, it’s not just people who are (for lack of better term) ”bigger”. It took me a while to get over it and now thanks to your blog and your positive workouts I love my currant body but I’m excited to tone up my muscles and reach my goal of running a 8 minute mile (Like I could in high school)!! THANKS SO MUCH CASSEY!!!

  55. Kennedy says:

    As a teen I hear and see this stuff all the time! I’m definitely not the skinniest or thinnest of my group of friends, but I know that I train and eat right and have a beautiful body! You have really helped me see myself better, and I appreciate how dedicated you are to us and to your fitness! Thanks!

  56. Steffane says:

    I rarely, if ever, make comments to any of your posts. It is never for any particular reason, I just feel no real need to. This blog post, however…well I just had to say something.

    Cassey, you are beautiful. Gorgeous even. I am *glad* that you don’t look like all of the other ripped fitness trainers out there. You are stunning in a human way. You have a body that I can attain and be completely proud of. You have a following because you are realistic and personable.

    I hope that you never change. You are different and over my many years of doing different fitness routines, I have never (until you) met a trainer, teacher, or otherwise that I felt so personally close to.

    Thank you for everything.

  57. Erin says:

    Thank you.

  58. Rosa says:

    Cassey you are so inspirational and yea people feel they have the right to criticize you or celebrities because they’re in the public eye or your putting yourself out there which apparently gives us some divine right to judge your bodies, I always try to advocate for healthy bodies not skinny bodies because being thin means nothing if your eating only junk food but your metabolism is high unfortunalty though I am guilty of looking at a celebrity who’s gained weight and judged or felt better about myself at their expense which I know is terrible but it’s true 🙁 but you have really inspired me and it’s helping me change the way I see people because I am starting to try to love myself and I can never thank you enough for that Cassey

  59. Hannah says:

    wow, every time I read your posts I feel empowered!! So now when I look in the mirror I’m gonna do what you do, not see fat and a body I’m not 100% happy with, but a strong confident woman, who is beautiful and deserves to be happy!! Its time we stopped seeing our self worth in how much we weigh or what we look like

    Thanks Cassey

  60. Karolina says:

    Cassey, I think that you look great! maybe you’re not look like a body-builder, but you are very beautiful and sexy. Oh, and good note, czy jakoś tak :*
    Love
    Kala

  61. Sandy says:

    To me you are the ideal fitness trainer Cassey because you look fit and toned but normal as well (if I may say so). I would be way more intimidated if your everyday body were your bikini contest body! Your body at the time looked…surreal lol. Both Cassey are great but seriously I prefer by far the nowadays Cassey =) You are slim, fit and you still have yummy shapes! I have the same body type as you I think, and you are a great role model and source of inspiration! Can’t wait to start the 12 week meal plan (cannot do it with you guys, a bit later because of big changes in my life) to reach my full potential!

    As for the media impact on us, i am sad to say that despite my evolution, changes and the fact that I can say I love myself finally, well I am still waaaaaaaayy too influenced by the media ideal of thinness. I am mad at myself for that! What’s ironic is that I will find a girl like Jennifer Lawrence super beautiful, I’m gonna defend curves and regular size bodies BUT I will still find myself too chubby and prevent myself from wearing the clothes I want because I deem myself not slim enough to wear skinnies or stuff like that….I am slowly quitting this mindset but gooooooooooood takes a long time! I bought myself a pair of jeggings and some days I feel hot in them, others I feel terrible but hey that means there’s hope =))
    Thank you Cassey for helping us stay sane lol

    1. Madeleine says:

      I do agree with you ! Cassey, we follow you also because you don’t look like the usual trainers, I’m sorry to say that, but they are too fit ! They look unattainable. Training with feels like training with a friend, much fitter than us, but yeah, a normal person, who don’t look like they are training 6 or 7 hours everyday and living only for more muscles.

  62. Mel Maccio says:

    hi! Personally when I joined the blogilate’s community, it wasn’t about the way that Cassey looked, what called my attention was the way she encouraged us in all her videos, not only for burning fat, but to be confident about us, telling us we are beautiful. I wasn’t only trying to loose weight, I wanted a life change, and thanks to Cassey, after 4 months, I can say that I’m a different person. So I think we should all leave behind that “beauty” steriotype and learn to love our own bodies and to respect others people bodies.
    Also I wanted to thank you all popsters that think the way I do, because believe it or not, we ARE making a change in our society.

  63. Samantha says:

    I seriously love Ke$ha because she always just seemed not to care about what anyone else and did whatever she wanted, so finding out she has an eating disorder shocked me. It’s also sort of disappointing since she was on the cover of Self recently for her awesome body and now it just seems discouraging that you can’t get a body like that without cutting some dangerous corners. Regardless, I think we all need to stop being so brainwashed by the media. Isn’t there enough tabloid gossip and slander out there for us to start waking up and realize that a majority of celebrities are NOT good role models?! Instead we should focus more on fitness personalities who are credible and actually have some knowledge on fitness. If we are truly dedicated to health and fitness we should follow our fave celeb’s trainers..they are the ones sculpting that body.

    Anyway I think Cassey is an amazing fitness personality and I’ve loved doing her workouts over the past year and a half now. She is motivating and dedicated and that’s really important for staying on track. Thanks for everything you do Cassey, you are a strong and beautiful woman!

  64. Laura says:

    If you want to talk about fat shaming, talk about Bodyrock and Zuzka. Their workouts are all about fat burning, as if that’s the only fitness goal.

    On the other hand, Kesha does look like a refrigerator in that photo. Really, do you like the way she looks? Is that how you want to look?

    1. Sandy says:

      It doesn’t matter if we like it or not. It’s just not right to tell people in their face that they are too fat or too thin or too whatever! People’s judgments are destructive…And this producer should first take a good look at himself in the mirror before criticizing someone openly….

      1. Laura says:

        The difference is, the producer is not paid for his looks. His appearance does not matter – however, if he doesn’t do a good job as a producer, his boss has every right to say so, without being afraid to hurt his feelings.

        Likewise, Kesha’s appearance impacts the product (music videos), for which she gets paid quite a lot. Why can’t her boss demand a better job there?

        A justified criticism is not destructive. It helps you improve. Her problem is that she chose to be a wuss and self-destruct, instead of taking note of the criticism and doing something about it.

        1. Cara says:

          Do you know anything about eating disorders? Having an eating disorder is not about being a “wuss”. It’s about genetic and cultural factors that have nothing to do with how somebody reacts to a situation.

          1. Laura says:

            We’ve become a generation of spoiled crybabies blaming everything on genetics, culture, and on other people. There are countries where people keep their mental sanity while surviving wars, starvation, poverty, epidemic diseases… and this woman here is not a wuss when she freaks out simply because of somebody’s comment?

          2. Cara says:

            I wasn’t freaking out because of your comment. I was simply adding my opinion, as you did. I myself have an eating disorder, and you’re being rude. Not blunt, just rude. I understand some aspects of your opinion – for instance, it really doesn’t just take ONE comment for somebody to develop an eating disorder. Do you have any mental disorders, Laura? Have you ever fought a war within yourself about how many calories to take in, how much exercise you need to purge the calories? Having an eating disorder is not called being a crybaby. It’s being a victim of something that you cannot control. Perhaps you should educate yourself on mental disorders instead of attacking everybody who you see as “weaker” than you.

            http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

          3. Laura says:

            Hi Cara, I didn’t mean you when I mentioned freaking out because of a comment :-). I was referring to Kesha and the comment by her producer. I apologize for the confusion – and I hope I wasn’t rude to you or anybody else.

            I personally know a few people, mostly from the older generation, who stayed strong and positive despite horrible things that had happened to them or their family. Thinking about what they went through, I can’t find sympathy for a person like Kesha, who gets bent completely out of shape just from being called fat.

            I don’t consider myself particularly strong mentally, and definitely not as strong as these people, yet I am proud that I handled my childhood obesity head on, through lots of dedication, exercise, and healthy eating. It was not easy, and I did have to fight temptations, laziness, shortage of time and many other things… If I did it, she can do it too, instead of developing an eating disorder.

          4. Cara says:

            Okay, I understand where you’re coming from now. Although I understand your skepticism, Ke$ha getting upset over being called fat is, especially because she has an eating disorder, completely understandable. Any comment on weight or eating habits is very difficult to deal with when you have an eating disorder – believe me, I know!

            Some of us are just stronger than others. Ke$ha may be one of those who isn’t the best at dealing with certain situations, but thankfully she was strong enough to get help. I just hope that everybody around her can lend her their strength through these trying times. 🙂

          5. Laura says:

            I see your point too :-). In this case, though, I think you misunderstood what happened. She wasn’t called fat because she already had an eating disorder. That would be creepy. I sympathize with anybody who has this problem.

            The way Cassie wrote it though, Kesha was called fat because… well, because she got fat while she was not performing :-). Then she developed an ED as a result of that comment, instead of taking care of her weight issues. I took care of my weight, and I don’t consider myself extraordinary.

            I don’t approve of the way the producer said it, but apart from his choice of words, he was unfortunately right. Now, being overweight is not a crime, but it’s undesirable both from health and aesthetic point of view. Many people take steps to solve the problem. If Kesha threw her hands up instead, she set a bad example for all those people, for whom she is a role model.

            (Don’t know why my comment is not posting… trying again)

    2. Carline says:

      I’ll bet you’re fun at parties, Laura. Geez leave her alone. The only reason Ke$ha looks like that is bc when u starve yourself (probably bc her producer told her she was fat) , every time u actually do eat, your body will store up the food that u actually did eat bc it knows it probably won’t eat again for a day or so. So it stores it up and eventually you’re just a fat mess bc your body won’t actually use that food u did give it bc it doesn’t know when it will eat again. Long story short, you will end up fat if u just try and starve yourself. So congratulations on running your mouth at this girl having absolutely no idea what you’re saying.

      1. Laura says:

        What are you saying, that this woman who can afford the best personal trainers and nutritionists, couldn’t lose weight because her body kept storing fat? Yeah, right. Tell this excuse to people who successfully transformed their bodies to hear them laugh, if you want to be fun at parties.

    3. s6milerun says:

      Hi Laura,

      I admire how refreshingly blunt you are with your post. I think you are right: no woman wants to be a bigger version of herself when pride is so closely linked to the way we feel, move, and look. Granted everyone is her own person! However, I agree with Sandy that Ke$ha’s producer could have spoken to her with some tact, some manners, and a certain grace. No one wants to be straight up insulted.

      I give Cassey credit to for always posting ideas up for debate and posing some words of warning to us POPsters to be a nicer bunch of humans. Thanks Cassey!

      Just my two cents.

      1. Laura says:

        Hi s6milerun,

        Totally, I don’t approve of insulting people. I’m just against the hypocrisy of people saying how she is beautiful and should love her body for what it is… while thinking to themselves “so glad I don’t look like that” :-).

    4. Aliya says:

      Thank you Laura!!! In her case it’s her job description everyone’s so sensitive these days. Why can’t we just tell the truth. There’s actually many cultures where they openly tell each other when they have put on weight the reason being is they think everyone should be aware and look your best. Especially if it’s to an unhealthy point. Makes much more sense to me. Casey u should look into this. This understanding could stop people creating ‘disorders’ from petty comments such as you look fat. I mean there’s much more important things going on. Look after your healthy and each other that’s it. I would tell a loved one in a heart beat if I think they had put on weight and I would give them advice and they would be grateful. We should live n a society where this is ok. Why shouldn’t it be we’re looking out for each other mab someone could motivate u on the way. Let’s be honest if everyone could be a sexy size 8/10/12 u would ur just too lazy to do the work. Apart from that. Love you Cassey great vids, u got me started on my road to healthy and happy just wish the same for everyone. Y’all need some tough love! when I ditched the excuses I got the energy and bod I really really worked for 🙂

      1. Laura says:

        I am so glad to see that somebody shares my point of view! I absolutely agree with your post, and thank you for the insight about how other cultures make the best out of it, looking out for each other instead of being too sensitive.

  65. Ilse says:

    Cassey, I think you have a great body, but you’re amazing character is the main reason I love doing your workouts. You are really funny and so motivating!! I think it’s great that you stand up to body image negativity and the new magazine looks amazing!! It’s a great idea.
    Love,
    Ilse

  66. Amy says:

    Love you Cassey!!! Thank you, for helping me learn how to love my body !!

  67. Dr. Enriquez says:

    Great post! I’m a big fan of living a balanced and healthy lifestyle, but I always tell my patients that as long as you are happy with yourself, that’s all that really matters. You should never let anyone try to fit you into THEIR idea of what a normal weight should be. I realize that actresses get added pressure to look certain ways for roles, but I applaud Jennifer Lawrence for standing up and calling bs!

  68. Maja says:

    After what I’ve seen, the media don’t tell us much about how we should love our selves and enjoy life, it’s more like “THIS is how you should look!” and stuff…
    But, there are some people ot there that encourage us to take care of our body and love life. Like Cassey and other fitness instructors, Jennifer Lawrence, talkshows between doctors and so – doctor oz, Oprah etc.

    I’ve just finished the side in blogilates fit journal and to be honest; I don’t like what I see. But try to think that “I LOVE my body, I just don’t like the fat that is covering it.” It really helps me to keep going! I have a slow metabolism though and when I lose weight, it truly takes a long time! I don’t want to lose to much, just 2-4 kg, build muscles and tone up all around my core.
    It’s tought, but I can do it and stop thinking about the media!
    Love yourself, your body, your mind, your life <3

  69. Malin says:

    Hey Cassey! I think the magazine sounds great and it really sounds like you’ve got all the best intentions. I love body positivity. One thing you might want to consider is to completely move the focus from looks and also, to not use ‘fat’ as a bad word. I’m not saying that you do do that now, I’m just saying that it’s something we all need too remember, that ‘fat’ is not a bad word, it’s simply a way to describe how something looks.

    So, instead of talking about weight-loss as one of the perks of working out, instead of mentioning how slim your legs will become after doing this excercise, just focus on the amount of energy you will gain, or the fun you will have when working out. I believe, that if we are ever going to be able to stop body-shaming, we first have to quit commenting on other’s bodies, be it in positive or negative terms.

    Love!
    Malin

  70. Dena says:

    Cassey, amazing post! You’re such an inspiration, really. I lost 55 lbs last year because of you and I’m planning on losing about 10 more this year before I’m “done” (I’ll never be done with being healthy though). I actually feel like my body is a lot like yours. I’m so much smaller, but I still don’t look thin the way other girls do and I don’t look lean and toned the way some do. I wouldn’t even really call myself curvy since my chest and butt are pretty small. Seeing you be healthy and amazing has been such an inspiration to me because before I always felt like I needed to be super thin and then when I got into fitness I thought I had to be super muscular (like those cross fit girls). Now I see that everyone’s body is different, and seriously I think you look awesome!

  71. Liz says:

    Your body and more importantly you are amazing and such an inspiration. Everyone has different body shapes and its silly to expect everyone to look the same no matter how much they work out. Besides it is such a damaging attitude. After all when we apply such harsh standards to others we are more likely to also apply them to ourselves. And yes looking good is a factor in working out but it shouldn’t be the ONLY reason. That’s just not sustainable or fulfilling. No one should make anyone feel like they aren’t good enough or trying hard enough.

  72. Helena says:

    Thanks for posting this! I think it’s such an important topic and things will only change the more we discuss it!

  73. Sabine says:

    What a great article! It is definitely strange how much impact someone else’s words can have on our self-image. But articles like this help us remind that we should think for ourselves and remain a realistic view. Thank you for that!

  74. Hanna says:

    Cassey, please just note that you are amazing, a great inspiration and you are able to say everything what needs to be said in a way everyone knows exactly how you mean it.
    Thank you for this amazing article! I find it inspiring, that you can handle negative comments, it makes you so much stronger! Thank you for being this amazing beautiful gorgeous woman that you are (inside and out!)
    Thank you so much!
    Hanna

  75. Marianne says:

    I think it’s a good thing that you don’t look super skinny with muscels. The way you look now makes you more realistic and it helps me to build my own body confidence because it shows me that I don’t have to look like a model from Nike commercials to be fit and healthy. You look gorgeous and you’re far from being fat or chubby or whatever. And the best thing is that you look confident which I don’t most of the time.

  76. Missy says:

    This article = perfection
    Nothing more needs to be said.

  77. Yasmine says:

    Congratulations for Fiterazzi! Such a beautiful project…of course I needed to subscribe! 🙂

    Also thank you Cassey for this amazing post! It’s just so sad that we live in a world where it’s more important to look a certain way than actually being a healthy, strong and capable person…inside and outside. Of course beeing attractive is an important matter…that’s how nature works too if we look at wild animals for example, but it’s also a fact that not everbody prefers a skinny partner over a chubby one. Tastes are just as different as people are. So no reason to feel bad about the way we are. No matter what you look like, there is always somebody that will love & respect you just the way you are.

    And by the way….you are just so beautiful and sexy Cassey! <3

    P.s.: sorry, my english isn't perfect

  78. V.T says:

    Hi Cassey, thanks for this nice and inspirational article 🙂 and sorry about my english and my mistakes, I’m french 🙂

    I have to say that it came just in time for me …. I’ve got eating disorder since more than 10 years, and even if I fight against it every day, I have to admit that’s extremely hard.
    Your work, your words and good mood help me so much and teach me the right way to do things, I’ve change my life style since 2 months but sometimes … I feel like if I was dangerously too close to go back in that bad routine, especially after hard comments about me or my body. And this is exactly how I feel this few days, so thanks for this article, it brings me back up on the right way :p

    Btw and about youtube’s bad comments, you’re really gorgeous and I honestly think that people who leaves you comments like that on Youtube are just stupid, if they actually might look like “better” than you, then good for them, but I’m asking myself why they just “took the time” to tell you that….. maybe because they actually aren’t as much good/at the top as they pretend to be ?
    Just a few of people who make critics on the net are actually “as they pretend to be” in real life, other are just haters and I don’t envy them, because if you’ve got the time to post critics like that (who don’t help in any way), it might be that you don’t have a social life or not a really good one lol :p
    Thanks again for this article, thanks to be as you are and for everything you do for us, and thanks for this kick in my ass lol

  79. Aura says:

    God… Ke$ha, when you come back, fuck off your music producer! Can’t believe someone you are working with can tell you such things… I can ‘understand’ to certain point comments like that coming from anonymous or tabloids but your music producer…

    I won’t go into my ED story, but I will say that because my mind is much more healthy I’m a little ashamed of what I used to think. I know it was because I wasn’t mentally healthy but I remember seeing that picture of Ke$ha on the beach and thinking negative things about her body… I remember being jealous, actually… because she had what I thought to be an imperfect body and still she was famous and looked confident, happy and sexy in her music videos. I thought feeling so good can’t happen with determinate body types. Now I can assure you that it’s not true =)

    And OH THANKS GOD FOR THE EXISTENCE OF JENNIFER LAWRENCE!! She’s not just an awesome girl I wish was my best friend… she’s just so admirable in what regards to her body! She is BEAUTIFUL! GORGEOUS AND SEXY!! Finally a famous actress that doesn’t look like everyone else!! Finally a great role model for those with a body type similar to hers!! I just can’t stop admiring her words and how she rejected roles that demanded her to be thinner, you ROCK JLaw!! (Here my shame again, when the first HG was released and I wasn’t healthy I thought she was a bit chubby for the role of Katniss, someone who is supposed to be starved from poverty… but after I knew why she decided to look like herself and producers let her do that, I couldn’t be more happy! =D)

    I still can’t understand how anyone can see Cassey and tell her she isn’t fit or isn’t gorgeous! Maybe it’s difficult to be as strong as JLaw is (lol) but you look like those comments don’t affect you as much as it used to, and that’s great! To combat the negative comments let me tell you you look fabulous! The way you pulled out that silver, sparkly, short with nudy-effects (lol)… not everyone could do that! When I look at your videos I always admire your quadriceps XD Yeah, I do, your legs are so toned and strong! I also admire your flexibility and strength, and at the same time you look beautiful doing all those exercises! Amazing xD

    Oh, and great idea creating that healthy minded magazine! I’ve already read some articles and I can tell it’s different, so positive and real! There’s a magazine in Spain called CUORE, it’s for young woman and it talks about celebrities, gossips, beauty and fashion for accessible prices. That’s nice… but they are known for a section in their magazine called ‘ARRRG’, where they bash celebrities and post pictures pointing out cellulite, wrinkles, big tummies, overall bad looks and hair, boobs that are not perfectly rounded and up… well… every negative thing you can find in someone, they will do a special number on it. I saw that Ke$ha bikini picture on this magazine in a special talking about celebrities that didn’t look goon not heir bikini chooses…

    Well, thank you Cassey for always being so honest =)

  80. Cherelle says:

    You’re amazing! <3

  81. Rowan says:

    WOW WOW WOW, Cassey! Thank you so much for this amazing article. I so agree with you. We kind of live in a strange world, don’t we? Poor Ke$ha..
    I also think it’s so weird of people saying you don’t look the way you should when you work out that much. That’s such a simple and shallow way of thinking. Like you I also have to workout and watch my eating habits a lot to look a certain way. I know it’s really hard. But then again: To me you look amazing. You might not be superthin, but you certainly do look fit and to people like me that’s so much more inspiring. It kind of makes you ‘real’.

    Anyway, keep doing what you do! And try not to pay attention to the haters (which I know is very hard).

    I love you just the way you are, Cassey!

    Love,

    Rowan

    Personal Style Blog http://WWW.REDREIDINGHOOD.COM

  82. Natasja Prior says:

    AMEN x10000. You totally read and speak my mind about this tough topic Cassey. And I can’t do anything else than admire your visions and oppinions about this and your lifestyle overall.
    First off I want to say that I think you look GORGEOUS. Your body is beyond beautiful and strong, but the thing I love most about you is that you really don’t give a shit about other people’s oppinions. Of course it hurts to hear cruel things from other people (Who don’t even know you!), but you share this with us, even if it’s more personal stuff, and we can relate to it. Everyone is dealing with this body image issue, specially with the help from the media. We live and breath about getting down to a size 0 or someting like that. But why? Myself in an age of 17 are constantly being reminded about how to look. And how I do want to look, thanks to skinny models and all the celebrities. But at the end of the day, specially thanks to you Cassey, I just want to find a goal about looking good JUST for me and feeling good as well. At first I of course wanted to look like the Victoria Secret models, but come on. Reality check. I feel good when reading your articles and it makes me accept myself, my body and who I am. And also it’s good to see some of the stars being human like us. It makes me sad to see of the buisness are ruing their self-esteem and belief in themselfs too.
    So thank you Cassey Ho, you are truly an inspiration for all of us. And please keep doing what you do, cause believe it or not, you are helping us all with believing on ourselfs and our bodies.

    <3

  83. Laura says:

    Whoa, what a great post!
    That’s just what I think when I hear people judging about others who are “fat”!
    They aren’t fat at all, but that’s what society and the media tells us young people. We all think we aren’t influenced, but in fact we are and thats really sad.
    So I like reading your post, go ahead and don’t let them change you!
    Laura
    Sorry for my english being not that good, but I’m from Germany and at least I try!

  84. Coralie says:

    I love this post!
    Media …. I barely open a magazine now. I prefer to focus on me and no on “how the society see the women beauty”.
    Cassey, you are AMAZING! I work out only with your videos just because you are the only fitness instructor who can motivate me with a lot of energy, sense of humour and honesty.
    Congratulations for Fiterazzi ! I love it!

  85. jay says:

    haha wow the comments u highlighted that were about you. oh god they actually made me laugh, what idiots. i’m sorry if that’s rude, but hell.
    oh and how hot is that jennifer pic 😀
    keep it up Ho sisters

  86. Gabrielle says:

    Hey cassey! pls dont worry abt what others think of u. we all know u are working hard for us and also for yourself. its not easy to keep a strong and firm mentality about your own body without doubting how u look at all. you’re a very strong woman cassey and i really look up to u. you supported me and showed me what true beauty is and i don’t think i can ever think that way without getting to know u.

    what i’m trying to say is that you are beautiful as you are. Do what you love. u only have one life. if its for u to eat hamburgers on a certain day or just enjoy a piece of chocolate fudge cake, do it! you deserve it! but of course in moderation. 😉 a person’s primary goal shouldnt be to look a certain way but rather to be fit. the outlook will follow through in the end.

    Thank you cassey. and again, i wanna affirm u to ignore all the rubbish comments. 😉 haters gotta hate but remember there are ppl out there that supports u and accepts you for who u are and who u want to be. keep it up cassey! i am too! :DD

    Congrats on the magazine btw! hope it arrives to msia!!
    lots of love! xx.

  87. Caroline says:

    Well said Cassey! I’m sorry that people are so rude to you. You really don’t deserve it. Why do the negative comments stand out so much more?? I wish I knew, I remember every bad thing someone has said to me but just brush off all the positives :/ We love you and Congratulations to yourself and Jackelyn on Fiterazzi, I love it already 🙂 xxx

  88. Beki says:

    Omg Cassey congrats to you and your sister for the magasine! I’m so eager to read it :)! But unfortunately to be thin is to be beautiful! Man in general makes you feel that way but it is changing! In my family men like chubby women so my mum got lucky as well as some of my cousins! Yup we didn’t get lucky with our genes we girls put on weight really easily and get a hell of a lot of trouble to lose or even to have a stable weight! I’ve been through so much emotional problems lately that i’ve gain too much weight for my height and when i came to know about you i’ve been sooo happy to exercise the workout calendar has made it so easy for me to know what i have to do and how to do it! So thanks a lot! And yup everyone has been able to see the change and everyday i look forward to exercise because it makes me happy and the more i’m happy the more i’m changing xD(and boys are starting to look at me now so yay xD)

  89. Isabel says:

    I really really hope people will read your magazine. I’m proud of people like Jennifer Lawrence. Even though she’s in Hollywood, a place where your outside is even more important than it is in real life, she says these things and does them too. She’s very strong and I hope other actresses will follow.

  90. Jamie says:

    It’s crazy that you would post this because Sarah from SarahFit just posted a similar article on her blog about her she feels standing next to the Tone it Up girls! I think you are amazing and I love your workouts so much. We should all continue to love our bodies no matter what size we are!

  91. Olivia says:

    I agree wholeheartedly with what you’re saying, Cassie. Body image has become a real issue for young women today (and not just young women). I’m very slim, and believe me, if I could change it, I would (I would LOVE to have a voluptuous curvaceous body). No matter what I eat or how much I eat, I just don’t put on weight. I get criticized for my being slim all the time. It’s always *compliments* tainted with a lot of hatred. I get asked if I’m anorexic or if I’m on a diet, and I always tell people “OMG no way! I eat well. I work out, a little, but just so I can be strong and healthy. And the rest is down to genetics – my whole family is slim, and none of them have eating disorders!”.
    Yesterday, one of my students (a young woman of 18, who is not at all fat) told me that she sometimes starves herself for breakfast and lunch, and only eats in the evening. She asked me how I managed to stay so slim. I didn’t know what to tell her. I felt so helpless. I told her to stop looking at girls in magazines and comparing herself to other women, and to start eating regular healthy meals. But I can sense the feeling of inadequacy is so deeply engrained that it’s going to take more than words to help her.
    I wish I could tell her that I suffer in other areas of my life. Yes, I have a slim body, but that doesn’t necessarily make me happy.

  92. Manja says:

    Good post! About people saying they look better then you when they do the same work-out; every body type is genetically different. You are asian, it is most likely you will never because as muscular as people from US, just as African (American) people have big butts, I will never have a butt like that.

    A different body type doesn’t mean you can’t be healthy, body fat around the organs are never healthy, doesn’t matter what people say about it and calling it fat shaming or what so ever. I see an whole different view coming up from ‘the normal’ people (so not the media), you can’t say anything about obese/ too much fat and it’s called fat shaming. I don’t get it, it is just not healthy, people should not deny it. I am not talking about the looks or about them personally, I’m just saying it is not healthy. And if they are saying, i tried every diet (that’s not good, change life vision) or everything, I can’t loose they fat. Then they haven’t found the right way yet. People not only forget about the fact that it is 80 diet and 20 sport, but that this doesn’t count if they are depressed, stressed or really unhappy.

    1. Manja says:

      ow and about last sentence i wrote. I think in the Netherlands that is the most common reason why people are overweight. They don’t have anybody to talk with, they don’t share their problems, they are depressed, they feel lonely. And it is damn hard to change that, but you can change it!

      1. Manja says:

        ow an other reply 😛 I mean, they feel like they don’t have anybody to talk to etc.

      2. Romana says:

        That is because in the Netherlands a lot of people are self centered. Many people think that they have to solve their problems on their own because not everybody will say that they will help you. I’ve seen that a lot. That’s the reason i became a social worker. I used to have the same problems and I tought food would help me and now i’m overweight. But i’m working on it 🙂

  93. Diana says:

    Why does the media scrutinize women only in their physique? Because it transparent what our society is. And what it is is that we live still today in a very macho culture where women are “aloud” to do more things than stay at home. But still nowadays we are judged by our appearance and not my who we are (our personality, skills, etc). Look at any magazine, any paper, any tv news: notice the different words and points of view on stories covering a woman in politics and a man. You’ll notice it immediately! The might even talks about her new looks, her dress, her make up… Things you would never hear about a man. They can be ugly, fat, bad dresses, have a mustache.. The focus is in what they say and not what they look like. IF on top of that you look at Hollywood! … You can imagine how much worse it is. We need more people who stand up to that and call awareness like JL, until that becomes the norm!

  94. Jeanie says:

    I’m curious what do you or everyone else thinks of this
    http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4521379?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009

    Also, I’m very excited about the magazine!

  95. Helene says:

    Is it me just noticing or are people really negative these days? It makes me so sad! I read your post and was all energized and felt empowered. I think you’re so right about these things! But then I read some of the comments and some people are so negative! It’s incredible how judgemental people are about each other (bodies or what they’re saying). Don’t get me wrong, I’m also not positive miss sunshine 24/7 and yes I catch myself thinking ‘wrong’ things sometimes, but I would never say them out loud. Because I know it will not contribute to anything. I think it’s unbelievable people are calling you fat / fat shamer and that you don’t know what you’re talking about. If you really think that why say it? What’s the point?

    You’re such an inspiration to most of us, Cassey! You get me to work hard and I have since April. For me this is a big deal! I hadn’t worked out in years. Always thinking I needed to pick it up again (I worked out a lot in high school) and I would, but I would quit very quickly afterwards. You push us onto roads we never believed we would be able to walk on and now we are! And you made that all possible! So THANK YOU! You’re amazing!

  96. Thank you so much for always raising awareness to the subject of Eating Dirorders and body image. It’s something that so many of us struggle with, but unfortunately never read about it in mainstream magazines. As someone who has struggled with an eating disorder I can completely relate to so much of this. It’s really refreshing to see this post and Fiterazzi! If you ever need a writer I would love to contribute! Health & Happiness xo

  97. Lucie says:

    Cassey and other readers, have you read the Huffington Post article about Jennifer Lawrence and how the media portray her body and her comments about her body and food? It might make you think a bit differently about which “type” of women are allowed to speak out about food and their bodies and the reactions they get from the public. Definitely worth a read! http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4521379

  98. Pearl says:

    I’m chubby too, but it’s not because I’m unhealthy, it’s because I have a super slow metabolism. I weighed 84 pounds in 6th grade and people called me fat all the time. I’m in 10th grade now and I can’t even get into Dance PE because I’m “too fat”. I do dance almost every day and I can’t get into the PE because of my height and weight. I’m 5’1 and weigh around 125 pounds. I don’t feel fat at all, I’m just trying my hardest not to let those people get to me, and I feel like I’m doing a pretty god job. I just want to prove to my school that I’m not overweight.

  99. Kat W says:

    An eating disorder does not just happen because one person says you’re fat. Its not as simple as you’re making it out to be. I had an eating disorder for 5 years. While the outward manifestation was losing weight and getting thin, there was much more behind it and it took more than one person to trigger it. Eating disorders are mental disorders and in some people they lay in wait until enough triggers them (be it stress, need for control, emotional coping, etc.). You’re an amazing person, Cassey, but it’d be much appreciated if you took the time to learn about this before you made a post about it

    1. Helene says:

      I think Cassey knows very well what an eating disorder is and that it’s more than just one silly person telling you you’re fat. It’s called exaggerating. What she’s saying is that Kesha doesn’t look like someone with an eating disorder (you know, most people still believe you only have an eating disorder if you look like it), but that she’s strong enough to get herself into rehab before she will get there.

      I don’t know how it would be like to have an eating disorder. I can’t speak for Cassey if she has any experience with it, but I’m proud of her that’s she has the guts to speak up about it! That’s the only way the rest of the world will become more understanding!

    2. Lin says:

      Anyone can develop an eating disorder. Ke$ha said her’s started because someone said she looked fat. Which probably triggered her to be overly sensitive about what she ate. Eating disorders are not a one-size fits all disease, It affects everyone different.

  100. I personally love Jennifer Lwarence’s body, it reminds me of Marilyn Monroe’s, curvy and sexy!

  101. Sarah N says:

    You are such an inspiration Cassey! What you are doing for women across the globe is making them actively think about how crazy body image is in the media and I believe that this is the first step to reversing the negative mindset that we have as a society. You are beautiful and always have been, no matter what anyone says. Watching your videos I am amazed by how strong your entire body is and I’m so glad you don’t let haters get to you. Thank you so much for all you do and making me feel beautiful even though I am not a size 2 🙂

  102. Christine says:

    Cassey, I love your blog and website. You do something that is very difficult sometimes which is advocate for healthy lifestyles and eating as well as encouraging women and young girls to love their body. It’s a fine line as I’m sure you know. Many people will mistake your advice as fat shaming, but I see it as teaching people to love their bodies-and when you love your body, you treat it well.

  103. DMS2 says:

    I sometimes think people tell hurting words to others because they don’t realize how much they actually hurt. If someone had told such things to them and they knew how it feels maybe they would see. In fact, unfortunately we often don’t realize of the consequences of soooo many things we do and would need someone to tell us. …and some times we don’t listen anyway. ú_ù

    Those comments on youtube you mention show someone looking down his nose at you, and arrogant attitudes cancel any value a comment may have, so automatically ignore them. That kind of attitude don’t deserve any attention or regard.

    BTW, you look great in that pic!

  104. Manuela H says:

    I was just looking at that picture of you cassey and i feel more than ispired i feel good that someone is keen to do what you do for us and to make us change for ourselves not for everybody else, and that is actually what helps me fight media and society and everyone, its that strengh i get when i workout its like that inner power you get that unfortunately its really hard to get but once you have it ohhh you know you can conquer the whole world! haha not kidding!
    Im just really glad i found you
    and its totally true that you might want to seem strong infront of others and then you just get home and cry, its true i’ve done that but im lucky enough to just look at some pictures or one of your posts and it boosts my confidence up! i really feel like there’s more people out there in the same situation as i am and that by staying quiet we’re jut letting them continue harming more people what we gotta do is to prove them wrong just like Jennifer and the next day i wake up with a smile and do my workouts because nobody else is doing them for me im the one proving to myself that i am good enough and beautiful.

    you’re such a role model
    thanks love i mean it thank you

  105. Laura says:

    That’s the American way… lie to people just so the truth doesn’t hurt their feelings. Sugarcoat it for them with b.s. like “you’re beautiful they way you are”, even if they look like a whale and have no willpower to control their eating and hit the gym.

    As for J. Lawrence, that’s plain stupid. Tom Hanks had to gain 50 lbs for his role in “Cast Away”, so what? The whole point of acting is representing the character as convincingly as possible. So, if Lawrence has an issue with losing weight as the role requires, she shouldn’t be an actress in the first place.

    1. DMS2 says:

      Lying people will not help them but, do you think telling someone ‘you look like a whale” will help him/her in any way? o_O You can say things without hurting someone’s feelings and without judging. It’s that simple.

      1. Laura says:

        You’re reading too much into my words. Where did I say you’re supposed to insult people :-)?

        You could say it nicely or not say anything at all. Just don’t lie. Lying does not solve the problem.

        With that said, I prefer a friend who would be honest with me even if the truth hurts, rather than one who tells me with a fake friendly smile how great I look while thinking “gee, what a whale”.

    2. Emily says:

      Firstly, your body is nobody else’s business… your own personal standards of beauty might differ greatly with somebody else’s. You might think a girl with some meat on her looks like a “whale”, but how do you know that that same girl doesn’t love her body image? That’s why your opinion on somebody else’s body do not need to be voiced. It is something that is very personal.

      Secondly, as someone who is studying acting, I find this statement very offensive. Sure, for some roles you may be required to change your image, but it is certainly NOT a requirement to be a good actor by any means and is not a valid reason to give up your career.

      1. Laura says:

        Your body is your business… unless you are an actor, a model, or in any other occupation where you get paid lots of money to look a certain way. Can a doctor tell her boss and her patients: “my brain is not your business. It’s very personal. I love my brain, it doesn’t matter that I don’t know much about medicine”?

        Ideally, musicians and actors should be judged on their talent only. I’m all for it. But we all know that in reality, looks are just as important in the entertainment industry. So, while I keep in shape for free, some of these people don’t bother to keep up their appearance, despite getting paid millions, and I am supposed to feel sorry for them?

        Secondly, don’t take offense when no offense was meant. I did not say that talent does not matter. However, talent does not exist in a vacuum. Good actors go out of their way to represent the character at their best. Sometimes they spend months living in their character’s environment and lifestyle to better understand it. Or they change their appearance and Tom Hanks is not the only example. Charlie Sheen bulked up a lot for Hot Shots. So, regardless of whether Lawrence has talent, if she behaves like a primadonna and doesn’t care to adjust her image to her role, perhaps she should change careers.

    3. Kat says:

      It’s representing a character by ACTING, not by ruining your health by feeding yourself up or starving.
      Actors should be chosen because of their skills not their ability to lose/gain weight just because that stupid script says the character looks certain ways. Most things can be done with make up. So where’s the point some can wear a wig but others have to risk their health?
      I don’t always agree to Lawrence’s comments, she says things that may hurt thinner people, but with this topic the girl has a point.

      1. Laura says:

        I agree, gaining 50 lbs is a bit of extreme. It is not good for your health and it can probably be simulated with make up. But that was just an example of what a real actor is willing to do and I believe it was his idea. Lawrence, on the other hand, makes a big fuss about losing a few lbs – I really don’t think they meant for her to starve herself.

        Even though acting skills are very important, the main criteria is that the actor must fit the physical description of the role. I.e., they don’t choose a male for a female role, or an old person to play a boy, no matter how good their acting is. So, if the movie makers decided they needed the character to look a certain way, Lawrence does not deserve to be paid millions if she is not willing to adjust to the role.

        Sure, the decision over character looks may be stupid, but that’s a different question.

    4. Tadeja says:

      You’re just one of those judgemental people that don’t understand the meaning of beauty.
      Don’t you dare ever walk up to a person and tell them they look like a whale! Words hurt, dearie and telling someone they’re fat and ugly won’t help them in any way.

      1. Laura says:

        Funny, you just claimed that I don’t understand the meaning of beauty – does that not make you judgmental towards me :-)?

        So what’s the meaning of beauty? Everybody is beautiful, whether they work their butt off at the gym or stuff themselves with junk food in front of the TV every evening?

        Do you walk up to somebody and start insulting them? I don’t do that. But neither I am going to lie to them and I have every right to have an opinion about whether they look fat or not.

    5. Nicola says:

      In order to fully represent Katniss as described in the book, Jennifer Lawrence would have to be at least half a foot shorter, as she describes herself as not only thin, but short and JLaw, according to IMDB, is 5’9″. However, if you take into consideration Katniss’ other statements, you see that she’s stronger and healthier than most children from District 12 thanks to her hunting skills and, from what I can tell, reasonable childhood nutrition (while most families in the Seam have, at best, two parents who work in the mines, Katniss’ father hunted when he had the time and it’s plausible that her mother made more money than a miner, so add to that the fact that her mother probably has a working knowledge of good nutrition and Katniss was most likely better-fed than 90% of her peers). Jennifer Lawrence might not be a perfect reflection of Katniss’ physical description, but her body’s a reasonable approximation of someone with Katniss’ background and, more importantly, she portrays WHO Katniss is.

      Moreover, a lot of the criticism levelled at Jennifer Lawrence for being ‘fat’ is silent on Gale and Peeta’s muscular bodies, even though Gale, at least, has no more food than Katniss, and muscle requires more food to maintain than fat.

      1. Laura says:

        Wow, that’s a nice analysis, and I am not being sarcastic!

        While I agree with you, the statement is beside the point. Lawrence does not argue whether she is a good match for the role already, using logical arguments like you. Instead, she simply turns down those roles, as if slimming down for a role is an insult.

        BTW, I think she looks great, but that’s also beside the point. The point is that she is not willing to adjust her image, and that’s unprofessional.

  106. Zoe says:

    I really love JLaw! I adore her because of what she had said. I totally love this post!

    Zoe
    http://thatszoe.blogspot.com

  107. Margaret says:

    Cassey you are hands down one of the most inspirational people ever. You’ve taught me to love myself, be healthy and workout for me, not for others, all while looking seeing myself in a super positive way! I wanna save up and buy some shirts lol 🙂 Thank you so much and I loved this post!

  108. Laurence says:

    Seriously, when I look at your videos I don’t even think of how “fat” you are. I’m just too sweaty and thinking : “she is crazy! how strong is she! omg i’m gonna die!”. You’re right to let the comments go. Your body is at the perfect place it has to be right NOW. Love you !

  109. Asche says:

    In all honesty, I started doing your Blogilates routines because you have the body type I have always striven for – and I’m one of those people who can eat anything and still stay thin that you were talking about! There’s a difference between flabby skinny and toned/healthy thin and your figure is the epitome of a gorgeous, healthy, toned woman. In all honesty other ‘physical trainers’ bodies look like plastic to me – but you look REAL! Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you aren’t beautiful Cassey!

  110. Irene says:

    I think that it’s wrong that in our society the only way anyone can be considered attractive is if they look like, as Tina Fey said: “Have Michelle Obama arms, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, doll tits, and the hips of a nine-year-old boy.” That physique is unrealistic in real life. And yet, god forbid if a person looks halfway like a normal human, they’re considered fat. This has to stop. BTW Cassey: if you ever do a bikini competition again, consider adding more healthy fats to your meals (olive oil, coconut oil, grassfed tallow, pastured lard) so that way your body has a readily available source of energy to burn, since if you don’t eat carbs, your brain has no glucose to burn, and if you also don’t eat healthy fats, your body can’t produce ketone bodies, and you’ll end up feeling like a zombie because the brain has no readily available source of energy to burn. While only eating protein sounds like the ideal way to lean out, and our brains can’t run on protein. Whereas if you eat healthy fat and protein, our brains have a readily available source of energy 🙂

  111. Rebecca says:

    When doing your workouts, I don’t even notice your waist size Cassey, I just notice how its 15 minutes into a video and you’re still going at the moves full force. To me, the strength, drive and sheer power that your body possesses is so much more of an attractive trait than a crazy small waist would be. Your body feels attainable to me, like its something that I know I can achieve if I work hard enough and could eventually build up to. I never feel that way about celebrities bodies, which is why I love working out with you so much. The thought that I’m getting strong and becoming a force of power is such a stress reliever at the end of the day. You’re gorgeous, just like all the other popsters!

  112. Carrie says:

    Thank you for this post about body positivity! I read about Ke$ha last night on Buzzfeed, and some of the comments of negativity there were really hard to take. It’s not only negativity about our bodies, but also negativity about mental illnesses such as eating disorders that is very hurtful and promotes a very wrong message to young kids who look up to celebrities or the media. I’m proud of you for tackling this important topic, and I wish you all of the best. You are an amazing, intelligent, talented individual who has inspired so many people to pursue a healthier life. Thank you for all that you are doing! I’ll check out the magazine soon!

  113. Lyn says:

    I love your workouts and how you strive to keep the message. I no longer want to be thin and accepted the fact that my waist is not structured to be stick thin. I want to be fit and strong. My grandma who comes to visit once in a while asked me “why do you look fatter each time I see you” right in front of the whole big family. I went home and cried. Now 5 months into blogilates I felt stronger and better about myself. I know I’m making changes to my body and my health. Thank you so much for your calendars and all the dedications you put in your videos. You helped sculpt my life.

  114. Mariana says:

    Cassey YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, you have inspired me to be more confident and look at me in a very positive way! I really love u! Thanks for all you have teached me!

  115. May says:

    Cassey, this is a great post and I completely agree with your message. I never would have expected Ke$ha would end up struggling with an eating disorder because she projects an attitude of not caring what others think and being happy with yourself, and this shows how much these issues can affect ANYONE, regardless of how strong you are.

    With that said, I was a little upset seeing those paparazzi photos of her in a bikini. I know you didn’t post those to shame her, but those are pictures taken against her will that have been used to insult and make fun of her weight all over the internet. I think your point makes total sense without them and it is jarring to see them in this article.

  116. Kris says:

    I read up until this line then decided your article wasn’t worth any more time:

    “I don’t see fat when I look in the mirror. I see strong, driven, and talented.”

    You have basically just implied that fat people can’t be strong, driven or talented, and that being fat is an insult.

    Casey, you will never be a spokesperson for body positivity because you are fat phobic. We already have enough fitness trainers like you, like Maria kang!

    I love your fitness videos but your blog and facebook updates can be so triggering and upsetting when it comes to your body image posts.

    1. Sahiba says:

      What Cassey is saying is that even though people point out that she is still not as fit as she should be due to all the training, she feels that even though she is ‘fat’ for a fitness trainer, that is not how she sees herself or other people. She trains to be strong and driven and not thin.
      So she is not fat phobic. What she is saying is that a person should be seen for who they are and not their waist size

  117. Aleja says:

    ohh im so agree with you cassey, I hate people when call fat or say something bad to the other person, You are so so so GORGEOUS! you are my inspirations and motivation, you have a amazine body, you help me to me to be a 12 size, and I feel amazing!!, I was a 14 size, and I made that in just 2 months, I can imagine what I can made in a year!!. thank you thank you thank you!!!

  118. Alice says:

    I cried when I read this. Thank you cassey for posting this.

  119. Bridgette says:

    I am 43 years old. I have had eating disorders and body image issues most of my life. I have always been an active person, but started working out “officially” in my mid twenties. Truthfully, I probably have a body others would want but I still strive to make mine better. I workout to feel better and to be mentally stronger. I have two grown boys and have a little girl who will be 2 years old in march. When I had her I promised myself to work extremely hard at NOT putting myself down anymore. I know for certain that girls watch and listen to their moms every moment. I could tell my daughter she’s strong and beautiful and smart and perfect just as she is, but if I don’t start believing in myself this way, none of those messages will get through. Women are powerful and awesome and I think the world is afraid of that. This is why it is the norm to put women down…to keep them down and to keep our uniting and the power of that at bay. Be kind to yourselves. Be kind to one another. We are ALL beautiful as we are. I just want women to take care of themselves so they can be the best they can be and feel the best they can. Cassie, I only found your videos in Oct of 2013 and TOTALLY love them and you! My daughter goes straight to the computer at the first video of yours every morning and says “Hello Cassie!”

    1. Kat* says:

      I was just reading some of the comments surrounding this post and had to stop here to say: way to go Bridgette, you are an inspiration to all of us! I think it is wonderful that you really thought about how your own self-image would affect your daughter, it does make a difference and I really respect you for taking the time to think outside of yourself in that way. You are strong and beautiful, and I really hope we can all connect more in the new Blogilates community and share more stories like this to support one another! All the best and thanks for this comment! 🙂

  120. Tricia says:

    Thank you to your family for making a stand against making women feel bad for not looking like magazine cover models. I know you will make a difference!

  121. JL says:

    You have a hot hot body and your fitness shows! Can’t believe those idiots made rude comments about you being strong and fit.
    One thing I have an issue with is the insinuation that thin is unhealthy (sometimes Jennifer Lawrence’s comments insinuate that (i.e. not looking like a “person” while being too thin – I am probably the too thin she would refer to, but I am healthy and trying to build more muscle). But aside from that, I love her for not succumbing to the “thin is beautiful” trend in Hollywood.

    Great post.

    1. Olivia says:

      Exactly, JL! Slim isn’t necessarily unhealthy. It all depends on your genetics, your lifestyle, your eating habits, your stress levels, and the relationship you have with your body! I’m thin too, but I’m healthy, and if my body allowed it, I would love to be a little more curvaceous. I often see women on Facebook posting comparative photos – Marilyn Monroe type figures opposite sporty types, or just thinner body shapes, and I can’t help feeling so sad when I see the outpouring of hate against the skinnies. In a lot of cases, yes, women do want to be thin at the expense of their health, but in some cases the women are just plain skinny because that’s how God made them. Let’s all learn to improve what we can, and to embrace what we can’t 🙂

  122. Christina says:

    Hey Popsters.
    I’d like to share my story, too. I always was a bit chubby, not really overweight, but bigger than all the other girls. But I did not care, I ate because I was called fat and ugly anyway. It didn’t get me to change anything. A year ago I discovered running and better eating skills, just because I have had enough. I just wanted to prove them wrong. In April I discovered Blogilates, in September I successfully joined the dietbet. Over the year I went from 70kg to 57kg.
    I was so proud, I loved my new body, my new strength. Now my friends are telling me, that I don’t eat enough – what I so. That I look too thin for myself – what I don’t.
    But my selfesteem is gone now. I am so sad the last days, my appetite is gone, i haven’t worked out… And help?

    1. Sydney says:

      Oh dear! What an awful thing for your friends to say! My sister and I have been dealing with the same thing. I have lost 25 pounds over the past year and my sister is in great shape, despite both of us going through a very tough fat phase. Recently, people have started telling her she looks too skinny and that she doesn’t eat healthy because she can’t eat red meat. Just the other day, a woman told me that I don’t eat enough to say alive and that I would disappear soon! I’m 5’10 and weigh 165lbs. How silly is that??? My only advice …. Just let it roll. You know your body. You kow what it takes for you to get filled up. You know you’re going to eat a healthy snack in a couple hours, so you don’t need to stuff your face. You know how you feel. Do you have energy and are you happy?you have accomplished something amazing. You are beautiful, my friend. Don’t let ignorant people get you down.

    2. Helene says:

      The first thing I thought after reading your comment was: “it’s never good enough, is it?” People are unbelievable! First they call you fat and now they call you too thin? You don’t mention your height, but I assume you have a healthy BMI now.

      BE PROUD OF YOURSELF! Seriously I mean it! Enjoy your new lifestyle and embrace the body you created! Tell yourself you’re beautiful, because you are! You are the one deciding if you’re beautiful or not, not those ‘friends’. I’m sorry I had to put it like that, but real friends don’t say stuff like that. I’m not saying that you need to let them go or anything, but stand up for yourself. Let them see you love yourself for who you are and they will stop making those comments.

      Good luck, girl! We’re here for you, never forget that!

    3. Christina says:

      Thank you boths so much, I feel much better right now! 🙂
      In the last days I was so unmotivated, felt awful and just miserable everytime I looked in the mirror.
      And my BMI is super healthy, I also went to a doctor after my weightloss, to check if any nutrient is missing or whatever with the new eating habits, and he told me everything is fine and I am in no way too skinny or underweight.
      But you know, it hurts even more when your ‘friends’ tell you such things. I will try to move on and don’t give these words the power to make me feel that bad…
      Thank you!

      1. Katie says:

        I’d like to say that you’re definitely not alone in that situation. I went through the exact same thing. People used to poke fun at my being bigger than other girls, I got healthy and lost about 25-30 pounds. And now, the comments went from “Hee hee look at that belly!” to “How’s the rabbit food?” “If I ate like you I’d starve to death!” “Tell me you’re eating more than THAT.” Um, excuse me? Who died and said you could determine what I ate? To have the nerve to negatively comment on one’s figure when they’re overweight is one thing, but when they make a healthy move and change they’re lifestyle, you take back everything you said, tell them they’re doing awesome, or you dont say anything! One day Im eating too much, the next I have an eating disorder! Ive come to the conclusion that there is no winning with people, so live life to the fullest and eat how YOU want, eat what makes YOU happy, and whether that’s chicken breast and salad or pizza every day, it’s ultimately YOUR choice, and not anyone else’s.

  123. Katie says:

    I have a lot of comments to make about this, ok;
    1. Cassey, you seem very confident in your body. Don’t ever let that fall; I would die to have your figure, and screw anyone who says you’re anything less than amazing.
    2. It’s kind of funny how Hollywood works, because see, I poke fun at my own figure all the time because I’m not super thin, but that’s okay because I will always strive to get to where I want to be. Anyway, any comment I make towards my size in a negative way, almost always one of my friends will jump to my defense and say “Oh my god no way you look fine! You aren’t fat!” Now, I was reading online about a girl band called Little Mix. One of their members named Jesy, at the time, was being criticized and harassed for being “fat” and “should not be seen in a bikini”. So I looked up her IN a bikini and found a picture, and she looked fine! So I googled what size she was, and turns out, we’re the same size. Honestly I hate Hollywood sometimes, or at least the people that have the audacity to make such crude and awful comments.

  124. Ki says:

    I agree! I hate the way women are constantly under scrutiny too, Cassey. I’m so glad to have found Blogilates because it’s helped me a lot with my body image. I have the opposite problem. I was a really chubby kid and pre-teen, but I’ve been underweight my entire adult life (by about 15lbs). I’ve had guys that I really liked tell me they wouldn’t date me because I was too thin. And you’re right–of course we act like we don’t care, and of course we do. I even kept my working out a secret for months because I was scared that people would think that I had a disorder or something–which I don’t. I want to be strong. It’s kind of hard to get stronger if you’re not working out. LOL. Anyway, over the past 18 months this community really helped me to not care so much when people say things like that, because I know how strong my body is now. I see muscle tone that I’ve never had before. I can do tons of full push-ups (currently working on pull-ups!). You’re beautiful. I’m beautiful. This community is beautiful, and that’s that. 🙂

  125. V. says:

    This is so sad and I wish her all the best in rehab. I’m glad she admitted she needed help instead of continuing to damage her body. The same thing happened to me when I was 14, I was cyber bullied and called fat and ugly. Then from that point on I couldn’t stop worrying about my appearance and at 17, I developed anorexia and it lasted for three years. I dropped from 120 to 90lbs at 5’5. I had never been so miserable, sad, and alone in my life when I had an eating disorder. Now I’m recovered when it comes to eating because I love food and it’s amazing ability to keep us healthy and happy, but I still struggle mentally with my body image, kind of like dysmorphia 🙁 It’s amazing how mean words from someone can ruin your life like that and change your mentality. And for some it lasts a short time and for others it lasts years or a life time. Having an eating disorder is no fun, not only do you lose your health, but your mental health, friends, and life from all the control that it has on you. It’s important to stay strong and fight it as much as possible, don’t lose weight the unhealthy way. Fight those ED monsters by eating healthy and staying fit. And do it for you, NOT FOR ANYONE ELSE. The best decision I made in life is switching from not eating to living a healthy, balanced, fit life that is a lot happier and brighter. Fitness also helped me discover what I want to do when I’m older 🙂

    Thank you Cassey for writing about this, you’re amazing like always <3

  126. Samantha says:

    Great blog post, and congrats on the magazine.

    There really is an “ideal” that is perpetuated; that ideal is youth. The body, face, look, etc. of a 16 year old revered. Most women (and men, for that matter – body image issues cross genders too), don’t stay looking that young forever – bone structure changes, faces mature and no matter whether we want to admit it, we get older.

    There are a lot of teens a part of the Blogilates community and it can be frustrating because some do not understand that this shift does not mean you’re fat, it just means you have hips and wrinkles haha.

    We need to be proud of ourselves – in progress to a healthy, fit body – or otherwise. We’re all different, and thigh gaps, etc. don’t define health and fitness.

  127. It made me really sad to read what people write in the comments sections sometimes. You are my inspiration, you are so dedicated and kind. And I would like to look like you, you are healthy and active and beautiful. So I’m just here writing you a HOPE YOUR DAY IS GOOD post, because sometimes people seem to forget your human just like the rest of us. Yeah some people have more muscle and are thinner, but you are healthy and beautiful so stay Positive and Kind and Dedicated. And have a good day 🙂

  128. Alexia says:

    I applaud you so much Cassey for being the voice of confidence, self-love, and positivity that is so desperately needed in today’s society. You are using your influence to empower girls and encourage us to love ourselves. I had never worried about working out or eating right, until I discovered your videos last year. I realized how fun fitness could be and now I am a health and fitness fanatic. I realized it is something I truly enjoy and working out/eating right make me feel so much more vibrant and healthy. It’s not about being “skinny”, but the feeling of being strong and confident. Cassey, you are a true role model and I’ve loved watching this community grow and I can tell it’s changed so many peoples lives. Keep up everything you do!

  129. Leanne says:

    It really saddens me that others are constantly bashing women for how we look. As long as we’re fit, healthy and happy. That should be all that matters. It makes me really sad to see others bashing you in YouTube comments as well because you inspire me more than you’d ever know and I really admire you with all my heart. You have this fire that burns so brightly and puts a smile on everyone’s faces. I love how fit and healthy you are and I love your body! The blogilates community is my support for all these negative comments <3

  130. Dandara says:

    I’ve been dealing with eating desorder since 2 years ago, because my parents and EVERYONE in my familly started to call me by some bad nicknames like “whale”, than everyone around me where like “Wow, you were so beautiful, what happened to you? you gotta lose some wheight!!”… No one knows that I throw up after eating, I know I’m overweight and I actually didn’t want no one to remind me of that! some days ago my mom told me “Dandara, you NEED to get thin! the world is for THIN PEOPLE! you will never find a boyfriend, you will never get married, and I don’t want you to live with me forever, someday you’ll need to get a life, but fat like this it will be impossible!”… She will never know how this affected me, and still does =C I really wish I could accept myself as I am… btw I’m so happy for kesha, she was very strong aking for help… (Sorry the bad english, I’m brazilian)

    1. Joanna says:

      Dandara, it broke my heart to read your story! Honestly, I know how deep those words sink in and how they affect us in such a powerful way. They echo around in our heads whenever we look in the mirror and we feel like we can never love ourselves. But work against that! Take drastic steps like writing words on your mirror reminding you that you are beautiful, no matter how big or how small. Find other ways to drown out those words that you may hear so that you begin to leave them aside. IT IS POSSIBLE!!

      I know for me it has been a long journey. Only now am I beginning to realize the importance of confidence in myself and how I look. I want it to be my decision to change how I look because I want to be healthy and feel great on a regular basis, not because I have someone telling me that I need to be for their or anyone else’s benefit. I (and this is my personal journey) have also realized that God loves me just they way I am. I NEVER need to change for him. Obviously he wants me to be healthy because he is a loving Father and wants the best for me but how I look or even how smart I am will never change how he feels about me. He has a plan for my life and I can rest assured that HE has planned out a great husband, future and job for me. All he asks me to do is love him back.

      I hope those words encourage you, sister. Keep on keeping on and have confidence in yourself! YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!!! <3

  131. Cherise says:

    Im glad I’m not an actress or famous so I do not have to constantly watch what I eat or do to please the world. People need to sit their kids down and let them know that they are beautiful and that looking like barbie is not a possibility for everyone. Keep up the good work C.

  132. I totally agree with you Cassey. Only a person can make their own choices with their body. It is sad when people go down the route that Ke$ha has recently. I believe Jennifer Lawrence is one of the most beautiful actresses in years! She makes anything look good and she’s confident. I hope she remains a great role model for girls and women… just like you.

  133. Krystal long says:

    Guys, I seriously think it’s ridiculous that our celebrities are being criticized, but criticizing Cassey it stupid and unnecessary. I am 210 pounds and have a brain disease that with weight loss may be cured. Finding free workout videos and calendars is IMPOSSIBLE !!! Add someone who really cares and does these awesome giveaways and meet ups it’s AMAZING! Grow up if you want to criticize please walk away from us POPSTERS who DO want her to continue to help us. Love You Cassey 😀

  134. Maggie B. says:

    Cassey, I’m really glad what you and your sister did!
    I waited for a thing like this for ages!
    Because of your workouts and your attitude towards life
    people now think I look amazing – and not because I’m a size 0, but because I love myself.
    I looking only to getting stronger, confident and happy 🙂
    A big THANKS!

  135. Karly says:

    CASSEY! omg I think you look so fit and sooo beautiful!! I think you should do another bikini competition again!

  136. Jessica says:

    Hey Cassey! I think you look amazing and fit!! I can’t believe that people actually tell you that you don’t look fit or skinny! THEY ARE CRAZY! Everyone’s body is different, and I wish people would just accept that. In a way, I kind of know how Kesha feels. She has people telling her she’s fat, and I don’t think anyone can handle hearing that. My family puts me down, calls me a pig and fat, and they make fun of me for dieting and exercising. Yes, it really bothers me, but I don’t let it stop me! The more they put me down, the more I want to prove them wrong! Cassey you have helped me SO much these last few months, and I am so glad I found the Blogilates community! I have never felt so happy, and dedicated to being fit and healthy before. You truly are my motivation to keep going! Don’t ever change<3

  137. Jo says:

    See, that’s why I love Jennifer Lawrence. And why I love you. You guys keep me in a good place all the time because you have your heart and brain in the right place.
    I love that you’re not like other trainers. Cause some other trainers are so focused on shaping the body that they forget the person who is inside it. And you don’t. It’s not just about a healthy lifestyle. It’s also about a healthy mind. You see both and I deeply appreciate that. That’s why I’ll always be a POPster.
    Love you, Cassey! Don’t let anyone hurt your feelings.

  138. Margaret says:

    I just Love this article. I just love Jennifer Lawrence. I just love you. And I just love Jacklyn’s article about her super-huge burrito.

    Hope you feel the love. <3 xoxo

  139. Crystal says:

    Cassey thank you for everything . You give me hope and you inspire me more than anyone I’ve ever known .

    Crystal Dawn
    Melbourne , Australia

  140. Cheyenne says:

    Hollywood is stupid, all these women we see in movies and television shows are constantly told to lose weight. It’s sick! What do those stupid producers want? An actress so thin that she could possibly pass out of malnutrition? They should think of what it would cost them to have to hospitalize one of their actresses because she starved herself and now has to be fed through a tube for months to stabilize them. I bet they wouldn’t require such strict diets. I’m so glad Jennifer Lawrence drops potential jobs if they tell her to lose weight. In my eyes she is not a fat actress, she’s a real actress not some fake, over tanned, starving one. I appreciate what she stands for with herself. She sees that you don’t have to be super thin to be a success. She’s my inspiration, if I could get down to her size then I’d be happy not having a thigh gap or a flat stomach. She’s gorgeous so if that’s the only size I can get down to, I’ll be one happy girl.

  141. Barbara M says:

    I don’t believe anyone can ever shut the media up on this topic. They got power, money, and photoshop lol. But this media/movie directors can never shut US up. We will talk and fight as much as we want and need to. I think the root cause of the problem are the jean sizes. Nah not really, but to some degree yes.

    Also, if anyone complains to me they are fat I tell them to work out and discourage them on going on a diet. Instead I tell them to eat clean (got that from Cassey ^^). Cassey Ho is one heck of a positive role model!

  142. Luciana says:

    Words can’t describe how much I admire you, Cassey. I go to the gym since 2011 and I have lost 27 pounds, but I still don’t look totally skinny. People say I’m thin, but I’m always trying to lose more and more weight. I live in Peru but I do your exercises everyday, I feel fitter and stronger everyday and even though I wish I looked like Cara Delevingne or Miranda Kerr, I love myself because perfection doesn’t exist 🙂 THANK YOU CASSEY, and when I say thank you, I mean it 🙂

  143. tolly says:

    Cassey you’re such a nice person and you do so much for others! I wish people would stop judging you because your body is absolutely fine. You look very athletic and that’s what the goal is, right? Don’t let anyone get you down Cassey you’re an amazing person! We all love you!

  144. Lauren says:

    Hey Cassey I think you’re gorgeous and I’m so proud of you

  145. Steffi says:

    Cassey, when I workout with you, I find myself smiling at random times. I am in pain, holding those squats, sweating through those burpees and pushing through those push-ups and I find myself smiling.

    Fitness and health isn’t just about the looks and outer appearance. You’ve taught me to love myself, to look at myself in the mirror, at all the flaws and the ‘not beautiful parts of me as society dictates so,’ and i see myself smiling. Because for the first time in my life, I really, truly believe that I am beautiful.

    You’re awesome Cassey. Not just your body, but you as a whole. Your happy outgoing personality, your craziness and your positivity. And no amount of media crap will ever change that.

  146. Angela says:

    Hi Cassey!

    Although Ke$ha’s situation is really upsetting to read about, I’m glad there are people out there like you who are inspired enough to point out all the negative body image influences and emphasize how we have the decision to see other people, as well as ourselves, in a more body positive light.

    What made me even happier upon reading this post was your new body positive magazine! I’m a business major in college right now and I had a semester-long start-up business project. I feel really passionate about teaching others about body positivity and the negative affects of the media, so I convinced my team to work on a body positive magazine that encouraged people to love themselves and still work hard to get what they want. Upon doing research for our magazine, we didn’t find any in existence so we had to compare ourselves to heavily photoshopped magazines when pitching our idea.

    Although our project was a realistic idea, it was essentially going to stay a project but I’m really, really glad that someone (as in you) actually pushed through with this similar idea because I think it’s wonderful and can really make a difference.

    Thank you for everything that you do! 🙂

    1. blogilates says:

      wow that’s awesome! be sure to write jackelyn if you wanna contribute an article about photoshopping or something!

  147. Adriana says:

    Hi Cassey 🙂 In my opinion I think this is so wrong. people shouldn’t be judging others because of their looks. The media can be so hurtful. I know what it feels like, beacuse I was anorexic. I remember most of my childhood being fat. I was tormented by other kids. People around me were really mean. it got to the point I start throwing up..but with help from my family and friends I recovered and know I’m happy and controlling my weight. I love your blog and your videos. you’re an amazing role model . Love from Peru 🙂

  148. Asha says:

    ”I don’t see fat when I look in the mirror. I see strong, driven, and talented.” – As you should, Cassey! You’re beautiful inside and out 🙂

  149. Saffy says:

    This article really touched me. I beat anorexia last year (OMG nearly a whole recovered! Woo!!) and I was looking for some way to build up my confidence and my self esteem again and I found you. You wouldn’t believe the difference you’ve made to my life. I’ve gone from being the shy girl who couldn’t even put her hand up in lectures to singing in front of hundreds at the front of a band and not feeling ridiculously self conscious the entire time. I finally have the confidence to do the things I always dreamed of, and it’s like the whole world seems more colourful. I really hope that Fiterazzi can continue spreading the love, because if you help even one other person the way you helped me, then you’ve made the world a better place.
    Oh, and happy new year! Hope you have an awesome one 😀
    Much love xxx

    1. blogilates says:

      Thank you! love u

  150. Jennifer says:

    I hate reading the negative comments directed at you too that I’ve seen. You look great Cassey!

    I love Jennifer Lawrence more and more. She is the role model in Hollywood many have been waiting for! I hope she continues to be the strong woman she is and continues to speak out about positive body image. This is my favorite interview of hers: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/17/jennifer-lawrence-fat_n_4461455.html

  151. Leandra says:

    If I exercised as much as you do, I’d look a lot different than you too. I’d still be short and I’d still have lower cheek bones, a boxy build, and I wouldn’t have an inner thigh gap. Partly because of my pelvic bone, partly because my thighs naturally have more bulky muscle than long muscle (think football player instead of dancer). Why do people think that everyone can/should look the same way?

    I’ve always loved Ke$ha because her interviews made her sound like a real person. Someone who is very intelligent and is an excellent business woman, who cared about so much more than appearance. When I saw “Timber” I noticed she looked thinner, but it also looked like she lacked some of the energy she had in previous videos/performances. I’m very sad to hear that it was the result of an eating disorder and hope her recovery goes/went well to get her back on top.

  152. David says:

    ….Anyone who makes those comments…i dare them to keep up with you. You’re a friggin MONSTER. I have no idea how long you’ve trained to be able to do these videos with such ease and keep such a beautiful look about you the entire time.

    I bet most of them couldnt get through 2 minutes of that ab routine you just tweeted out.

  153. Rebecca says:

    The ones who speaks bad about your body is SICK. Your body is amazing and beautiful! I have always been skinny as long as I Remember. But now when i started to do your videos and workout more, My legs started to grow and became “larger”. But I’m totaly fine with it, you know why? Because they look STRONG now! They look and are more strong and powerfull (also, My Butt is starting to get really Nice) and I’m finally Proud over Them and The rest of My body . Love you Cassey <3

  154. Alison says:

    I love you Cassey. You are beautiful inside and out. Thank you so much for all that you do.

  155. Liz says:

    No hating here – I think it’s great you are not afraid to talk about eating disorders. But just to be clear, she didn’t get an eating disorder because someone called her fat. Lots of people get called fat and don’t get an eating disorder. She was already predisposed to getting one and perhaps that comment started her spiral into the eating disorder but it didn’t cause it. Eating disorders are not about vanity, they are mental disorders. It’s like how you can’t say someone is an alcoholic because they are around alcohol. The eating disorder is a coping mechanism for something deeper. It’s good to have these discussions about eating disorders because they tend to be taboo but I want to make sure the correct info gets out there. Again, no hate at all I love ya!!

    1. Erin says:

      YES. This, thank you! Eating disorders are, 9 times out of 10 (not scientific research, just based on what I’ve learned/experienced/seen) about control and psychological issues. Many people do end up having a genetic predisposition that can be set off by something, but usually not an isolated incident of being called fat. Even my psychology professor presented our class with a study that said men typically prefer “average” or “normal” (or even bigger) women over very thin ones, but women still had high rates of eating disorders. I honestly just had to roll my eyes. As a recovered anorexic, I never once starved myself to make boys like me or get their attention. It was always something more than that. It’s a mental problem rather than just physical or based in vanity.

  156. Stephanie says:

    Cassey, I really like that you’ve been addressing body image so much lately. Since you are part of the fitness industry, you’re in a position to really influence how women and girls think of themselves. I’m looking forward to continuing working out with you and following you as you continue to educate yourself and others on issues of body image and focusing on body positivity.

  157. Babs says:

    Hey Cassey!

    I love pretty much everything you wrote in this post, but I do have a little issue with the whole Jennifer Lawrence thing. Although her comments do promote body acceptance to an extent, she’s still body shaming people. For example, if Melissa Mcarthy ever said something similar to what Jenmifer has said, she would get bashed just because she IS an actress who suffers from obesity. Lawrence isn’t fat at all and in a way, it is “cool” and “quirky” that she says she eats McDonalds and that she will never starve herself for a role, because in reality she has an extremely healthy and fit body . So, if we really wanna reach a society that is body accepting then we not only have to accept every body type s beautiful, we also have to accept what every perso, no matter what they look like, has to say about their lifestyle and weight.

    1. tolly says:

      I agree with you! I don’t think Jennifer Lawrence should really have said anything because now people glorify her as being a ‘fat actress’. She’s not fat and it sounds REALLY bad coming from her mouth because now girls who have her body shape will think they’re fat! They’ll think she’s ‘fat’ so i must be fat as well. I dislike Jennifer Lawrence for this reason, but otherwise she’s a good actress.

  158. C says:

    I would NEVER have this kind of motivation if it wasn’t for you, Cassey! It make me sad to read all those nasty comments towards you and your body, because if it wasn’t for you AND your body I wouldn’t have bothered to care about food and fitness. I still have a long way to go, but you make the journey so much fun! Love you 🙂

    Love from Norway xx

  159. Rachel says:

    First I want to say that anyone who says anything negative about how you look is crazy! They must be complaining because you aren’t photoshopped! It makes nonsense. You look amazing, healthy, and fit. You are an excellent role model for the people that follow you. You show that you can’t be “perfect” all the time (ie sometimes you really want that burger or you just not feel like working out) and that is totally okay! I think you set a great example of how to live healthy by not be too extreme or restrictive.

    Unfortunately there are always haters. I feel bad for Kesha and all woman who fall prey to the crazy high standard society and pop culture sets for women. I admire Jennifer Lawrence for standing up. She has a great body! Much healthier and a better example for girls to admire. I especially love her quote about looking like a real woman rather than the skinny boy/prepubescent look that is “in fashion”.

    Anyways great post, good luck with the magazine, and I think body image is a great topic to keep discussing.

  160. Erin says:

    I hate the media for what it has done to body image! I’m a huge Pretty Little Liars fan, and I will be the fisrt to tell people how gorgeous the cast is. Because they are. But I’ll also be the first to gush about how talented and simply amazing they are. ABC Family recently released the new promotional poster for the upcoming winter season, and I haven’t seen one positive comment about it. At all. No one likes this poster! The fans hate it, the cast hates it, and the creators of the show hate it. But for some reason ABC Family insists on leaving this terrible image out there. It’s pieced together from photos of the girls from four years ago, and it’s way WAY over airbrushed. Even with two hours of hair and makeup by professionals they don’t look like they do in this poster. It’s awful. I also came across a news story last night about a 15 year old girl that got plastic surgery because kids were picking on her for having a big nose. I don’t think her mother actually encouraged her to do this, but she didn’t discourage her either. Instead of teaching her daughter to stand up for herself or to ignore the bullies, she supported the surgery. They went to a place set up specifically to help children with facial birth defects. There was nothing wrong with this girl’s face, but the doctor decided she had a deviated septum (which might have been true) gave her a nose job and threw in a chin implant. Instead of teaching this girl to embrace herself and see how beautiful she was, they basically told her that there was something wrong with her that she needed to be ashamed of. That’s not good parenting.

  161. Dana says:

    Hmmm. I do believe that words are hurtful. However, I also believe that we are in control of our own actions.

  162. Patti says:

    As a person who has struggled with Eds for most of her life, it saddens me that the world as a whole has yet to change their view of what is “healthy, skin, natural and beautiful” I am a 36 yr old mother of 2 (including a 9 yr old girl) and I FINALLY realized and accepted that being “skinny” isn’t important. Instead being healthy is my main goal. I want low #’s in cholesterol, good bp reading and a positive attitude so that I can live my best life! I hope Kesha gets the help she needs and the negative people out of her life asap!

  163. Kristie says:

    Cassey,

    I just wanted to say thank you to you and your sister! I’m 5’4 and will never be a “typical shape” and size 0 like people “think” I should be. I know who I am in Christ and that’s what truly matters. I workout consistently and eat healthy so I know what I’m doing is right but thank you both for your inspiration!!!!!

    Love ya and keep these amazing workouts coming!

    Kristie 🙂

  164. Ashley says:

    Thanks for saying what needs to be said. Ladies’ lives are being destroyed by this culture.

  165. Iris says:

    Totally agree with you. I love Jennifer Lawrence, but it’s kind of sad that she has to defend herself when she is not fat at all, she has a Marilyn-body tipe, but much more fit. The fame industry is full of people trying to suppress your self-esteem, that is why this diseases happen on celebrities, who seem to ‘have everything’.

    Thank you for your always inspiring words.

    (Cassey, honey, you put blogilates’ Facebook and twitter account where Fiterazzi should be, but don’t worry, I still found them anyway! Super excited about your new project!! Congrats to you and your sister!)

  166. mandy says:

    I’m so tired of having to remind myself that I’m beautiful the way I am. It’s pathetic that I do that constantly every day. But when someone you care about tells you you’re overweight everyday for years, it becomes ingrained. I’ve been away from the negativity for exactly a year and I’ve come a long way in how I look at myself, but I’m not there yet. Thank you for reminding me that I’m PERFECTLY FINE THE WAY I AM, AND IF I CHOOSE TO CHANGE, ITS ONLY TO BETTER MYSELF.. NOT CORRECT MYSELF

    1. Pippa says:

      I grew up in the same kind of environment as well. Both kids and adults would tell me I should stop eating. And my BMI was ALWAYS NORMAL and I would probably need to lose at most 10kg (22lbs)… So yes, I grew up hating my body, myself for having “the” body, and letting my weight control how I feel about everything. And my best friend in high school was the VS supermodel type, who would only eat junk food and never get fat! So most of my life I grew up thinking I just don’t have the right metabolism to be thin, I will never be thin, I will never have that body, I will never, I will never…

      And then, among some steps I’ve taken to become less negative, I’ve started to follow Cassey. I’ve been able to stick to a fitness programme more than before. I managed to understand that working out is not something you do until you drop the weight, but a lifestyle! It’s a tough to work out for an hour, but it’s an hour that’s so important for my mental and physical health! And looks are tertiary to my outlook now!

      And the most important thing helping me change my view is Cassey’s normalcy. She does not look like the typical fitness trainer (all bulky and pumped). Her weight fluctuates throughout the year. She’s honest about what it takes to look like those unreal fitness cover models. It was through her that I understood that the body I want takes work, not lucky genes, and it was because of that that I was able to stick to my work out routine. She exudes confidence and positivity and has such a beautiful attitude towards exercising that I have changed my attitude! I still struggle with the same 10kgs I want to drop (because my diet is crazy but I’m working on it) but, as compared to three years ago I no longer view working out as a chore, but as a way of honouring my body! I am also a lot more comfortable with being off target weight. I no longer hate myself for it and that is the most liberating feeling ever.

      Wow this was long and cathartic…

  167. Lacey says:

    I hate people who fat shame, skinny shame, fitness shame, or anything like that. I was looking back at a picture of me and two of my friends and I noticed I was the bigger of the three, but then I noticed something else. My legs are awesome! They’re not thin and slender, but they’re cute and have a nice tone to them and if I were to be any thinner, I wouldn’t have that. I wish people could focus on what’s great about them as opposed to what makes them feel down. Everyone is different, it’s all about finding what makes you great 🙂

  168. Stephanie says:

    I think Kesha looks great in the bikini photos! Spot on with this post Casey! You are doing some amazing work!!

  169. no_aloha says:

    I am in love with everything Blogilates right now. Cassey, you are gorge!!! You are my fit-spiration/ life inspiration. I’ve already been reading Fiterazzi, and I even ran to the “Short Run” playlist! I helped me push through and beat my time for the mile!

    So happy to have your advice in my life, and I’m so excited to do it year round because I got my 2014 Fit Journal today! I want to carry it everywhere. Blogilates beats any other program I’ve done in the past!! I just feel great.

  170. Zuzanna Krawczyk says:

    I love Jennifer because she’s always just being herself <3

  171. Maria says:

    Hey Cassey! I absolutely love Jennifer Lawrence but I didn’t know about this :c I believe everyone should be admired for who they really are, everyone is unique!! It’s such a shame Kesha was humiliated by that awful man, I hate him too! No man should ever say that to any woman. Everyone should be treated with respect no matter how our bodies look :c
    Congratulations on the magazine I love it!!! About to check the website now 😉

  172. Lynn says:

    I think the media alters the way many people view themselves in a negative way. It’s just not right. I love you Cassey for inspiring and motivating us. There is no one perfect body!

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