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Body Beautiful iPhone App

Posted Oct 06 2011 10:20pm
NEW IPHONE APP HELPS PROMOTE POSITIVE BODY IMAGE IN WOMEN AND GIRLS
First mobile app helps women love their bodies and fight unrealistic standards of beauty About the Body Beautiful iPhone App
Los Angeles, California – Body Beautiful(TM), the first iPhone App designed to promote positive body image among women and girls is now available in the App Store.
Body Beautiful, which has already charted as a top paid app in the Health and Fitness category, features inspirational quotes, media articles, videos and tools to help users cultivate a positive self-image and fight body dissatisfaction.
The app hosts a growing collection of quotes from celebrities, athletes, self-esteem experts and authors such as Tyra Banks, Demi Moore, Ralph Waldo Emerson and even Ben Stiller’s character in the movie Zoolander. Body Beautiful’s unique photo-stamp feature allows users to encourage a friend by imprinting an inspiring quote or phrase on a photo of her.
The content can be easily shared through Facebook, Twitter and email.
Rebecca Bass-Ching , LMFT, and Eating Disorder Specialist, believes using simple tools like Body Beautiful can go a long way in helping women and girls fight body dissatisfaction and disordered eating behaviors.
“With other apps on the market that encourage an unhealthy obsession with numbers on the scale, a narrow definition of beauty, and quick fixes to deep, emotional issues, Body Beautiful gives women a practical tool to fight this toxic atmosphere and connect with each other through encouraging words and images.” says Bass-Ching.
Having experienced her own body image issues, Allie Marie Smith , the 28-year-old developer of Body Beautiful, decided it was time to create a mobile tool to help women like her develop a healthier self-image. Plagued by debilitating low self-esteem throughout high school, Smith struggled with disordered eating habits. “I constantly believed I was fat even though I wasn’t. For a while I took diet pills and would often binge and even throw up. Like many girls, I believed the lie that I had to be perfect to be loved and being perfect meant being thin like the girls in the magazines.”
Smith’s experience is not uncommon. According to a 2008 survey sponsored by SELF Magazine , 3 out of 4 of all American women experience some unhealthy thoughts, feelings or behaviors related to food or their bodies.
“Body Beautiful is a breath of fresh air that will have a powerful domino effect in our culture,” says Bass-Ching.
Body Beautiful features include:
·   “Truth” section includes a growing collection of quotes about true beauty and body-image from celebrities, authors, athletes, and popular songs and movies. Shake your iPhone to change quotes.
·   “Photo-Stamp” feature lets you imprint encouraging messages on a photo of yourself or a friend and share via email and social media.
·   “Pledge” section lets you share the Body Beautiful pledge via email and Facebook and join the fight against the media’s standard of beauty, end “fat-talk”, and love your body.
·   “Buzz” section streams relevant media articles and news stories that promote healthy body image and expose false cultural ideals about beauty.
·   “Extras” include:
o   Links to organizations, resources and videos to inspire and equip you on your Body Beautiful journey.
o   Customizable preferences include ability to put a personal picture on the home screen.
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Body Beautiful is available for download for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch at the App Store for $0.99 US. For more information about Body Beautiful or for interview requests please visit bodybeautifulapp.com or email info@bodybeautifulapp.com .
Body Beautiful iPhone App | The only iPhone App that helps women and girls love their body
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