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Back Talk: Look, Don't Judge

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Objects in mirror are fitter than they appear.

Come On, Guys

The cashier lady is waiting for my money, but I'm riveted by the puckered celebrity butts and thighs on the cover of a tabloid at the checkout. Normally I might snicker guiltily, but this time I snap out of it: OMG -- it's spring! Open season on cellulite. My cellulite.

Soon my nonfamous butt will be at the beach and, with it, Kens and Barbies potentially critiquing its lack of separation from the backs of my thighs.

When FITNESS recently took the temperature of our collective cattiness, 44 percent of readers polled said it's fair game to size up other women's bodies, now that they're popping out of short shorts and peeking out of crop tops. And get ready to suck it in, because the poll also named abs as the body part about which we are most judgy. Then there are the bikini police -- the whopping 79 percent of you who admit to raising an eyebrow at any pudgy woman who dares to do a two-piece.

But forget the deck chair posse. Turns out, the toughest critic we'll have to face is right under our own shades. Yep, 89 percent of you say that you judge yourselves most harshly of all.

Maybe this year, if we obsess less about where we all stand on the continuum between swimsuit model and manatee, we'll get back to finishing our cheesy beach reads. Or better yet, get our butts off our blankets.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2014.


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