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Women's Health magazine bans phrases 'bikini body' and 'drop 2 sizes' from cover

It's New Year's resolution time, and in the January/February issue of Women's Health, the magazine itself is making a couple of biggies.

According to editor-in-chief Amy Keller Laird, Women's Health will never again feature the phrases "bikini body" or "drop two sizes" on its cover.

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Carrie Underwood poses on the front of Women's Health.

"Dear 'Bikini Body,'" Laird wrote in a letter from the editor. "You're actually a misnomer, not to mention an unintentional insult. You imply that a body must be a certain size in order to wear a two-piece. Any body — every body — is a bikini body."

Laird explained that they'd rather emphasize the real "benefits of getting a strong-as-hell core," such as "running, surfing, dancing, climbing, being able to carry a 2-year-old up and down the stairs 10 times a day."

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As for "dear 'Drop Two Sizes,'" Laird blasted the words the magazine has used so often.

"We've been in a relationship for most of WH's 10-year history, so it's tough to tell you this, but the time has come," she wrote. "Yes, it's true that many of us are looking to drop a few pounds — surveys and studies prove as much. But two sizes in one month? Not super practical or even all that healthy."

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The changes come on the heels of a recent survey, in which the magazine asked readers what they like and don't like about the cover. While "toned," "strong" and "sexy" were hits, the now-banned words were misses.

Also on the miss list? "Shrink" and "diet," but the publication already nixed those words earlier in 2015.

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