For years, Cyndi hid her overweight frame under baggy clothes. She says she got dressed in the dark because she hated how she looked. Not anymore.

These days, this 48-year-old mother of two flaunts her toned figure in sleeveless tops and super-short dresses. Carson says women like Cyndi who've lost weight often go too far in showing off their new bodies.

Cyndi may love her style, but it's starting to affect her career. As a professor of journalism at the University of Missouri, Cyndi says some of her students and co-workers don't take her seriously. "Some faculty friends would say that the reason I get some conflicts in the classroom might be because I look more like the students," she says.


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