Archives for January, 2010

Why It’s Time to Change Our Thinking About Weight: A Q&A with Linda Bacon

Fat is vilified in our culture. That, unfortunately, is a fact. We think that weight loss will lead to many a splendid thing, including health and success. We think diet and lots of exercise will help us lose weight and maintain it. We're always on the lookout for the next secret to weight loss, some pill, supplement, new workout craze, anything that'll bring us closer to reaching our goal.

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Q&A on Eating Disorder Recovery with Kendra, A Voice in Recovery, Part 2

I’ve already had the great opportunity to speak with many women about their recovery from eating disorders and emotional eating (you can find the interviews here). I hope to regularly feature Q&As with individuals who’ve recovered from eating disorders, binge eating, negative body image or any kind of disordered eating. If you’d like to share your story of recovery, I’d love to hear from you! You can email me at mtartakovsky@gmail.com.
In part two of my interview with eating disorder survivor and advocate Kendra Sebelius (see her fantastic Facebook page and Twitter account here), she talks about media misconceptions, why she became an advocate and specific ways families can help. You’ll also find a long list of recommended resources – and much more.

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Eating Disorder Recovery: Q&A with Kendra Sebelius, A Voice in Recovery

I’ve already had the great opportunity to speak with several women about their recovery from eating disorders and emotional eating (you can find the interviews here). I hope to regularly feature Q&As with individuals who’ve recovered from eating disorders, binge eating, negative body image or any kind of disordered eating. If you’d like to share your story of recovery, I’d love to hear from you! You can email me at mtartakovsky@gmail.com.
I'm really excited to present this interview with Kendra Sebelius, also known as A Voice in Recovery. Kendra is a very active eating disorder advocate. She has both a fantastic Facebook page and Twitter account, where she posts relevant news, research, articles, blog posts and discussions. I think she does an amazing job. Being an eating disorder advocate is a full-time job and Kendra already has a demanding full-time job as an accountant.

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A Positive Body Image, One Thought at a Time

Every Monday features a tip, exercise, inspiring quote or other tid-bit to help boost your body image. For many of us, Mondays are tough. We may feel anxious and stressed out, anticipating an arduous week, especially if we didn’t get much rest and relaxation during the weekend. These kinds of feelings don’t create the best environment for improving one’s body image. In fact, you might be harder on yourself and easily frustrated. You might even feel like you’re walking on egg shells – with yourself! With these posts, I hope you’ll have a healthier and happier body image day, that’ll last throughout the week.

Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky@gmail.com, and I’ll be happy to feature it. It can be anything you do that’s healthy and helps boost your body image. I’d love to hear from you!
All of us, at some point in our lives, have bashed our bodies. And for some of us, it's as routine as brushing our teeth:  In the morning, as we crack open one eye and catch our reflection in the mirror,  we instantly notice how fat our arms are. We say some snide remark to ourselves about their pitiful shape. After lunch, we comment to ourselves about the thickness of our thighs. After dinner, we think about our bulging bellies. At night, we do a full body scan in the mirror and just say "Ugh" before collapsing into bed, falling asleep to a litany of negative thoughts.

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Do Your Friends Dictate Your Body Image? (And 8 Tips To Help)

Remember when we were younger: We dressed like our friends, listened to the same music, were involved in the same activities and had many similar habits. If our friends said something about our looks, teased us about our weight or made a snide remark about our outfit, we'd take notice and those comments would likely stay with us for a long time.

Maybe we'd throw that outfit in the back of our closet, so we'd never ever wear that ugly thing again. Maybe we started paying more attention to our looks, wondering why we had to look a certain way to elicit negative comments. Maybe we became much more self-conscious.

We also might've adopted our friends' habits...If your friends starting dieting, did you? If your friends wanted a greasy meal at lunch, did you want it, too? If they refused to eat dessert, did you also sign the petition? If they started some silly (read: potentially dangerous) crash diet, did you? If your friends started exercising, did you get on the treadmill, too? One study found that adolescent girls influenced each other's unhealthy habits, including dieting and extreme weight-loss behaviors.

But is it all that different now?

Do your friends still influence how you eat and exercise and how you feel about your body?

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Q&A on Eating Disorder Recovery with Dr. Bjorndal, Part 2

I’ve already had the great opportunity to speak with several women about their recovery from eating disorders and emotional eating (you can find the interviews here). I hope to regularly feature Q&As with individuals who’ve recovered from eating disorders, binge eating, negative body image or any kind of disordered eating. If you’d like to share your story of recovery, I’d love to hear from you! You can email me at mtartakovsky@gmail.com.
Here is part two of my interview with naturopathic doctor Christina Bjorndal about her struggles with an eating disorder. Below, she talks more about the resources that helped her recovery,  how family members can help and much more.

If you didn't get a chance to read part one, check it out here.

8. What are some misconceptions about eating disorders, particularly how they’re portrayed in the media?

Ah, the media – best to avoid them all together!! I am not a big media fan as I believe that many magazines, in their advertising efforts, actually PROMOTE eating disorders.  Recent campaigns by Dove have been helpful at bringing reality back; however, many businesses have a LONG way to go in changing the marketing and advertising messages they have used for decades. I actually quit my job as Head of Marketing in two organizations as I felt that marketing was a creative way to “play with people’s minds.” I didn’t feel good about doing that, despite the fact that I was selling financial freedom in one company and health in another.

Interestingly enough, as I am answering these questions, there was a snippet on the radio that said “a new study shows that curvaceous figures are in favor (i.e. Beyonce or Kate Winslet ) versus the thin, wafer look (i.e. Kate Moss).”

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Eating Disorder Recovery: Q&A with Dr. Christina Bjorndal

I’ve already had the great opportunity to speak with several women about their recovery from eating disorders and emotional eating (you can find the interviews here). I hope to regularly feature Q&As with individuals who’ve recovered from eating disorders, binge eating, negative body image or any kind of disordered eating. If you’d like to share your story of recovery, I’d love to hear from you! You can email me at
Today, I'm happy to feature another interview on eating disorder recovery with Dr.
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Uncovering The Shape of Your Past

Every Monday features a tip, exercise, inspiring quote or other tid-bit to help boost your body image. For many of us, Mondays are tough. We may feel anxious and stressed out, anticipating an arduous week, especially if we didn’t get much rest and relaxation during the weekend.

These kinds of feelings don’t create the best environment for improving one’s body image. In fact, you might be harder on yourself and easily frustrated. You might even feel like you’re walking on egg shells – with yourself! With these posts, I hope you'll have a healthier and happier body image day, that’ll last throughout the week.
I am a combination of my mom and dad in the looks department. I have my father's nose, his ears and his smile. I have my mom's eyes, and, according to many people, we look like sisters, especially when I'm wearing makeup.

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