Archives for March, 2011

Body Image

When You Experience A Body Image Relapse

A few weekends ago, I went to Tampa, and lost my body image in just a few hours.

I was feeling confident one day. In fact that day.

But then I let old insecurities and self-doubts determine my mood, my day and my self-image.

I felt like how I used to when I stepped on the scale and my world was shattered if the number proved unsatisfactory.

Years of progress had become undone,...
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Body Image Booster: 5 Ways To Strengthen Your Self-Respect


Mondays can be rough for many of us, and this doesn’t create the ideal environment for building a better body image. To help you turn that around, every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit to help boost your body image – and kick-start the week on a positive note.

Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and...
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Q&A On Eating Disorder Recovery: Lessons For Others, Part 3

Here's part three of my interview with Cathy and Julia, a mom and daughter who've talked candidly and thoughtfully about the effect an eating disorder has had on their relationship.

(If you haven't yet, check out Julia's story in part 1 and Cathy's perspective in part 2.)

Again, I want to reiterate that families can serve an important role in helping their kids through recovery. The key is to get educated about eating disorders and help your child find someone who specializes...
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Q&A On Eating Disorders: A Mother’s Perspective, Part 2

{Julia now}

Here's part two of my interview with mother and daughter Cathy and Julia.

Yesterday, Julia shared her struggles with an eating disorder and how this affected her relationship with her parents. (Read it here.)

Today, Cathy shares the difficulties of understanding her daughter's eating disorder, how their relationship suffered and ultimately how they were able to strengthen it.

I also want to mention that parents, family and friends can play an...
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Q&A On Eating Disorder Recovery & Relationships


Today, I'm pleased to present an interview with mom and daughter Cathy and Julia. I think this is a special opportunity to share with you both perspectives of an eating disorder told by two amazing women in their own words.

Specifically, in this 3-part interview, Cathy and Julia talk about how their relationship was affected and eventually strengthened.

But before you learn about that, in part one, Julia recounts her struggles with an eating disorder...
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Body Image Booster: 10 Ways To Have Fun With Fashion


Mondays can be rough for many of us, and this doesn’t create the ideal environment for building a better body image. To help you turn that around, every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit to help boost your body image – and kick-start the week on a positive note.

Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at mtartakovsky at gmail dot com, and I’ll be happy to feature...
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Eating Disorders & Comorbidity: When An ED Isn’t The Only Disorder




Today, I'm honored to present a guest post by author Nicole Johns. Below, she talks about the underlying issues that fueled her eating disorder, and how she recovered by addressing both.

I first learned about Nicole when I reviewed her book Purge: Rehab Diaries for Psych Central. (You can read my review here.) In short, I loved the book for its raw honesty, hopeful...
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Beauty & Body Image: Straddling Two Cultures

In her book, Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image and Growing Up Latina, author Rosie Molinary talks about the pressure Hispanic American women can face in living between two cultures.

Each culture has its own beauty ideals, so they're bombarded with various, sometimes conflicting, messages.

She writes:
"Thus, as Latinas we can be caught between two standards of beauty-not feeling beautiful in either culture, or feeling beautiful in one, but not the other....
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A Lesson In True Beauty

"My mother is the kind of woman that people can't just walk 's beautiful. People stop on the street or crane their heads in restaurants to stare. She has really dark, long hair and big brown eyes," 19-year-old Angie told author and body image expert Robyn Silverman,

(Silverman features Angie's story in her book Good Girls Don't Get Fat: How Weight Obsession Is Messing Up Our...
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