Archives for June, 2011

Binge Eating

An Expert’s Struggle With Binge Eating & Her Successful Recovery

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As I said yesterday, sadly, people with binge eating disorder (BED) can feel a lot of shame and embarrassment about having the disorder. They feel totally out of control and blame themselves for their wilting willpower. They beat themselves up because they think they should be able to stop bingeing on their own or that binge eating somehow makes them a bad person.

But please know a few things:...
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Binge Eating

Myths About Binge Eating & The Challenges Of Recovery




Today, I'm thrilled to present my interview with Amy Pershing, the executive director at PershingTurner Centers and clinical director for The Center for Eating Disorders in Ann Arbor, MI. Amy isn't only an expert in treating binge eating disorder (BED) but she's also an advocate for Health At Every Size and intuitive eating. (Read more about Amy below.)

Binge eating is a topic I keep returning to because like other...
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Body Image

What Is Your Passion?


When I was deep in the body image black hole, I could barely see past my stuffed stomach, hefty hips and thunder thighs.

I could barely see past calories counts, low-fat, no-fat, weigh-ins, women's magazines, guilt and shame.

It's not surprising. When our minds are focused on our physicality, when we develop this tunnel vision for thinness, we have difficulty focusing on anything else.

When I was in the midst of thinking...
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Disordered Eating

How To Build Healthy Relationships Despite A Harsh Inner Critic

Yesterday, Katie wrote a fantastic post (as always!) about being yourself. Basically, she blurted out a curse word in front of strangers at a networking event. The big deal? Well, Katie never curses. She did so in this case to be cool, to be liked.

Wow.

Wow because I have been there. So. Many. Times.

So many times I've blurted out things I didn't really mean to fit in, or tried to make myself...
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Body Image

Your Positive Body Image Starter Kit


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 it. I’d love to hear from you!
Today, let's chat about the simple ways you can start building a better body image.

While your body image is like an...
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Body Image

Bravery In Unexpected Places


This post was written as part of the Self-Discovery, Word by Word series. This month's word is "brave," hosted by Dana at Body and the Brood. Here's how to participate. And be sure to check out her eloquent post on the small "b" bravery.
It's been so hard for me to see some of my actions as being brave, because I thought that I was weak for so many...
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Body Image

Fat Stigma & Dieting Run Deep: 5 Surprising Facts From History

I used to think that fat hate was a product of the 20th century - starting with the Roaring 1920s, peaking in the 60s with the popularity of Twiggy and perpetuated by the diet and weight-loss industries of today.

Unfortunately, I was wrong. (Well, about fat hate being a fresh 2oth-century invention; definitely not the part about the diet industry.)

I'm currently reading Fat Shame: Stigma and the Fat Body in American Culture...
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