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Archives for August, 2011

Eating Disorder

What Full Recovery From An Eating Disorder Means

There's very little consensus about the definition of recovery in the eating disorder field. As eating disorder expert Sarah Ravin, , told me in an interview here on Weightless:
Some research studies loosely define recovery as no longer meeting full criteria for the eating disorder. For example, recovery from AN could involve restoring weight to the point that the person is above 85% of IBW (Ideal Body Weight) and...
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Body Image

Body Image Booster: Take Action!

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!
Gretchen Rubin of The Happiness Project featured the following quote on her blog:
“Action may not always...
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Binge Eating

Coping With Stress In Eating Disorder Recovery

Yesterday, we talked about preventing and managing eating disorder relapses. Setbacks are common, but that doesn't mean you can't fully recover.

Like the eating disorder experts emphasized yesterday, the critical part is to learn from your relapses. (Speaking of which, Carrie, from one of my favorite blogs, ED Bites, has an excellent post today on learning from relapse.)

One of the things that can commonly trigger a setback is stress. And an...
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Disordered Eating

Preventing & Managing An Eating Disorder Relapse

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When you're trying to recover from an eating disorder, setbacks can happen. In fact, relapses are quite common. But the key is to use them as learning opportunities, adjust your treatment and try to move on. Sometimes, you may be able to prevent a relapse.

For more information on relapse and what individuals can do, I spoke with Pam Cleland, MS, LPC, an aftercare coordinator at the...
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Body Image

The Meaning Of Balance For Body Image

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In April, I interviewed  a researcher about attaining a work-life balance. Her first words to me were: There's no such thing as balance.

And trying to reach a so-called balance is akin to reaching perfection. In other words, it's not going to happen, and we're going to drive ourselves insane along the way.

(Here's the piece if you're interested.)

Both Christie and Anna wrote thought-provoking posts...
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Body Image

More On Loving Your Body & Living Large

Here's part two of my interview with Kim Brittingham, author of Read My Hips: How I Learned to Love My Body, Ditch Dieting and Live Large.

In her memoir, Kim writes eloquently about her desire for thinness, the many years she spent dieting and hating her body and how she finally found self-acceptance and self-love.

I can't say enough great things about this book: It not only has a powerful and meaningful message,...
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Body Image

How One Author Learned To Love Her Body & A Giveaway!

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Today, I'm super excited to present my interview with the wise and inspiring Kim Brittingham, author of the beautifully written memoir Read My Hips: How I Learned to Love My Body, Ditch Dieting and Live Large. I loved this book and highly recommend it. (You can learn more about the book here.)

Below, in part one of our interview, Kim talks about finding self-acceptance, redefining...
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