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Archives for October, 2011

Body Image

Body Image Booster: How To Take Care Of Yourself


Tomorrow marks the second year that I've been writing Weightless. To celebrate, I thought we'd reminisce a bit. So I'm sharing my first-ever Monday body image-boosting post, which debuted on January 11, 2010. Hope you find it helpful, and it starts your week off on a nice note! And thanks so much to everyone for reading, commenting and coming back!
Body image goes beyond your weight, size and silhouette. “Body image can change based...
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4 Ways To Truly Love Yourself

Yesterday, we talked about a practical way (thanks to Therese!) to build a solid and positive self-image. Today, let's talk about other ways to cultivate love and confidence in your inner core.

The first year Weightless was born, I spoke with Christine Arylo about what it means to truly love yourself. Arylo founded the movement Madly In Love with ME and wrote the book
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You’re More Than Your Belly, Butt & Breasts: Building A Self-Esteem File

In our society, our physical appearance gets top billing. That's why so many people focus so hard on wanting to be thin or muscular or whatever. We assume that a societally-acceptable appearance will bring us more confidence.

We'll lose a few pounds and suddenly gain a backbone and a better self-image. We'll have super-strength self-esteem, impervious to insults, cruel remarks, stress and anything else unpleasant and hurtful.

But we know this idea is pure...
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The Impact Of “Fat Talk” On Kids & What Parents Can Do

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Last week was "Fat Talk Free Week." Today I wanted to continue the conversation because it's so common for people to bash their bodies. And now it's become common for kids and teens to do so, at younger and younger ages.

Below, Elizabeth Easton, PsyD, clinical director of child and adolescent services at the Eating Recovery Center, discusses whether fat talk is a new phenomenon,...
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Self-Worth, Spirituality & How We Spend Our Days: Part 3 With Ellen Frankel


This is the last part of my interview with eating disorder expert Ellen Frankel. Frankel is the co-author of The Diet Survivor’s Handbook: 60 Lessons in Eating, Acceptance and Self-Care and Beyond a Shadow of a Diet: The Therapist's Guide to Treating Compulsive Eating.

Recently, she published the novel Syd Arthur about one woman's search for true contentment after years of living by diet rules, calorie counts and scale results.

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The Fantasy Of Weight Loss & Finding True Fulfillment: Part 2 With Ellen Frankel


Today, I'm sharing part two of my interview with the amazing and always insightful Ellen Frankel, LCSW, who’s specialized in the treatment and prevention of eating disorders for over 15 years. She's also author of the recently published novel Syd Arthur (see the synopsis below).

Here, Frankel talks about the common belief that weight loss will complete a person's life, how to cultivate a healthier relationship with food...
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A Novel About The Pursuit Of Thinness & Something Greater: Q&A With Ellen Frankel


I'm incredibly honored to present my interview with Ellen Frankel, LCSW, who's specialized in the treatment and prevention of eating disorders for over 15 years. Now a full-time writer, Frankel is author of the recently published novel Syd Arthur about a woman entrenched in the diet and thinness-equals-happiness mentality who finally starts searching for something more meaningful in her life.

If you remember, Frankel is also co-author of...
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15 Ways To Love Your Body


Every Monday features a tip, activity, inspiring quote or some other tidbit that helps boost your body image, whether directly or indirectly — and hopefully kick-starts 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!
October 19th is Love Your Body Day. To celebrate this upcoming occasion, I'm sharing...
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When Do You Feel Best In Your Body?

Back in July, I interviewed the incredible Amy Pershing, LMSW, director of the Pershing Turner Centers in Annapolis, and clinical director for the Center for Eating Disorders in Ann Arbor.

When I asked her about powerful ways to boost our body image, she said something that especially caught my attention:
One thing I like to do is think about the times you were really enjoying being...
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