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Archives for February, 2012

Eating Disorder

NEDA Week: Eating Disorders In Midlife

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Misinformation about eating disorders abounds. One of the most common myths is that eating disorders largely affect young, white girls.

But EDs don't discriminate. They affect people of any age, race, religion size, shape and sex.

Today, I want to focus on an often neglected group: women in middle age. Even when it's recognized that middle-aged women struggle with eating disorders, the talk almost always turns to cultural...
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Eating Disorder

Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Helping Someone Who Is Struggling

Yesterday marked the beginning of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Since this year's theme is "Everybody Knows Somebody," I think it's important to discuss how you can help someone who might be struggling with an eating disorder.

Below, Bonnie Brennan, MA, LPC, NCC, clinical director of the adult partial hospitalization program at the Eating Recovery Center, reveals some of the signs of eating disorders, how you can talk to someone you...
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Body Image

Dismantling Our Damaging Stories & Creating New Narratives

The stories we tell ourselves about our bodies, about our weight, about our worth play a major role in our lives.

If you tell yourself that your weight dictates your worth, and the number isn't what you want to see, there's no doubt that the decisions you make in your self-care, relationships and other areas will be negative.

If you tell yourself that you're weak for eating dessert, you'll continuing...
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Body Image

3 Meditations To Minimize Anxiety & Stress

How many times have you overeaten because of nerves? Or not eaten because of stress?

How many times have you started a diet thinking that it would make your anxiety or stressful life go away?

How many times have you bashed your body when anxiety about something else was the real gnawing issue?

Anxiety plays a significant role in body dissatisfaction and disordered eating --- and in many different ways.

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Body Image

Is Makeup Bad For Our Body Image? Q&A With Adrienne Ressler

Can you leave the house without wearing makeup? If you can, do you still feel good about yourself --- or not so much?

What role has makeup played in your life? Is it a  tool to enhance your features, a fun way to experiment or a security blanket?

According to a 2011 survey conducted by The Renfrew Center Foundation, almost half of their female sample reported having negative feelings when they don't wear...
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Body Image

Following Your Heart: Part 2 With Sui Solitaire

{a self-portrait by sui solitaire}
Here's part two of my interview with Sui Solitaire, who writes the blog Cynosure. Yesterday, we talked about what inspired her to write the e-book The Thing about Thin and why pursuing thinness prevents us from following our dreams.

Today, she shares the importance of listening to your heart and reclaiming your own power --- even though our society seems to...
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Body Image

Ditching The Desire For Thinness For Your Dreams: Q&A With Sui Solitaire

 
The pursuit of thinness narrows our lives; it forces us to focus on scarcity, on what we don't supposedly have, on how we're supposedly flawed and limited.
This reminds me of what Golda Poretsky of Body Love Wellness writes in her book Stop Dieting Now! 25 Reasons to Stop, 25 Ways to Heal.  She explains that dieting creates a notion of lack and the scarcity spreads to our entire lives, not...
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