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This Thanksgiving, Banish the Body Bashing

This is a strange Thanksgiving in the Tartakovsky household, one that I didn’t think I’d be spending this way, this soon. This year, we’re spending Thanksgiving without my dad. He passed away in August, three days shy of his 58th birthday.

This Thanksgiving, I’ll try my best not to think about or feel guilty if I have too many bites of apple pie, if my outfit feels too tight, if I have surplus spoonfuls of stuffing. None of that seems important. In fact, this...


Overcoming Emotional Overeating: Q&A with Stephanie Vincent

I've already had the great opportunity to speak with two women about their eating disorder recovery (you can find the interviews here and here). I hope to regularly feature Q&As with individuals who’ve recovered from eating disorders, binge eating, negative body image or any kind of disordered eating. If you’d like to share your story of recovery, I’d love to hear from you! You can email me at
Have you ever eaten to numb the pain? Ever overeaten because you were anxious...


12 Ways to Become Proud of Your Body

Whether you're constantly worried about your weight, busy bashing your body or, from time to time, find yourself criticizing your appearance, we could all use a body image boost. Last week, we talked about food, body and eating disorder myths with some fabulous bloggers. Today, I'm happy to present their effective tips for building a healthier body image and being proud in your own (sensational) skin.

From eating disorder specialist Stacey Rosenfeld, , who writes Does Every Woman Have an Eating Disorder?

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Navigating the Holidays: Q&A with Marsha Hudnall

I'm so thrilled to feature an interview with Marsha Hudnall, MS, RD, CD, director and owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run, a women's retreat for healthy living without dieting. She contributes to the blogs A Weight Lifted and We Are the Real Deal, both must-reads! I absolutely love her work and philosophy.

I contacted Marsha to get her take on all the holiday eating hoopla. Below, we talked turkey (sorry, couldn't help it :) ) about healthy eating advice,...


Eating Disorder Recovery: Q&A with Kate Le Page

Last week, I had the wonderful opportunity of talking with Therese Borchard about her recovery from an eating disorder. I hope to feature Q&As with individuals who've recovered from eating disorders regularly. If you'd like to share your story of recovery, I'd love to hear from you. You can email me at
I'm so pleased to present today's interview with Kate Le Page, the author of GoodBye Ana, a powerful collection of poems about her battle with and recovery from eating disorders....


A Battered Body Image, Part II: Ideas for Not Missing Out

Having a “fat day,” not finding something flattering to wear or outright hating our bodies has made us miss out on many things. We’ve missed out on good times with friends and making friends. We've missed out on dating and dances. Trying out for a sport. Trying on clothes that we like. Kicking butt on a job assignment. Being good to ourselves.

I’ve listed a few suggestions below on quieting our harshest critic (ourselves, of course!) and not missing out.

1. Explore why. When you...


A Battered Body Image: Missing Out

If you’re having a "fat day," do you stay in?

Does a fat day dictate whether you get together with your girlfriends or even run a few errands? Does finding a flattering outfit to wear determine your plans? If you can’t find the perfect slimming dress for tonight’s party, do you decline the invite?

Does how you feel about your body change how you structure your day or how your day goes?

Years ago, as a college student, I distinctly remember standing in my walk-in closet,...


Yoga, Eating Disorders & Body Image

Recently a pilot study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, found that yoga was effective in treating adolescents with anorexia, bulimia and eating disorder not otherwise specified (or EDNOS, the grab bag category, which includes eating disorders that don’t fit the criteria for anorexia or bulimia).

Specifically, the study looked at two groups: one group received standard care, which involved an appointment with a physician or dietician every other week; the second received standard care plus yoga.

Immediately after the yoga sessions, teens reported...


Eating Disorder Recovery: Q&A with Therese Borchard

Today, I’m happy to present an interview with Therese Borchard, who contributes regularly to Psych Central and has her own popular blog, Beyond Blue. There, she writes candidly and thoughtfully about her struggles with depression and anxiety. Her memoir "Beyond Blue: Surviving Depression & Anxiety and Making the Most of Bad Genes" will be released in January 2010.

Below, Therese talks about her eating disorder, recovery and what families can do to help a loved one.

1. How and when did your eating disorder...