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Food, Finances & Eating Disorders

By: 
Nina Savelle-Rocklin, Psy.D.

Do you overspend and overeat? Deprive yourself of possessions as well as of meals?   If so, there may be a connection between how you spend money and what’s going on with food.  

Many behaviors with food and finances are strategies to cope with uncomfortable or intolerable thoughts, emotions and conflicts, including, but not limited to, the following:

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Media And Body Image

By: 
Keith Miguel, Communications Intern

Body image. We all have one. We all have an idea in our heads of how we look, in other words, our own body image. We also have thoughts about how attractive or unattractive we perceive our body image to be. How do we come up with our body image? What standards of beauty do we compare our body images to? For our American society, the answers to those questions can be found in the media we consume on a daily basis. 

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“Fat Girl” Halloween Costumes at Walmart?!

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Caitlin Hamilton, Media & Communications Manager

Yesterday, the internet noticed that Walmart was selling plus-sized costumes under the name “Fat Girl Costumes.” Wow…just wow. The retail giant has since changed their website listing, but the aftershocks of the glaring error continue to be felt. (Thanks to Jezebel for flagging this shameful marketing technique.)

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Mod Cloth Makes Moves to Improve Advertising

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Lily Katsova, Communications Intern

Popular fashion retailer ModCloth has decided to take a stand against unrealistic fashion advertisements.  As the first company to sign the “Truth in Advertising Heroes Pledge,” they have made a voluntary vow to no longer use overly photoshopped models on their website or in their ads. The company is also pledging to use models of all sizes and ethnicities, sell clothes in a wide variety of sizes, and listen to feedback from its customers.

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Music Speaks: The Latest Beauty Revolution/Revelation?

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Christina Colon, Communications Intern

Every song carries a message, and many artists have been relaying an important one: Embrace your imperfections. With this new wave of hits exploring the implications of idealized beauty, listeners are being urged to dismiss society’s demand of obtaining a “perfect’ appearance. While this definitely calls for celebration, one must wonder, what exactly sparked this outbreak of empowering anthems?

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B.E.A.U.T.Y

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Nikki DuBose

Since we tend to hear the word beauty used so much nowadays, I want to share what beauty is to me. I wrote an acronym for B.E.A.U.T.Y which stands for “Being Eternal Always Unique Truly Yourself.”

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Actually, Telling Your Child She (or He) is Fat is Not the Best Thing Ever

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Maggi Flaherty, Communications Manager

This week, Time published an online article entitled in its “Ideas” section, “My Mother Told Me I Was Fat, and It Was the Best Thing Ever” in which author Charlotte Alter recounts a conversation her mom had with her at the age of twelve about losing weight.

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Who's the Biggest Loser? All of Us.

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Caitlin Hamilton, Communications Associate

Once again, the Biggest Loser is drawing criticism after the announcement of season 15 winner, Rachel Frederickson. According to the show, Frederickson lost nearly 60% of her body weight over the course of the season. Now fans and critics alike are taking to the internet to sound the alarm that her extreme weight loss is a dangerous example of the show's unhealthy promotion of excessive weight loss and exercise.
 

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Weight Loss Companies Charged with Fraud - “It’s About Time”

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Caitlin Hamilton, Communications Associate

This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged several weight-loss companies with fraud and, to be honest, it’s about time. The products in question – Sensa Products, L’Occitane, HCG Diet Direct and Lean Spa – are just a handful of the hundreds of these types of companies that are peddling products that can contribute to the development of an eating disorder. 

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Lessons in Self-Care: 5 Ways to Survive and Thrive Through the Holidays When You Have an Eating Disorder

By: 
August McLaughlin

“Change happens when you understand what you want to change so deeply that there is no reason to do anything but act in your own best interest.” — Geneen Roth

Food, family gatherings and thankfulness are centerpieces of many Americans’ holidays—often in that order. These very traits commonly deemed attributes are precisely what make the food-centric season challenging when you have an eating disorder, which can make festive food displays daunting and the company of others intimidating

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