Culture

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

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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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Political Pun or Blatant Fat Shaming?

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Caitlin Hamilton, Communications Associate

The recent Time magazine cover of newly re-elected New Jersey governor Chris Christie, calling him the “Elephant in the Room” is more than just a political pun in bad taste – it’s blatant fat shaming. 

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"Lessons That I Wish I Knew Before" and More from Dr. Insel, Director of the NIMH

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June Alexander

EATING DISORDERS ARE FAMILY DISORDERS

Eating disorders are family disorders. Keynote speaker at this year’s National Eating Disorders Association Conference, Dr Thomas Insel, spoke from the heart.

The Federal government shutdown meant he could not speak as director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) so Dr Insel, the father of two children born in the late 1970s, spoke as a parent.

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Something "Needs Improvement," But It's Not Your Body

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Caitlin Hamilton, Communications Associate

The phrase, “Needs Improvement” seems like a fair way to assess the spelling or cursive handwriting skills of an elementary school student. But the body composition of an adolescent child? Perhaps not.

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Love Your Body Day 2013: Why a Day of Body-Love Matters

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August McLaughlin

Dream on it. Let your mind take you places you would like to go, and then think about it and plan it and celebrate possibilities. And don’t listen to anyone who doesn’t know how to dream.” — Liza Minnelli

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NYC Promotes Positive Body Image With Its New “I’m a Girl” Campaign

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Claire Mysko

“I’m Beautiful the Way I Am.” That’s the message at the center of a public education campaign launched by the city of New York this week. The #ImAGirl campaign features NYC girls—not professional models—in a PSA as well as print ads that will appear on subways, buses and kiosks throughout the city.

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