Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Great Princess Debate: messages on sexuality, body image and relationships

I was 10 years old when Disney’s Aladdin came out in theaters. I grew up on Mickey and adored the music and magic of the full-length feature films, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the more recent (at that time) Little Mermaid. I remember watching a scene in Aladdin in which Jasmine attempted to seduce Jafar […]

Not Cool Facebook… Not Cool.

October 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Body Image, Fat Talk, Media Literacy

I was innocently updating my status from my phone today and saw this option… Fat is NOT a feeling.

A Love Letter to My Daughter

Dearest. As I fed you at 4 o’clock this morning I admired your beautiful face: the curve of your check, the peacefulness of your gently closed perfect eyelids with their fan of lashes, the ski slope curve of your up-turned nose. You are everything you need to be. You are beautiful, not because society says […]

Childhood obesity initiatives, we must do better!

September 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Body Image, Featured, HAES, Prevention, Weight Stigma

I have a very specific memory of a class project that my second grade class did for math in 1990. We were supposed to weight ourselves to get a number that then we would use in an equation. I was 8 years old and had spent quite a bit of time at the doctor being […]

Fashion retailers and size discrimination- you have more power than you think!

Something that Plus Size women have known for years is finally coming to the surface in various news outlets: weight and size discrimination is not only prevalent but often intentional. Recently the Huffington Post exposed high end athletic brand Lululemon for their intentional sizeist practice of removing “larger” sizes from the front of the store […]

The Truth About Your Body: It’s Beautiful!

Young children know something that many of us have forgotten at some point along the way. We may even have decided that this truth that many children know without a doubt, is false. As children we know that our mothers are beautiful, in fact we are certain that they are the MOST beautiful women in […]

Being a Critical Consumer of Social Media: my imperfect birth story

My daughter is sleeping, one of her sporadic 2-3 hour breaks between diapers, feeding, crying, rocking and snuggling. I became a mother three weeks ago and I must say it has not been what I expected. I wanted to write a little about some things I have learned, or more accurately re-learned, during the last […]

Function over Form- how to engage in body image work

February 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Body Image, Featured, Pregnancy, Self Esteem, Wellness

While I was training on my internship in Upstate New York, I had the privilege of working with the most incredible woman, Dr. Melissa Fallon. She was wise and wonderful, a beautiful soul who would become a mentor and hero to me that year and beyond. We ran a Body Image group with the college […]

Size Stimga in the Medical Community: my recent reminder.

For as long as I can remember my weight has been the topic of conversation and concern. I was “treated” by many physicians and specialists as a child and young adult for my weight problem- generally unsuccessfully. The many doctors appointments were a source of great shame and fear for me, never knowing what would […]

Body Image SHE-roes!

November 13, 2012 by  
Filed under Body Image, Featured, Role Models, Self Esteem

In my clinical work and when I do speaking engagements I often encourage women to identify body image heroes, or as I like to call them “SHE-roes.” After all you can’t be what you can’t see and we could all benefit from a little modeling of healthy self and body esteem, no matter where we […]

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