Saturday, April 19, 2014

Am I Only 77% as Valuable as a Guy?

Lately, we have been hearing a bit more in the media about the economic standing of women in the United States. Some of us might have heard that in forty percent of households women are the primary or only breadwinner. And we may have also heard that women make an average of seventy seven cents […]

No Upside to Body Comparisons

Once again, I’m grateful to a client for bringing up an issue that too often plagues disregulated eaters: the compulsion to compare your body with that of others. In this, the most fat-phobic, thin-obsessed period in the history of the world, comparison may seem like normal behavior. But, truth is, it’s anything but. My client […]

Negative Emotions: Toxic or Healthy?

“Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.” —Carl Jung Experiencing negative emotions is an unavoidable dimension of human life: fear, anger, jealousy/envy, anxiety, depression, insecurity, hopelessness, inadequacy, etc. We all grapple with these feelings at one time or another and on any given day their intensity can be minute, moderate or severe. Either way, […]

Low-Fat Love 101: Pop Culture as a Gendered Landscape

March 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Media Literacy, Self Esteem

I haven’t posted a new blog for a couple of months because I have been finishing up a couple of book projects that have taken up my time. I hope to get back to monthly blog posts here but in the meantime I’d love to share what I have been working on, which in many […]

Thick Skin, Soft Heart: Our Recent Interview with Actor Geno Segers

Geno, thank you so much for being a part of our organization’s mission of building mental fitness in all youth. Can you tell me more about your interest in this work and how it resonates for you? I have always had a close connection to this issue as a couple of my family members suffered […]

How to love your body. No Seriously!!

I see many different lists of how to love your body and improve body image. These lists are often filled with beautiful affirmations and postivity however for many people struggling with negative body image or deep insecurities with their body, affirmations are not enough. I created a simple list of ways to start to challenge […]

awww, you’re so cute!

46% of 9-11 year-olds are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets, and 82% of their families are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets 42% of 1st – 3rd grade girls want to be thinner 51% of 9-10 year old girls feel better about themselves when they are dieting 9% of 9 year olds have vomited […]

Don’t Tell Yourself You Don’t Care Around Food

Do you know the three words you never want to say to yourself when you’re faced with eating decisions? “I don’t care.” Say them and you know what food- and body-abusing road you’re heading down. The fact is, you do care. You care, you care, you care! Not long ago, I was privy to observing […]

Quotes for Healing, Support and Inspiration

Wisdom quotes you carry in your pocket or post on your wall can inspire your mind and heart plus help keep you on your recovery path.  Here are a few you might not know. This one is a guide for anyone with separation difficulties. Blog this!Bookmark on DeliciousDigg this postRecommend on FacebookShare on LinkedinShare on […]

Am I an Instrument or an Ornament?

I just read a wonderful article on The Huffington Post. In it, Jennifer Aniston interviewed Gloria Steinem about life and feminism in 2014. It’s full of tons of great information but one especially potent statement stuck with me. Steinem said that women are taught to think of our bodies as ornaments and men are taught […]

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