Friday, January 13, 2017

To Say Or Not To Say.. That is The Question?

                                        “Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”  Working in the field of addiction and eating disorders, as well as being in eating disorder recovery myself, I have […]

Actress Writer Laura Wilcox Thinks You Are Lovable ‘As Is’

Please tell us about yourself and what you do? I am a comedian, which is kind of a broad term. But in my case that means I am a writer and actress. I also do improv, sketch comedy, and some storytelling/stand up at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in both New York and LA. I […]

What Are We Really Afraid of in Becoming Fat?

When clients talk about not wanting to be “fat” or become “fat,” I ask them what exactly that means to them. What images do they conjure up, what do those images say about them and the society we live in, and what is having a “fat” body all about for them, whatever their current weight? […]

An Exclusive Interview with Author Patricia Leavy about Low-Fat Love Stories

Patricia Leavy, Ph.D. is an independent sociologist and best-selling author. She has published twenty-one books, earning critical and commercial success in both nonfiction and fiction. She is also the creator and editor for seven book series with Oxford University Press and Sense Publishers and a blogger for The Huffington Post and The Creativity Post. Patricia […]

Authentic Body Love in the Media

This week Lane Bryant released an ad campaign that we at #RealDeal are proud to get behind. A giant leap forward in ending weight stigma and fueling body acceptance.  Brava! Robyn Hussa Farrell Editor, #RealDeal

Which Stage of Change Are You In?

Most of us probably were raised to believe that if you want to change, you simply need to try hard enough and you will. In some circumstances, that can be true. Pushing yourself a wee bit more can sometimes initiate or accelerate change. But most of the time that we say we want to change, […]

An Exclusive 20-Question Interview with Author Patricia Leavy about 20th Book Release

Patricia Leavy, Ph.D. is an independent sociologist and best-selling author. She has published twenty books, earning critical and commercial success in both nonfiction and fiction. A bona fide publishing maven, she is also the creator and editor for seven book series with Oxford University Press and Sense Publishers. She’s also a blogger for The Huffington […]

Self-compassion Is the Key to “Normal” Eating

Many people lack self-compassion, but it’s especially crucial for people who’ve come to hate their food failures and bodies. Make no mistake, lacking self-compassion puts you on the fast track to self-hate, so it’s a quality that none of us can afford to be without. First off, self-compassion is not: accepting unhealthy habits, giving up […]

#WhatIsBeautiful Interview with #MakeItFair Founders

Robyn Hussa Farrell, Editor of #RealDeal, interviews Nadia Quinn and Patricia Noonan, two of the Founders of the #MakeItFair campaign to learn how they define beautiful.  (see the full interview about #MakeItFair here) 1.  What is the #MakeItFair campaign? #makeitfair is a call for gender equality in the stories we tell, the wages we earn, and the future we […]

Healthy and Happy: The Positive Role Team Sports Play on Adolescent Girls

Do you remember what middle school was like for you? If you’re like me, you probably try not to remember. Being a teenager is difficult.

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