Sunday, April 19, 2015

Are Scare Tactics Causing More Harm Than Good?

How to live in a processed world and make right choices. Do scare tactics work? I know the new documentary Fed Up declares that scare tactics have worked for decreasing tobacco sales. Personally, I worry that scare tactics will actually contribute to more fat shaming, diet shaming and finger pointing. I was really surprised that […]

How Online Support Improves Your Relationship with Food

I’ve always believed that my Yahoo Food and Feelings message board and Facebook “Normal” Eating page help troubled eaters feel better about themselves and their relationship with food. Now an article entitled “A burden shared” in the 1/31/15 issue of The Economist (page 72) gives me hope that what I’ve assumed might be true. Although […]

Tinder and The Age of Online Dating

Tinder has become all the rage recently; all of my friends are talking about matching with someone or getting a message, and I’m over here like what the heck is Tinder? Do you mean the thing you start a fire with, that sort of tinder? As a 23-year-old graduate student I wouldn’t say that I […]

Stop Competing with Others, Compete with Yourself

A major characteristic of people I treat for eating problems is that they frequently compare themselves to others. Sometimes they do this consciously but, honestly, most of the time I don’t think they have a clue that they’re doing it. There’s nothing wrong with a healthy dose of competition, but there’s everything wrong when you […]

Miss District of Columbia USA 2010, MacKenzie Green, opens up about online bullying

Please tell us about yourself and what you do? My name is MacKenzie Green.  I guess most people may know me as former Miss District of Columbia USA 2010.  I was not a pageant girl growing up; I was a jock, former Junior Olympian and D1 athlete, so entering in to the world of pageantry […]

Media Literacy Minute: Condescending Clairol

Do women need to change regularly to keep their man “guessing” and interested? Apparently, Clairol’s Nice ‘N Easy brand thinks so. In a thirty second spot that airs across multiple platforms, including cable and web, the viewer is in need of a change, regularly. (See the spot here.) The guy in the add tells us […]

This Year’s Goal: Learn To Love Your Body

Graciously re-posted courtesy of www.yourtango.com/experts/laura-cipullo, It’s a brand new year. Typically, we start January with ambitious new year’s resolutions that we may or may not have real success with. This year I ask you to step out of the traditional box and resolve to forgo the gimmicky “I will’s.” Instead, I urge you to join […]

How to Deal with Holiday Food Pushers & Have Fun!

The holidays can be a whirlwind of calories and obligations pulling at you from every corner. To counteract all that chaos do the following three things: 1) Make a list of what honestly sounds fun for YOU during the holidays.  That could be anything from trimming your own tree solo with a glass of wine […]

Challenging the Thin Ideal

Graciously re-posted courtesy of www.psychologytoday.com/blog/eating-mindfully Approximately 50-70% of adolescent girls report feeling dissatisfied with their body. This dissatisfaction has been associated with a number of negative consequences including increased negative affect, decreased physical activity, and eating disorders. Exposure to media portraying the thin ideal of beauty has emerged as a cause of body dissatisfaction. Cognitive […]

Low-Fat Love 101: Facebook during Challenging Times

Facebook has become a meaningful part of my life. Years ago I wouldn’t have predicted that, but the world has changed, and personally, my life has as well. After more than a decade as a college professor I left academia to be an independent researcher and author. Since I now work from home, Facebook is […]

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