Monday, March 30, 2015

Childhood Anorexia and P.A.N.D.A.S. – A Missing Link?

New evidence suggests some cases of childhood anorexia nervosa may be caused by a treatable syndrome called PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections). When I started researching PANDAS I came upon hundreds of stories of healing. Some were heartbreaking to read and learn what the children and families went through. But most end with […]

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 […]

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 […]

Interview with ESPN anchor, Bram Weinstein: True happiness is seeing my kids smile

Please tell us about yourself and what you do? I am a native Washington transplanted to central Connecticut working at the Worldwide leader in Sports ESPN as a studio anchor and reporter. My main role is anchoring Sportscenter. I’m married with two children, aged 5 and 2.  Do you find the pressures of working in your […]

Interview with MTV’s Faking It star, Senta Moses: “You have to be true to who you are”

Please tell us about yourself and what you do? I’m an actress. I’m originally from Chicago and I moved out to Los Angeles when I was sixteen to continue my career in film and television. I like to joke that I was a child actor…but ya know, without a drug problem. Can you tell us […]

An Interview with Renowned Feminist Author Patricia Leavy about Low-Fat Love

An Interview with Renowned Feminist Author Patricia Leavy about Low-Fat Love   Patricia Leavy, Ph.D. is an independent scholar and novelist (formerly Associate Professor of Sociology, Founding Director of Gender Studies and Chairperson of Sociology & Criminology at Stonehill College). She has published eighteen books including the best-seller Method Meets Art: Arts-Based Research Practice (Guilford […]

Helping Men Be More Needy

Yes, the title is provocative. Purposefully so. Here’s why. I recall as a kid being perplexed when my mom played her records and I heard Barbra Streisand singing “people who need people are the luuuckiest people in the woooorrrlldd.” Aside from finding mom’s music nauseating, the idea of “needing” other people seemed like weakness and […]

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 […]

How Control Issues Morphy Into Body and Weight Issues

Control is a major issue for us all. We want to control our environment and people’s behaviors to help us survive and thrive. Although we have little control over either when we are children, we become more empowered as we mature. But, fact is, we will never have complete power over our lives, even as […]

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