Friday, October 28, 2016

Why the Biggest Loser Participants Are Now Big Gainers

I never watch “The Biggest Loser,” the hit TV show. It has always made me cringe and want to cry. Why? Because eating and weight is my field, I’ve known for decades that diets don’t work long term and can actually make you fatter. In fact, it may surprise you to learn that science knew […]

Fit to Fat to Fit. Are you kidding me?

January 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Body Image, Featured

There is a new series that is supposed to give fitness trainers a glimpse into the world of those of us that have a difficult time losing weight. I find myself perplexed. On the one hand, I am thrilled that trainers will understand why we do not come to gyms. On the other hand, I […]

Why Diets Don’t Work and Can Make You Fatter

Though you’re aiming to become a “normal” eater, do you ever secretly consider returning to dieting? Do you envy dieters’ rapid weight loss? Or blame yourself for a lack of will power and an inability to keep weight off? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please read on to learn the scientific […]

From Diet To Disorder: How To Tell When You’ve Crossed The Line

Graciously re-posted courtesy of With the recent press surrounding The Biggest Loser winner Rachel Frederickson’s dramatic weight loss we felt it was appropriate to share the article When It’s No Longer a Diet by Laura Cipullo, RD CDE CEDRD CDN. What starts as a simple effort to lose weight can become a catastrophe if you are […]

A Disease of Self Hatred

  On Wednesday, June 19, 2013, the American Medical Association (AMA) announced that its House of Delegates (against the recommendation of AMA’s own expert committee tasked with studying the issue) “voted to recognize obesity as a disease state with multiple aspects requiring a range of interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention.”  Several excellent responses […]

Announcing Binge Eating Disorder Week, May 27-31

Hopeless…desperate…defeated…disgusted…guilty…ashamed These are the words with which I open an article I wrote explaining binge eating disorder (BED), as part of the upcoming BED week, May 27-31. These words describe the difficult feelings that plague those who struggle with BED.  And the feelings can go much deeper than that, to increase risk for depression and […]

Weighing In: The Yay! Scale

Weighing ourselves.  It’s an activity fraught with anxiety for many (most?) women.  That’s understandable as we’ve been raised to measure our worth by what we weigh.  So when we get on the scale,  if it doesn’t tell us what we want, whatever mood we were in is destined to head downhill. Knowing our weight can […]

ED 101 — A Film About Eating Disorders

This is our first post from Robyn Hussa, President of Normal in Schools (NIS). She started NIS driven to bring to our schools education about eating disorder through theater (or as Robyn would say “theatre” but I’m not so hip to the art scene). We all think we know everything about eating disorders, after all we are suffers, […]

Read My Hips

September 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Dieting, Fat Acceptance, Loving Your Body

This is an excerpt from WATRD Contributor Kim Brittingham’s book Read My Hips. See accolades at the bottom of the page! —— I don’t ever remember my mother being fat, and yet I clearly remember her dieting.  When I was growing up, she read many women’s magazines — Redbook, Family Circle, Woman’s Day.  As a stay-at-home […]

How many “I hate my body” moments have you had today (already?)

This guest post provided by Heidi_PsyD from Despite some trends to the contrary, many young women continue to experience negative very body image Glamour magazine’s yearly survey. And although this may not be “news” to many who are aware that women are unhappy with their looks, the sheer numbers were astounding. The challenge: Glamour […]

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