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Pathological dieting: precursor to eating disorders

August 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Dieting, Eating Disorders, Featured

This guest post provided by Heidi_PsyD from The statistics are eye opening: one out of three women and one out of four men are on a diet at any given time. Maybe not such a surprise in our weight-obsessed culture of thinness. This mentality has spawned a diet industry with liquids, supplements, books and […]

Of Fatness and False Benevolence

March 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Fat Acceptance

Kim Bensen and Meme Roth are individually building careers out of harming fat people and calling it “help”. Their methods differ, but the game is the same.

The commonality between Bensen and Roth and others like them is an egocentric delusion. Each believes she has the one and only true answer to the “obesity problem”. They see themselves as crusaders; Florence Nightingales to the fat masses who can’t seem to help themselves, poor things.

But their “concern” for fat people is a sham – and not even the messiahs themselves are able to see it. To recognize it, and further to admit it, would shatter their apparently delicate psyches.

But I think it’s time to call the bullshitters on their phony benevolence, to bring into question their misguided “aid”. Let’s pull away the downy baby blankets that protect their deeper motivations to wage war on other people’s bodies.

“… But I Don’t Have Time …”

February 18, 2010 by  
Filed under Fitness

“…I don’t have time.”

This is the #1 excuse people give for why they aren’t living healthier lives.

Kim’s “Big Butt” Problem

December 17, 2009 by  
Filed under Body Image

A friend shared this Examiner article with me about Kim Kardashian (whose valley girl voice and omnipresence both annoy me to no end), where the reality starlet moans about her “big butt” and talks about dieting her 5’2 frame down to 109 lbs.

“Kim says being called “the Tush” by bloggers and a “fat donkey” by former Miss USA Shanna Moakler really got under her skin.”I wasn’t heavy, but I was being criticized left and right,” she told People. “It really brought me down.”

Miss Lori says her Mii avatar won’t weigh her down.

December 14, 2009 by  
Filed under Obesity

I was very lucky recently to be invited to host a party for the Wii Fit Plus. 16 of my girlfriends and I gathered and learned about the game. Then we got to practice our moves amidst laughter and cackles. It was fun! I was able to bring the game and balance board home to […]

I’ve been Exposed

October 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Activism, Body Image, Loving Your Body

I’ve been everything from a size 4 to an 18. I bore a child. I’ve had plastic surgery. I’ve weighed daily and hardly ever at all. I’ve binged. I’ve fasted.  For most of my life, I’ve been consumed with nothing but disdain for my body. I may carry too much weight for some and be […]

When Does “Diligence” End and “Obsession” Begin?

October 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Body Image

For many people, there is a very fine line between “diligence” and “obsession” when it comes to healthy living.

You could argue orthorexia (an all-consuming obsession with healthy eating/living) is just as bad a problem as more traditional eating disorders such as binge eating, anorexia, or bulimia.

50% of us weigh in daily or weekly, is this a good thing?

October 18, 2009 by  
Filed under Eating Disorders

We launched a poll asking the community “How often do you weigh yourself?” on July 23, 2009 (the poll can still be accessed from the right sidebar). A total of 893 women participated. Here are some of the statistics I found to be most interesting: 1) Over 50% of us are weighing in either daily […]

Incentivizing Health in the Workplace

September 26, 2009 by  
Filed under Fitness, Obesity

I feel extremely fortunate (particularly in this turbulent economy) to work at a company where employees not only have health insurance, but also were encouraged to “get healthy” with a new wellness program that was initiated this spring. After completing a total-body composition assessment, each employee was given a nice budget to use for a […]

Step 1. Self-Acceptance

August 7, 2009 by  
Filed under HAES, Self Esteem

Last year I wrote a short series on my blog called 3 Steps to a Healthier YOU! In it I shared how I changed my thinking and my habits. This was Step 1 of the 3 things I changed about my approach to “dieting.” I call this the chicken egg problem of weight loss. What […]

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