The brain is an amazing organ, but it’s not as clever or evolved as we think it is. For instance, we may think we’re telling it to do one thing, while it hears our instruction as just the opposite. Not great when you’re trying to avoid unwanted eating. Here’s a common mistake—and its fix—for handing [...]
Happy 20th Anniversary! Twenty Years. TWENTY Years. Two Decades. A Score. An infamous date in the life of Sgt. Pepper and his band. The amount of time I lived before College Graduation. (Your math is fine, I graduated early). The amount of time my son has been alive. For those of us who are parents, [...]
For as long as I can remember my weight has been the topic of conversation and concern. I was “treated” by many physicians and specialists as a child and young adult for my weight problem- generally unsuccessfully. The many doctors appointments were a source of great shame and fear for me, never knowing what would [...]
If you wish to reach your goals (who doesn’t?), don’t get seduced into making New Year’s resolutions. Why? Because research says resolutions don’t work. Paradoxically, by not making them, you may be more likely to achieve and maintain your goals. According to The New Year’s Resolutions That Won’t Fail You by Oliver Burkeman (NEWSWEEK, 12/24/12), [...]
“Recovering from my family vacation.” “If I could remember your name I’d ask you where I left my car keys.” “Could you speak up? My son’s a bassist!” Before there were Facebook status updates there were T-shirt status updates. I was and still am a big fan of these tees. They provide just enough information [...]
November 27, 2011 by Robyn Hussa Farrell
Filed under Anorexia, Athletes, Binge Eating, Bulimia, Disordered Eating, Eating Disorders, EDNOS, Expressive Arts, Males with Eating Disorders, Mental Health, Recovery
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, [...]
When Lady Gaga was recently asked by the magazine if there’s anything special she does to maintain her figure, other than dancing a lot and possibly hitting the gym as well every once in a while, Gaga’s answer was as blunt as it is potentially upsetting for the fans who look up to her. “It’s [...]
I am reading this great book by Valerie Frankel called “Thin is the New Happy” and in it she gives a very interesting statistic about parents and daughters. (The book is about the author’s life; how growing up she was tormented by her mom about her weight, i.e., put on Weight Watchers at the age [...]
It’s surprising (and sad) to see a totally fit, attractive guy like Ryan Seacrest talking about how he needs to lose weight. Last Friday (while home sick, recovering from H1N1) I got to watch Ryan on Ellen. I never get to watch her show, so it was the “silver lining” to being sick. But I [...]
I didn’t realize until last night how uneven-handed some size acceptance advocates are about stripping fat vocabulary of its unflattering undertones.
Last night, I broadcast two posts through an e-mail service called Help A Reporter Out (“HARO”), seeking interview subjects for articles I’m writing related to fatness and fitness. In both posts, I used the word “obese”.
And I caught shit for it.