It’s Healthy Weight Week!

We hear a lot about an obesity epidemic.  But here’s what I think is the real epidemic — body dissatisfaction and the unhealthy methods employed to change our bodies into something they were never meant to be. So I was thrilled to be a judge for this year’s Body Image Awards, which are given each […]

The Body Connection: Nia & a New Program Director at Green Mountain

We’d like to introduce you to the newest member of the Green Mountain family — Barbara Meyer, PhD, our new program director. We’re thrilled she has joined us, and we think you’ll be very excited to hear about some new things she’s bringing to our program. As a PhD in Health Education, Barbara knows that […]

Fight Weight Stigma with Pleasure

In our classes at our retreat that explores issues surrounding weight loss for women, we talk a lot about connecting the mind and body.  It’s one of the best ways to bring yourself back into the moment to understand what kind of nourishment your body really craves when you want to turn to food for […]

It Happened This Week – Michelle Obama and Gwyneth Paltrow Criticized During NEDA Week

In honor of this being National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, today the focus is on women’s body image in the public eye. And there has been plenty of talk on this topic recently… On his radio show on Monday, Rush Limbaugh criticized Michelle Obama’s dinner. The First Lady, whose wellness initiatives hope to teach children about fitness […]

It Happened This Week – Title X Funding, Aretha Franklin, and Simple Changes for Weight Loss

Many critics this week were decrying the effect proposed legislation might have on women’s health care. Several bills have been proposed recently that would decrease funding or even eradicate the Title X Family Planning program, which Nixon signed into law in 1970 to fund health clinics. One bill would stop all funding to any clinic […]

It Happened This Week – Food Trends for 2011, Resolutions and Revolutions

Resolutions?  Nah.  We prefer revolutions, such as the one encouraged by the Health at Every Size movement.  Instead of making shallow promises to diet, why not switch perspective to that of health, well-being, and loving yourself no matter what?  Model Isabelle Caro's death due to complications from anorexia was announced this week.  She was 28.  Known […]

It Happened This Week: Women & Chocolate, Sleep Problems & Weight Gain, and More on the Media

Salon.com explores why women like chocolate and men like beer.  Is it nature or nurture?  Nurture might win as what women and men like seem to change both within and among cultures. More and more evidence is cropping up that sleep problems contribute to weight problems.  This time, researchers found that middle-aged women who report […]

The Comparison Game

Why can’t I have Gwen Stefani’s abs, or Jennifer Aniston’s chin, or my co-worker’s clear complexion????  Well, basically the answer is, because I’m not them.  My genes are different; my lifestyle is different, so of course we don’t look the same.  While it’s common knowledge that we all are different, why is it so easy […]

Fat Kids Number One Target For Bullies

US News & World Report reports on new research which suggests that being an overweight kid at school increases the risk of being bullied. My first reaction? Was research really necessary to prove such a claim? I guess the most telling result of the study proved that being a fat kid trumps all other reasons kids get […]

Network Execs Act Like Boobs Over Boobs

Some of you may have already heard all the fuss around a Lane Bryant lingerie ad which didn’t hit the airways last week because it was deemed to be of an inappropriate nature.  ABC pulled the ad (which was to run during “Dancing With The Stars”) and FOX demanded “excessive edits” for the ad which […]

Binge Eating, Body Image, FitBloggin’ & Health At Every Size

I returned from the first ever conference of the Binge Eating Disorder Association all fired up…again…about the value of the tenets of Health at Every Size as guiding principles in helping our society overcome the current epidemic of body dissatisfaction and related disorder eating/eating disorders.  Research continues to point to how changing our thinking to […]

When Weight Loss Is the Ultimate Indicator of Success

If you haven’t visited Michelle Cantrell’s wonderful site Venus Vision, stop what you’re doing right now and go check it out.  Its purpose:  To promote self acceptance and help you love the person you are.   If my encouragement to check out Venus Vision doesn’t get you to, maybe Michelle’s post below will. If you’ve read […]

It Happened This Week: The Fat Thin, Body Image, Bungy Jumping & Getting Miz on Ellen

Even the thin can be fat, as pointed out in a Mayo Clinic study covered in the Wall Street Journal this week.  “Normal weight obesity” affects almost 30 million Americans, according to the researchers.  Which to me supports the health at every size (HAES) message that it’s our health, not our size, that’s really worthy […]

It Happened This Week: From Eating Like You Want Your Kids To to Trashing the Scale

The American Heart Association got a jumpstart on Heart Month (February) by announcing its new campaign “Today’s the Day.”  The goal:  Help prevent heart disease among women.  It’s our #1 killer.  Love some of their tips, which show up somewhat disguised as lines such as “Today’s the day I eat what I’d want my children […]

It Happened This Week: America the Beautiful, Boycotting Ralph Lauren, Clean Water & Go Fish

Venus Vision reviewed America the Beautiful, a documentary that asks “Who benefits from women not feeling beautiful?”  I haven’t seen it yet, but after I finish this post, I’m going to go enter the contest to win the DVD.  You can, too, if you enter by today (December 11). Darryl Roberts, director of America The […]

Can We Force People to Be Healthy?

This is a cross-post from one of my recent posts on WeAretheRealDeal,  a body image blog that was introduced at last summer’s BlogHer conference at a panel discussion on body image and blogging.  I’m pleased to join the blog as a contributor. Self-efficacy is a big word.  Okay, two words.  It’s about our belief in […]

Why Are We Trying to Look Like Someone Else?

Many of you are too young to remember Art Linkletter and his tv show “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”  The word “darndest” alone tells us this show was a long time ago!   But I digress. The show was all about kids saying things that their parents would be horrified to hear come out of […]

It Happened This Week: Loving Our Bodies, Halloween Candy, and First Lady PLAYouts

A new study, published in the September 2009 issue of the Journal of Health Psychology, shows that workout frequency can help improve body image.  The study claimed that the act of exercise – not necessarily to get in shape – boosts the exerciser’s body image.  The study also claimed that the more people exercised per week, […]

Stop The Fat Talk

My favorite classes in this healthy weight loss program revolve around the issue of body image.  It’s a huge topic that holds great importance when one is trying to change and develop a healthy lifestyle.  You need to feel good enough about yourself to do the hard things that will make you healthier.  You need […]

It Happened This Week: Greek Mussels, Calorie Counting vs. Intuitive Eating, & TV Cooking Shows

No, it isn’t Thursday (our usual day to post recipes).  It’s just that I love this picture and I love the recipe even more!  It’s called Mussels Saganaki and is featured on Kalofagas.ca.  Kalofagas means “gourmet” in Greek.  So now you also know the blog is about Greek food, which is one of my favorites […]