It seems to me that there are two kinds of fat shaming: about what and how much a person eats and about their size. Why does fat shaming happen? The simple answer is because we all let it happen. We need to call this abuse by its name and stop it in its tracks—make it taboo—or it will continue. You can start by not shaming yourself. Shaming someone about what or how much they eat…

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By Liana Rosenman, Co-Founder of Project HEAL I first want to stress that I do not believe that eating disorders, and in particular, anorexia, are caused by the media and society. Eating disorders are complex psychological and physical illnesses that have a myriad of causes. However, the media and society do not make things any better, and can make things worse for some people struggling with eating disorders. As much as I would love to…

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If you are going to get past fat shaming—letting others do it to you and doing it to yourself—you will have to understand the dynamics of why and how it happens. If you are still allowing (yes, allowing!) fat shaming to happen, then you are part of the problem. Remember, it takes two not only to tango, but for shaming to take place. An article in The Guardian online, “Fat-shaming: how the slim and sanctimonious…

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Several months ago, I had the privilege of speaking to nearly 100 dads across the country whose daughters are either suffering or in recovery from an eating disorder. At the conclusion of my remarks, I shared the fact that one of the most meaningful and powerful encounters I’ve ever had with my daughter in terms of relationship-building centered around a “Letter to Dad” she had written at the urging of one of her counselors. The…

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What do mirror neurons have to do with eating? Quite a bit, says Megan Ross, PhD candidate, LPC, R-DMT, GL-CMA of Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center in “Mirror Neurons in Eating Disorder Treatment.” Located in the brain, “mirror neurons respond to the movement of another living being.” In this process, the neurons in one animal (human or otherwise) may get triggered just by watching the actions of another animal.” During 1990s testing on monkeys, scientists…

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Many years ago, when I was in 10th grade, we had to do a “pig lab” in which we dissected a baby pig. As a sensitive 13 year old, this horrified me and I spoke with my Biology teacher about how I would rather not participate. To which he replied, “Do you eat bacon?” The next day I became a vegetarian. By the time I went to college, 4 years later, I became actively anorexic.…

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Taking action does not have to mean "BIG" action.  Ed of course will tell us that little action is useless.  He will say to us, very gently and with a great show of concern, that he is really quite sorry, but if that small thing is all we feel willing or able to do, it really won't be any help. He is wrong. WRONG. WRONG. Each moment is only one tiny second long. In that…

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I frequently have discussions with clients about whether or not to eat breakfast. Although we’ve been told repeatedly that we “should” eat it, many people simply have little appetite in the morning or, wanting to save time, prefer to have breakfast when they get to work. Here’s the latest on your morning meal. The debate rages in “Breakfast Downgraded From ‘Most Important Meal of the Day’ to ‘Meal’” by James Hamblin (MSN news, originally printed…

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As if there aren’t enough differences between men and women, science is now telling us that we’re farther apart than we might think in terms of eating and weight. According to “Uneven struggle: from food cravings to moral support, men and women diet differently” (Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Health & Fitness, 8/26/14, 5-7E), there are major dissimilarities between the sexes. Fortunately, recognizing these differences can help each gender become more like the other in positive ways. Because…

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