It’s been a very busy summer my end. Since moving to Victoria, BC this spring, I’ve been spending lots of time meeting other healthcare professionals to talk about what I do for a living- empower women to become all that they dream of being. One topic that always comes up is eating disorders and women’s problematic relationship with food and their bodies. Many of these health professionals have asked me to come up with a handout or article on how to help someone with an eating disorder, as well as tips for preventing eating disorders in our youth. So here it is… How Do I Help Someone with an Eating Disorder? The first section is adapted from The National Eating Disorder Information Centre […]
Hello Dear Readers, I wrote a second article for My Fitness Pal on eating with more awareness. Please check it out and pass on to others who may need help with this.
I recently came across a blog that made me smile from ear to ear that I just knew I had to share with you, my dear readers. Since I wrote about body image strife in the last e-zine, I thought a nice, empowering follow-up would be an introduction to my new ‘health-at-every-size’ champion, Ragan Chastain, a large woman who’s an award-winning ballroom dancer and creator of the fabulous blog, Dances With Fat.What impressed me even further was watching her dance videos! Boy, can that woman move…and so fluidly. Check out her videos, follow her on twitter, and even better, learn to love and accept the body that you have; regardless of it’s particular shape or size. Also, check out her […]
Hello Dear Readers, This ‘swimsuit issue’ will look a whole lot different than Sports Illustrated and I say it’s about time. Those things really piss me off and I’m guessing they don’t make you happy either. Here are some sobering facts: Over 24 million people suffer from some form of an eating disorders, and the root of these problems are often linked to rampant advertising that portray skinny, overly-bronzed, hyper-sexualized women as the ideal woman. A study found that 3 minutes spent looking at a fashion magazine caused 70% of women to feel depressed, guilty, and shameful. Sources: http://www.anad.org & http://www.bradley.edu/thebodyproject/ Which brings me to a funny but hopefully helpful tale: It’s June and I’m in sunny Osoyoos for the entire month to escape […]
Normally, I try to avoid talking about weight loss, being an eating disorders therapist- it can be a touchy subject indeed. But lately, I’ve come to realize that there is what I believe to be, a balanced approach to losing a bit of extra weight if you really need to for health reasons. How did I come to this realization, you ask? Personal experience of course! Turning 39 recently has brought with it much appreciated wisdom, calmness, material comfort, and settling comfortably into myself- all of which I prayed and longed for in my teens and twenties and for which I am forever grateful. However, the not-so-easy-to-deal-with aspects have included graying hair, wrinkling skin, downward pointing breasts, and alas, weight […]
I am seeing more and more women ages 30+ in my practise who are struggling with disordered eating. Many people think that eating disorders are only for teens and women in their twenties, but research shows this is absolutely false. In fact, the following statistics will most likely shock you. I was lucky enough to attend a fabulous presentation recently called “The Weight-Bearing Years: Eating Disorders and Body Image Despair In Adult Women” given by Margo Maine, PhD, & Ann Kearney-Cook, PhD. Here are some very sobering statistics these two experts give on midlife women and eating disorders: In 2003, 1/3 of inpatient admissions to a specialized treatment center for eating disorders were over 30 years old. 43 million adult […]
Thanks to Twitter, I’ve been able to connect with some amazing women who also have as their goal helping women love and appreciate their bodies exactly as they are. One of my new friends is Dara Chadwick, author of “You’d Be So Pretty If… Teaching our daughters to love their bodies- even when we don’t love our own” She kindly sent me a copy of her book and I devoured it with gusto. In fact, in a phone conversation we had, I told her that I wish that I had written this book because it’s all about what I try to teach mothers about raising their daughters to be whole, healthy, and self-confident people. If you are a mother of […]