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Change My Life: How to Talk to Kids About Disabilities

Some of our family and friends have "disabilities." Of course, yours do too. My kids ask questions about their friends' disabilities. Sometimes adults use letters — ADD, ADHD, OCD — to describe these disabilities, other times they use…
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Jess Weiner & Eating Disorders

Oh the hoopla over Jess Weiner's article in Glamour Magazine, "Did Loving My Body Almost Kill Me?" going to a doctor, finding out that she's 250 pounds, pre-diabetic and her cholesterol sucked and then having the audacity to do something about…
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Kate Moss & Girls' Body Reality

I read all these stories that suggest Kate Moss should be burned at the stake for saying her motto is, "Nothing tastes as good as thin feels." Sarah and the Goon Squad has a funny, light-hearted and compelling post about it. Instead of being…
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Disordered Eating

When I was in college I lived on a pack of cigarettes, a cup or two of coffee and one $1 hamburger a day. I'd go to the grocery store and spend like $20. Ramen and Kool-aid were good choices, because you could get 10 for a $1. That's 10 meals…
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Yoga Treats Eating Disorders

From Time Magazine's article The Year In Health, A session of yoga for teens with anorexia, bulimia or other eating disorders may provide more than spiritual and physical boost; it could also help them get over their illness, according to…
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Cheerleading: Limiting or Empowering?

The Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood issued its first TOADY (Toys Oppressive And Destructive to Young Children) Award to the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Barbie. “When you combine two classic symbols of gendered stereotypes – the Dallas…
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Pro-Ana Suicides

Anorexics are definitely suicidal reports a new study, to be published in Journal of Affective Disorders later in the year. A blog exploring girl issues can't ignore eating disorders due to this statistic: 10 million women and 1 million men…
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Zero Existence

by Tracee Sioux I was thin as a young woman. Just the other day my sister-in-law said to me, I saw some pictures of you and you were so thin. A friend of mine who knew me about 7 years ago also recently said, You were so tiny back then. I…

Pro-Ana Cheerleader Barbies

I admit I vacillate like crazy on the issue of allowing Ainsley to have Barbies. It's a grey area for me. I allowed Barbie for a while, then when I found a decapitated and limbless Barbie massacre on Ainsley's bed I silently cheered for joy…
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So Totally Ana

by Tracee Sioux I'm reading this little book called Bergdorf Blonds by Plum Sykes where I'm seeing the word ana. As in you're looking totally ana, you must be deliriously happy. Ana is short for anorexia and is considered the best thing to…