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Jamie Oliver's TED Wish - Educate Kids About Food

Jamie Oliver is a chef. As such he loves food. Given one single wish, that he gets to make in front of the best and brightest people with all the resources in the world, he chose to confront the childhood obesity epidemic armed with information…
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Obesity Thunder Bay Website Fights Childhood Obesity

Listen, I took some slack for The Girl Revolution: Fit Girl Series I ran last year. Too obsessive, one reader said in her email. The thing is, childhood obesity has very serious health consequences for our children. Especially for our daughters…
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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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Famine Brain and Body Image

The other day I put away my scale. Hid it where I won't think about it anymore. I'd been weighing every Monday morning. It's not that it's telling me bad news . . . its just that what I've been doing isn't working. I'm not getting the results…
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Fit Girl Series: Who's Body Is It Anyway?

This post is simultaneously published on PunditMoms' Mother's of Intention Series. I ate the rest of the popcorn, Ainsley reported with her "am I in trouble?" face. Was that healthy for your body? I asked her. Uh, no, she said. You know,…
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Fit Girl Series: Accept Your Body

You can never, ever, not-in-a-million years, love and accept yourself from the couch. If feelings were math "accepting your body" is a mathematical impossibility if you are not in touch with and caring for your body. It's not only ineffective,…
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Fit Girl Series - Obese Teens on Oprah

Yesterday, in  Fit Girls: Weight = Moral Failure, we talked about how having a moderately overweight child isn't necessarily a moral failure, but a side effect of prosperity. And then there was the Oprah Show with those severely obese teenagers. Sometimes…
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Fit Girls: Weight = Moral Failure?

Let's talk about the feeling of failure parents feel when they realize their kids weigh too much - or too little. You're in the doctor's office and she announces your child is overweight, in the red zone and a feeling of failure quickly follows.…
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Fit Family = Fit Girl

There are millions of parents out there who, like me, worry about their children's weight and the weight of children in general. 16 percent of children (over 9 million) 6-19 years old are overweight or obese In the last 3 decades the…
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Empowering Girls: Early Puberty

Please click on this link to see a CNN news story about Body of Knowledge: Puberty. Girls today are reaching puberty around three years earlier than in previous generations. The average age of menstruation was 15 years, it is now 12. Many…