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Bodies

Practice Practice Practice!

Trigger Warning: Discussion of eating disorders and Halloween candy.

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Op Ed

From Diapers to Thongs: Discuss

On March 18, 2013, I found an article in my inbox sent by a colleague with the note, “YOU HAVE to blog about this!!” The piece, “Victoria’s Secret is coming for your Middle Schooler,” was written by Amy Gerwing and posted on the website, The Black Sphere.

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Bodies

Why IS This Night Different from all Other Nights? (Or Is It?)

Passover is one of the many Jewish holidays that is celebrated with a ritual feast. A feast filled with symbolic foods and a prescribed schedule for when to eat these foods. Depending upon how observant the participants are, there is a wide range of recipes for the ritual readings at a Passover Seder.

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Dear Michelle, It’s Me Again!

Just over two years ago, I wrote a piece about Michelle Obama’s “”Let’s Move”” Campaign. It challenged the First Lady’s use of the “obesity crisis,” fat shaming, and fat phobia as motivators to get kid’s moving in healthy ways and eating healthier diets.

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Bodies

BEDAzzled!

I just returned from presenting at the BEDA conference in Bethesda, Maryland. For those of you who are unfamiliar with BEDA, it is the Binge Eating Disorders Association and was founded by Chevese Turner in June, 2008 with the organization’s vision being:

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Bodies

The Circle Game*

And the seasons they go round and round”¦ As Spring approaches, I find myself thinking about the cyclical nature of life. This isn’t very deep or profound; the circular pattern of the seasons is a topic of contemplation, poetry, and prose with a long history. Depending on my frame of mind, this repetition, or redundancy […]

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Bodies

Fashion Weak

Every February, New York City hosts an international extravaganza of fashion. Year after year, despite an increasing amount of public protest and outrage about the lack of size diversity among the models, the images associated with Fashion Week remain unchanged.

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Perspectives

P-Mag Nostalgia Project: 1969 with Dr. Deah

Dateline: December 13, 1969: a day that would live – well, for me at least – in infamy.

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Bodies

Mixed Nuts

Like a can of mixed nuts! That’s how I feel about Valentine’s Day. When I was growing up, those cans of Planter’s Mixed Nuts® would magically appear once or twice a year in the living room. At first glance, they looked like the regular dark blue can of roasted salted peanuts, easy for me to […]

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Bodies

Five Card Draw

Writing a blog about size acceptance, size diversity, and struggling with feelings about food, weight, and body image is like leaving your house to mail a letter and finding yourself taking unexpected detours along the way. Eventually the letter gets mailed but what could have been a five-minute walk around the block frequently turns in […]

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Bodies

Score!!

Twenty Years. TWENTY Years. Two Decades. A Score. An infamous date in the life of Sgt. Pepper and his band. The amount of time I lived before College Graduation. (Your math is fine, I graduated early.) The amount of time my son has been alive. For those of us who are parents, we tend to find […]

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Bodies

The Cure or… Dr. Seuss meets Size Acceptance

Gather around! It’s story-time.

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Bodies

Dr. Deah ja Vu All Over Again

Every January, for the past 4 years I have posted this video on my Facebook page. Each year, I hope it will be obsolete. Each year I DREAM it will be the last time I blog about this and that I will get flooded with emails, texts (and now tweets @dr_deah ) begging me to, […]

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Bodies

Waisted Wishes

I am a self-proclaimed Astrological Agnostic. I am not certain if that is a bona fide category in the DSMM (Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Metaphysics) or if I just made up the term the same way I just invented the DSMM. Either way, there is something elegant about the fact that the word agnostic is […]

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Bodies

Heavy Petting

Sons and daughters are different. That seems like an obvious statement but as the mother of a son, who did her best to raise him in an environment as free from gender stereotypes as possible, whenever I come across evidence of what seems to be a universal difference between boys and girls (genitalia and hormones […]