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May 6, 2008 in Adolescent Eating Behaviors, anorexia, Anorexia Nervosa, Anti- Diet Campaign, Behavioral Health, Behavioral Strategies and Eating Disorders, Blogs, Body Acceptance, Books, Bulimia, Bulimia Nervosa, Carer Support, Cheri Erdman EdD, COE (Compulsive Over-Eating), Cognitive Processing and Effects of Dieting, Community Health Education, Constructs of Pyschological Distress, Culture, Diet Breaking, Dieting Behaviors, Dieting Industry, Disordered Eating Behaviors, Eating Disorder Advocacy, Eating Disorder News, Eating Disorder Recovery, Eating Disorder Research, Eating Disorders, Eating Disorders and Mental Health, ED advocacy, ED Hope & Recovery, ED's and the Media, EDNOS, Empowered Families, Empowered Parents, Engaged Families, Environmental factores influencing ED's, Evidence Based Treatment for Eating Disorders, Evidence-Based Medicine, Family & Culture, Family Based Therapy, Fat Acceptance, Genetic Analysis and Eating Disorders, Genetic and Environmental causes of ED's, Health, Health & Wellbeing, Imprinting and Addictive Processes, INDD, International No Diet Day, Karen Stimson, Largesse, Love Your Body, Mary Evans Young, Mind & Body, Parent Activism and Eating Disorders, Parent Advocates, Parent Support, Personal, Personal Narratives, Public Health, Public Health and Nutrition, Raj Patel, Self-Care, Size Accpetance, Size Esteem, Society and Weight Related Issues, Socio-Cultural Factors and Advertising to Promote ED's, Stuffed and Starved, Thoughts | Tags: "No Diets", anorexia, Anti- Diet Campaign, Body Acceptance, Books, Cheri Erdman EdD, cognitive processing and Eating Disorders, Cognitive Processing and Effects of Dieting, Community Health Education, Constructs of Pychological Stress, Diet Addiction & Society, Diet Breaking, Dieting Behaviors, Eating Disorder Recovery/Support, Eating Disordered Behaviors, Eating Disorders, Empowered Parents, environmental factors influencing ED's, Evidence-Based Medicine, Fat Acceptance, Genetics and Body Composition, Health, INDD, International No Diet Day 2008, Karen Stimson, Largesse, Life, Love Your Body, Marketing and Diets, Mary Evans Young, Media and Promotion of Dieting, Parent Activism and Eating Disorders, Parent Adovcates and ED's, Parents Against Diets, Public Health and Nutrition, Public Health News and Information, Raj Patel, Recovery, Self-Care, Self-Esteem and Dieting Behaviors, Size Acceptance, Size Esteem, Society and Weight Related Issues, Socio-Cultural Factors and Dieting Behavior, Stuffed and Starved, The Network For Size Esteem, Thoughts, Weight-Loss Industry | 2 comments
I love how the birth of International No Diet Day began “from a picnic in Mary’s living room” in the early ’90’s and fertilized it’s magnitude world-wide. Ms Evans-Young is herself a recovered anorexic and wrote the book Diet Breaking: Having it all Without Having to Diet and it couldn’t be a better time than now to let the message sink in– deep and with reflection.
– Feeling acceptance of, respect for, and pride in one’s body, whatever its size or shape –
But I like this analogy even more highlighted by Cheri Erdman EdD who wrote the book Live Large! and thought about it as a simple yet poignant equation: Size Acceptance + Self Esteem = SIZE ESTEEM
Either way you think about it, the insanity of dieting, wanting to force our bodies to be a size/shape it was not genetically determined to be– and thankfully so for the beautiful variety of shapes, sizes, colors, we all add to the collage of life, is quite dubious.
It’s even further magnified when you or a loved one suffer from an eating disorder and are trying to regain your health and follow through with recovery and maintaining wellness in a seemingly endless fat-phobic, diet-crazed, fashion-consumed environment. Our daughter at times can take on this incessant self-doubt and accusational inquiries about why she has to eat what she has to when others, her classmates, etc. eat less than she does and are constantly discussing “fat” laden topics— it’s enough to make anyone go a little bonkers. Advertisers, marketing, the health ins field, even health care (hey, let’s face it– those mega-million dollar hospitals that now look more like shopping malls want to treat the ill business) and the all time winner: the diet industry.
Stuffed and Starved is a title from researcher Raj Patel more about food prices, the global-glut, etc. but I had to think about this a little bit more this morning how it really ties into so many other layers of Life– and will be worth dissecting and playing off the similar as well as dissimilar dualities we can only pretend don’t exist, or just think is someone else’s “problem” to fix, get over, medicate– like the cliched remark I’ve heard countless times since our daughter was diagnosed with anorexia- “why doesn’t she just eat?!”, then the instant turn against parents when our children don’t eat = it’s your fault, you did something “wrong”, etc.
Yes, INDD is a day we find relative and meaningful in our family. And with the weather reaching low 70’s, sun shining– I think a picnic is just what we’ll do to celebrate this day!
April 23, 2008 in Access to ED Care/Treatment, Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa, Adolescent Eating Behaviors, anorexia, Anorexia Nervosa, Behavioral Health, Body Acceptance, Body Image & Writing, Bulimia, Bulimia Nervosa, Carer Support, Carer Support/Healing, COE (Compulsive Over-Eating), Community Health Education, Constructs of Pyschological Distress, Consumer Alert, Culture, Disordered Eating Behaviors, Dr Cynthia Bulik, Dr Margo Paine, Eating Disorder Advocacy, Eating Disorder News, Eating Disorder Research, Eating Disorder Treatment, Eating Disorders, Eating Disorders and Mental Health, Eating Patterns and Weight Related Issues, ED advocacy, ED Hope & Recovery, ED recovery, ED's and the Media, EDNOS, eliminating stigma, Empowered Families, Empowered Parents, Engaged Families, Environmental factores influencing ED's, family, Family & Culture, Family Education/Resources, Family supported ED treatment, Genetic and Environmental causes of ED's, Health, Health & Wellbeing, Imperfect Bodies, Improvement of Psychological and Behavioral Treatments, Mental Health, Parent Activism and Eating Disorders, Parent Support, Personal, Power of the Media & Perception, Public Health, Research and Recovery, Society and Weight Related Issues, Socio-Cultural Factors and Advertising to Promote ED's, Sociocultural Factors in Eating Disorders, thin idealization, women/psychology | Tags: American Consumerism and Dieting, anorexia, Anorexia Nervosa, Body Acceptance, Body Image and the Media, Bulimia, Bulimia Nervosa, Calorie Prisoners, Career Dieters, Carer Support, COE (Compulsive Over-Eating), Community Health Education and Eating Disorders, constructs of psychological distress, Culture/Society and Dieting, Disordered Eaters, Disordered Eating Behaviors, Dr Cynthia Bulik, Dr Diane Mickley, Dr Margo Paine, Eating Disorder News, Eating Disorders, ED News, ED-NOS, environmental factors influencing ED's, Food Addicts, Malnutrition in a Modern World, Media Overkill, Medical News Today, Mental Health, Parent Activism and Eating Disorders, Parent Adovcates and ED's, Parent Support and Eating Disorders, Personal Stories, Power of the Media & Perception, Psychological Harm of Dieting, Public Health and Nutrition, SELF Magazine, Sociocultural Factors in Eating Disorders, University of North Carolina Eating Disorders Program, Women's Health | 5 comments
When your child is diagnosed with an eating disorder your life changes- permanently. There is no looking back (though you do, and weep and grieve for the child you once knew and still know lies underneath the ED just waiting to find his/her way back– and they do!) there is no denying the obvious even when this illness can completely blindside and throw you off your center until you fully understand and grapple with its complexity– and even then you can still be utterly perplexed.
But you take action, keep your son/daughter safe, provide nutritional sustenance, comfort and support. You find the appropriate medical care, treatment facilities and resources that will help him/her, as well as yourself, find their way back to health, well being and continuing to work towards their full recovery– however that needs to happen- you just do it. We’re parents, Moms&Dads, families, grandparents, cousins, all taking those measures and lending a hand because we love each other and want to see those suffering find their way back to their true selves, living their dreams, passions and finding happiness- not perfection- in what gift of our Lives we have been given. Life is certainly not an easy journey, and growing up, becoming an adult, raising a family, fumbling through difficulties– these are all illuminating lessons to help bring us back to grace and compassion, wisdom and understanding.
Something within my own inner perspective and thinking is having a bit of a snag though. Maybe because I know how damn hard it is to wrestle with an illness our daughter was diagnosed with over a year ago. Knowing how hard she has worked to get to where she is now, how much more persistence and vigilance she will continue to have, especially now that she is fully discharged from the eating disorder program she has been intensely involved with for several months, and facing a culture and society that seems to be ironically having increased insecurities, issues and numbers of individuals (especially within older adult populations) with “disordered eating” patterns and behaviors, which to me on the outside look and behave just like our daughter did prior to her being diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa.
There is this surreal sensation that comes over me when I briefly skim over an article in SELF Magazine that highlights a partnered survey studythat was done in collaboration with Dr Cynthia Bulik and the University of North Carolina that states that “3 out of 4 American Women have disordered eating” and the magazine survey whose participants numbered over 4000, and probably still counting on both the survey, forum and follow up, continue to show an increase in disordered eating patterns and ranges of destructive habits that clearly as Dr Margo Paine boldly states exemplifies, “Dieting is a national pastime for women” and “as a society, we don’t see the problem“.
The survey also goes further into describing additional categories that 6 out of 10 (1 out of 10 have eating disorders) women who are categorized as “disordered eaters” describe themselves into specific subsets:
* Calorie Prisoners
* Secret Eaters
* Career Dieters
* Food Addicts
* Extreme Exercisers
Of course, none of these descriptors are new. But while some studies and stats have been pointing towards an increase of younger individuals being diagnosed with eating disorders, which may indeed be on the rise, though it’s always difficult to know whether we are only getting better at earlier diagnosing and intervention; and if some of the outcry and attention to the issue is creating the continued awareness, discussion, research and treatment standards. But this survey, as some previous others, is showing the age range to be in the adult category of a 25-45 year old female base, and from what I’ve read in some previous studies, this seems to be more consistent and increasing if you are to follow the conclusions.
Yes, I’m perplexed and even angry. I don’t want to see anyone needlessly suffering with any disordered eating behavior(s) that can have even the subtlest of impact upon ones’ health- period. But I also have another irritating irk in thinking about the continued impact these findings, if they are showing continued rises in eating-disordered behavior have upon our youth and young adults who are watching, reading, and taking in this information too. What, if anything does this ultimately translate to and what can be done to counteract this deranged preoccupation with dieting, body-dissatisfaction, and just overkill of the human body? When will the craziness stop just long enough to take a step back, breathe, and find acceptance and compassion for who you are as you are being enough, being worthy– because we all are.
And our kids need us to model and reinforce these strong capabilities and common-sense practicalities. When I see a book titled: My Beautiful Mommy I think this is a joke, right? But I find that it’s written by a plastic surgeon, and really set on promoting this “upkeep” ideal while cunningly proclaiming under a guise of “help”. Are we so far gone into our self-absorbed psyches that we are so easily swayed and coerced into finding this worthy of publication to begin with? Apparently so, as the book is being sold and bought, joke or not– some are taking the bait and seem to be biting hard, though not into much that will keep one nutritionally and mentally stable.
Our daughter has to not only find safety, stability and assurance within her home environment, but the world outside as well. And this rant of a thread I’ve lowered myself to in this post just proves what an apparently obnoxious mother on a mission I am (imperfections and all- silicon free and able to eat minus fear thankfully) to keep my daughter moving towards a healthy, happy and internally sustained recovery and passionately what that means to me.
Ladies and Gentlemen, can this insanity please begin to find it’s way back in the hole from where it came? Like a fire out of control, can we begin to find some means of putting this insatiable flame to some simmering rational end? Will these studies and polls just continue to bloom, boggle and frustrate so many of us, while invoking the opposite within others to think less of themselves, and to possibly court a potential ED, especially for those who are either biologically, physiologically and/or genetically predisposed and vulnerable?
To continued Health, Strength & Insight for us all.
January 15, 2008 in Adolescent Eating Behaviors, American Journal of Psychiatry, anorexia, Anorexia Nervosa, Biostatistics, Community Health Education, Disordered Eating Behaviors, Division of Epidemiology, Dr Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Eating Disorder Advocacy, Eating Disorder News, Eating Disorders, Eating Patterns and Weight Related Issues, ED advocacy, Empowered Families, Evidence Based Treatment for Eating Disorders, Family Based Therapy, Family Meals, Family supported ED treatment, Health, Health & Wellbeing, Improvement of Psychological and Behavioral Treatments, Maudsley Method, MM/FBT, Parental Support, Project EAT/Eating Among Teens, Public Health and Nutrition, Science, University of Chicago ED treatment, University of Minnesota | Tags: Adolscent Eating Behaviors, American Medical Association, anorexia, Behavioral Health, Biostatistics, Bulima, Community Health Education, Disordered Eating Behaviors, Dr Dianne Neumark-Sztainer, Eating Among Teens, Eating Disorder Advocacy, Eating Disorders, Empowered Parents/Families, Family Based Therapy, Family Meals, Health, Health & Wellbeing, JAMA, Mary Story PhD, Maudsley Method, news, nutrition interventions, Pediatric&Adolescent Medicine, Project EAT I/II, Public Health and Nutrition, Pychiatry, Pychology, Science, University of Minnesota Project EAT | 2 comments
Most of us realize how vitally important our meals with our loved ones are when they are suffeing from an eating disorder, and that they are not always an easy affair, especially when the eating disorder is unbearably strong and entrenched while healing through recovery.
Those ‘family meals’ are also jeopardized by rushed schedules, overworked and exhausted parents, and seemingly less and less of those maintained moments when we can gather together, even with the simplest but nutritious of food prepartions to share, rekindle and reconnect.
Food sustains us and nourishes us in so many ways- and as Laura Collins always reminds us: FOOD IS MEDICINE- distinctly so when your child suffers from an eating disorder.
Recently Dr Dianne Neumark-Sztainer from the University of Minnesota co-authored a longitudinal study on “the potential role of family meals as a protective factor against disorderd eating behaviors“ which may be the first published investigation of its kind examining the benefits and implications of family meals from their ongoing (love this) Project EAT research study.
I think this is empowering news since there are still lingering and erroneous views that parents, and even worse, that the sufferer are to blame or caused the eating disorder. Studies such as these also provide additional support and consideration into looking more closely at the benefits of Family-Based or Maudsley Method treatments for eating disorders and realign what we all know intuively heals a malnourished body and mind.