Blog Posts in October, 2013

  • Beware of Fat Letters and Fat Shaming This Halloween

    || 30-Oct-2013

    What's scarier than a haunted house on Halloween? Someone passing out "fat letters" to your trick-or-treating child. As reported in USA Today, a North Dakota woman has a horrific and appalling idea for neighborhood trick-or-treaters this Halloween. During an anonymous radio interview with Y94, the woman revealed her plan to hand out "fat letters," rather than candy, to ...
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  • The holidays are a time for conversation, tradition, special foods, and family. For those battling an eating disorder, however, the holidays can be an incredibly different and overwhelming experience. What is typically a happy and joyous time meant for celebration can quickly become a nightmare, provoking old eating disorder habits and testing and challenging recovery. From Halloween to New ...
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  • By Lisa S. Kantor, Esq. & Rachel Teicher NBC's popular reality show, The Biggest Loser, has returned for its 15 th season. The message in the show is clear: significant weight loss is good, fat is bad. While many people find this show to be wildly entertaining, we can't help but be horrified by the deliberate display of fat shaming and weight bias, excessive and dangerous measures for ...
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  • Below are a few examples of denials that our clients have received from their insurance company. These clients (and countless others) have all been adversely affected by an insurance company's misunderstanding of what it means to be treated for, and recover from an eating disorder, an insurance company's misdirected and harmful attention to weight, and an insurance company's impact on ...
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  • Resistance to Change - Combating Weight Stigma

    || 11-Oct-2013

    Originally posted on BEDA's WSAW blog As an advocate for those with eating disorders, a question I often ponder is, "how long must we wait before the truths that dieting does not work, all body types can be healthy, and weight is not a predictor of overall health, become assimilated into our culture?" Recently, Sue Thomason, the anti-dieter, helped me answer my question, through her ...
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  • Reading, Writing and BMI

    || 10-Oct-2013

    As recently reported by CNN and in several news stories over the last few days, the parents of elementary school students in 19 states -- including Arkansas, Illinois, California and Massachusetts – are receiving letters regarding something quite personal about their child and outside the scope of a school's typical business and expertise; their children's weight, and more ...
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  • On Tuesday October 1 st, the Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) successfully hosted their first annual fundraiser, featuring several very influential advocates to the eating disorder community. This exclusive event was aimed to advance the recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority. During the evening, powerful speakers shared stories of eating disorders and recovery, auction items ...
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