Recent Posts in Body Image Category

  • The tide is turning on coverage for nutritional counseling for eating disorder patients. Many eating disorder patients are wrongfully denied coverage for nutritional counseling despite evidence that such treatment is an effective component for the treatment of eating disorders. On August 22, 2016, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced a settlement with HealthNow, New York, Inc., ...
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  • Why I Don't Believe In Cheat Days

    || 11-Aug-2016

    Last Spring, the UK Fashion Retailer New Look was blasted for promoting dieting messages to some of its youngest shoppers. The shop offered a set of pajamas with a pizza slice pattern and the words "cheat day" emblazoned across the chest. This culturally driven, heavily loaded piece of clothing was found in the children's section, where sizes are dedicated to 7-12 year olds. I'm ...
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  • May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

    || 21-Apr-2016

    Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in May in the United States since 1949 by Presidential proclamation. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental condition. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, an estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older—about one in four adults—suffer from a diagnosable mental illness in any ...
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  • Weight Watchers, Why Do We Need You?

    || 14-Apr-2016

    A recent article (featured in Jezebel ) brings light to a fresh and trendy shift in marketing for the long-time dieting corporation of Weight Watchers. Most of us recognize Weight Watchers as one long string of attempts to convince women that they will be happier, more successful, and well liked when they become a thinner version of themselves. For decades, they have boasted images of ...
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  • If We Treated Ourselves The Way We Treat Our Children

    || 17-Mar-2016

    Originally posted on Huffington Post I was out for a breezy afternoon stroller walk with my toddlers when I had an epiphany. An inkling. An understanding. It’s the only time of day that I have them strapped into one place — where their buzzing bodies remain temporarily stationary and static, giving me time for clarity, reflection, and bits of quiet. Amid bending over to collect fallen ...
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  • Dear Eating Disorder, I Can't Erase You

    || 26-Feb-2016

    Dear Eating Disorder, I can't erase you. You are inextricably linked to my past, uncomfortably tied to my heart, and unpleasantly weaved into what used to be. I close my eyes, but there are reminders everywhere. A friend points to her stomach and says she's getting fat. Her voice begins to fade as I remember. I spend a few too many minutes looking at my reflection, trying on clothes, ...
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  • If I Could See Myself Through Your Eyes

    || 24-Sep-2015

    Originally posted on Huffington Post A few years back, my husband gave me a charming and eye-opening anniversary card. On the cover were little buttons forming the shape of a big heart. His message inside read: If I could give you one thing in life, I would give you the ability to see yourself through my eyes. Only then, would you see how special you are to me. The idea that we each perceived ...
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  • Let's Help Each Other Carry the Weight of Recovery

    || 24-Sep-2015

    Originally posted on Huffington Post Admitting to yourself (and to others) that you have an eating disorder is hard. Seeking treatment for an eating disorder is hard. Working through recovery is hard. This eating disorder business is very hard. And yet we carry on and continue moving forward with the hope of a better life. We use intrinsic motivation and the promise of peace to drive us forward. ...
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  • Who Denied Your Insurance Claim?

    || 16-Mar-2015

    It is your right to know who denied your insurance claim. Unfortunately, insurance companies often do not explain who is making the decision to your claim. For example, Anthem Blue Cross of California's denial letters reference a "medical reviewer" although the letter is signed by an Anthem Medical Director. It can be unclear whether it was the medical reviewer or the Anthem Medical ...
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  • Just Eat

    || 24-Feb-2015

    Lisa Kantor of Kantor & Kantor will soon be featured in "Just Eat," a movie produced and directed by Laura Dyan Kezman which explores the deadly world of eating disorders. Just Eat examines the havoc that eating disorders wreak on the millions of lives of Americans and their families each year. It offers an in depth interview with Lisa Kantor who shares her expertise and experience ...
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  • Lisa Kantor was recently nominated for a WEGO Health Activist Hero Award. The WEGO Health Activist Awards program was created to recognize and honor those making a difference in the online health community. Lisa's commitment to eating disorder treatment for those who are denied benefits is not simply confined to her work as an attorney. Lisa works tirelessly as a lobbyist and board member of ...
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  • If you have been denied medical services by your insurer, chances are you have received one of the above reasons for that denial. Before the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act ("MHPAEA") was introduced in 2008, insurers continually denied those suffering from a mental illness on the basis that the Plan or the Policy did not cover services for mental health benefits. However, ...
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  • It's no surprise that as a society, we overlook males with eating disorders. This deadly disease has been extensively labeled and cast as a "female" disease, (and even still females are being overlooked and misdiagnosed) leaving the other half to suffer in even more shame and silence. Misinformation, and a lack of understanding within the medical community, perpetuates these myths ...
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  • Readers, please be advised that this blog contains content that reflects the reality of Brian's struggles with various addiction and suicidal intent. As we approach Eating Disorder Awareness week, I think back to 2005. Deep in the throes of a twenty seven-year struggle with bulimia and untreated alcoholism and drug addiction, I stuck a.45 automatic pistol in mouth and pulled the trigger. At 44 ...
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  • By Shannon Cutts (as published in Gurze Books' "Eating Disorders Recovery Today", Winter 2009 ) I can sum up my own recovery from anorexia and bulimia with four words— relationships replace eating disorders. When I became ill with anorexia at the age of eleven, I didn't know how to tell my parents what felt so wrong inside of me, and they didn't know what to say to help ...
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  • As reported by ABC news on February 8, 2012, Jenifer Beaudean's bulimia began when she was a third-year cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. She felt pressure from her family, school and peers to "make the uniform look good," she said this, understandably, affected her self-image. Beaudean recalls that at a routine weigh-in held to ensure cadets are ...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Do you have questions? We have answers. This month we decided to do something a little bit different for our newsletter. We reached out to the eating disorder community to find out the type of questions they have when seeking insurance coverage for the treatment of eating disorders. We know that this can be an overwhelming and frightening time for many. We hope that this information empowers you, ...
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  • Eating disorders: What's the big deal?

    || 21-Aug-2013

    Introducing guest blogger Marci Warhaft-Nadler. Marci is a published author, founder of the Fit vs Fiction workshops, and a writer for the Huffington Post. Her own recovery journey has been inspiration for her important work in reaching out to young men and women, and teaching them how to build strong self-esteem and positive body image. Marci's message: self worth should not be measuered in ...
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  • By Rachel Teicher & Lisa Kantor, Esq. - Kantor & Kantor, LLP, LLP Origianlly posted on Eating Disorders Blogs At long last, you decided to reach out for help. To make a change. To take a leap. You’re ready to seek treatment for your eating disorder. Yet even this seemingly simple first step can be a daunting task for many, requiring great bravery in the midst of a disease that thrives on ...
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