Recent Posts in Weight Stigma Category

  • One year ago today, on December 7, 2016, I had the humbling privilege of sitting in the balcony of the Senate’s Chamber with a small group of mental health advocates who nervously watched as votes tallied up on a bill that had been long in the making, the Anna Westin Act. On December 7, 2016, Congress made history by passing the 21 st Century Cures Act which included the Anna Westin Act, the ...
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  • When School Officials Think You're Fat

    || 28-Aug-2017

    For the past 72-hours, social media newsfeeds have been buzzing with posts about what a South Carolina Principal said to students this week during assemblies that, in part, discussed the school’s dress code. Here are her comments as shared by ABC News’s Drew Tripp: “(Leggings are) meant to wear underneath a long shirt that covers your heiny, or a long sweater of some type, or a ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Growing Debate Over Orthorexia

    || 30-Jul-2015

    In 1997, Dr. Steven Bratman coined the term orthorexia to help his patients realize that instead of being healthy, their eating habits were disordered. Then in 2004, Dr. Bratman expanded his theory of orthorexia in his book, Health Food Junkies. The only problem is that unlike anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, orthorexia nervosa is not an official disorder. Orthorexia nervosa, as originally ...
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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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  • The American Psychiatric Association ("APA") released their poster for Mental Health Parity and knowing your rights. The poster outlines 10 key elements of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act 2008 ("MHPEA") and how to identify whether your insurance company has potentially violated this law. We implore anyone who has been denied coverage by their insurer on the ...
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Boy Scouts of America are at it again. Now, the organization has mandated that no child or adult, with a BMI of 40 or above, could be accepted in the annual Jamboree that took place July 15-24 in West Virginia. "This policy is not meant to keep anyone out at all, and it's just to make sure that they're safe," offers Deron Smith, director of public relations for the Boy Scouts ...
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