Category Archives: Body Image

My Mother, My Weight

By Suzanne Koven, M.D., Psychology Today Mother and daughter communicate in the language of fat. My patient–I’ll call her Amy–was heavy. Her mother, Sybil, also my patient, was thin. At Amy’s visits to my office we always discussed her weight. At Sybil’s visits Amy’s weight also came up frequently. “Doctor, can’t you make her lose?”…

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The Fat Trap

By Peggy Orenstein, www.nytimes.com Food is never just food.  Food is love.  Food is solace.  It is politics.  It is religion.  And if that’s not enough to heap on your dinner plate each night, food is also, especially for mothers, the instant-read measure of our parenting.  We are not only what we eat, we are…

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Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her ‘Puffy’ Appearance

www.thedailybeast.com Ashley Judd’s ‘puffy’ appearance sparked a viral media frenzy.  But, the actress writes, the conversation is really a misogynistic assault on all women. The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us.  The Conversation about women…

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Miss Representation

The documentary, Miss Representation, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and aired on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. The film explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.  Watch the trailer of the movie below and then read about…

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