Next Month, You’ll Eat Everything but the TV ;)

Face it. Dieting almost ALWAYS leads to losing – then gaining back – all the weight you’ve lost – plus MORE. A meta-analysis from UCLA showed that almost 100% of dieters end up gaining weight over the long-haul. (Scientific American, April 5, 2007) So yes, you’ll be eating everything not nailed down within a month, right?…

Legless in Seattle

I have nothing against legs. Really, I don’t. In fact I have a pair myself. But here’s the deal. Imagine a culture in which women wear dresses everywhere. So 1950’s. Right? Except on most TV news stations. Just about all of them. The photography angles emphasize the legs. Yet we like to call ourselves a…

Body Image and Men:The Man on the Chicken Diet

  (NOTE:  All characters in this blog and book are fictitious. ) I wasn’t sure I had heard him right.  A physician came into counseling to get help with anxiety and depression, and told me during one of our first sessions that he was going on a chicken diet. “A chicken diet?”  I asked. “Yeah.  I…

Body Image and the Fearless Foursome: Dieting and Bingeing

Dieting has become a rite of passage for teen girls.  I challenge you to find a teenaged girl who hasn’t tried dieting.  Sometimes the dieters lose weight, and other times they don’t.  Either way, they often hurl themselves onto a path of life-long roller-coaster dieting.  Whether the first attempt ends in success or failure, it likely…

Body Image: Dieting, Bingeing, and Self-Contempt

  Dieting has become a rite of passage for teen girls.  I challenge you to find a teenaged girl who hasn’t tried dieting.  Sometimes the dieters lose weight, and other times they don’t.  Either way, they often hurl themselves onto a path of life-long roller-coaster dieting.  Whether the first attempt ends in success or failure, it…

Body Image and Size: My Life Will be Perfect when I’m a Size ___ (Yeah, right!)

(Note:  All names and identifying information throughout my blog have been changed to protect individuals.) I wasn’t sure I’d heard him right.  A physician came in for help with anxiety and depression, and told me during one of our sessions he was going on a chicken diet. “A chicken diet?”  I asked. “Yeah.  Chicken is the perfect food….

Body Image and Your Scale: Does it Own You, or Do You Own It?

Photo by Chelsea Panos How much power have you given your scale? Many people let the numbers dictate whether they have a good day or bad day.  They feel like it owns them, and they give it a lot of power in their lives. Over the past several years counseling women, I’ve encountered many who give…

Body Image and the Perfect Size

I finally began to understand that dieting becomes an undertow like the momentum of the ocean when it decides to roll out another glorious wave.  First it gets psyched up by gathering thousands of gallons of water.  Once it has collected bountiful rows of water, the wave curls upon itself and throws the water back to…

Body Image and Dieting: Diet is a Four-Letter Word

During my sophomore year of high school, I decided I needed to lose five to ten pounds.  Dieting was the only solution, or so I thought.  I was an athlete, so I felt the only other thing I needed to do was go on a diet.  Now that is an interesting phrase, because if you go…

Body Image and Diets: Rethinking Resolutions and Dieting

Many Americans will begin another year with a resolution to lose weight.  Most will start out with a bang, but then fizzle out like New Year’s Eve fireworks. The majority will lose weight, but only a small percentage will keep it off.  Most will gain it all back, plus more.  They will then jump again onto the merry-go-round of…

Body Image and The Biggest Loser: Meet a Two Decade Loser!

“Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times,” Mark Twain said. And I know this applies to weight loss. How many people have lost pounds upon pounds of weight only to gain it all back again? Usually they gain back even more. Many of…

Body Image and Addiction: Is Food Addiction Real?

“Hey Cherrie, I just want you to know that you can’t use a picture of my tooshie for your book cover!”  my new friend, Sheila, said.  Waiting for our speaker at our writer’s group meeting to begin his message, we chatted about our writing goals.  The name of the book I am writing is, “Fannies:  Reclaiming…