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“I’m a synchro girl!” Who knew!

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Blog Posts | 5 comments

It is with mixed emotions that I am now a “synchro-mom.” I am getting used to spending Saturday mornings and Tuesday evenings at local high-schools with pools with deep-ends and microphones blaring techno music—under water. (Carpooling may soon free up some of those times…) Part of helping children be healthy and happy is providing opportunities for them to move and be active in fun ways. Along with trips to the park and the local ice-rink or pool and rec centers*,...

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“But Mom, you said looks don’t matter…”

Posted by on Nov 5, 2012 in Blog Posts | 8 comments

Children are smart. They are master negotiators. My husband recently attended a lecture on negotiation, and the instructor used children as the example of the most fearless, ruthless negotiators, with their single-minded focus on the goal. For any of you stuck in the dinner-time “hostage negotiations,” as one workshops attendee put it, you know what I mean. (“OK, so if I have two bites of potato, can I then just have one bite of fish so I can get my dessert?”) But allow...

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children and eating disorders

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in Blog Posts, Uncategorized | 16 comments

Watch the video. Please. And pass this link along. This CNN article on kids and eating disorders may be shocking to some of you, but is no surprise to those of us working in the field. My one complaint is again that the focus is on restrictive ED’s like anorexia and implies that weight loss is the indication of an ED. Children with EDs can be any size. In fact, the most common behaviors I am seeing in very young children, many of whom I would consider to have feeding disorders, are more...

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Olympics grab-bag: gender stereotypes, eating disorders, ignoring your body…

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012 in Blog Posts | 24 comments

By the middle of the opening ceremonies of the Olympics,  the most celebrated accomplishment seemed to be when the teen girl in the pop music montage triumphantly changed her status from “single” to “in a relationship.” Sigh. With all the talk about “inspiring the next generation of athletes,” I practically guffawed. As a mom of a girl, I consume media with a much more critical eye, particularly with her sitting next to me. (I know mothers of boys are also...

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I’m in People Magazine…

Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in Blog Posts | 6 comments

Well, sort of.  I wrote to the editor and it’s in the latest People with Katie and Tom on the cover. Here is what I said, “As a family doctor and specialist working with feeding and eating disorders, I was thrilled to see a dose of reality with the dietitian recommending that Khloe Kardashian, Stacy Kiebler and Maria Menounos increase their intake by 500 to 800 calories a day. I’m thankful that People pointed out that the way Hollywood eats isn’t necessarily healthy and...

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