Body positivity is about loving yourself and others regardless of physical appearance. It’s about encouraging self-positivity, acceptance and health. Body positivity doesn’t focus on looks; it identifies people by their strengths and non-physical characteristics.
Body Positivity: An Important Message for Girls, AND Boys
As social media continues to play a major role in our society, talking to your child about body positivity is more important than ever - and it’s not just a topic for girls. Boys struggle with body image too.
As the medical director of Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Eating Disorders Program, I am a passionate advocate, but I must be honest – I was skeptical when asked to write about National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
The Netflix movie To the Bone portrays a semi-autobiographical story about a 20-year-old girl named Ellen and part of her journey through recovery from an eating disorder, Anorexia Nervosa. Overall, this movie seeks to raise awareness about something that doesn’t get enough discussion. But in doing so, it raises many questions.
What is Anorexia Nervosa? Anorexia Nervosa (anorexia or AN) is a biologically-based disorder that involves restricting one’s food intake, leading to significantly low body weight. Anorexia is accompanied by an intense fear of gaining weight and a distorted perception of one’s body.
Binge eating, binge watching Netflix, binge drinking, binge shopping. There are many uses in our culture for the word “binge.” But what does it really mean? By definition, binge means indulging in an activity to excess. One activity people often associate with the word binge is eating.
Listen to Dr. Mike and Dr. Terrill Bravender discuss anorexia nervosa.
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On Our Sleeves: Wilted Flower
What does a wilted flower mean to you? The bowed shape of the flower is telling … a shape that emotes shyness … nervousness. I don’t want you to see me. Maybe you don’t want to be called on in class or in a group setting. You want to hide from the rest of the world.
On Our Sleeves: Sad Face
A sad face is one of the most recognizable signs of sadness or loss, disappointment or feeling bummed out. But for some, it can represent a far more complex range of emotions.