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Eating Disorders: Not Just a Teenage Problem

Research is revealing that more and more women are falling prey to eating disorders later in life. These may be relapses of eating disorders from years gone by, or they may be unique to midlife issues. Nevertheless, this ‘significant minority’ is growing, and the...

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What Happens When a Mom Calls Herself Fat

Before you do anything else, take a minute and read this letter from a daughter to her mom about what happens to a girl when Mom calls herself fat and ugly. Heartbreaking, right? Perhaps you can relate. It’s not unusual for a little girl to think her mom is the most...

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How Perfect is Your (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) Life?

Had you looked at her Instagram account, you would have seen a happy, well-adjusted, thoughtful young woman who lived life to the fullest. Madison Holleran was a 19-year old student-athlete at the University of Pennsylvania and seemed to have it all. Beautiful,...

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How to Control Your Inner Critic

You have an inner critic, whether you know it or not. It may be weaving a web of destruction in your life. Here's how it works - and how you can control it. Ever had any of these thoughts? “You’re stupid.” “You’re fat.” “You’re ugly.” “You’re not good enough.” “No one...

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Why does Parenting Cause So Much Anxiety?

Last year, Jennifer Senior, contributing editor at New York Magazine, spoke at a TED talk on the topic of "Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety?" You can watch her TED Talk here (it's worth it): Why does parenting cause so much anxiety? Jennifer describes a...

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Teaching Your Daughter to Have a Positive Body Image

As a woman, I understand the daily struggle. Eat this, don’t eat that. What to eat, how much to eat. What to wear. Is my belly too squishy? Are my boobs too small? Is my butt too big? Am I getting wrinkles? There’s no way I’ll be caught dead in a swimsuit this year....

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Is Breastfeeding Really Better than Formula Feeding?

(And are we even asking the right question?) Sure, we could go into detail about the evolution of infant formula (some in my parents' generation raised their babies on corn syrup and evaporated milk, for crying out loud) and how since 1980, when the FDA began...

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How to Teach Children Empathy

Are you telling your child one thing and modeling something else?  What message are you sending your children when it comes to empathy for others? Bullying. Teasing. Self-centeredness. Intolerance. Mean girls. Remind you of anything? (Your own childhood, perhaps?)...

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What Are Your Expectations for the Holidays?

If we're being honest, we'll admit we all have certain expectations for the holidays. The holidays are a powerful time, aren't they? They make the sweet seem so much sweeter and the bitter seem, well, you know. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype and the holiday...

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