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The Anti-Diet blog is aimed at helping people radically change their relationship with food and their body. I cover the gamut of topics impacting the way that we feel about our body and food. My posts are inspired by scientific research, pop culture, my clinical and personal experiences, and just about anything else that may dance across my mind. If you like The Anti Diet blog, you may also enjoy my blog Eating Mindfully, hosted by Psychology Today.

Fat Shame

Lose 1-2 pounds per day! Burn fat fast! Unwanted love handles? Cleanse them away! We are constantly bombarded with media telling us that we must rid ourselves of fat. We can burn it off, shake it off, starve it off—if only we have the proper willpower and motivation. In our culture, fat has become synonymous …

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Fat Shame: Interview with Dr. Amy Farrell

In the first post of our Fat Shame series, Kim Buesser talks with Dr. Amy Farrell, a professor of American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and author of Fat Shame, a book which demystifies fat stigma in America by following its history across the globe. Below is a transcript of Kim’s conversation with …

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The Evidence for Intuitive Eating

Traditional weight loss dieting programs are typically ineffective in producing consistent long-term weight loss and maintenance. In addition to being ineffective, dieting often results in psychological distress and disordered eating behaviors. Are mindful and intuitive eating non-dieting approaches more effective?

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Challenging the Thin Ideal

Approximately 50-70% of adolescent girls report feeling dissatisfied with their body. Media representations of the thin-ideal of beauty have emerged as a cause of body dissatisfaction. This post explores a recent research study which investigated an intervention aimed at helping young girls improve body image

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Should Dieting Be Considered an Eating Disorder?

Research suggests that dieting has negative consequences for our emotional and physical health. Despite this scientific evidence, dieting continues to be seen as a normal and even “healthy” behavior. In this post, I ponder whether dieting should continue to be portrayed in this light, or perhaps be better characterized as an eating disorder.

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Love Your Self, Hate Your Self

The media promotes contradictory messages about positive body image while also reinforcing the ideas that we are not good enough. These confusing messages pray on our insecurities and sucker punch us when we are least expecting it.

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The Ironic Effects of Weight Stigma

Does stigmatizing obesity lead to weight loss? It is hard to turn on the television or pick up a newspaper without hearing reports of the “obesity epidemic.” America is fighting a “war on obesity”—or is it a war against obese people? Media campaigns targeting obesity depict fat people in dehumanizing and stigmatizing images. Fat people …

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I Resolve NOT to Diet

Take the No Dieting Pledge. Below is the No Dieting Pledge. If you want to take the pledge, please print, sign, and hang somewhere prominent (I suggest using the pledge to plaster over the “motivation” images currently hung on your refridgerator). To publically take the pledge, please write your name in the comment section of …

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Do Diets Work?

Does weight loss lead to long-term health benefits? Did you resolve to lose weight this New Year? If so, you are not alone. “Lose weight” is the #1 New Year’s resolution for 2014. Many people link weight loss with health improvements. In fact, “Stay fit and healthy” is the #5 most popular resolution. These resolutions …

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Coping With Stresses of the Season

‘Tis the season…for joy, peace, and holiday stress. “Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas means a little bit more” says The Grinch in Dr. Seuss’ classic tale. This holiday sentiment rings even truer this year given the recent tradgedies at Newtown, CT and the devestation wrought by hurricaine Sandy. I imagine that …

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Don’t Believe Everything That You Read

The Importance of Being a Critically Informed Consumer in a Society of Deception. Earlier this month, Annals of Internal Medicine published a metaanalysis titled “Are Metabolically Healthy Overweight and Obesity Benign Conditions?” (Kramer et al, 2013). This study pooled the results of 8 previously published research studies to conclude: “Compared with metabolically healthy normal-weight individuals, …

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Body Hating

Why body image dissatisfaction is the new normal. Only 12% of women aged 50 and over report satisfaction with their body size. That means that 88% of women prefer to be a different body size than the one that they currently inhabit. I find those numbers to be staggering. And I don’t believe that the …

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The Epidemic

What is really eating our country? I want to call your attention to two recent research studies in hopes that they may shed some light on our current “obesity epidemic”. In the study “Does obesity associate with mortality among Hispanic persons? Results from the national health interview survey,” by Mehta et al (2013) published in …

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Fat

Why the AMA’s classification of obesity as a disease is concerning. How are you feeling? On June 18th, 2013, approximately 1/3 of Americans woke up ill. They may not have had the usual signs of illness- fever, sore throat, aches and pains. These people didn’t even need to go to a doctor to diagnose their …

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Aspire: Medically Sanctioned Bulimia?

How medical weight loss tools resemble eating disordered behaviors. I recently read about the AspireAssist Aspiration Therapy System. According to the manufacturer’s website, the AspireAssist reduces the calories consumed in a meal by surgically connecting a tube from the inside of the stomach to a port on the outside of the abdomen. The “Skin-Port” has …

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Sugar Sugar

Why what we eat is more important than what we weigh. We’ve been hearing a lot about sugar recently. Especially in New York City where Mayor Bloomberg has tried to enact a ban on sugar-sweetened beverages in portions larger than 16 ounces. A recent study by by Basu, Yoffe, Hills, and Lustig (2013) published in …

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Happy and Healthy

Thinking twice about weight loss resolutions. Happy New Years! Time to start hating our bodies. The new year always seems to kick off a barrage of body hating media. We see advertisements for weight loss programs, tips to hide the post-holiday bulge, and segments on how to maximize your fat burning exercise routine. Fad diets …

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Overcoming Holiday Overeating

Tips for managing emotional eating this holiday season. The holidays are upon us. Santas are ringing their bells on street corners, decorations are up in store windows, and holiday tunes seem to play from every speaker in town. If these images bring more anxiety than feelings of joy and merryment, then you are not alone. …

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Cocktails and Cheer?

How to survive the holiday party season. The holiday party. Whether it be an office party, cocktails at a friend’s home, or celebrating the holiday with your family, many of us are invited to at least one holiday cocktail party this time of year. For those who stuggle with body image and eating issues, this …

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Tips for a Mindful Thanksgiving Feast

Four tips to help you feel satisfied without feeling stuffed this Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving can be a time of socially sanctioned binge eating. We come together with friends and family with the intent of consuming as much food as humanly possible in a short amount of time. Many families have their own traditions around this. In …

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