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On Our Radar: To Write Love on Her Arms

Are you struggling?  Really, deeply struggling?  Are you having difficulty with depression, thoughts of hurting yourself, or are you actually hurting yourself?  It’s time to reach out for help.

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Here is Two Write Love on Her Arms’ Mission Statement: 

TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS IS A NON-PROFIT MOVEMENT DEDICATED TO PRESENTING HOPE AND FINDING HELP FOR PEOPLE STRUGGLING WITH DEPRESSION, ADDICTION, SELF-INJURY, AND SUICIDE. TWLOHA EXISTS TO ENCOURAGE, INFORM, INSPIRE, AND ALSO TO INVEST DIRECTLY INTO TREATMENT AND RECOVERY.

Visit their site here.

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Jennifer Garner’s Baby Bump

The actress was recently on The Ellen Show addressing rumors that she’s pregnant:

I am not pregnant, but I’ve had three kids and there is a ‘bump.’ From now on ladies, I will have a ‘bump’ and it will be my ‘baby bump’ and let’s just all settle in and get used to it, it’s not going anywhere.

Hey - I have ZERO kids and I’ve definitely got a bump in my belly, especially after a good meal.  Let’s stop assuming we know so much about one another’s bodies, shall we?

- Lynn

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Badass

I recently went on a family vacation to Greece. After realizing that a family vacation doesn’t just happen anymore when our parents can pack us up into a mini van and drive across America, I decided to implement a “policy” of an annual family gathering. It was fun, stressful, and incredibly introspective. 

There’s something about hot weather that makes you appreciate your body more. Perhaps it was because I wasn’t concerned with how I can cover aspects of my body since I was well… too busy sweating. And hey, everyone else flaunted their stuff without any care.  

A few days into the trip, I started to appreciate more the shape of my legs, my arms, and even the way I looked in my swimsuit. Yes, it was hot. But beyond that, I started to like the way I looked because I was happy. 

I became even more appreciative of my body when I hiked up the Acropolis in Athens, rode an ATV through the streets of Santorini, and found my way down a steep gorge in Crete. Without the strength that my body gives me, I wouldn’t have been able to make so many wonderful memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life. 

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2013 was a rough year for many reasons, and I can genuinely say that I’m at a different place now. To feel satisfied and at peace can do so much for the way in which I see myself, so this trip reminded me, yet again, the importance of setting aside time for wellness, self love, and surrounding myself with loved ones who will be there for me unconditionally.  

As we approach the end of the year, plan in some time for yourself. Read that book that you’ve been putting off, see the movie that you’ve been wanting to see, and most importantly, remind yourself that you are one badass person who has so much to offer.

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- Lisa 

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Lisa at NEDA Conference Today

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A reminder that our co-founder Lisa Lee will be speaking at The National Eating Disorders Association Conference in San Antonio, TX in the Eating Disorders in Asian American Communities Panel:

Men and women of Asian descent have long been underrepresented in conversations about body image struggles and eating disorders. This panel will discuss cultural factors that may impact choices and feelings about food; common attitudes, comments or discussions among family and peers about body size and shape; how gender may impact pressures related to the body; and other unique factors that may contribute to the onset of an eating disorder. The panel will discuss differences and commonalities among ethnicities within Asian American communities and generations, and highlight resources currently available, as well as exploring what resources are in need of development in the future. Treatment professionals, educators and family members will learn about the cultural competency needs in outreach efforts, treatment settings and within communities.

The Panel begins at 3pm.

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The Open Sky Fitness Podcast

I don’t really exercise, but I listen to The Open Sky Fitness Podcast religiously. Partially because I’m friends with all the hosts, but also because I find the topics they cover fascinating. The show demonstrates how one diet/workout regime does not fit all - and that it’s important to find out what works for YOU.  

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I was thrilled to be a guest on their latest episode, alongside my good friend, vegan chef Leslie Durso. I discuss my struggles with eating disorders, body image, and eat a lot of nachos.

Listen to the podcast here.

- Lynn

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Marvel’s “Silk” Series

Curious to what our readers who are comic book fans think of this news, as reported by The Daily News:

Months after making a splash with her debut in the pages of “Amazing Spider-Man" - the product of the Eureka idea of having a second person bitten by comics’ most famous radioactive spider - Silk, aka Cindy Moon, will be the subject of a new series, the Daily News has learned.

There have been Spider-Girls and Spider-Women throughout Marvel history, but the Asian American Queens resident has been sparking conversations since her introduction earlier this year - part of the publisher’s ongoing effort to match the diversity of its readership.

The first issue will be written and drawn by Stacy Lee.  Are you excited to have an Asian American Female Superhero?  Do you feel comics set up an unrealistic body image for both men and women?  Or do you think they are just for fun - and that fantasy is the whole point?

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Love Your Body Day

Today, October 14th, is Love Your Body Day, started by the National Organization for Women Foundation (NOW Foundation). 

Body Image

  • One study reports that at age thirteen, 53% of American girls are “unhappy with their bodies.” This grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen.
  • 50% of teens are “self-conscious” about their bodies; 26.2% report being “dissatisfied”. By age 60, 28.7% of women feel “dissatisfied” and 32.6% feel “self-conscious” about their bodies
  • 45.5% of teens report considering cosmetic surgery, 43.7% of women over 60 report considering cosmetic surgery
  • When asked “Are you happy with your body?” 43.2% of teens answered “yes,” 37.7% of women in their 60s answered “yes”.
  • 40-60% of elementary school girls are concerned about their weight or about becoming “too fat”.
  • A majority of girls (59%) reported dissatisfaction with their body shape, and 66 percent expressed the desire to lose weight.
  • 46% of 9-11 year-olds are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets, and 82% of their families are ‘”sometimes” or “very often” on diets.
  • Studies at Stanford University and the University of Massachusetts found that 70% of college women say they feel worse about their own looks after reading women’s magazines.

How to help/Body image:

  • De-emphasize numbers. Neither weight nor Body Mass Index tell us anything substantial about body composition and health. Eating habits, activity patterns, and other self-care choices are much more important.
  • Stop comparing yourself to others. Your physiology is unique to you; you can’t get a sense of your body’s needs and abilities with someone else’s body as a reference point. And the research has shown that frequent comparing tends to increase negative body image.

Eating Disorders

  • Fifteen percent of young women have substantially disordered eating attitudes and behaviors.
  • Studies indicate that by their first year of college, 4.5 to 18 percent of women and 0.4 percent of men have a history of bulimia and that as many as 1 in 100 females between the ages of 12 and 18 have anorexia.
  • According to The Center for Mental Health Services 90 percent of those who have eating disorders are women between the ages of 12 and 25.
  • For females between fifteen to twenty-four years old who suffer from anorexia nervosa, the mortality rate associated with the illness is twelve times higher than the death rate of all other causes of death.
  • 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some time in their life.
  • The rate of development of new cases of eating disorders has been increasing since 1950.

Both of Thick Dumpling Skin’s co-founders, Lisa Lee and Lynn Chen, have contributed videos in the past.  

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We’re Taking Over NEDA!

… Ok not really.

BUT I am heading to San Antonio, Texas soon for Thinking Big, The National Eating Disorder Association Conference 2014 (I wonder if I’ll have time to check out the Alamo).

I’ll be speaking on a panel with Hannah Jackson and Megan Shott about eating disorders within the Asian American community. 

If you’re around, we’ll be speaking on Friday October 17th from 3 pm - 4:15 pm at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter.

Eating Disorders in Asian American Communities Panel: Strategies for Outreach and Considerations in Care

Men and women of Asian descent have long been underrepresented in conversations about body image struggles and eating disorders. This panel will discuss cultural factors that may impact choices and feelings about food; common attitudes, comments or discussions among family and peers about body size and shape; how gender may impact pressures related to the body; and other unique factors that may contribute to the onset of an eating disorder. The panel will discuss differences and commonalities among ethnicities within Asian American communities and generations, and highlight resources currently available, as well as exploring what resources are in need of development in the future. Treatment professionals, educators and family members will learn about the cultural competency needs in outreach efforts, treatment settings and within communities.

For more information about about the NEDA Conference, click here.

- Lisa


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Today is National Depression Screening Day

WHAT: National Depression Screening Day (NDSD), held annually on the Thursday of the first full week in October, is dedicated to raising awareness and screening people for depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. NDSD is the nation’s oldest voluntary, community-based screening program that gives access to validated screening questionnaires and provides referral information for treatment.

WHERE: Individuals can locate a mental health screening site or take an online screening by visiting www.HelpYourselfHelpOthers.org.

HOW: Thousands of organizations nationwide register to host a NDSD event each year. The organizations, including hospitals, community centers, social service agencies, government organizations, older adult facilities, colleges, secondary schools and military installations, provide information about mood and anxiety disorders and offer screenings—in-person or online—to their community. After completing a screening, those who score positive receive referral information to local agencies that offer further evaluation and treatment if needed.

WHY: Depression screening is effective. Results from a 2009 independent research study by the University of Connecticut, commissioned by Screening for Mental Health, states that depression screenings are effective in connecting at-risk individuals with treatment. The study showed that 55% of participants, who completed an online depression screening and who agreed to participate in a follow-up survey, sought depression treatment within three months of the screening.

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