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Do You Read Healthy Living Blogs?

Help a PhD student in Toronto out! 

My name is Alexandra Rodney and I am a PhD student at the University of Toronto. As part of my dissertation research I am looking at why people read healthy living blogs. I am interested in the reasons people start reading them, how they use the information on them and how their lives have changed since starting to read them.

As part of my dissertation research I am searching for healthy living blog readers to interview about why they read healthy living blogs, and how they use the information on healthy living blogs.   I am looking to interview people in Canada or the United States who would like an opportunity to present their thoughts about how they use healthy living blogs. We can arrange a time and method for conducting the interview that suits their convenience. The  interview has been designed to last about 45 minutes to an hour. Interviews can be conducted in-person (for those who live in or near the Greater Toronto Area), or via phone, Skype, Windows Messenger, or Gmail video chat.  Please contact Ali at if you are interested.  Interview participants will receive a $20 Starbucks card in consideration of volunteering their time for this study. More information about me can be found at my website at

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GIRLS Star on Eating Disorders and Body Image

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Actor Zosia Mamet recently wrote about her experience with these subjects for Glamour Magazine.

Here’s how I think of my eating disorder: I’m an addict in recovery. We’ve brought other addictions into the light; we’ve talked about them, dissected them, made them acceptable issues to discuss and work out. We need to treat eating disorders just as seriously. (What’s different about eating disorders, of course, is that you can’t just avoid food for the rest of your life. You have to eat to live.) Nobody is addressing the fact that so many women wake up in the morning, look at themselves in the mirror, and, out of habit, attack what they see. Maybe that’s not an all-out disorder, but it’s certainly the seed of one. I read a study once that said that more than a third of casual dieters develop pathological eating habits (and of those, up to 25 percent wind up with an eating disorder). Of course, not all of those people will end up deathly ill, but obsession—and doesn’t every diet require some degree of obsessing?—is a slippery slope. Did you know that only one in 10 people who are suffering gets proper treatment? And that eating disorders have the highest death rate of any mental illness?

Read the full article here.

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On Our Radar: Food Shaming

The April issue of Women’s Health Magazine describes “food shaming” and the issues associated with it.

"It’s normal in our culture to obsess about food this way and to judge our choices and to label foods as ‘good’ or ‘bad,’" says Michelle May, M.D., author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat. “Here’s the problem: When we judge food as being ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ we also judge ourselves and other people as ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ depending on what we ate.”

The more we listen to this food shaming—whether it’s coming from ourselves or someone else—the more detrimental it becomes, say experts.

"That belief that ‘I’m a bad person’ has a really negative consequence because the truth is that if we believe we’re a bad person, then what the heck—why not keep overeating?" says May. Then, after over-indulging, many people will try to earn their way back into good standing (as mandated by our culture’s food rules) by restricting and depriving themselves—which is one of the most powerful triggers for overeating, says May. The result is something she calls the "eat-repent-repeat cycle."

Ultimately, spending so much time focusing on what you “should” eat and beating yourself up about consuming things that don’t fall into that category gives credence to the harmful belief that you can’t trust yourself and your body to make your own food choices. Eventually, it can lead to an obsessive and dysfunctional relationship with food and, in some cases, even more severe problems like disordered or secretive eating, say experts.

Read the full article here.

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Miss Indiana’s “Normal” Body


Look.  Since she competed on Sunday’s Miss USA Pageant, a lot of articles have been written about Mekayla Diehl’s bikini body.  You can google them and see the stories/stats/theories/etc. but this is all I have to say about the matter.

You are not your weight.  You are not better because of your weight or worse.

I’ve been blogging about food for 5 years, today.  One thing I’ve learned on this journey is that there is no “common standard” when it comes to diet.  Between all the chefs, farmers, recovering anorexics, actors, food writers, and all that are in between who I talk to on a regular basis - nobody does it the same.  And every body is vastly different.  And the way we all feel about our bodies changes, daily, depending on what we eat.  

AND THERE IS NO NORMAL.  So why give that word power?

- Lynn

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Rest in Peace, Maya Angelou


Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing of my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

- from And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou, who passed away this morning at the age of 86.

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Lisa on NPR’s “Tell Me More!”


Did you hear this morning’s “Tell Me More” on NPR?  Our very own Lisa Lee was on, weighing in on this controversial episode of Louis C.K.’s show from the Asian-American perspective.

Other people on the panel included Libby HillCeCe Olisa, and Danielle Henderson.  

Lisa: You know, I definitely - I understand I think that body image issues is something that a lot, a lot of women experience and a lot of men too. But I definitely feel that the issue affects people of color a little bit differently. And in my specific case, I’m thinking about, you know, East Asians, like Chinese-Americans, Korean-Americans, Japanese-Americans. You know, I think there are two issues. One is just I think there’s - the lack of representation and misrepresentation of Asian-Americans in media - right? - that informs us how we should behave and think about ourselves. And unfortunately because we are not seeing a lot of ourselves on media, we kind of go to the depicted stereotypes to again inform us about how we should think about ourselves and of course our bodies. And a lot of the stereotypes out there are that, you know, Asian women are fragile. They’re demure. They’re wall flowers. They’re pushovers. And that’s a very real stereotype that I think is then internalized.

And I think from, like, the cultural and familial standpoint, as well, I think just, you know, throughout history we’ve been taught, you know, what is the accepted sort of westernized beauty that we should desire? And I think that goes, you know, even beyond body size. I think that has a lot to do with, like, skin color, the way that we, you know, want our hair to be a certain way. So I think there are issues kind of, you know, internally, you know, within the culture as well as what is projected onto the culture.

You can listen to the interview and read a full transcript here.

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Listen Up: Good Food

KCRW’s Good Food is one of my favorite radio shows (I interviewed host Evan Kleiman last summer for The Actor’s Diet podcast) and I think our Thick Dumpling Skin readers will get a lot out of this week’s episode.  The focus is on body image - if you haven’t listened to the show before, now’s a good time to start.  Here are a few highlights.

Jen Curran/Kat Stoeffel on the subject of Fat Shaming:

Dr. Linda Bacon on Weight/Health:

Listen to the full episode on iTunes, where you can also subscribe to Good Food.

- Lynn

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