Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Development of the Male Body Dissatisfaction Scale

The development and initial validation of a new measure of male body dissatisfaction.

Authors: Ochner CN, Gray JA, Brickner K.

The purpose of this research was to develop, and establish the initial psychometric properties of, the Male Body Dissatisfaction Scale (MBDS). Ninety-five male students were recruited over three phases. An item-remainder analysis was performed in phase I, convergent and discriminant validity assessed in phase II, and test-retest reliability and factor structure assessed in phase III. The MBDS achieved an alpha level of 0.93 and was inversely related to body esteem (p=0.02) and self-esteem (p=0.03), and positively related to how much participants' opinion of themselves was based on their body shape and weight (p<0.01).>» Read full article on[Eating Behaviors via]

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Amazing theatre production dealing with eating disorders!

Experience nor.mal LIVE!

October 28th and 29th at 7:30pm

You are cordially invited to attend exclusive presentations of the award-winning musical NORMAL followed by talkbacks with experts in the field of mental health. The NIS curriculum’s effectiveness in raising awareness of eating disorders and eliminating the stigma attached has been proven time and time again. Endorsed by the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) and by treatment centers nationwide, the NIS program is an effective way to get audiences talking about issues related to eating disorders, due to the universal appeal of the gripping emotional performance upon which the programming is centered.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 7:30pm
In Tandem Theatre • 628 N. 10th Street • Milwaukee, WI • 53233
This complimentary presentation of the NORMAL In Schools program will be followed by a wine & cheese reception. This cultivation event is specifically designed to introduce NIS to educators and clinicians, and to discuss the program’s effectiveness in schools, counseling groups and treatment centers. A few seats are still available. RSVP to add your name to the list.

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 7:30pm
In Tandem Theatre • 628 N. 10th Street • Milwaukee, WI • 53233
Open to the public. Pay what you can admission. No reservations or tickets required.


Friday, October 23, 2009

New Dawn Seeking Clinical Director

New Dawn Eating Disorders Recovery Center seeks a Clinical Director for our Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization (with Transitional Living) Programs located in Sausalito and San Francisco, CA. Responsibilities include managing and supervising existing multidisciplinary staff, assisting with continuing program development and implementation in collaboration with the CEO, coordinating care with referring providers and managed care companies, performing utilization review as necessary, conducting psychological evaluations and follow-ups, and providing individual, group, and family psychotherapy. Great benefits package including health, dental, vision and 401(k). Position is available for immediate hire.

Qualifications: Must hold a California license (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) and have at least two years of experience working in a residential, inpatient or Intensive Outpatient eating disorders treatment program and at least one year of supervisory experience. Accreditation experience (CARF or JCAHO) is a plus. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Interested Candidates should contact Ross Morton, CEO via email at with brief a letter of interest, CV, references and 2 letters of recommendation.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Stop dissing your body, BYU speaker (Jennie Schaefer) says...

By Sara Israelsen-Hartley
Published: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009 4:44 p.m.

MDT PROVO — All the talk about fat thighs, pudgy stomachs and flabby arms needs to stop. Eliminating body-hatred conversations was one of the biggest steps Jenni Schaefer took to conquer her eating disorder. "I had to have patience," she said. "I had to give myself time to fully recover in my head … so I could accept my body, and then move from accepting it to liking it, then move from liking it to loving it." Speaking recently at Brigham Young University, the internationally renowned author, speaker and an ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association encouraged other women and men to avoid those types of damaging conversations, which Schaefer said are far too prevalent. (

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Art and Body Image

Mirrors Art Exhibition

"Expressing, transforming and clarifying the shades of limelight that frame our body image."

Mori Gallery

168 Day St Darling Harbour

14th-26th October 2009

Opening night 14th October 6-8pm

Mirrors, are an integral part of life we use them to create an image of who we are, who we think we should or could be and who we want to be, you find them in our bathrooms, bedrooms, purses and in other people’s eyes, words and thoughts. As an art exhibition Mirrors become a tool in expressing how others see themselves, reflecting how we see ourselves and the common thoughts and images that surround this, but furthermore Mirrors is a means to show how art can transform, reveal, confirm and change our associations between the beauty within both life and ourselves.

The exhibition Mirrors has evolved from the Art Exposing Eating Disorders Exhibition that began as a charity event last year, with a far larger goal than simply raising money for its beneficiary the Butterfly Foundation. The exhibition was the initiative of Rhiannon Bulley a young girl in recovery from Anorexia Nervosa, a serious and debilitating mental disease. She will again curate the exhibition along with the team at the Mori Gallery and fellow past sufferer Sarah O’Rourke.

How we see ourselves not only effects the way we live but dictates it, this is art reaching out and touching the insides of people veins and compelling them to re-evaluate their own beauty and the beauty of life.

Artists confirmed to be involved this year include Laura Jones, Aujun Rattley, Karin Taylor Cynthia Lund Torrol and Bec Winnel as well as many other emerging artists and art therapy works.

German artist, Remus Grecu has generously supplied Mirrors with copies of his paintings, which were shown at the Stadel Museum in Frankfurt as part of anti anorexia campaign titled The Contemporary Beauty Ideal.

Installation artist Elodie Silberstien will also participate in the exhibition for the second year running. This year her tableau vivant style artwork will take on the form of the diary of an anorexic girl, which she formed by interviewing people in recovery from anorexia. Elodie also worked closely with curator Rhiannon Bulley to develop a performance aspect to the piece, which will be performed on the opening night.

Acclaimed Sunshine Coast artist Cindy Wider will also provide an installation complete with her online and published art course Paint in Your Pj’s that aims to provide women with self-understanding and a clear path to their individual goals in life through drawing and art.

This year, under the name Mirrors, Art Exposing Eating Disorders will provide every person who steps into the venue, The Mori Gallery in Darling Harbour, with the opportunity to be a part of the expression through blank canvases complete with paint and work stations that encourage creative writing. The space will be a creative hub that not only provides the opportunity to hear other people’s voices but inspires individuals to listen to their own. Funds from the sale of art works will once again be donated to the Melbourne based, non- profit organisation, The Butterfly Foundation.

In terms of functioning this exhibition is as integral to those it supports as the daily mirror check that is normal for each of us in our daily routine. The reflection of a mirror sadly is not always one of clarity it is often blurred and altered by outside motives, in this way Mirrors through art aims to provide clarity where beauty is not an image but a feeling.

You can follow the exhibition from start to finish on

Thursday, October 15, 2009

New thinner Barbie doll may fuel rising eating disorders in young women

Designer Christian Louboutin thinks the already unrealistically thin Barbie doll's legs are too heavy and is redesigning a newer, thinner version due out in the states next year. This move may help to fuel the already rising incidence of eating disorders among women in the U.S. who strive to obtain impossibly thin figures.

The new Barbie will have even thinner legs because Louboutin found the doll’s “…ankles too fat,” according to the New York Daily News.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Free Book Drawing (check back often for future book drawings)

click on the above link, complete the contact form, enter book drawing in message, and you will automatically be entered into our November 5th, 2009 drawing to win this book!

HUNGRY: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia
by Sheila and Lisa Himmel(Penguin Group, 2009)

Eating disorders are one of the most destructive sicknesses to affect young women and men, especially during the turbulent teenage years where the pressure to embody the thin frames of cover models while existing in a food-obsessed culture. HUNGRY: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; August 4; $15.00) is the stunning memoir by Sheila Himmel, a James Beard Award-winning food critic, and her daughter Lisa, who, partly influenced by those societal pressures, plunged into the destructive world of anorexia and bulimia. Purchase your copy here: Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia

Monday, October 12, 2009

Disordered eating in adulthood is associated with reported weight loss attempts in childhood

Research report seeking to determine whether history of attempted weight loss in childhood (age 12 years) is associated with binge eating disorder (BED) and unhealthy weight loss behaviors in adults. (Source: International Journal of Eating Disorders:

Did restrictive eating or weight loss attempts in childhood contribute to your development of disordered eating? Share here!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Videos on Eating Disorders by Top Experts

View informative and understandable brief video presentations by the top experts on eating disorders. Watch on the home page of Eating Disorder Hope. These are presented by:

Thomas Insel, MD ~ Director, National Institute of Mental Health

Walter Kaye, MD ~ University of California, San Diego

Cynthia Bulik, PhD ~ University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Produced by Jane Cawley

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Spain weighs models before allowing on runway

Officials in Spain are making an effort to battle anorexia among models.

Reports indicate that Spanish officials will weigh the models before allowing them on the podium for the fashion week.

The fashion industry has come under scrutiny recently for having a lot of anorexic models during their shows.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has publicly decried Fashion Week saying it can act as a showcase for underweight women.....What do you think about this??