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28 Feb 2013

Reframing the notion of ‘thin privilege’


Do you ever look at people with seemingly perfect bodies and think: “If only I was that thin! My life would be so much better?” The truth is that thinness does not necessarily equal happiness, despite media-controlled messages that lead us to believe otherwise.

Unfortunately, the societal construction of “thin privilege,” which favors svelte individuals in every aspect of life from dating to healthcare to gainful employment, is an issue that looms just as ominously in this country as the “obesity epidemic.” In fact, the first problem directly informs (and often perpetuates) the latter. Frightened parents put their children on micro-managed diet and exercise plans to ward off weight gain; and in turn, the children grow up thinking that their self-worth is dependant upon how well they can control their physical appearance.

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20 Feb 2013

Film, Panel Probe America’s Obsession with Dieting

by Susan Seligson

Reviewing Darryl Roberts’ 2008 documentary America the Beautiful, which chronicles the nation’s media-fed pursuit of an impossible physical ideal, critic Roger Ebert concludes that “the cold fact is no one can look like a supermodel and be physically healthy.” In the years since the film’s release, the nation has arguably grown even more obsessed with dieting, with the 2010 weight loss industry worth a record $60.9 billion, according to the market research firm Marketdata Enterprises.

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20 Feb 2013

Naval Station Norfolk holds eating disorder awareness seminar

Molly Greendeer

Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk hosted an eating disorder awareness seminar at the base auditorium, Feb. 7.

February is National Eating Disorder Awareness Month and NAVSTA Norfolk leaders took the opportunity to focus on the subject, bringing awareness to Sailors and discussing resources for treatment. With the growing concern, NAVSTA Norfolk Command Master Chief David Carter said there is no better time to train our Sailors and leadership on the dangers of eating disorders.

“It is important for all levels of leadership to know about eating disorders and be able to recognize some of the symptoms,” he said. “Only through proper training can we get our shipmates the help they need to deal with the disorder and get them on track to a healthy life and Navy career.”

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12 Jan 2013

Talk to take up teens, overbooking and stress


Young people sometimes walk a tightrope between too much free time and not enough. If they’re in the latter circumstance, poor decisions sometimes result.

A discussion planned this week at Naperville Central High School will center on striking an ideal balance. Naperville North alumnus Nancy Rivas, a clinical psychologist who practices in Wheaton, will be the featured speaker.

Set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s learning resources center, “Making Health Choices in our Overly-Scheduled Society” is designed to equip parents and educators with tools to help them understand the decision making process, taking into account a teen’s personality, development, stress factors and values. Overly busy schedules are a factor that has been cited in the decision by many local teens to experiment with drug use.

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