July 2012 Archive
We are confronted daily with dangerous cultural ideals-ideals of thinness and perfection. The myth of dieting and the constant pressure to change and modify our appearance is rampant.Sadly, this has been going on for too long.
Rarely do we see change or hear good news on this front, and when we do it is time to celebrate! Today we are celebrating!
Last month, fourteen year-old Julia Bluhm started a petition on Change.org protesting photo shopped images of models used in Seventeen magazine. Her petition garnered more than 84,000 followers. As a result, Julia and her mother met with Seventeen’s editor in chief in NYC. Through their meeting, the “Body Peace Treaty” was formed. Although Seventeen did not make a firm commitment to stop all photo shopping practices, they did agree to use photo shopping techniques only when necessary and also agreed not to “doctor” body shapes or faces. Staff indicated photo shopping would only be used to fix wrinkles in clothing, untucked shirts, bra straps peeking out of clothes or a messy backdrop. Additionally, the magazine will now post and show the process of photo shopping for each picture on their blog.
Although there is still a long road ahead in battling the images we see and the methods used to sell products (and the jury is still out as to HOW Seventeen holds up their end of the bargain!) this is an exciting step forward. Hopefully Seventeen can blaze the trail for a new approach. Most importantly, hopefully we can all learn from Julia’s example and be reminded that together, our voices CAN be heard and change CAN occur!
New! Bite Back from Binge Eating Group begins July 11, 2012. The group will meet Wednesday mornings in Bloomfield Hills. The group is lead by Dr. Kristine Vazzano & Dr. Bethany Helfman
Bite Back from Binge Eating is an effective, individualized, evidence-based program that will help you establish and maintain lasting recovery from binge eating.
After participating in the Recovery from Binge Eating Group you will:
• Understand your triggers to binge eating
• Increase your awareness regarding the role food plays in your life
• Develop new coping strategies as alternatives to binge eating
• Improve your relationship with your body
• Embrace a “no” diet lifestyle
• Become aware of new ways of relating with others
• Find peace in moderation without feeling deprived
Recovery from binge eating can lead to improved mood, self-esteem, and a satisfying quality of life in which relationships. Recovery is possible! Take the first step and register today. Contact Dr. Vazzano at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register.