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August 19, 2007 | Rachel Abramowitz, Times Staff Writer
I'm searching for body fat in Hollywood. It's the 2007 MTV Movie Awards, and judging by the standards of the youth-obsessed network's magenta carpet, blubber, let alone curves, or even softness is out of fashion. Girls -- and I mean girls, given their lack of womanly heft, glide by. Jessica Biel, in a loose black mini-dress. Jessica Alba, with sylph-like arms rising above her red puffy mini-dress.
January 13, 2007 | Geoff Boucher
A U.S. association of fashion designers said Friday that models younger than 16 should not work runway shows and that any who are diagnosed with eating disorders should get medical help and be barred from working without a medical professional's approval. The recommendations from the Council of Fashion Designers of America come after months of debate and concern regarding models who drop to unhealthy weight levels.
October 28, 2006 | From Reuters
Production on the next season of the E! Channel's "The Simple Life" has been postponed because Nicole Richie, whose rail-thin appearance in recent photos has stoked tabloid speculation of an eating disorder, has checked into a treatment facility to address her inability to gain weight. "She is working with a team of doctors and specialists whose focus is nutrition," Nicole Perna, a spokeswoman for Richie, said in a statement.
September 25, 2006 | Janet Cromley, Times Staff Writer
FEMALE college athletes now have additional incentive to belly up to the training table. A new study of 76 female athletes found that those who engaged in disordered eating, including bulimia, anorexia and insufficient caloric intake, were more likely to incur stress fractures than their well-nourished peers.
September 22, 2006 | Aimee Liu, AIMEE LIU's book, "Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders," will be published in February.
THIS WEEK in Madrid, heroin chic was prohibited. For the first time, the organizers of a major international fashion show recognized that by showcasing emaciated models, the fashion industry promotes eating disorders. Under pressure from the Madrid government, medical associations and women's advocacy groups, the Assn. of Fashion Designers of Spain finally rejected morbidly thin models.
March 19, 2006 | Jamie Talan, Newsday
Two new studies show that genetics may outweigh environmental factors in causing the eating disorders involved in anorexia and bingeing. "This is good news for patients and their families," said Cynthia Bulik of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.
February 17, 2006 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
In her performance makeup and glittering costumes, Jamie Silverstein lived the dream of so many little girls, twirling around the ice in the arms of a handsome partner with whom she expected to someday waltz off into a happy sunset. But beneath her smile and sureness on skates lay a complex web of insecurities. Although she and partner Justin Pekarek had won U.S.
January 23, 2006 | Sally Squires, Special to The Times
One woman from San Francisco summed up her eating problem this way: "I rarely overeat when I'm around other people.... All my friends marvel at how 'good' I am. They don't know what goes on behind closed doors! When I'm home alone, I have very little self-control," she says. "I will devour anything that isn't nailed down ... and I feel disgusting afterward." Such habits aren't rare.
December 4, 2005 | Tanika White, Baltimore Sun Staff Writer
Growing up, Becky Marsella was an active girl and a popular teenager. She was in the school band and had many friends. At home, she was well loved and well fed. Fond of comfort foods -- fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, roasts and rice and gravy -- Marsella never got to be more than about 115 pounds. Regarding her weight, she was one of the lucky ones. But something happened six years ago when Marsella, of Lakeland, Fla., turned 40.
October 3, 2005 | Shari Roan, Times Staff Writer
Parents -- not doctors and therapists -- are in the best position to help prevent eating disorders and to spot the early warning signs of anorexia or bulimia. Researchers, doctors and battle-tested parents have begun to understand not only which environments encourage healthy eating and body image but also how to spot a seemingly ordinary teenage diet spinning out of control. The key, they say, is to help kids as soon as possible, before their eating habits threaten their health.
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