August 19, 2007 |
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 |
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.
September 22, 2006 |
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 |
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 |
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.
December 4, 2005 |
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 |
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.
October 3, 2005 |
BY the spring of 2001, Chrissie Henneberg had become excessively thin, almost skeletal. But even as the pounds fell away -- 35 in all -- the once normal-weight teenager laced up her sneakers every day for a five-mile run. She denied there was a problem. But her increasingly worried parents, who had been planning to send the 17-year-old to college in the fall, took her to a family doctor, then to a clinic specializing in eating disorders. The news wasn't good.
August 3, 2005 |
"Starved," which premieres Thursday night, is a troublesome new situation black-comedy from FX, Fox's edgier-because-it-can-be basic-cable offspring. The network has lately had some success with original drama in the form of "Nip/Tuck," "Rescue Me" and "The Shield," series rich in aggressive dysfunctional maleness -- a quality that pertains here, as well, although ostensibly played for laughs.
July 31, 2005 |
When we first meet the character of Sam, he's staring down at his breakfast of half a grapefruit and yogurt with a familiar look of dissatisfaction. In disgust, he chucks it in the garbage -- then begins to root around in the trash. Suddenly, an ordinary morning ritual takes on a disturbing cast as Sam pulls out a soggy, misshapen piece of chocolate cake coated with white flakes of detergent. Undeterred, he eats around the soap, smearing icing over his face in the process.