Recently I got an e-mail from the editor-in-chief of the Magazine New Moon Girls letting me know that I was in an article about food and eating. Even though the article was by Dr. Katja Rowell who I know does amazing work because I know her from the fat-o-sphere and her site, www.thefeedingdoctor.com, I will admit that I had a bit of trepidation. As a Health at Every Size and Size Acceptance practitioner I have grown accustomed to articles, no matter how HAES or SA they start out to be, always having the “even though it doesn’t make any sense section” – so an article might spend 5 pages talking about why dieting and weight loss don’t work for almost anyone, but on page 6 the author says “But I’m still going to fight the odds and try.” Or an article talks about why it’s so important to focus on kid’s health rather than their weight for four pages, but on page 5 they say “of course childhood obesity is a horrible thing and we should definitely make sure that fat kids know that there’s a war on against them.” So as I started to read this article, called “Eat Happy – Forget the Rules and Have More Fun”, I was elated at the content and also waiting for the other shoe to drop. But it never did. The article is completely evidence based and free from all obesity hysteria. It’s amazing – it’s something that I wish all kids could read and the First Lady would take to heart.
You can check out the article at: New Moon Girl Body Language
If you are looking for resources for girls, I highly recommend the New Moon Girls website. Their mission is to help girls, age 8 and up, discover their unique voices and express them in the world. (Nope, they aren’t giving me anything to say this, I’m just really impressed.)
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