Some New News

You can read about Miss America 2008’s activism surrounding Eating Disorders here. And wouldnt you know it, Fall Speaker Kathleen MacDonald will be speaking later that evening! Rock on, Kathleen!

There’s a new book by Laurie Halse Anderson called “Wintergirls”. I havent read this new one, however, I was impressed with her previous book entitled “Speak” about a highschool rape victim. “Wintergirls” is getting a ton of press, and if it’s anything like “Speak”, i think i’ll be picking up a copy!

Ethics? Medicine? Funding?

Thanks for sharing this, Dan!

Harvard has fallen behind, some faculty and administrators say, because its teaching hospitals are not owned by the university, complicating reform; because the dean is fairly new and his predecessor was such an industry booster that he served on a pharmaceutical company board; and because a crackdown, simply put, could cost it money or faculty.

Alert – Dangerous over-the-counter diet pills

Today’s New York Times carries an article about the dangers of so-called “dietary supplements,” sold at places like GNC and the Vitamin Shoppe, whose makers and advertisers falsely claim they are effective and safe for weight loss. They are neither.

An excerpt:

In a continuing investigation that has prompted consumer warnings and recalls by some distributors, the F.D.A. has determined that dozens of weight-loss supplements, most of them imported from China, contain hidden and potentially harmful drugs. In the coming weeks, the agency plans to issue a longer list of brands to avoid that are spiked with drugs, an F.D.A. spokeswoman said.

Besides StarCaps, which were made in Peru and which Balanced Health Products, the American distributor, has voluntarily withdrawn, the agency’s warning list includes more obscure pills sold under the names Sliminate, Superslim and Slim Up, among many others. So far, the F.D.A. has cited 69 tainted weight-loss supplements.

“A large percentage of these products either contain dangerous undeclared ingredients or they might be outright fraudulent on the ingredients and have no effect at all,” said Michael Levy, the director of the F.D.A.’s division of New Drugs and Labeling Compliance. “We don’t think consumers should be using these products.”

Studies look at Young Adults and Mental Health Issues

Then why didnt they look for eating disorders in their studies?

A limitation of the analysis is that it did not include eating disorders, said Dr. Harry Brandt, director for the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt and head of the psychiatry department at St. Joseph Medical Center.

At least half of the patients he sees at the eating disorder center are young adults, he said. “I was very surprised that among all the diagnoses, they did not look at eating disorders, since those are among the most deadly and serious disorders of that age range,” he said.

Body Image Issues in the news

While I appreciate a lot of the points made in this article, I’m glad it’s author takes the time to acknowledge the over simplification of her statements.

Next time you are in a store that sells magazines, look at the number of magazines devoted to women’s fashion and beauty. Women are being bombarded with these messages everywhere they look and they far outnumber the messages that men receive throughout the day to “look good, thin, and young.”

And to everyone with facebook out there, THIS IS AWESOME!

since going gender-neutral on Facebook I have very few diet ads.

BIC in the BI-CO

We’re in the Bi-Co TWICE in one issue!


First, where the Body Image Council is profiled : )

and Second, where there is a write up about Kathleen’s visit!


And while I’m plugging the Bi-Co, there are alot of really great events this month that the Haverford Women’s Center is sponsoring, including:

Events still to occur include the Orgasmic Birth film screening on Wednesday, November 12 in the Women’s Center at 8:00 p.m.; the domestic violence art show “A View Through My Window” from 4:00 p.m. November 18 through November 20 in Founders Great Hall; and SpeakOut, November 20 at 9:00 p.m. in the Founders Common Room.