‘Pregorexia’ and Postpartum Priorities

What does it say about a culture if when a baby's born, the mom's tummy size gets as much attention as the baby?The British magazine OK! came under fire earlier this summer for running a feature story on Kate Middleton's "post-baby weight loss regime." Even as moms around the world tweeted and blogged their appreciation of Kate's post-baby appearance, in which she seemed not to make any attempt to disguise her postpartum tummy, OK! magazine, like any good tabloid, tried to appeal to readers' … [Read more...]

The Eating Disorder You Don’t Hear Much About

The thing about a disorder like anorexia is that it eventually makes you look something like what the dominant culture regards as most beautiful, and achieving that 'look' becomes more important than, say, staying alive.And it's perfectly socially acceptable--for the most part--to tell skinny people how 'good' they look. When I was 17 and recovering from major thoracic and spinal surgery, I returned to school fragile and emaciated from the ordeal, only to hearĀ "Oh my God, you lost so much … [Read more...]

Is Hating My Body a Sin?

I love seeing the search terms that bring people to Eat With Joy. Some of them are strange, some are creepy, some are funny, some are sad. Sometimes, the search terms inspire posts, like this one, which landed someone here last week:"Is Hating My Body a Sin?"And so I'd like to attempt to answer that question.To begin, we might ask "What's sin?" I'm aware that there are about a thousand disputed ways to answer that question--and so no one 'perfect' way--but I like this one:Sin is … [Read more...]

How Patriarchy Gave Me an Eating Disorder, Part 2

My husband says I forgot to point out that not only did Ruth pursue Boaz, pretty much proposing marriage to him, but she also went and lay down next to Boaz at night. When he was sleeping. After he'd been drinking.How's that for some 'Biblical' Passion & Purity!?{And yes. I totally love and adore my scholarly husband for pointing that out.}Anyway, OK. Brief recap from part one--Things I learned from evangelical culture:Be Pure.And so be afraid of your own … [Read more...]

How Patriarchy Gave Me an Eating Disorder, Part 1

Disclaimers:1. This title is, of course, hyperbole.2. My parents didn't teach or embody patriarchal attitudes. {Not blaming you, mom! Not blaming you, dad!}3. I might have to add more disclaimers later.Criticizing fairy tales for being relentlessly patriarchal is well-trod ground, I know. It's been nearly 20 years since Ani DiFranco first sang:i am not a pretty girlthat's not what i doi ain't no damsel in distressand i don't need to be rescuedso put … [Read more...]

Tracey Gold’s ‘Starving Secrets’

Remember Tracey Gold from Growing Pains? A recovered anorexic, she's now hosting a new Lifetime channel reality show: 'Starving Secrets.'Even this People magazine photograph portrays Gold's anorexic body as glamorous.The show, still in its first season, follows women with serious eating disorders, and gives them the opportunity to a enter into a treatment program. Critics of the show point out that it follows in the genre of made-for-TV movies like The Best Little Girl in the World, … [Read more...]

The Victoria’s Secret “Angel” Diet

Recently, supermodel Adriana Lima talked to the UK newspaper, Telegraph, telling the paper what it takes to get ready for the Victoria's Secret fashion show--including months of intense daily and sometimes twice-daily workouts and a gallon of water a day. The Telegraph reports:"She sees a nutritionist, who has measured her body's muscle mass, fat ratio and levels of water retention. He prescribes protein shakes, vitamins and supplements to keep Lima's energy levels up during this training … [Read more...]

Whose Eating Disorder Is This?

When I say 'person with eating disorder' do you imagine someone who looks like this?Or someone who looks more like this:Anorexia and bulimia aren't the only eating disorders out there. There's also binge eating disorder--defined as having at least one episode per month of overeating with "a sense of loss of control." And while it's broadly assumed that this is mainly a "women's problem," a new study shows that men are almost as likely as women to have binge eating disorder.Male binge … [Read more...]

100 Posts!

Yesterday's post on Plumpy'nut marked 100 posts here on Eat With Joy. I thought of doing some version of the '100 things about whatever' meme, but I think I'm too lazy and/or busy for that.Besides, I thought it might be more fun to highlight the top 10 posts from Eat With Joy's brief Internet life. And so without further ado...(Click on each title to read the full post; italicized text represents excerpts)#10 Film Review: "The Help" and the Supper of the Lamb"Living the gospel … [Read more...]

Speaking Out, Part Two

{I'm away this week. In addition to the delights of being with family & friends, I had the opportunity to speak to a MOPS group in New Jersey. I'm going to share some of the talk with you here. If I get my tech stuff together, I might even go all fancy and post it as a podcast so you can hear my squeaky little voice. Here's the second of three parts.}I have to condense the story here, but I want to tell you two things that helped me get to the place I am now, which, admittedly is not … [Read more...]


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