The new children’s book, Maggie Goes on a Diet (Kramer, 2011), has received negative press for its blatant promotion of dieting, in addition to suggesting that weight-loss among kids can lead to increased popularity and athleticism. While the content of Kramer’s book may send a potentially dangerous message, the controversy surrounding its publication has lead to a positive outcome: parents and teachers are finally asking themselves, “what lessons are books teaching our children?”
Jingling bells, hanging holly and Hannukah candles.
Cinnamon and clove scents.
My Aunt Elma’s hearty laugh and kind ways.
These sensations are some of what the holiday season brings, and I anticipate with pleasure the well-known traditions of the season.
Even the commercial aspects, done in planned bursts, can be fun, from scouting out the year’s best music CD for my sister, to conferring with the cute guy at the liquor store about the best-priced bottle of red for my uncle.
Kim Clijsters, former World No. 1 in singles and doubles tennis. In interviews she has proudly stated that she inherited her “footballer's legs” from her father and a gymnast's flexibility from her mother.
It is the best of times and the worst of times in the world of eating disorders. More stories and information about eating disorders are in the media – straight news reports, personal experiences, fictionalized stories. “Anorexia” is a commonly used word. Eating disorder professionals’ understanding of the core features of eating disorders and ways to help are developing by leaps and bounds. More (though not enough) specialized treatment facilities exist.