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“I Wish I Had a Little Bit of Anorexia” and Other Misconceptions: A Candid Conversation with Dr. Steven F. Crawford of Sheppard Pratt

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Prompted by this reporter, Dr. Steven F. Crawford — the associate director of the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt — rattles off a few common misconceptions about eating disorders. He riffs. In fact, he’s very creative in his responses.

“I wish I had a little bit of anorexia,” Crawford says. “Eating disorders are a lifestyle choice; you can tell if someone has an eating disorder by looking at them; eating disorders are a young girl’s disease; eating disorders are a passing phase in someone’s life and it is best to ignore [them]; eating disorders are caused by photographs of skinny models; the family causes someone to have an eating disorder…”

Baltimore Women and Body Image: Five Commandments for Self-Acceptance

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1920s female jogger

Recently I found myself wondering if the average American woman might not be evolving toward more self-acceptance where weight and body image are concerned — mightn’t voluptuous singer Adele’s wild popularity result in less rigidity in the media’s rulebook for how we’re all supposed to look? Adele is a world-famous sensation — and she’s a big girl. (True, she’s dropped some extra pounds since her throat surgery, but she remains full-figured, which seems to be what her body wants.) After Vogue editor Anna Wintour predictably ordered the singer’s spring cover airbrushed to slim her, fans were outraged and critics vocal globally.

“Confidence-Boosting Tips from Real Women 9 to 99,” a gorgeous photo essay in Shape, shot by Mary Ellen Mark, hoisted my optimism higher — walking readers through a diverse tour of physically active women, like yoga instructor Robin Wald, 42, who celebrates her fierce strength and consciously overlooks her perpetually flabby “Mommy” tummy, the piece reminds me that my body is, well, myself, my support system, my shelter, my stability and, in turn, my fragility. Bottom line: The body is a bodacious miracle whether you’re naturally a skinny mini or a zaftig diva.

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