When Johns Hopkins researchers exposed pregnant rats to stress, they found some interesting results: Those rats’ babies were more prone to anorexia-like behavior. The correlation was particularly true when the pregnant rats exhibited passive responses to stress.
When you hear the words, “Love Your Tree” – the name of the Center for Eating Disorders at Sheppard Pratt’s annual poster-making campaign – maybe you don’t immediately conjure body-image messaging, but green activism or landscaping possibilities? Then again, if you know witty playwright/social commentator Eve Ensler (The Good Body, from which the quote comes; The Vagina Monologues) you easily make the connection between these posters “that confront society’s narrow ideals about beauty and embrace body diversity and self-acceptance” and the quirky slogan. By the way, watch Ensler’s brill one-minute video from the doc America the Beautiful after the jump, which explains how she met a fantastically confident woman in Africa, in a field outside of Nairobi, and was moved to ask her: “Do you like your body?”
“Why did he do it?” is the refrain that echoes across the media whenever a school shooting (like the one last week at Perry Hall High School in Baltimore County) occurs. The very fact that the shootings keep prompting the same question (and that the shootings keep happening at all) indicates that, on some level, we have no idea what’s going through these kids’ minds. But Katherine Newman, a dean at Johns Hopkins and a co-author of a book on school shootings, has some insight: