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posted: January 31, 2003
WRITE AND COMPLAIN!! Toy Company Promoting Diet Industry???

From: Amy Medina, Something Fishy Website on Eating Disorders

Because I myself have a daughter, I recently became aware that a toy made by XConcepts, LLC may be inadvertantly promoting the use of diet products to kids and teenagers.

The toy: Tech Deck DUDE -- This is a small (3 or 4 inch tall) action-figure type character. It is a girl riding a skateboard. They are sold at sporting-goods stores and toy stores, or can be bought online. It is marketed at children nine years old and up.

The offense: On the back of the box that the action-figure comes in there is a "biography" about the character. It includes things like favorite TV show, hobbies, favorite band, etc. It also includes favorite food. On the character known as "Laura" her favorite food is listed as SLIM-FAST.

    Click HERE too see a picture of the box
    Click HERE to see the offending biography right on their own website

This clearly sends the wrong message to kids, boths boys and girls. I urge everyone, with or without children, to please write to this company and complain. Simply change this character's favorite food to something more appropriate. Marketing on behalf of a diet company, intentionally or not, when your audience is under the age of eigteen, is incredibly IRRESPONSIBLE and not at all "cute".

Send your complaint to:

    XConcepts, LLC
    Main Office:
    975 Andreasen Drive
    Escondido, CA 92029

    other contacts: www.xconcepts.com

posted: January 26, 2003

Arizona: Mirasol: The Arizona Center for Eating Disorder Recovery, will open an additional program designed specifically to treat obesity, compulsive overeating and binge eating disorder. The new program is called Mirasol's Holistic Health Program - Alternative Weight Management. This 21-day intensive residential program uses an integrative treatment approach that provides a way to help clients acquire information about weight management, attain metabolic health, increase self-esteem and empower themselves. Although weight loss may be the clients' primary goal in this program, they will experience permanent changes that will facilitate health, wellness, vitality, increased longevity, and redefine the quality of their lives. After the 21-day program, the client will have the opportunity to attend 4-day workshops to provide additional treatment and support.

To learn more details about Mirasol's Holistic Health Program - Alternative Weight Management - please call 1-888-520-1700 or visit the website at www.edrecovery.com.

posted: January 16, 2003

When: March 17, 8pm
Where: Double Tree Hotel, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland in the Washington Theatre Room.

Kay Kosak Abrams, PhD will be giving a talk on the etiology and treatment of eating disorders. Learn about the sociocultural, biological and developmental determinants of eating disorders along with interventions for becoming a normal eater. This talk addresses the spectrum of disordered eating behavior, from yo-yo dieters, to compulsive overeaters, to restrictive anorexics.

Advance registration fees: $20.00 per person; $35.00 per couple
Walk-ins: $25.00 person/$40.00 couple

For more information, contact Dr. Abrams at 301-949-2098
or www.kayabrams.com

posted: January 16, 2003
Neuroendocrine Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital

The Neuroendocrine Unit of Massachusetts General Hospital is conducting research studies on anorexia-induced bone loss.

Our screening study is for men and women aged 18-45 who suffer from anorexia nervosa. We are investigating the prevalence and predictors of osteopenia in the spine, hip, wrist and total body. The research study includes a bone density test, hormonal evaluation, and nutritional assessment at no cost, and it involves one visit of approximately 2.5 hours. If interested, please call Kelly at (617) 724-5784 or email her at kgrieco@partners.org.

Our treatment study is for women aged 18-50 with anorexia nervosa and absent or irregular menstrual periods. We are investigating the combined use of a growth factor and a medication routinely used to treat postmenopausal osteoporosis as a novel treatment for the bone loss seen in women with anorexia nervosa. The growth factor is natural, nutritionally regulated, and greatly reduced in women with anorexia nervosa. This growth factor has been shown to stimulate bone formation in previous research studies. We hope that the combination of these two medications will help rebuild depleted bone and prevent further bone breakdown in women with anorexia nervosa. The research study involves twelve months of therapy for all subjects. The study is primarily outpatient and a stipend of up to $600 is awarded upon completion of the study.

For more information contact Kelly at kgrieco@partners.org

posted: January 1, 2003
The Sensory Integration Research and Rehabilitation Institute (SIRRI)

I am a licensed physical therapist successfully using the Sensory Learning Method to treat a variety of psychological and neurological conditions. This method has proven beneficial in helping people with bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD, and traumatic brain injury.

I would like the opportunity to evaluate the helpfulness of this method as an additional tool in treatment towards recovery from an eating disorder. I am looking for open-minded individuals that are in recovery from anorexia, bulimia or compulsive overeating who are interested in completing this unique 30-day program.

Participation Requires:

  • 12 consecutive days of in-office treatment sessions (approximately 75 minutes), followed by 18 consecutive days of at-home sessions (you do on your own)... 30 consecutive days total committment. Additional two days of testing required.
  • You must be over 18 years of age.
  • You must be serious about recovery and have been in-recovery at least 8 months.
  • You must be under the care of a physician and/or therapist.
    Note: This is NOT residential care (we do not provide housing). On average you will spent 75 minutes per day during your first 12 days. If coming in from outside the New York/Long Island area you are responsible for your own accommodations.

Our fee schedule is extremely reasonable. If you have questions or are interested in experiencing the Sensory Learning Method, please contact me by phone or email.

John Stienert, PT - johns@optonline.net
phone: (631) 254-0523

posted: January 1, 2003

Cassettes from The Renfrew Center Foundation's 12th Annual Conference, Feminist Perspectives on Body Image, Trauma & Healing are now available through Convention Seminar Cassettes. Complete descriptions of the workshops and order information are available at www.csctapes.com.

For more information:
visit: Renfrew.org

posted: January 1, 2003

When: 1/22/2003, 2/19/2003
Where: The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia
The Renfrew Experience is an opportunity for dietitians to join staff at The Renfrew Center of Philadelphia for one day of training, case discussion and experience with inpatient and outpatient group process, techniques and tools. The Renfrew Experience will not only enable the participants to enhance their nutrition therapy skills, but also to increase their understanding of the residential and intensive outpatient work which patients referred to them from The Renfrew Center will have experienced.

For more information:
visit: Renfrew.org
or contact Angela Grassi at 1-800-RENFREW.

posted: January 1, 2003

When: February 8th and 9th, 2003
The Breakthrough Ten-Step No-Diet Fitness Plan. The workshop provides a two-day immersion into the Ten-Steps covered in, Fed Up! The Breakthrough Ten-Step No-Diet Fitness Plan (McGraw Hill). This workshop will focus on thoughts, feelings, and reactions to food, and open our minds to, what for many, will be an entirely new way to approach fitness. Two experiential sessions during the workshop will take place at The Hardy House, a fine dining restaurant, where participants eat together, and learn the art of mindful eating. Mindful Eating involves taking yourself, your physical needs, and your psychological needs very seriously, and becoming able to distinguish between them, as well as nurture them. This promotes a relaxed relationship with food, and true enjoyment of food. To become fit of mind and body, participants will work toward countering the destructive, and compulsive relationship with food which is caused by dieting. Participants also learn to re-define exercise in a new and powerful way which will reduce the impact of stress on psychological and physical well-being.

For more information:
visit: GetFedUp.com
or call 775-828-4949

posted: January 1, 2003

When: January 17- 19, 2003, (snow date Jan. 2 -26)
Where: Rising Phoenix in Maryland
Trusting Your Body's Wisdom -- Facilitators: JoAnn Thacker, PhD., TEP and Linda Ciotola, M.Ed., CHES. This retreat will use bodywork, movement and psychodrama to explore the body's messages and wisdom. Participants will receive certification for 15 hours of psychodrama training. The retreat will begin at 8:00 pm Friday and end Sunday at 2:00 pm. The total cost for the weekend is $250 which includes a two-night stay at Rising Phoenix Retreat Center, a Friday night beverage/snack party, and five meals (Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch). Rising Phoenix is in the mountains of western Maryland, two hours by car from Washington and Baltimore beltways.

For more information:
contact: JoAnn at 301-589-2344
or send e-mail to jkthacker@mindspring.com

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