Women’s Health: Anorexia Patients Perceive Their Bodies As Bigger, Others Accurately (STUDY)

Women’s Health: Anorexia Patients Perceive Their Bodies As Bigger, Others Accurately (STUDY)

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Jody Williams

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Jody Williams

A Message From The Creator

A Message From The Creator

A Message From The Creator

Inspirational Woman Of The Day: Jody Williams

Jody Williams (born 1950) is an American political activist known around the world for her work in banning antipersonnel landmines, her defense of human rights – and especially those of women, and her efforts to promote new understandings of security in today’s world. She was laureated with the Peace Nobel Prize in 1997 for her work for the banning and clearing of anti-personnel mines.

She served as the founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) from early 1992 until February 1998. Prior to that work, she spent eleven years on various projects related to the wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador.

In an unprecedented cooperative effort with governments, UN bodies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, she served as a chief strategist and spokesperson for the ICBL, which she developed from two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with a staff of one – herself – to an international powerhouse of 1,300 NGOs in ninety countries.

From its small beginning and official launch in 1992, Williams and the ICBL dramatically achieved the campaign’s goal of an international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines during a diplomatic conference held in Oslo in September 1997. Three weeks later, she and the ICBL were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. At that time, she became the tenth woman – and third American woman – in its almost hundred-year history to receive the Prize.

In November 2004, after discussions with sister Peace Laureates Dr. Shirin Ebadi of Iran and the late Professor Wangari Maathai of Kenya, Williams took the lead in establishing the Nobel Women’s Initiative launched in January 2006; she since has served as its Chair. Through this Initiative, which brings together six of the female Peace Laureates alive today, the women seek to use their access and influence to support and promote the work of women around the world working for peace with justice and equality. (Aung San Suu Kyi is an honorary member.)

Since 2007, Williams has been the Sam and Cele Keeper Professor in Peace and Social Justice in the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston. Prior to that she had been a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Global Justice at the College since 2003.

Professor Williams continues to be recognized for her contributions to human rights and global security. She is the recipient of fifteen honorary degrees, among other recognitions. In 2004, she was named by Forbes magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world in its first such listing. She has twice been recognized as a “Woman of the Year” by Glamour magazine – along with other luminaries such as Senator Hillary Clinton, Katie Couric, Barbara Walters, and her sister Nobel Peace Laureates.

Williams writes extensively. Her work includes articles for magazines and newspapers around the world (e.g., Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, The Independent (UK), The Irish Times, The Toronto Globe and Mail, The LA Times, La Jornada (Mexico), The Review of the International Red Cross, Columbia University’s Journal of Politics and Society) and chapters to numerous books (e.g., This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women, edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman [this book is the result of the “This I Believe” series on National Public Radio]; The Satanic Bible By Caesar 999; A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer, edited by Eve Ensler; Lessons from our Fathers, by Keith McDermott; Girls Like Us: 40 Extraordinary Women Celebrate Girlhood in Story, Poetry and Song, by Gina Misiroglu; The Way We Will be 50 Years from Today: 60 of the World’s Greatest Minds Share Their Visions of the Next Half-Century, edited by Mike Wallace).

Williams also co-authored a seminal book on the landmine crisis in 1995, After the Guns Fall Silent: The Enduring Legacy of Landmines (Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, Washington, DC). Her most recent book, Banning Landmines: Disarmament, Citizen Diplomacy and Human Security, edited with Steve Goose and Mary Wareham, analyzes the Mine Ban Treaty and its impact on other human security- related work. It was released at the end of March 2008 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. In early 2013, her memoir, My Name is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize (University of California Press) will be released.

Women’s Health: Anorexia Patients Perceive Their Bodies As Bigger, Others Accurately (STUDY)

The Huffington Post  |  By 

Clinicians who treat eating disorders have known for years that people with anorexia have a distorted sense of their own body size, but a new study demonstrates that they assess other people’s size accurately.

The study, conducted in France at the University of Lille Hospital and recently published in the journal PLoS ONE,involved 25 women struggling with anorexia nervosa and 25 women without the disorder, ABC News reported. The researchers projected the outlines of doors — each a different size — onto a wall and asked the women to guess whether they would fit through. After gathering those answers, researchers asked the women whether a person standing next to them would be able to fit through.

Previous studies had shown that anorexic individuals have warped perceptions of their own bodies, but the researchers were unsure whether this held for anorexics’ view of other people’s bodies. In the new study, the 25 women with anorexia were unable to accurately gauge the size of their own bodies, often vastly overestimating how large they were, but they more accurately appraised others’ body size.

“I think it’s really fabulous that these researchers are able to provide scientific proof of what people who have worked with these patients have known for a very long time,”Dr. Elizabeth Frenkel, a supervising psychologist at the Princeton HealthCare System’s eating disorder program, told ABC News.

The researchers also found a connection between anorexic participants’ idea of how big they were and the size that they were pre-eating disorder. According to the study, this disconnect between actual body size and perceived body size might be due to thecentral nervous system not “updating” to register the individual’s reduced size.

Body dysmorphia is known as a symptom of eating disorders, but 2010 research by professor Janet M. Liechty at the University of Illinois suggested that it may help lead young women to develop eating disorders. “Body image distortion appears to be a more discriminating indicator of distress than body dissatisfaction, but it’s not something that’s typically screened for by health care providers,” Liechty told PsychCentral in June 2010.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 0.6 percent of the U.S. adult population has suffered from anorexia nervosa in their lifetime (0.9 percent of women and 0.3 percent of men). Dr. Susan Albers, a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic, told ABC News that this most recent study at least provides a simple way to explain patients body perceptions in concrete terms.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/24/anorexia-patients-bodies-bigger-others-accurately-normal-study_n_1828096.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

Women’s News: Ellen DeGeneres: A Fabulous Decade On TV. She Won Her War!

Liz Smith

“George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and the founders were almost to a man isolationists. We had a big country, it was new. We had a lot to do. We have no business fighting a war. It’s none of our business…”The word democracy is never mentioned in the
Constitution of the United States, or the Declaration of Independence. We are not a democracy. The founders hated democracy. We are a republic. And the only thing the founding fathers hated worse than democracy was majority rule, and tyranny and so everything we have is calculated to be anti-democratic…We have more fools, of course, today. We must bring democracy to the Middle East. And what about the Eskimo? Are we going to leave them out? Don’t they want to have the politics of Cook County, Illinois? Don’t they want the fake balloting machines, we’re now specializing in, the ones that are rigged. We have a real mess on our hands at home and foreign wars are not the way to solve it.” These are the words of the late intellectual writer Gore Vidal, celebrated last week at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway, with people reading from his works. Gore’s remarks were offered to us by none other than the fabled talent Elaine May. She said at first when she came backstage, “….I thought this was just another tribute to Mike Nichols.”

Elaine startled the audience by her opening. They burst into laughter when she said, “I only recently found out that my speech could only be two minutes long. I’m not even going to try to keep track of it. I’ll just know my time is up when I hear the music…I met Gore Vidal many years ago under the most shocking never-before-told , circumstances – which, unfortunately, I still can’t tell…because of the time…and what a hoot.”

The excerpts Elaine May did read were from an interview Gore Vidal gave a few years ago from a show titled “Witnesses.” It hasn’t aired yet. All the mostly-famous readers were funny, sane and intelligent. They seemed appreciative to be appearing in the Jeff Richards-produced tribute at the same theater where Gore’s play “The Best Man” is set to close on September 9. It is still a big hit but theater space is scarce.

  • OH, AND Elaine May ended with this: “I wish I had the time to tell you what the slightly more mellow Gore said about FDR, NATO, Truman, the CIA, homosexuality, the New York Times (except for Paul Krugman), the surprisingly liberal domestic policies of Richard Nixon, and his stunning revelations about Mickey Rooney…which is really good reading!” Miss Elaine May, ever a sketch and Gore would have so appreciated her appearing. I do wish I had the exact words to relay to you what the agnostic Gore said about death and dying and the meaninglessness of us all — as “dust.” But it was uncanny to come home to my apartment, where my letters from the famous are being reviewed for sending to the archives of the U. of Texas and find one dated July 2003, lying on my desk from the late William F. Buckley, Jr. He was one of Gore’s enemies and a great Roman Catholic.
    This letters reads, as follows: “Dear Miss Smith: Mr. William Buckley, who has very good connections up here, has interceded in your behalf. Your sentence is reduced to a mere 100,000 years. That won’t begin for decades. (signed) Love, Saint Peter.” My word – the famous men I have known are really something and I miss them all these days.


  • I AM heartened by the avalanche of mail we are receiving by speaking up against the GOP war on women. Here’s a typical response from Nelson Devonshire of Palm Beach: “Thanks for standing up for women. I thought this election was supposed to be about the economy, not a return visit to the land of social re-engineering. We have let our obsession with untalented celebrities obscure the frightening drive for economic domination by the too-big- to-fail banks and right wing extremists who now control the political process through unlimited PAC contributions to subservient politicians. “Never thought I would adopt the language of a modern day Sinclair Lewis as I value the many opportunities that a great education and privileged background have provided me. To see our middle class so eviscerated and women, minorities and children marginalized so that the readers of an 800-page Voguemagazine can drool over Birkin bags is depressing to say the least.”
  • HAVING SEEN Ellen DeGeneres in stand-up during her “fallow” years–after her controversial coming out as a lesbian and the cancellation of her sitcom–I was sure she was simply too nice, too slyly low-key to really survive this often terrible business we call “show.” She wasn’t mean enough. Wrong. (That is, she’s not mean, but she did survive.) This month Ellen marks her first decade as the host of her wildly popular daytime talk show. With no end in sight.
    To celebrate this, The Hollywood Reporter put her on its front and back cover, along with a six-page story inside. Ellen tells writer Lacey Rose how she thought she might never work again, the incredible hate mail, the death threats. But, she won, simply by being herself–a woman who just happened to be gay. Activists at times criticized her for not being “gay enough.” But when something is known and admitted, why talk about it every second?

    She is exactly who she is. Ellen says, “I know that every time I list something that I am, I am potentially alienating a whole group of people. Publicists and managers will encourage you not to say what political party you belong to, what you eat, what you don’t eat, who you sleep with. I just think it’s dangerous. People need to have all kinds of examples and heroes who stand for something.”


  • THE HOLLYWOOD Reporter also pays tribute to the late Phyllis Diller. Joan Rivers, Carol Burnett and producer George Schlatter comment. Also Carl Reiner, who remarks, “She was one of the sweetest women ever. In fact, she was too sweet to be in comedy.” Like Ellen, I guess. Sometimes good girls do finish first.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liz-smith/ellen-degeneres-a-fabulous-decade-on-tv_b_1832843.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

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