Combating “Princess Syndrome”

You may not find it in a medical textbook, but many young girls suffer from Princess Syndrome daily.  What is Princess Syndrome, you ask?  A girl who suffers from PS lives life as a fairy-tale: focusing only on the pretty things, putting herself as the center of the universe, and obsessing about her looks (even […]

Do 7 year-olds need Shape Ups?

Skechers created a shoe, the Shape Up, for adults that’s aim is to tighten up legs, derrieres and tighten one’s core muscles. They just added children’s sizes to the line, specifically marketing them to girls 7 to 12 years of age. Is this just another example of focusing on appearance, providing the message to girls […]

Coping with Aging

Arnold Schwarzenegger recently stated that he disliked looking at himelf in the mirror and that it depressed him to see how he looked now, at 63. His reaction is not unique. Growing older is not easy for most people. Although there are many positives to consider, the changes to our bodies, our appearance, our health, […]

How the “Fat Talk” Can Be Hurtful

The term “fat talk” was coined to describe negative conversations about body shape. A recent study found that women often feel pressured into engaging in these types of conversations. How often have you been with your friends when the discussion turns in this direction? When you, or your friend start to say things such as, […]

Does Beauty Equal Happiness?

Despite the fact that we have all been taught that beauty is only skin deep, ongoing research shows that looks can be beneficial and even make you happier. The research shows that looks are extremely beneficial for both men and women across many areas: job opportunities, monetary earnings, dating. Being attractive can give people an […]

Why do women hate themselves so much?

Recently, Glamour Magazine did a survey of approximately 300 women asking them to share their thoughts about their bodies.  The survey focused primarily on body image and the types of thoughts women have when thinking about their bodies.  Surprisingly, or perhaps not, 97% of the women reported having at least one “I hate  my body” […]

Self-Injury and The Impact of YouTube

Non-suicidal self-injury is something that occurs amongst teens and young adults in alarming rates.  Current research indicates that almost 1 in 4 teens engages in some sort of deliberate self-harm as a means of regulating emotion.  This is an area of great interest to me and one that I specialize in within my private practice. […]

Sex vs. Skinny

FITNESS Magazine polled 2,400 women, ages 18 and over,  to get the lowdown on how they slim down in their March issue.  The results were somewhat surprising, as 51% of women polled would skip sex for a year if it meant they’d be skinny. In addition to that disturbing statistic, women in the “Diet Confessions […]