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Food, Culture, and Body Image Part 1

Columbus Park founder and director Melissa Gerson recently presented a series on food, culture, and body image at an independent girls’ school in New York City. In a research-informed, interactive workshop, Gerson encouraged girls to think critically about our...

Eating Disorders, Suicidal Thoughts, and Self-Harm

With International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day on the horizon, it’s important to recognize that suicide attempts, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm can be significant challenges for people dealing with eating disorders. For instance, people with an anorexia diagnosis...

Eating Disorders in the LGBTQIA Community

In recent years, an increasing body of research has shown that eating disorders are disproportionately common in the LGBTQIA community. For instance, a 2018 report from The Trevor Project, the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), and Reasons Eating Disorder...

Weight Stigma Awareness and Health At Every Size

In the powerful spirit of Weight Stigma Awareness Week (September 23-27), we’re reflecting on the impact that societal attitudes about body weight and size have on us all.  With messages coming at us from all sides about what a “good” or “healthy” weight is for our...

Oh no… WW Launches Dieting App for Kids

WW (the company formerly known as Weight Watchers) recently released a free app called Kurbo to help children and young adults ages 8-17 lose weight.  Though WW claims that Kurbo gives kids and families a useful tool to support wellness, there are also a number of...