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We Are The Real Deal is a body image blog driven by over 15 contributors discussing all perspectives that impact women and body image; eating disorders, fat acceptance, weightloss, health at every size, fitness, you name it! We love to rip the media and fashion for their photoshopping scams, and... Full Bio
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My Other, My Selfy by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders No this isn’t a tribute to Nancy Friday’s best seller, My Mother Myself, although at the time that book came out it was a ground breaking read for women everywhere! This is ... Read on »
Am I Only 77% as Valuable as a Guy? by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Lately, we have been hearing a bit more in the media about the economic standing of women in the United States. Some of us might have heard that in forty percent of househol ... Read on »
No Upside to Body Comparisons by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Once again, I’m grateful to a client for bringing up an issue that too often plagues disregulated eaters: the compulsion to compare your body with that of others. In this, t ... Read on »
negative emotions: toxic or healthy? by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders “Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.” —Carl Jung Experiencing negative emotions is an unavoidable dimension of human life: fear, anger, jealousy/envy, ... Read on »
Low-Fat Love 101: Pop Culture as a Gendered Landscape by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I haven’t posted a new blog for a couple of months because I have been finishing up a couple of book projects that have taken up my time. I hope to get back to monthly blog ... Read on »
Thick Skin, Soft Heart: Our Recent Interview with Actor Geno Segers by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Geno, thank you so much for being a part of our organization’s mission of building mental fitness in all youth. Can you tell me more about your interest in this work and how ... Read on »
How to love your body. No Seriously!! by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I see many different lists of how to love your body and improve body image. These lists are often filled with beautiful affirmations and postivity however for many people st ... Read on »
Do you care about someone with an eating disorder? by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Self Care – is it selfish? Or is it Essential? If you love, care about or know someone well who is in recovery from an eating disorder you may be feeling helpless, overwhelm ... Read on »
The Real Who??? by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders You are perfect unique and beautiful BUT you are fat and have zits so CHANGE! TRIGGER WARNING: Talk about dieting and perfection. If there is one thing that really irks me i ... Read on »
awww, you’re so cute! by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders 46% of 9-11 year-olds are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets, and 82% of their families are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets 42% of 1st – 3rd grade girls want to be th ... Read on »
Don’t Tell Yourself You Don’t Care Around Food by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Do you know the three words you never want to say to yourself when you’re faced with eating decisions? “I don’t care.” Say them and you know what food- and body-abusing road ... Read on »
Quotes for Healing, Support and Inspiration by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Wisdom quotes you carry in your pocket or post on your wall can inspire your mind and heart plus help keep you on your recovery path.  Here are a few you might not know. Thi ... Read on »
Dr. Who? Day 4 NEDA Week by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I used to watch the show Dr. Who religiously!  I LOVED it.  And I just returned from presenting at the Popular Culture Association Regional Conference in New Mexico on Healt ... Read on »
Day 3 NEDA Week: Count Your Blah Blahssings Baby!! by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Count you Blah Blah Blessings Baby! If you are like most people, you thrive on positive reinforcement and disintegrate just a bit each time you are shamed or told you are wr ... Read on »
Am I an Instrument or an Ornament? by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders I just read a wonderful article on The Huffington Post. In it, Jennifer Aniston interviewed Gloria Steinem about life and feminism in 2014. It’s full of tons of great inform ... Read on »
Hola Barbie by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Hola Barbie In case you haven’t heard the latest word, Sports Illustrated (SI) infamous for it’s yearly Swimsuit Issue (SI) announced that along with the real life human mod ... Read on »
National Eating Disorder Awareness Week: A Call To ACTION! by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Many people do not know that there is such a thing as National Eating Disorder Awareness Week.  On February 23-March 1 is NEDA week. This week is important for many reasons, ... Read on »
What do you love about your body? by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Men and women spend an enormous amount of time using negative self-talk to minimize, judge and criticize themselves. Most people aren’t even aware of how incessantly this in ... Read on »
Our Recent Interview With Hollywood Designer Michael Shirley by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders We were fortunate to get a few minutes to catch up with celebrity designer Michael Shirley. Find out what motivates this creative powerhouse and learn how he rebounded from ... Read on »
Spinning Women’s Real Stories into Novels: An Interview with Author Patricia Leavy by WeAreTheRealDeal Posted in: Blog Posts in Eating Disorders Patricia Leavy is the author of the new novel, American Circumstance (Sense Publishers, 2013), the follow up to her break-out novel, Low-Fat Love. American Circumstance is a ... Read on »