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Harriet Brown

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A Mother's Plea To Shut The 'Hunger Blogs'

(6) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 7:27 AM

If I didn't know anything about eating disorders, I might have a different perspective on the phenomenon of "thinspo" (thinspiration) blogs and Tumblrs. I'm a writer, a journalism professor at a university where the First Amendment blazes in giant letters along the side of the building where I...

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A Different Kind of Independence Day

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2010 | 11:27 AM

In honor of Independence Day this year, I'd like to unveil a project I've been working on for nearly a year now. Project BodyTalk is an audio commentary project modeled after the StoryCorps audio project, which sends a mobile recording booth around the country and invites...

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The Obesity "Paradox"

(16) Comments | Posted June 16, 2010 | 9:02 AM

By now, most people have heard about the so-called obesity paradox, the notion that mortality rates go down for people who are overweight or obese (and are highest at either end of the spectrum, where people are underweight or very obese). This finding has confounded obesity...

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Where the Fight Against Child Obesity Can Go Very, Very Wrong

(72) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 4:05 PM

Soon after starting her middle school "wellness" class, my daughter Kitty announced at the dinner table, "Sugar is bad for you, and from now on I'm skipping dessert."

That, it turned out, was the beginning of her descent into the hell of anorexia nervosa, a disease that kills 20 percent...

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