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Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W.
Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W., is a licensed psychotherapist and a teaching associate in psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. In her private practice in Concord, Mass., she uses hypnosis and mindfulness to treat everyday food and body issues. Her weight-loss guide, "The Self-Compassion Diet," was named one of 2011's 10 new, noteworthy diet books by Her health articles have appeared in O: The Oprah Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Shape and more. She has dedicated her work to helping others keep physically, emotionally and mentally fit. Visit

Entries by Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W.

Transform Bad Eating Habits and Body Image for Good

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 10:23 AM

One of my favorite things about blogging on The Huffington Post is asking people in the know what they know about changing bad eating habits and body image for good. These last few years, I made it my special mission to ask everyone from Victoria's Secret models and Hollywood celebrities...

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Eve Ensler on Cancer, Her Body and 'The Body of the World'

(2) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Eve Ensler has inspired women worldwide to love their vaginas and their whole selves, so you'd think the award-winning playwright of The Vagina Monologues was one of those rare women who's felt comfortable in her skin. You'd think wrong. Until recently, the award-winning playwright has felt...

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Biographer Elizabeth Winder on Sylvia Plath's Food and Body Issues

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2013 | 10:52 AM

Ever since I read The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath's autobiographical novel, I've wondered if Plath had an eating disorder. Apparently, I'm not the only one. There's much discussion on the Internet about the link between Plath's dark moods and her suspected eating issues.

One chat...

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The Reality of Beating Yourself Up, Jillian-Style

(2) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 12:23 PM

You don't have to be a fan of the The Biggest Loser to believe that punishing criticism is a great way to slim down and shape up. On the tele-battle of the bulge, harsh words are not only expected, they're almost welcomed. The reality weight-loss show makes it...

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Author Natalie Goldberg on the Zen of Living, Writing and Eating

(3) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 3:35 PM

One perk of blogging about women, food and body image is interviewing inspirational women, then sharing that inspiration with you, dear reader. Recently, I was lucky enough to take inspiration from one of my all-time favorite writers: Natalie Goldberg, who writes about writing and has interesting views on...

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Psychologist Tara Brach on True Refuge From Body Dissatisfaction

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 4:34 PM

In case you haven't noticed, health care providers rarely treat themselves as compassionately as their patients. The rare provider who practices self-compassion is a living, breathing inspiration. Since I started blogging about women, food and body image two years ago, I've made it a point of interviewing self-compassionate psychologists, among...

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Eating Expert Ellyn Satter on Preventing Holiday Weight Gain

(4) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 12:48 PM

If you're worrying about how to resist temptation at the next holiday party, you are not alone. Sadly, too many party goers are more focused on their ever-spreading mid section than spreading holiday cheer. If all you really want for Christmas is the secret to overcoming overeating, you're in luck....

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Vanna Talks Candidly About Overcoming 'Bingeing Stage'

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 1:52 PM

Recently, I heard that ABC was renewing the contract for Wheel of Fortune through 2016. Vanna White was signing on to help contestants puzzle over the iconic puzzle-board for three more years. So I was curious: What happened to Vanna?

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Body Image Researcher David Sarwer Debunks Hollywood Myths

(4) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 9:40 AM

Whether you're interested in changing or accepting your body image, you need look no further than Hollywood to find a role model. This month, Hollywood superstars Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Lawrence are modeling two opposite ways to build a better body image. Follow in Hudson's footsteps...

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Psychologist Jennifer Taitz's Timely Antidote to Emotional Eating

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 1:31 PM

'Tis the season for all but the most dedicated dieters to engage in emotional eating. No dieter plans on eating emotionally from Halloween to New Year's Eve, and yet, that's what the overwhelmed majority end up doing year after year after year. If anyone is equipped to reverse this unhealthy...

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Geneen Roth on Dr. Oz, Food and Body Image

(3) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 11:33 AM

You know when you're thinking about someone, and suddenly there they are. Well, that's what happened with me thinking about Geneen Roth. You know, the author of Women, Food and God, who inspired Oprah to ditch dieting a few years back. Last we spoke, Roth and...

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'Intuitive Eating' Authors on Freeing Yourself From Chronic Dieting

(11) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 3:30 PM

If you've got a back-to-school, back-to-diet mentality, now is the time to review your dieting history. Remember floating on cloud nine when you've dieted down to size? Never happened? How about plummeting to the pits of despair after regaining whatever you lost and then some. Remember that?

You're hoping...

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Eating Disorder Therapist Emily Sandoz on Accepting the Reality of Bad Body Image

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2012 | 11:53 AM

Walk into a psychotherapist's office complaining of bad body image and you're likely to get a short course of cognitive-behavioral therapy. That's because CBT, the goal-oriented psychotherapy that counters counter-productive thoughts, feelings and behaviors, is the only clinically-proven treatment for body-image issues.

When I heard word of a self-help workbook...

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Body-Image Innovator Tiffany Stewart on Preventing Eating Disorders

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 11:11 AM

"How do you feel about your body?" That is the question research psychologist Tiffany Stewart asked women and girls in launching a new website designed to prevent eating disorders and other health problems. To give voice to all those who suffer silently with bad body image, Stewart, the director of...

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Biggest Loser's Ashley Johnston on Struggling to Get Comfortable in Her Skin

(5) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 2:47 PM

Ashley Johnston's story sounds like the American dream. Girl meets weight-loss challenge and her dream boy on NBC's The Biggest Loser. After losing almost half her body weight on the reality game show, girl moves to sunny California to live happily ever after with dream boy....

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Body-Image Expert Thomas Cash Shares Little-Known Weight-Loss Secret

(69) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 2:42 PM

When people talk about body image, they're usually talking about how satisfied they are with their looks. Unless you're a research psychologist specializing in body-image issues, you probably don't realize that body satisfaction is only one aspect of the human experience of embodiment that is body image.

In fact,...

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Meet Another Woman Who's Learned to Love Her Body: Dr. Christiane Northrup

(9) Comments | Posted June 18, 2012 | 2:13 PM

Since day one of this body image series, I've been on a mission. I've been searching for those rare women who love their bodies. Whether they've always felt comfortable in their own skin or they've had to work to achieve comfort doesn't matter to me. What really matters is what,...

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Fat Activist Lesley Kinzel on How to Stop Dieting and Start Loving Your Body

(25) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 12:44 PM

I'm finally tackling a subject I've been consciously avoiding: fat acceptance. For those unfamiliar with the subject, fat acceptance is all about treating fat people with dignity and respect. Activists argue that the disrespect and discrimination that fat people face day in, day out is hazardous to their physical and...

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Lose Weight, Gain Body Confidence? Not Necessarily, Says Purdue Researcher Sarah Mustillo

(5) Comments | Posted May 24, 2012 | 3:18 PM

It ain't necessarily so what so many dieters say -- that when they lose weight, they'll gain body confidence. So concludes a new study about the lingering stigma of obesity in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. While overweight black girls did feel better about themselves when...

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Self-Compassion Expert Chris Germer on Lessons Learned From the Dalai Lama

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 12:58 PM

Every now and then, you meet someone who changes your world. For me, that most recent someone is a remarkably wise and compassionate colleague, Christopher Germer. Germer is a Harvard Medical School Clinical Instructor in Psychology and a founding member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, a...

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