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Melinda Hutchings
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Melinda Hutchings is a media commentator, author and speaker on the topic of body image and teen issues and an accredited Professional Coach. She is the author of four books including Why Can’t I Look the Way I Want; Overcoming Eating Issues (Allen & Unwin 2009) and It Will Get Better; Finding Your Way Through Teen Issues (Allen & Unwin 2010). She was a Finalist in Cosmopolitan’s “Fun Fearless Female” 2009 Awards in the category ‘Inspirational Role Model’ and has presented at several conferences and forums as well as being profiled in mainstream magazines, the metropolitan press and several television & radio programs. Her website is www.melindahutchings.com

Blog Entries by Melinda Hutchings

Why 40 Is the New 40

1 Comments | Posted May 20, 2011 | 2:58 PM

There are more 40-year-old Australians in 2011 than any other age group.

As I write this, I have exactly 72 hours of experience as a 40-year-old. My birthday was a true celebration because I can't believe I've made it this far. There were periods of intense hardship when...

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The Rise of Childhood Eating Disorders

5 Comments | Posted April 17, 2011 | 5:52 PM

The Daily Mail recently reported that children as young as six have been hospitalised after suffering the effects of anorexia and other eating disorders. According to child health experts, youngsters have been admitted for treatment after they have either refused to eat, used laxatives to expunge food or...

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Eating Disorders: The Recovery Process Is Key

3 Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 3:33 PM

Recent reports reveal that an eating disorder study billed as the largest analysis of U.S. teenagers ever is returning some depressingly large numbers: More than half a million have had an eating disorder, according to government research, with binge-eating the most common disorder.

In my book

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Eating Disorders in the Playground

12 Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 3:04 PM

In America, 42 percent of first, second and third grade girls want to lost weight and 45 percent of boys and girls in grades three through six want to be thinner.

These shocking statistics are revealed in Lauren Stern's new book "The Slender Trap: A Food and...

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Eating Disorders: How to Recover

1 Comments | Posted January 9, 2011 | 5:54 PM

Anorexia stole five years of my teenage-hood. These were years I should have been dating, going to parties, applying for university and setting future goals. My school environment was competitive; the pressure to outshine was relentless. So too, was the pressure to stand out, be popular - and to be...

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Eating Disorders: Recovery Is Possible

4 Comments | Posted December 30, 2010 | 4:29 PM

When I read about the tragic death of Isabelle Caro I felt deeply saddened. Along with many of my colleagues in Australia, UK and USA, I work hard to raise awareness of the dangers of dieting in an effort to reduce the incidence of eating disorders - and as someone...

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Eating Disorders: Identifying Warning Signs in Children

5 Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 12:19 AM

In Western society, we have relative freedom of choice when it comes to thoughts and action. Yet the prevalence of eating disorders continues to climb, and the percentage of young people partaking in destructive behaviours is reaching disturbing proportions.

Today an ABC news article highlighted a recent...

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Sexual Abuse: How Do We Keep Our Children Safe?

3 Comments | Posted November 7, 2010 | 5:18 PM

Forget-me-knot Day is Friday 12 November and supports survivors of child abuse whilst at the same time, increasing awareness of sexual abuse amongst our children.

It is estimated that there are 60 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse in America today.

In Australia, 1 in 3...

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Why Do Teens Bully?

8 Comments | Posted October 16, 2010 | 10:16 PM

Bullying has become more than just a part of growing up - it has turned into a serious issue to the point where school is no longer a safe place for our children.

The suicides of six teenage boys in the U.S. in September linked to homophobic bullying has...

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