Health And Wellness Authors Respond To Vogue Article And New Israeli Law Banning Skinny Models

/ Maria Rago and journalist Greg Archer, authors of the popular health and wellness book, 'Shut Up, Skinny Bitches: The Common Sense Guide To Following Your Hunger and Your Heart,' respond to recent controversies that draw attention to body image and eating disorders.

Last week, news of an Israeli law banning skinny models from local ad campaigns made waves in America by suggesting the use of unnaturally thin models sends an unhealthy message about body image. More recently, controversy continues to grow over a Vogue article that spotlights mother Dara-Lynn Weiss discussing a long, and questionable, quest to keep her 7-year-old daughter on a diet.

On the authors' blog, 365 Days Of Shut Up, which guides people toward accepting their bodies and illuminates the unhealthy aspects of dieting, Greg Archer calls the Israeli law "a bold and dynamic move; a delicious attempt by a government to directly combat the fashion industry, which has for years been rightly accused of fueling eating disorders and body image disorders through the photographs and images it sends into the mainstream."

Regarding Dara-Lynn Weiss ... the Vogue article reports she became obsessed with her 7- year-old daughter, Bea's, weight and eating after a visit to their pediatrician, and placed her daughter on a severe dieting regimen for an extended time. Dr. Rago notes this is "a great example of how unhelpful it is for pediatricians to label children obese without providing guidance or telling parents how to handle it. Weiss, who clearly has her own untreated eating and weight issues, has transferred her own obsessions and insecurities onto her helpless child."

'Shut Up, Skinny Bitches,' released in 2011, tackles a number of issues rising to the forefront in the media: body image, eating disorders, dieting, and learning to accept one's body. The health book also steers readers away from chronic dieting. The authors point out why dieting doesn't work and how starving ourselves is a direct response to unhealthy images spawned by the advertising and media industries, and by the diet books such as the Skinny Bitch series.

The authors are available for comment and/or interview.

To learn more about 'Shut Up, Skinny Bitches' and the 365 Days of Shut Up blog, and to read the entire responses to each of the issues addresses, visit

About [Dr. Maria Rago and Greg Archer] Maria Rago, Ph.D. is a psychologist and the clinical director of Eating Disorders Services at Linden Oaks Hospital. She is president of Rago & Associates Counseling Services in Naperville, Illinois, and serves on the Board of Directors of ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders). Greg Archer, OCD, is Editor-in-Chief of the weekly Good Times Santa Cruz. His profiles on celebrities, health, and eco patriots have appeared in Oprah Magazine, The Advocate, Bust, and The Huffington Post. He also writes about the arts for the San Francisco Examiner and moonlights as a certified Spin instructor.

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