Saturday, January 30, 2010

100 Questions & Answers About Anorexia Nervosa

Over the years I have picked up several books and literature on the topic of eating disorders. They piled up in the back of my closet until recently when I placed them on the shelf right next to my summer reads and study guides. Instead of quietly watching others go through the same struggle, I invite a dialogue on the subject.

Earlier in the week I mentioned CNN's feature on eating disorders in young children. The publishers of "100 Questions & Answers about Anorexia Nervosa" have generously offered a free copy to one of my readers. If you are interested, please send me an email with your address and they will forward you a copy of this great resource. It is a must read for patients, friends and relatives who are interested in learning about and fighting this condition. From warning signs to practical suggestions on helping someone, I highly recommend looking for this at your nearest bookstore.

Many thanks again to Dr. Shepphird and Ollie Media for making this information available and your continued efforts.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Eating disorders in young children

CNN recently featured an important Q&A about the diagnosis of eating disorders in young children. As a child with an eating disorder turned young woman with a distorted image of self, I can say that fears of gaining weight, a deepening interest in physical activity and overall preoccupation with mirrors and the body are causes for concern.

Author of "100 Questions and Answers about Anorexia Nervosa, Dr. Shepphird reports that "the majority of new cases of anorexia are diagnosed between the ages of 13 and 18, about 10 percent of patients with eating disorders show an onset of their symptoms before age 10, and eating disorders have been reported in children as young as 5." FIVE!?

If you or your child need help discerning being a 'picky eater' from early signs of a disorder, I recommend speaking to a medical professional. Eating disorders are multifaceted medical conditions that are often frightening for both individuals and families. I personally benefited from the services at the Center for Eating Disorders at Shepperd Pratt, a leading provider of treatment in the region since 1989.

For more information on eating disorders, getting help and additional resources, visit:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Macy's Go Red for Women

With February in sight, it is important to note that it is a month for matters of the heart. Yes, Valentines Day, but more importantly heart health awareness.

For the second year in a row, I will be taking part in the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women campaign which celebrates the energy, passion and power of women to band together and wipe out heart disease - the No. 1 killer of women. Go Red For Women is nationally sponsored by Macy's.

Join me at Towson Town Center outside the department store on the 2nd and 3rd floors for a fashion show (thank you to Lana from KIS for the appearance opportunity and the other models for their time) and health fair next Saturday, February 6!

For more information, ways to support AHA and steps to leading a better life, please visit their website:

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Loyola University 2010 Emerging Women's Leadership Conference

After my feature in Loyola magazine hit the streets, I was inundated with appearance requests and messages of support from alums, colleagues and community leaders-- but one speaking engagement stood out-- being the key note speaker for this year's Loyola University Maryland Emerging Women's Leadership Conference.

I recently had the opportunity to sit in on a planning meeting and it is with great anticipation (and a little bit of fear!) that I start to prepare for my speech. The day will focus on celebrating women as leaders, challenge gender issues in the workplace and community and at a minimum, serve as the networking event of the year.

People often ask how my experience at Loyola has been and, now that I've officially received my MBA, what my plans are going forward. In addition to receiving my degree, I've worked to increase my self awareness, reflect on my strengths and define what I want the rest of my life to look like, both personally and professionally.

For those who know me, know that I am a huge book worm. Over winter break, I read one of my Christmas gifts-- "The Secret." I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to take control of their future. I am also re-reading "Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman," a copy of which I received before leaving KPMG.

If anyone has any other reading suggestions that are targeted toward goal setting, women in leadership, self actualization, etc please pass them along!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year

As we ring in the new year, I am filled with so many emotions as the end of my journey nears. Since May I have been overwhelmed with the unique opportunity to live my dream, gaining so many fun memories and lovely friends and supporters along the way. It has been a door opened by God that exceeded anything I imagined.

I wish you and those I have yet to meet during my reign continued blessings.

Cheers to 2010.