After the first public health school was established at Johns Hopkins University a century ago, the interdisciplinary practice has found a home in universities nationwide. Without a doubt, public health researchers and professionals have led the charge in understanding what a healthy society might look like, while simultaneously striving to create it.
After a turbulent year, it’s safe to say we’ve all been eagerly awaiting the arrival of 2021. Not because ringing in the new year is the same as starting with a blank slate, but because with it comes hope, good attitudes and a sense of rejuvenation. People take on the mindset of doing whatever they can to make this year “their year.” Like the start of every year, unfortunately, this heightened awareness of goal-setting is too often placed under a banner of weight loss, diets and — as the diet industry has changed to keep up with times — “health.”
When we think of Thanksgiving, a lot of great food surely comes to mind. It’s a day defined by its menu and the people you celebrate with. It’s a way of reflecting on all you have to be thankful for. What better way to do that than to share a delicious meal with the people you love? It’s something humans have been doing for as long as they’ve existed. However, in our society where diet culture is as American as Thanksgiving itself, the thought of the holiday quickly evokes anxiety and fear in many.
Toxic masculinity and its dangers are becoming more known, and you likely already know of examples embodying it, from nonsense that “men don’t cry” to certain things being deemed “gay” with a demeaning connotation.
Weight Stigma Awareness Week happened recently, and its call for everyone, not just those in larger bodies, to understand why weight stigma is important moved me to use this platform to portray the issue.
When I was in the thick of my eating disorder, not many people in my life seemed to be concerned. Maybe they were, but it wasn’t shared with me, perhaps because they didn’t want to assume anything or offend me. If that’s the case, I know they meant well. But, beyond a lack of concern, what was more harmful was the praise and glorification I received for my eating disorder behaviors.
There’s no shortage of myths and misconceptions about eating disorders, and it’s time to put them to rest. In reality, all these myths do is isolate those who are combatting the illness, but don’t fit the conventional mold of being a thin, young woman. Although there seem to be endless misconceptions about eating disorders, it’s crucial to strike down some of the most prominent myths, including those that affect me, my relationship with eating disorders and their continued impact on my recovery.
More than 300 students, faculty, and community members attended a lecture by former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power at the Ford School of Public Policy this Wednesday. As a distinguished guest of the Public Policy School’s third annual Vandenberg Lecture, Power discussed her career in diplomacy and began her talk with a reflection on her intentions behind writing her most recent memoir, “The Education of an Idealist”.