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Spiritual Guidance


Beauty Mark Discussion Guide (PDF)
Created by:  Julia V Taylor & Janine McGann
To learn more about Julia and her work, please visit her website at
Julia V. Taylor is a professional school counselor for Wake County Public Schools in  Raleigh, North Carolina. She has authored four books; Salvaging Sisterhood, G.I.R.L.S: Group Counseling Activities for Enhancing Social and Emotional Development. G.I.R.L.S. is two separate curriculums, one for secondary ages, and another for elementary ages, and a children’s book, Perfectly You.
Janine McGann, owner of P.O.W.E.R. Fitness in Cary, NC

Academy for Eating Disorders
Promotes excellence in research, treatment and prevention of eating disorders. Provides education, training and a forum for collaboration and professional dialogue.
Tel: (847) 498-4274
A one-stop body shop, where people of all cultures and sizes learn about their bodies; feel proud and comfortable in their natural shapes, sizes, and colors; speak out against impossible beauty standards; and share their experiences.

American Dietetic Association
Promotes optimal nutrition, health and well being. ADA members are the nation’s food and nutrition experts, translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
Tel: (800) 877-1600

Anna Westin Foundation
When Anna committed suicide at age 21 after battling anorexia for 5 years, her family started an advocacy group for people with eating disorders.
Tel: 952-361-3051

Big Moves
The only producing, training and service organization dedicated to getting more people of all sizes into the dance studio and up on stage. We educate the public and dance world about issues relating to body image and size acceptance.

Body Beloved
Teaches us that there is more to us than our body image by showing us that our exterior is but a fraction of the miracles that our bodies and our selves really are.
Tel: 303-817-6912

Body Image Betrayal & Related Issues WebRing
Promotes advocacy and education in the areas of eating disorders; sexual, therapeutic, and domestic abuse; and self-inflicted violence by connecting eating disorder sites around the Internet.

Boosting body image at any weight, BodyPositive looks at ways to feel good in the bodies we have.
Tel: 650-321-2606

Filled with resources for people who suffer from negative body image or eating disorders.
Tel: 425-771-5166

Council on Size & Weight Discrimination
Dedicated to changing people’s attitudes about weight and acting as consumer advocates for larger people, especially in the areas of medical treatment, job discrimination and media images.
Tel: 845-679-1209

Dove Campaign for Real Beauty
Dove’s global Campaign for Real Beauty aims to change the status quo and offer in its place a broader, healthier, more democratic view of beauty—a view of beauty that all women can own and enjoy everyday.

The Real Truth About Beauty’ Study can be found at

Eating Disorder Center of Denver
Committed to empowering individuals suffering with anorexia, bulimia and related disorders to make healthy, long-lasting change and experience the success of recovery; sensitive to the cultural needs of women and dedicated to empowering change.
Tel: 866-771-0861

Eating Disorder Foundation
A volunteer organization of people who want to influence and promote public awareness and concern for the detection, prevention, treatment and elimination of eating disorders.
Tel: 303-322-3373

Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center
The site has a searchable database of eating disorder treatment professionals.

Eating Disorders Anonymous
A fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover from their eating disorders.

Eating Disorders Coalition
A cooperative of professional and advocacy-based organizations committed to federal advocacy on behalf of people with eating disorders, their families and professionals working with these populations.
Tel: 202-543-9570

Eating for Life Alliance

Eating For Life Alliance is dedicated to making user-friendly information, resources, protocols, and the wisdom of the nation’s experts- available to everyone. College is not only a time when eating disorders often develop — but an excellent time to address and heal from them.

Harris Center for Education and Advocacy in Eating Disorders
Formerly the Harvard Eating Disorders Center, dedicated to expanding knowledge about eating disorders, their detection, treatment and prevention through research, education, advocacy and outreach.
Tel: 617-726-8470

A consumer mental health site, providing comprehensive information on psychological disorders and psychiatric medications from both a consumer and expert point of view.

Love Your Body
A campaign of the NOW Foundation Women’s Health Project to help women accept and love the way they look.

Love Yourself Now
Dedicated to creating a world where people feel free from rules, pressure and self-punishment, where we become free to invent lives that inspire and excite us.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
Dedicated to alleviating the problems of eating disorders, especially anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa; acts as a resource center for the public and health care professionals.
Tel: 847-831-3438

National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance
Dedicated to eliminating discrimination based on body size and providing fat people with the tools for self-empowerment through public education, advocacy and member support.
Tel: 916-558-6880

National Center for Overcoming Overeating
Dedicated to ending body hatred though advocacy, educational materials and workshops. Launched the Women’s Campaign to End Body Hatred and Dieting in 1995.
Tel: 212-875-0442

National Eating Disorders Association
Dedicated to expanding public understanding and prevention of eating disorders, and promoting access to quality treatment for those affected, along with support for their families through education, advocacy and research. The Eating Disorders Awareness & Prevention (EDAP) joined with the American Anorexia Bulimia Association (AABA) to form this organization.
Tel: (206) 382-3587; (800) 931-2237 (Information & Referral Helpline)

National Eating Disorders Screening Program
Dedicated to raising the level of awareness about eating disorders and to encourage people who may be suffering from eating disorders to seek further help and treatment.
Tel: 781-239-0071

Obesity Action Coalition
Dedicated to educating and empowering those affected by obesity, through education, advocacy and support.
Tel: 800-717-3117

The Obesity Society
Dedicated to moving society to reconceptualize obesity as a disease and to fashion appropriate strategies to deal with the epidemic.
Tel: 301-563-6526

Renfrew Center Foundation
Advances the education, prevention, research and treatment of eating disorders through professional training, research, educational seminars and advocacy.
Tel: 215-482-2695

Something Fishy Website on Eating Disorders
Dedicated to raising awareness and providing support to people with eating disorders and their loved ones.
Tel: 866-690-7239

A global movement to stop violence against women and girls by generating broader attention to rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sexual slavery.

Woodhull Institute
Provides ethical leadership training and professional development for women; encourages women to lead with honesty, respect, courage and compassion.
Tel: 646-435-0837

Books & Articles

Albers, Susan. Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating and Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food

Anderson, Arnold, Leigh Cohn & Thomas Holbrook. Making Weight: Healing Men’s Conflicts with Food, Weight, Shape and Appearance

Beck, Carol. Nourishing Your Daughter: Help Your Child Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food and Her Body

Bruch, Hilde. The Golden Cage: The Enigma of Anorexia Nervosa

Byrne, Katherine. Parent’s Guide to Anorexia & Bulimia

Chernin, Kim. The Hungry Self: Women, Eating and Identity

Campos, Paul. The Diet Myth

Costin, Carolyn. Eating Disorders Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Causes, Treatments, and Prevention of Eating Disorders

Ensler, Eve. The Good Body

Fraser, Laura. Losing It: America’s Obsession with Weight and the Industry That Feeds on It

Freedman, Rita. Body Love: Learning to Like Our Looks and Ourselves

‘The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body’ –

Ginsburg, Lynn & Mary Taylor. What Are You Hungry For? Women, Food, and Spirituality

Goodman, Laura J. Is Your Child Dying to Be Thin? A Workbook for Parents and Family Members on Eating Disorders

Goodman, Laura & Mona Villapiano. Eating Disorders: The Journey to Recovery Workbook

Gurze Books. Offers a comprehensive list of eating disorder-related books, articles and newsletters at

Hall, Lindsey. Full Lives: Women Who Have Freed Themselves from Food and Weight Obsession

Hall, Lindsey & Leigh Cohn. Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery

Hall, Lindsey & Leigh Cohn. Anorexia Nervosa: A Guide to Recovery

Hirschmann, Jane R. & Carol H. Munter. Overcoming Overeating

Hirschmann, Jane R. & Carol H. Munter. When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies

Hirschmann, Jane R. & Lela Zaphiropoulous. Preventing Childhood Eating Problems

Hornbacher, Marya. Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

‘How to Help a Friend with Eating and Body Image Issues’

Kolodny, Nancy. The Beginner’s Guide to Eating Disorders Recovery

Maine, Margo. Body Wars: Making Peace with Women’s Bodies

Maine, Margo. Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters and Food

Martin, Courtney E. Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body

PeerTrainer, Diet & Exercise Addiction,

Pope, Jr., Harrison, Katherine Phillips & Roberto Olivardia. The Adonis Complex, the Secret Crisis of Male Body Obsession

Roth, Geneen. Breaking Free from Compulsive Eating

Sacker, Ira M. & Mark A. Zimmer. Dying to Be Thin: Understanding and Defeating Anorexia and Bulimia—A Practical, Lifesaving Guide

Schaefer, Jenni & Thom Rutledge.Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too

Siegel, Michele, John Bresman & Margo Weinshel. Surviving an Eating Disorder, Strategies for Families and Friends

Somer, Elizabeth. Food and Mood

Thompson, Becky. A Hunger So Wide and So Deep: A Multiracial View of Women’s Eating Problems

Thompson, Ron A. & Roberta Sherman. Bulimia: A Guide for Families and Friends

Wolf, Naomi. The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women

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Achilles Track Club
To enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics and to promote personal achievement, enhanced self-esteem and the lowering of barriers between people.

Female Athlete Triad Coalition
Represents medical, athletic, sports medicine groups and concerned individuals who come together to promote optimal health and well being for female athletes and active women. Strives to prevent the Female Athlete Triad through advocacy, education, global leadership, public policy and research.

Tel: 317-637-9200

Women’s Sports Foundation
Dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sport and physical activity.
Tel: 800-227-3988

Women’s Quest
A unique program created by women, for women, to build confidence and empower women of all athletic abilities.

Books & Articles

Andersen, Arnold, Leigh Cohn & Thomas Holbrook.Making Weight

‘Athletes and Eating Disorders: Some Ramifications of the NCAA Study, An Interview with Dr. Pauline Powers’

Beals, Katherine A. Disordered Eating Among Athletes: A Comprehensive Guide for Health Professionals

Brzycki, M. & M. Bradley. The Female Athlete: Train for Success

Clark, Nancy. The Sports Nutrition Guidebook, 3rd edition

‘Eating Disorder Athletes: Female Athletes Who Are Obsessed by Food and Body Weight Can Develop Anorexia Athletica’

‘Exercise & Eating Disorders’

‘The Female Athlete Triad: Quick Facts’

Kailus, Julie M. ‘The Body Snatcher’ [View PDF]

Maughan, R.J. Food, Nutrition and Sports Performance II: The International Olympic Committee Consensus on Sports Nutrition

Metzl, J.D. & C. Shookhoff. The Young Athlete: A Sports Doctor’s Complete Guide for Parents

Nichols, Keith. ‘What Is the Relationship Between Eating Disorders and Female Athletes?’

Otis, Carol L. & Roger Goldingay. The Athletic Woman’s Survival Guide: How to Win the Battle Against Eating Disorders, Amenorrhea, and Osteoporosis

Thompson, Ron A. & Roberta T. Sherman. Helping Athletes with Eating Disorders

Yates, Alayne. Compulsive Exercise and the Eating Disorders

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Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
Seeks to establish programs that allow children and young adults the opportunity to learn about eating disorders and the positive effects of a healthy body image, and to disseminate educational information to parents about the warning signs, dangers and consequences of eating disorders.

Tel: 866-662-1235

Body Positive
Teaches young people to creatively transform the conditions in their lives that shape their relationships to food and movement.

Tel: 510-528-0101

Body Wise
A part of Girl Power!, the national public education campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help encourage and motivate 9-14 year old girls to make the most of their lives.

Boulder Youth Body Alliance
A group of teen peer educators who help other teens fight body dissatisfaction and resist the pressures to do unhealthy things to try to change their bodies. They do not have a web site yet, but are referenced in the following sites.
Tel: 303-440-5775

Kid Source On Line
Information from the National Institute of Mental Health covers adolescent anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, causes and more.
Provides doctor-approved, up-to-date and jargon-free health information for children, teens and parents.

Turn Beauty Inside Out
A public education effort started by New Moon Magazine, now coordinated by Mind on the Media, to foster participation, discussion and awareness of women’s and girls’ images in the media.

Tel: 952-210-1625

Books & Articles

Beck, Carol. Nourishing Your Daughter: Help Your Child Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food and Her Body

Brashich, Audrey. All Made Up: A Girl’s Guide to Seeing Through Celebrity Hype and Celebrating Real Beauty

Byrne, Katherine. Parent’s Guide to Anorexia & Bulimia

Hirschmann, Jane R. & Lela Zaphiropoulous. Preventing Childhood Eating Problems

Goodman, Laura J. Is Your Child Dying to Be Thin? A Workbook for Parents and Family Members on Eating Disorders

‘How to Help a Friend with Eating and Body Image Issues’

‘In the Mirror: Teens Struggle with Body Image’

Martin, Courtney E. Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body

Maine, Margo. Father Hunger: Fathers, Daughters and Food

Metzl, J.D. & C. Shookhoff. The Young Athlete: A Sports Doctor’s Complete Guide for Parents.

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Spiritual Guidance

Association for Spirit at Work
Provides community, information and education for those who are integrating their work and their spirituality and for those who are called to support societal transformation through organizational development and change.

Inner Wisdom Coaching
Coaching is a simple, fast and powerfully effective means of creating lasting and sustaining change in your life.


Ginsburg, Lynn & Mary Taylor. What Are You Hungry For? Women, Food, and Spirituality

Johnston, Anita A. Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationships with Food Through Myths, Metaphors and Storytelling

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