Interview With Dara Chadwick!

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a safe, happy and healthy holiday weekend. Mine was fantastic, and I’m not looking forward to a full five-day work week, that’s for sure!

Anyway …

Dara Chadwick, author of the book You’d Be So Pretty If … (Click here for my review) graciously agreed to answer some questions for us here today. Take a look at her interview below, in her own words. Thanks again, Dara! 🙂

1. You speak very openly about your own relationship with your mom, and I just want to say how very proud of you I am sure she’d be. Have you ever spoken with your own daughter about how your mom (her grandmother) shaped your self-image?
Thanks for that…my mom was not just a mom to me; she was also a good friend and not a day goes by that I don’t miss her. I’ve talked to my daughter about how her grandma felt about her body, but the subject came up mostly when I was writing the book and in subsequent interviews. The discussions we’ve had have been eye-opening for both of us.

2. What stood out for me most in the book was the notion that we, as women, lay the blueprint for how our daughters view themselves. Could you elaborate here for our audience, many of whom have recovered/are recovering from disordered eating or an eating disorder?
Think of it this way – you’re modeling for your daughter what it means to be a grown-up woman. What you think about, obsess about, laugh about and cry about teaches her what you value, and those values are shaping how she sees herself now and how she’ll see herself as an adult. During my year as Shape’s Weight-Loss Diary columnist, I realized that I wanted to show my daughter that taking care of my health — and being content with who and what I am – is what I value. If you’re struggling with an eating disorder, you can model healthy behavior for your daughter by seeking help for yourself. Continue reading “Interview With Dara Chadwick!”

Book Review: You’d Be So Pretty If … 

bookcoverI don’t have a daughter — let alone a pre-teen daughter– yet. But if I did, you can bet I’d be reading Dara Chadwick’s You’d Be So Pretty If .

In fact, I’ll make sure to keep my copy on hand for when the time comes, because I believe it will come in handy.

In a quick synopsis, it’s a book that explores body image and the critical relationship between mothers and daughters — particularly during the tricky pre-teen years — and how our behaviors and how we carry ourselves as women is passed on to our daughters.

A fast-moving book, it reads as part memoir and part how-to-guide.

Chadwick explores the challenges she faced undergoing her transformation as SHAPE magazine’s Weight Loss Diarist in 2007. Continue reading “Book Review: You’d Be So Pretty If … 

Is Anyone Else Annoyed by Stephanie Pratt’s Bulimia Disclosure?

IMG00007As you might recall, I am reading Dara Chadwick’s awesome guide for moms and their daughters as they navigate the roller coaster of adolescence, You’d Be So Pretty If …

(Review to come soon!)

One of the things she talks about is how media consumption can play a role in how we (and our daughters) feel about ourselves/themselves … but that ignoring media or banning it isn’t the solution. Rather, keeping an open dialogue is — and I agree with her 100 percent.

Like Dara, I can’t imagine giving up my magazine addiction — though lately I’ve been annoyed by the same stories circulating in publications..

But I hope to be able to do what Dara has done with her daughter: sit down with her and talk honestly and openly about air-brushing, how models/actresses/celebrities are paid to look a certain way and that it’s unrealistic of us to feel inadequate next to them, etc.

However, I literally cringed this morning when I saw this headline: ‘Hills’ Star Says Thin Co-Stars Brought Her to Bulimia Continue reading “Is Anyone Else Annoyed by Stephanie Pratt’s Bulimia Disclosure?”

… And We’ve Got a Winner!

Chosen at random by my hubby, the winner of a copy of Dara Chadwick’s new book, You’d Be So Pretty If , is Yogiclarebear.

Congrats, Yogiclarebear! Please send me an e-mail with your home address and as soon as I get the package, I’ll send your book on its way!

Thanks for reading and come back again — I hope to do more blog-relevant book giveways in the future. Stay tuned for my review, hopefully within the next week or so.

Book Giveaway!

9780738212586Via Roni’s recent Facebook post, I found this new book about body image (and what we’re teaching our children) that totally piqued my interest, You’d Be So Pretty If … by Dara Chadwick.

SHAPE magazine readers might remember her as a former weight loss columnist. I loved reading her journey, and am naturally intrigued by the topic of her book. You can check out her blog here.

Her publisher has been sweet enough to send me a copy to review, and an extra as a book giveaway for one of my readers.

And after I receive and review the book, Dara will be stopping by for a blog tour!

If you’re interested in winning a copy, please let me know in the comments below by 10 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday. I’ll choose the winner at random, and let you know by Wednesday morning who won. Only one entry per person, please. 🙂