Inside iaedp: Is the Ballerina Eating Too Many Sugarplums? Dec 10 2010

Will “Black Swan” Encourage Eating Disorders?
The – 8 Dec 10

Black Swan” is a great movie. It’s also, as Julie put it, “eating disorder porn.” In the movie, Natalie Portman’s character not only shows signs of anorexia-she’s also bulimic. I had hoped this wouldn’t seem glamorous to teens and women seeing the movie since, well, Natalie’s character also totally loses it in a downward spiral. But apparently that’s not the case.   

American Academy of Pediatrics Revised Policy Statement on the Treatment of Eating Disorders
Revised Policy – December 2010

Pediatricians are called on to become involved in the identificationand management of eating disorders in several settings and atseveral critical points in the illness. In the primary carepediatrician’s practice, early detection, initial evaluation,and ongoing management can play a significant role in preventingthe illness from progressing to a more severe or chronic state.In the subspecialty setting, management of medical complications,provision of nutritional rehabilitation, and coordination withthe psychosocial and psychiatric aspects of care are often handledby pediatricians, especially those who have experience or expertisein the care of adolescents with eating disorders. In hospitaland day program settings, pediatricians are involved in programdevelopment, determining appropriate admission and dischargecriteria, and provision and coordination of care. Lastly, primarycare pediatricians need to be involved at local, state, andnational levels in preventive efforts and in providing advocacyfor patients and families.

Judging The Bodies In Ballet
The dancer cast as the Sugar Plum Fairy, “looked as if she’d eaten one sugarplum too many,” and that her Cavalier, “seems to have been sampling half the Sweet realm.”   
NYT 4 Dec 2010 – Some correspondents have argued that the body in ballet is ‘irrelevant.’ Sorry, but the opposite is true. If you want to make your appearance irrelevant to criticism, do not choose ballet as a career. The body in ballet becomes a subject of the keenest observation and the most intense discussion. I am severe – but ballet, as dancers know, is more so.”  The dancers he was critiquing are pictured in the picture on the left.  Then he defends his words in another article. 

The Huffington Post Responds
09 Dec 2010
Regarding the issue that is drawing most attention in Mr. Macaulay’s original article on NYC Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker and in his subsequent piece, “Judging the Bodies of Ballet” — his comments on the dancers’ physical appearance — I am compelled to ask that we put this into perspective. When we speak of ‘plump’, ‘fat’, or ‘chubby’ ballet dancers, particularly those working for professional companies, we are referring to men and women who are most certainly below the medically recommended weight for their height. They are just not thin enough to meet the critics ideals. These individuals, under any other circumstance, are considered ‘skinny’ to ‘dangerously thin’. 

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