Life in Balance

Through this online art blog/gallery we can encourage, inspire and share hope with one another…We invite who you to share your “NAPS” (News, Art ,Poetry, Songs) or inspirations. Email if you would like to share inspirations. Please note we can not post advice with regards to nutrition and exercise.

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Why it is important to evaluate the messages we’re given in the media?

It is important in this day and age to be “media-literate”; that is, to understand that advertisements may have hidden agendas or be misleading in some ways. This is in the nature of advertising, as it wants to highlight the pros of something and disregard/hide the cons. Being able to critically view something and judge for yourself the reliability of the information you’re being told is an important skill in so many aspects of life, but especially in modern times when we are faced with so many messages each day, often conflicting ones. The sheer amount makes it hard to keep up!

Another question that is worth asking is: “what is meant by media?” Media is a very broad category that encompasses everything from advertisements on television, in magazines, to the television shows themselves and movies. Even news stations/newspapers are considered part of the media, and are especially important to view with a critical eye; often, some aspects of a story may be sensationalized or downplayed depending on what will create the most alluring headline. While this may not always be the case, critically viewing these news stories can further enhance your understanding of the event! posts 4 important concepts to keep in mind when looking critically at the media. They include:

  • Remember that media are constructions – they were made with a purpose in mind!
  • Audiences negotiate meaning – each person may interpret media in a different way
  • Media have commercial implications – most media is ultimately geared towards profit
  • Ideological messages underpin all media – there is almost always a hidden ideology within mainstream media

For more information on media literacy and the above listed concepts, visit:

By Hilary Lougheed
ADMH Graduate Certificate Placement Student

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Children As Young As Ten Battling Eating Disorders

Magaly Olivero from The Courant wrote an article shedding light on new statistics coming in that are showing younger and younger children battling eating disorders. To read the full story visit,0,5306023.story

Thousands of Connecticut adults and children – some as young as 10 – struggle with eating disorders with many suffering secretly because the life-threatening psychiatric condition has gone undiagnosed and untreated, experts in the field report.

“We used to see eating disorders start at 13 or 14. Now we frequently see 10- and 11-year olds,” said Dr. Diane Mickley, founder and director of the Wilkins Center for Eating Disorders in Greenwich, which has treated females and males for three decades. Mickley is a founder and past president of the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA).


“It’s tougher to be a kid these days. It’s really stressful,” said Jennifer Henretty, director of outcomes and research for Center for Discovery. “But it’s not easy being a parent, either. Society gives us messages that we should push our children to be well-rounded and top achievers. But many of these factors may be setting up children to be at an increased risk for eating disorders.”

The focus on body mass index (BMI) – an indicator of fat based on height and weight – doesn’t help matters. “Medical providers focus on keeping people’s weight under control without thinking about quality of life issues and someone’s natural body type,” said Margo Maine, of West Hartford‘s Maine & Weinstein Specialty Group and a founder and past-president of NEDA.