Obsessed: Mika Brzezinski Writes About Food Addiction ~ Particularly Her Own

Do you fall asleep with your television on?

This might sound like a odd question, but the National Sleep Foundation reported in 2011 that “about two-thirds of baby boomers (67%) and generation X’ers (63%) and half of generation Z’ers (50%) and generation Y’ers (49%) watch television every night or almost every night within the hour before going to sleep…light-emitting screens are in heavy use within the pivotal hour before sleep. Invasion of such alerting technologies into the bedroom may contribute to the high proportion of respondents who reported that they routinely get less sleep than they need.”

Don’t worry, this post is not about sleeping with the television on, but what you can learn about while the television is on.  For example, an associate confessed that her television is frequently playing throughout the night and she often awakes at 3:00AM (PDT) to the Morning Joe show. If you are not familiar with the show, it goes live at 6:00AM EDT and is co-hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. They cover the news, politics, current events, movies, authors, health issues and more. If you are a regular viewer, then you know this team and their guests often make news. Early one morning this week our associate learned about a new book by Mika Brzezinski.

Mika Brzezinski pens new book…Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction – And My Own

This is not the first book that Mika has written. She has covered other topical items for women to reach their full potential in the workplace and every stage of life’s journey; however, now Mika has decided to reach out to all people who struggle with food addiction. Her new book Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction – And My Own was published May 7, 2013, and Amazon offers the following description:

Mika Brzezinski is at war against obesity. On Morning Joe, she is often so adamant about improving America’s eating habits that some people have dubbed her “the food Nazi.” What they don’t know is that Mika wages a personal fight against unhealthy eating habits every day, and in this book she describes her history of food obsession and distorted body image, and her lifelong struggle to be thin. She believes it’s time we all learned to stop blaming ourselves, and each other, and look at the real culprits—the food we eat and our addiction to it. Mika feels the only way to do this is to break through the walls of silence and shame we’ve built around obesity and food obsessions. She believes we need to talk openly about how our country became overweight, and what we can do to turn the corner and step firmly onto the path of health.


Morning Joe welcomes Dr. David Katz to discuss Obsessed

On May 9, 2013, Dr. David Katz of the Yale Prevention Research Center joined the conversation on Morning Joe to discuss food addiction and more.

If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it here.

Treating eating disorders…

At Cottonwood Tucson, our behavioral health dieticians consult with our psychiatrists and eating disorders therapists to design personalized, whole-person treatment plans that can bring safety and structure to our patients’ disordered eating. Anorexia treatment and bulimia treatment begins with a thorough psychiatric evaluation, comprehensive nutritional assessments and exercise assessments, and a body composition analysis. Our clinicians can then use these assessments and in vivo experiential activities, like mindful eating meal sessions, to help Cottonwood patients establish a healthier relationship with food.


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