Marci Warhaft Nadler

You Know How to Eat, You Don't Need a Diet Company to Tell You

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

After years of being told that we don't know how to eat, we've actually started to believe it. This makes us completely vulnerable and therefore prime targets for any new diet plan or product that come our way. When did we lose faith in ourselves and start putting all our trust in complete strangers, who care more about healthy incomes than healthy consumers?

The Biggest Loser Celebrates the Skinniest Bodies, Not the Healthiest

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Having experienced life with an eating disorder myself, I fear what lies ahead for Rachel. Right now her entire self-worth is being based on how she looks and how much weight she lost. What's going to happen if her body fights back and puts on a few pounds? How will she feel about herself then?

Enjoy Holiday Glee Without Weight Gain Guilt

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Why does it feel like even before the tinsel's been removed from the tree or the wax has melted from the Menorah, we are bombarded with messages from TV talk shows telling us it's time to repent for everything we've eaten or had to drink during the holidays? Here are a few common mistakes we make post-holiday season.

Fat Isn't Offensive -- Using it as an Insult Is

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Why should the word fat be illegal? It's not offensive unless we make it offensive. Try this: instead of banning fat talk from your home, invite it in with the understanding that the second it starts to get mean, it will be asked to hit the road. Fat isn't offensive, using it as an insult is.

Why Our Petition Against Lululemon Is Better Than a Boycott

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

The focus of our petition is less about hurting Lululemon and more about helping women. Our goal isn't about bringing Lululemon down, or forcing them to sell merchandise they don't want to, it's about starting a conversation that will open the eyes and minds of so many people who insist on judging a person's level of health by their weight.

Schools Need to Lay Off Our Kids' Lunch Bags

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

When a mom in Manitoba sent her two kids to school with homemade lunches that included roast beef, potatoes, carrots, oranges and milk, she was shocked to receive a note from the school telling her that their lunches were deemed "unbalanced" and were supplemented with Ritz crackers. The school follows the strict guidelines of what many believe to be a very outdated Canada's Food Guide and felt that the "grains" category had been neglected. To add insult to injury, this mom was fined $10 for her oversight. I'm confused, and if I was this mom, I would be livid.

Is Lululemon More Offensive Than Abercrombie & Fitch?

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

There have been a lot of comparisons made over the last week or so between Abercrombie & Fitch founder, Mike "We only like the cool kids" Jeffries and Lululemon founder, Chip "Our designs aren't flawed, your bodies are" Wilson. But there's one big difference between these two clothing moguls

Ladies, Losing Weight Doesn't Always Mean Getting Healthier

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Being healthy includes living an active lifestyle and eating a variety of foods in moderation, but being healthy will look different for different people. Wouldn't it be awesome if we could actually see more than one version of a fit body represented in the media? Instead we're bombarded with image after image perpetuating the myth that the skinniest women are always the fittest and the men with the most muscles are always the strongest.

Why Are Fit Mom or Fat Mom the Only Options?

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

My problem isn't with Maria as a person. I don't believe that she was intentionally trying to hurt anyone, and there's a very good chance that she had no idea how this image would add major fuel to the already blazing fire of contempt in a society that glorifies the skinniest bodies and demonizes pretty much everything else.

Why I Don't Want to Be a "Fit-Mom" Anymore

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 12.17.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

This morning, a friend of mine sent me what's now become the infamous photo of fitness trainer and uber lean and toned mother of three Maria Kang, with the caption "What's your excuse?" I was a hard bodied, fit looking mother of two and it's because I've been there that I am so frustrated by the myth it represents. What's my excuse? Here are just a few.

Kids Shouldn't Worry About Halloween Calories

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 12.16.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Kids have started getting excited about the bounty of candy they'll be getting and their parents are getting anxious. There is so much focus being put on the issue of obesity recently that we have become terrified of every calorie and fat gram we consume and are unfortunately, passing this fear on to our kids.

Help Your Kids Start the School Year With a Healthy Body Image

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Heading back to school after summer vacation can be stressful for kids. A lot can happen to a young person's body over summer vacation. Some kids will experience a growth spurt, while others will need a little time to catch up. Here are a few things you can do to help your kids start the school year off with confidence.

When Being Too Healthy Is Bad for Your Health

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

While healthy lifestyle changes are a good thing, it can be surprisingly easy to cross the line from fit to fanatical. It's not hard to understand the dangers that come from eating too much of the wrong types of food or not getting enough physical activity, but it can be much harder to grasp how too much of a good thing can also put your health at risk.

What Not to Say to Your Overweight Child

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Dear parents of an overweight child, how many times have you said something a little unkind to your child about their weight because you felt it would benefit them in the future? Confused about what to say and not to say? Here are a few sentences that should be immediately and permanently deleted from your vocabulary.

Respect Athletes for Their Talents, Not Their Looks

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

This isn't about whether or not Marion Bartoli is attractive, this is about the fact that it just shouldn't matter. She won at Wimbledon! I'm disgusted that there's more discussion going on about where she ranks on the "sexy meter" than any of her matches.

Teach Your Kids Healthy Body Image With These Fun Games

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 08.18.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Nine-year-old boys are asking why they can't have six-pack abs like Jacob from Twilight and eight-year-old girls hate their "chubby" tummies. What can we do as their parents to help them feel better about themselves? I offer tips, tools, games and projects to help parents empower their kids with the self-esteem they deserve. Here are some fun ideas to get you started.

Breaking Free of a Body-Hating Society

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

We live in an image-obsessed, fat-phobic, thin is in, skinny jean-wearing, thigh gap-measuring, binging and purging, forever dieting, body-hating society where kids barely out of preschool are begging their mothers to keep them home from school because they feel like they're too fat to fit in. And that pisses me off.

Build Girls' Self-Esteem By Getting Them Off Sidelines

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada Impact
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Six in 10 girls quit activities they love because of how they feel about their looks. Last month, Dove launched its Girls Unstoppable campaign with the goal of preventing girls from giving up on the sports and activities that can help them build their confidence and self-esteem.

Why I'm Not Hiding The Ugly Truth Of My Eating Disorder From My Kids

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 07.02.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Recently I was asked if I ever worried that I was putting my children at risk for developing eating disorders by being so open and honest about my own. The truth is that they always knew their mom was a bit "different," they just didn't know why. I may have convinced myself that they were oblivious to my disorder, but how could that be true when we'd be walking out the door to go for dinner and one of them would ask, "Are you eating today, Mommy, or just watching?" or they'd shout, "Look, Mommy's a dinosaur!" because the bones of my spine would poke out so sharply from under my skin.

Pregnancy's Not a Crime, So Don't Hide the Evidence

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 06.18.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

I completely understand the pressure famous moms are under to retain their "Hot chick" status during and immediately following their pregnancies, but how great would it be if they didn't cave into that pressure? Pregnancy isn't a crime, so why the need to hide all of the evidence?

Have We Become Uncomfortable With Pregnant Bodies?

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 06.05.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Most women, famous or not, feel tremendous pressure to live up to the bizarre and completely unrealistic ideals of our image and skinny obsessed society. Is it really an issue that Kim Kardashian is comfortable showing off her growing, changing body or is the real issue that we're uncomfortable looking it? I honestly believe that we have forgotten the miracle that childbirth is. Show me a woman who has tried unsuccessfully to conceive, and I'll show you a woman who would joyfully trade her flat stomach and narrow hips for the stretch marks, expanded rear end and growing belly that can accompany a pregnant body.

Parents, Your Fat Talk and Calorie Counting Is Setting Your Kids Up For a Lifetime of Pain

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

One fifteen-year-old girl shared that her father will eat the french fries off her plate while explaining that he's trying to save her from getting fat. There are so many parents who believe that they're helping their kids by constantly offering diet advice when they may be setting them up for lifelong battles with food.

Students Must Exercise Both Body and Mind to Be Successful

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

As a parent, I'm less concerned with the food that's available at my children's school than I am with the physical activity that is NOT. If our school boards think they are doing our kids a favour by keeping them tied to their chairs and computers, they are sadly mistaken. All the professional and financial success in the world means nothing if you don't live long enough to enjoy it.

Does Mayor Bloomberg Want Us to Be Healthy or Skinny?

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 05.12.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

The judge has spoken, the ruling has been been made and our right to drink super sized, sugar loaded beverages remains intact. "The rule prohibits selling non-diet soda and some other sugary beverages in containers bigger than 16 ounces." I have no problem with the government wanting to help us get healthier, but I do have an issue with it just wanting to make us skinnier.