Speak2Heal Episode 9: How Clothing Retailers are Contributing to our Youth’s Mental Health Issues

April 12, 2016
Update: Since I recorded this podcast, Assembly Bill 2539 was approved by the Labor Committee! To submit a letter of support, please follow the links here: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/striped/policy-translation/california-ab-2539/ & http://thenikkidubose.com/models-rights-are-human-rights/

On Episode Nine I sat down with Christopher Wilson, Clinical Director of Dine Monte Nidoa unique outpatient program designed to help those suffering from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. One day, while shopping for his eight-year-old daughter, he became furious because all of the labels on the jeans read, "super skinny." Clothing retailers are contributing to the mental health decline of our youth. Recent research shows that: 

  • 47% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures.
  • 69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape.
  • 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner.
  • 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat. 

The answer lies in education because we originally became educated about eating disorders from the media after Karen Carpenter's famous case. On an advocacy level, when you see something that you don't like, such as in Chris's case, cause a riot! Contact the clothing companies, start a petition, get involved with legislation and create the changes that you want to see. 

Connect with Dine Monte Nido on Facebook: http://www.dinesupportgroup.com


Speak2Heal Episode 8 with Neesha Arter: Rape & Eating Disorders

March 31, 2016

During Episode Eight I sat down with Neesha Arter, author of Controlled, an explosive memoir published in August 2015 by Heliotrope Books. Controlled details a year of her life that followed a harrowing crime. When she was fourteen years old, she was sexually assaulted by people she had no reason to mistrust. She tried, subsequently, to reconcile feelings of guilt and shame by searching for a means of control. In a whirlwind of legal proceedings, family conflicts, and loss of identity, Arter succumbed to anorexia as the only way to find her childhood self in an unraveling world. Ten years later, she is able to look back with healing insight about the importance of speaking uncomfortable truths.

Neesha is a journalist, author and speaker who currently resides in New York City. Her work has appeared in The New York Times: Women In The WorldThe Daily Beast, the New York Observer, New York Magazine, Interview, Teen Vogue and others.  Neesha is also an advocate, appearing in the UN’s He for She Campaign, End Rape on CampusNewsweek, The U.S. Office on Women’s Health, Huffington Post and more, sharing her story to promote sexual assault and eating disorder awareness.

Find out more about Neesha: https://www.facebook.com/neesha.arter/

Listen as I share my story of being raped in the modeling industry with Real Women Real Storieshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRiWs_pVgWg

Speak2Heal Episode 6: Facts, Myths & Healing — Child Sexual Victimization

February 11, 2016

Welcome to Episode 6: Facts, Myths & Healing -- Child Sexual Victimization. On this episode I talk about what child sexual abuse is and demystify "stranger danger," a topic surrounding Matthew Sandusky's new book, Undaunted, out now on Amazon.com. In my upcoming book, Washed Away: From Darkness to Light, I will share my own story with child sexual victimization and abuse and how that led to a plethora of mental health issues. I am fortunate to work with Matthew at Peaceful Hearts Foundation (peacefulheartsfoundation.org/); Matthew, his wife Kim, and countless others are passionate about helping survivors of child sexual abuse and seeing them receive the help they need. 

There's alot of miseducation about not only child sexual victimization, but about the Sandusky story as well, and in Episode 6 I dive into both and bring to light some of the truth about topics that have been hidden for far too long. 

Have a question or comment? Something you'd like me to talk about on a future show? Drop me a line info@thenikkidubose.com 

Here's the workshop I did at UCLA recently involving child sexual abuse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noTrsDnur3g&feature=youtu.be&a


Speak2Heal Episode 5: Demystifying OSFED with Adrianna Robles

December 9, 2015

I've moved from Podomatic to PodBean! But my content is still the same. :)  I'm dedicated to talking about the issues in mental health that are most important to you! If there is something you'd like to hear discussed on my show, please write to me at info@thenikkidubose.com.

On this episode, I sat down with Adrianna Robles who hails from a small town in Northwest Indiana. She graduated from Purdue University and currently works for an HR Software company in downtown Chicago. She was fortunate to volunteer on a committee through Purdue that planned and organized a screening of Someday Melissa and held a panel of recovered individuals (including herself) during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week in 2014. She was also able to speak at Mental Health the  America in Lafayette, Indiana as well as a recovery group led by her first counselor. This past October was her first time volunteering for the National Eating Disorders Association annual conference and she hopes to continue doing so inyears to come. You can connect with Adrianna on Facebook