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Doctor Calls Mommyrexia An “Upper East Side, White Girl, Obnoxious Problem”

 

I was totally digging this doctor on “The Today Show” who talked — okay, ranted — to Ann Curry about the constant pressure on women to be skinny, including during pregnancy. “Mommyrexia” is when pregnant women cut back on eating or add excessive exercise to their regimen because they’re worried about gaining quote-on-quote “too much weight” when there’s a bun in the oven. Clearly this eating disorder is scary and sad for both biological and cultural reasons. And you don’t usually get such sharp, feminist cultural commentary on “Today.”

But then Dr. Nancy Snyderman told us what she really thinks: “I think this is an Upper East Side, white girl, obnoxious problem. It’s irritating to me! We want perfect babies, perfect bodies, perfect lives. I just find the whole thing vulgar.” Ooof. Good job making women with eating disorders feel even more like the problem is them being selfish, not our culture. I am sure that will be really helpful, Dr. Snyderman. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Mommyrexia: When Moms Fight To Stay Thin While Pregnant

Ahh, new parenthood. Full of excitement, late nights, priceless memories, and small joys. But for some women, motherhood comes with a hefty price — MOMMYREXIA. An article in today’s New York Post explores the, ahem, important issue of moms — specifically on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, so specifically white and upper middle class/wealthy — who are obsessed with pregnancy weight gain. This fear of being a, well, fat mom (fat by completely bizarro standards, BTW) is so overwhelming, that the mommyrexics struggle to stay thin while knocked up and don’t waste any time before hitting the gym once their little one is no longer in their taut bellies. Keep reading »

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