Blog posts by Paula Cody, MD, MPH

We Are Our Own Worst Critics

Our own worst critic

This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness week (#NEDAwareness), and this year’s theme is “Come as you are.” This theme sends a message to individuals at all stages of body acceptance and eating disorders recovery that their stories are valid. It also speaks to people with body image issues to “be you,” instead of “being the unattainable version of you that the eating disorder voice is urging.” In patients with eating disorders, these unattainable goals are often not limited to weight or looks; many also aim for flawlessness in grades, sports, and other activities. As many of my patients say, “I need to be perfect.” This blog is dedicated to them.

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Child Marriage

Child Marriage

After watching the Surviving R Kelly docuseries on Lifetime, I have many questions.  If you haven’t heard about the series, it’s about a successful R&B singer, R. Kelly, and multiple sexual relationships with underage girls.  He even married a teenager (she was 15, he was 27).  How is that legal? It turns out the papers were forged, specifically lying about the teenage girl’s age, but I digress… So even though that marriage was a sham, underage marriage is not new to the music industry (Jerry Lewis married his 13 year old third cousin in 1958) or to Hollywood (remember the heebie-jeebies you felt when you read that 51 year old actor married 16 year old female?).  This caused me to actually look up the marriage laws in the United States and see how common this is. I was shocked.

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CBD Oil: What’s all the Rage?

CBD oil

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil and products made from it, including capsules, sprays, lotions, edibles, and “vapes”, have become immensely popular in just a few years and is now sold and marketed to treat a wide range of diseases. Buying products made from CBD oil became legal in Wisconsin for treatment of seizure disorders in 2014 with Lydia’s Law, which expanded to include any medical condition with note from health provider in 2017, and finally available to general public in 2018. But what exactly is being sold and does it really help?

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More than “No means No” and “Yes means Yes”: A Deeper Look into Consent

Stop what you’re doing right now and go listen to Radio Lab’s recent 3 part series “In the No” (here’s the link to episode 1. Beware, strong language and some graphic detail about sex).  Not often does something leave me speechless. This did. I still am thinking about this weeks after hearing it for the first time. Some aspects made my skin crawl. Some aspects made me question everything I thought I knew about consent.

The year 2017 gave rise to a powerful new movement, the “#metoo” movement. Decades of sexual harassment, abuse, trauma and exploitation are being uncovered and a global reckoning has emerged.  It is a thrilling and important cultural revolution that we are witnessing—the discussions and consequences surrounding sexual harassment and abuse of power have been long overdue. In the midst of stories of sexual violence allegedly (as few have gone through judicial system other than the court of public opinion) perpetrated by high profile public figures (Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, and Kevin Spacey to name a few), there have also been a few stories profiled in popular media which blur the lines between sexual assault and poor communication regarding consent.

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Advice for Teens from the Class of 1998: Watch Your Money

This summer, I had my…ahem…20 year class reunion (Go Fondy!).  Just typing that out makes me feel old. I asked my classmates what advice they would give to teens/young adults currently in high school, and I thought I’d share their wisdom with you.  Since there were so many responses, and some more colorful than others, I have grouped their responses into themes. And since no one wants to read a 10 page blog, I’ll be presenting 1-2 themes each week.  This week’s theme: money.

Class of 1998 Advice:

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