And the Oscar Goes to: Women With Real Bodies!

My mom and I watched the 84th Academy Awards last night as the grandmother and mother of a tween girl. And it wasn't pretty. Don't get me wrong. The gals were gorgeous. The gowns were glam. The jewels were bedazzling. The hairdos were spectacular.

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But if you're the caretaker of a young girl's psyche, watching the parade of dress hangers posing as human beings was deeply disturbing. It was a barrage of dysfunction. Angelina Jolie's spindly arms; all those jutting jaw bones and rib cages; those skeletal wrists dripping with diamonds weighing more than the gal wearing them.

The Oscars just happened to fall during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, so I can't let it go by without thinking out loud about the connection between Hollywood and eating disorders. And how psyched we were to see two normal-looking women win Oscars.

Read: And the Oscar Goes To......Women With Real Bodies!

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