Black Dog Promotions Partners With Actress, Model & Celebrity Spokesperson Melissa Farley To Launch Entertainment Destination

Melissa Farley goes behind the scenes to interview the best in film, art, music and entertainment at

Tempe, Ariz., and Los Angeles, Calif., January 31, 2013 – Black Dog Promotions, a media relations and digital marketing agency announces their partnership with actress, model and celebrity spokesperson, Melissa Farley in launching

Melissa Farley “exposes” the latest in entertainment, specializing in film, fashion and the arts from behind the scenes and backstage. She enjoys all things artstic, researching the latest entertainment buzz and getting to know influential A-Listers. Now readers can share her experiences with film makers, artists and musicians at

Scott Kelly, founder and CEO commented on the launch, “We are beyond excited to partner with Melissa. She is an incredible talent on stage, in front of and behind the camera. Her experience in the film and media industries makes her uniquely qualified to give our readers stories they will not find anywhere else. We are excited to see what Melissa will expose.”

Melissa Exposed’s Melissa Ann Marie Farley added, “It doesn’t get much better than this! I am so ecstatic to be able to share a behind-the-scenes, all-access peek of the finest talent in the entertainment industry. is an outlet for me to welcome audiences into my playground and meet celebrities, artists and fellow fans in an intimate, fun way. I’ll jump behind the camera any chance I get whether that’s on a film set or having the honor of introducing the public to the phenomenal work of others. Each and every day is a new adventure and you never know who you will meet or what you’ll see on, but I can tell you one thing, it will be amazing!”

About Melissa Ann Marie Farley
Melissa Ann Marie Farley knows how to use her many talents as an advantage. The actress, model, artist, journalist combines her energy and enthusiasm into an entertainment hotspot with her brand new site The Arizona native is a SAG-Eligible Actor with Arizona Model and Actor Management and maintains a professional acting career in both the LA and Phoenix markets in film and television, and jumps at the chance work internationally. Melissa is obsessed with all things art and can be found geeking out a comic convention, traveling off to Paris or filming on set, or mingling with the amazing talent that surrounds her on a daily basis. Melissa believes everything she does provides her with the opportunity to meet some of the most incredibly talented people. Along with winning an Oscar one day, it is also Melissa’s dream to provide all of these artists, filmmakers, musicians and creators the exposure and audience they deserve to fulfill their dreams, hence her passion for

Before becoming the personality of MelissaExposed, Melissa worked regularly with, has conducted interviews for Catwalk Magazine and worked as a full-time journalist, as well as, running a green, non-profit organization on the side.

About Black Dog Promotions
We build “Buzz”. We use our blend of publicity, viral marketing and advertising media to generate massive exposure for your company, website or event. We have a broad network of media contacts, websites and social networks that generate traffic to your website, sales to your company and people to your events. Want “Buzz”? Then you want us. Visit Black Dog Promotions online at

Scott Kelly
Black Dog Promotions
9920 S. Rural Rd., Ste 108
Tempe, AZ 85284

IAPAM Announces the Newest Date for its Respected Physician hCG Training: March 22, 2013

Physicians will learn and receive everything they need to start safely and profitably offering hCG for weight loss to their patients as they start the new year.

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA – January 31, 2013 — The report, “How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2012,” states that, “if obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, by 2030, 13 states could have adult obesity rates above 60 percent, 39 states could have rates above 50 percent, and all 50 states could have rates above 44 percent.” To meet this consumer demand, the IAPAM is helping physicians enter this lucrative market, by offering their physician-led hCG Training in Scottsdale, Arizona on March 22, 2013. Physicians will learn and receive everything they need to start safely and profitably offering hCG for weight loss to their patients as they start the new year.

With less talk about hCG on talk shows, hCG weight loss is now going back into physicians offices as one of the most effective rapid weight loss tools available. This is a safe, quick program that works with most patients. According to Shape magazine, the hCG Diet is the second most popular diet in North America, and in response to the grim statistics shared in this year’s “F as in Fat 2012 Report,” in the US, the hCG for weight loss protocol is positioned to have strong growth again in 2013.

To that end, the IAPAM has trained over 900 physicians on how to effectively offer hCG (human Chorionic Gonadotropin) for “substantial early weight loss” to their patients. To date, well over 30,000 patients have successfully lost weight on hCG using the IAPAM’s Exclusive hCG Diet (, based on Dr. Simeons manuscript, Pounds and Inches (

Join the IAPAM for its next hCG Training session of the new year, on March 22, 2013, and offer hCG for Weight Loss to your patients as they prepare for the new year.

The NEW Clean Start hCG Weight Loss patient package is designed to assist physicians in helping their obese and overweight patients realize their weight loss goals. It is a comprehensive and complete weight loss program that includes:

•Patient education DVD, that gives your patients an overview of the entire program, and answers the most common questions.
•Patient Guidebook, that explains the program in detail, including over 50 program tips, as well as over 20 pages on the all important “maintenance” phase of the program. It includes information on: portion size, the Glycemic Index, how to read a nutritional label, tips on how to combat emotional eating and cravings.
•Quick Tip Sheets giving your patient the most important tips and a take-away shopping list complete with calorie counts.
•Cookbook with over 50 recipes for all 3 phases of the weight loss program.
•Food Journal for your patients to record their daily food intake.

This program was designed to answer the most common questions, saving physicians time, allowing them to see more patients, and generate more non-insurance based practice revenues.

What revenues can you expect to see by offering the IAPAM’s Clean Start Weight Loss program?

•See 10 weight loss patients/month = $176,000+/yr
•See 20 weight loss patients/month = $352,000+/yr
•See 30 weight loss patients/month = $529,000+/yr

With more than 60% of Americans overweight or obese, seeing 30 patients a month should not be a problem for most practices! The IAPAM’s new hCG Training video ( outlines the IAPAM’s New Clean Start hCG Weight Loss program.

Also, the IAPAM’s hCG Physician Training includes:

– Detailed IAPAM hCG Program Protocols
– Patient selection criteria
– Common medical hCG contraindications
– Consent forms, medical history forms
– Patient PowerPoint presentations for the waiting room
– Phone scripts & call logs for your staff
– Legal/Insurance considerations, and current FDA status
– hCG ordering information and special pharmaceutical hCG pricing
– Special hCG Facebook discussion forum
– VLCD/LCD diet programs
– Meal replacement diet programs
– Ketogenic based diet programs
– Utilizing B6/B12 injections in weight loss
– Using prescription appetite suppressants in weight loss
– Metabolism testing as a profit center
– Laser assisted lipolysis
– Listing of one’s hCG Clinic in the IAPAM’s NEW hCG Diet Clinic Directory (

Register today for the March 22, 2013 training session. To register or for more information, please visit or contact the IAPAM at 1-800-219-5108 ext 708.

About the IAPAM: The International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine

The International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine is a voluntary global association of physicians and supporters, which sets standards for the aesthetic medical profession worldwide. The goal of the association is to offer education, ethical standards, credentialing, and member benefits to members around the globe. IAPAM membership is open to all licensed medical doctors (MDs), doctors of osteopathic medicine (DOs), dentists (DDSs/DMDs) physicians assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs). The IAPAM offers aesthetic medicine and hCG medical weight management programs, including: botox training, medical aesthetic training, laser training, physician hCG training, and aesthetic practice business training. Additional information about the association can be accessed through the IAPAM’s website ( or by contacting:

Jeff Russell, Executive-Director
International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine (IAPAM)
1-800-219-5108 ext. 708

Luxury Travel Ltd To Launch Special Interest Tours in Vietnam

Luxury Travel has just launched a Vietnam Contemporary Art Tour in 12 nights starting from Hanoi.

Hanoi, Vietnam, January 31, 2013 – “We believe that travel experiences are not “one size fits all”, but are instead very personal, with each aspect tailor made to specific tastes and preferences. We are constantly breaking new ground to develop innovative and interesting new tours. To whet your appetite and we hope that they suit those with special interests, we have come up with some ideas helicopter travel, private jet, archaeological travel, medical tourism, photography holidays, veteran tours, agriculture travel, pilgrimage tours, art tours for collectors, volunteerism/ philanthropy.” said David Nguyen, Sales and Marketing Manager of Luxury Travel Vietnam Company.

This art tour includes the most highlights and hotspots of Vietnam comptemporary art tour: Hanoi, Hue, Hoi an and Saigon.

“This art tour is fexible, with your own expert guide and driver in each destination, and each day is tailored to your personal interests, schedule, level of energy, and travel preferences. The Luxury Travel company embraces the luxury travel concept; the best of the best, experience, sophistication, uniqueness, creativeness, memorable, life experience, worry free holiday.” said David.

“We create a special art tours for those who have a strong passion on the fine-art. This 13 day trip starting from Hanoi and ending in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon) and visit the highlights of the beautiful country with some stops at the Fine Art Museum or Painting Gallery or even visit the home of Vietnamese famous artists. Let’s have a cup of tea with the artist and share your passion.” added David.

Luxury Travel is headquartered in Hanoi and has offices around Vietnam and management offices in Indochina, Myanmar and Thailand. It pioneered luxury tourism development in the early 2004 in Vietnam. Today, Luxury Travel boasts a 8-year industry track record and brands that are recognized nationally and worldwide.

For tour and booking, visit or email to

Linh Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444

Generation X Singles Party, for those born after the Baby Boomer Generation

Gen-Xers include Barack & Michelle Obama, Paul Ryan, Beyonce, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and 46 million others.

San Rafael, CA, January 31, 2013 — Contact: Rich Gosse, 415/507-9962


GenXers, born between 1961 and 1981, are invited to meet new single friends at the Silicon Valley’s first-ever Generation X Singles Party, Saturday, March 2, 2013, 9pm-1am, at Piacere Ristorante, 727 Laurel Street, San Carlos CA 94070.

GenXers are the generation following the Baby Boomers. The term Generation X came from a novel written in 1991 by Douglas Coupland, about 3 strangers who decide to distance themselves from society to get a better sense of who they are. Coupland describes his characters as “underemployed, overeducated, intensely private, and unpredictable.” His characters wanted to pull away from class, status, and money in society.

The news media found elements of Coupland’s characters in America’s youth at the time and labeled them Generation X. They are stereotyped as being cynical, hopeless, frustrated and unmotivated slackers who wear grunge clothing, listen to alternative music, and still live at home with their parents because they can’t get real jobs. Needless to say, these stereotypes, while true for a small portion of GenXers, are unfair to the vast majority, who are hopeful, motivated, hard-working people.

GenXers make up about 20% of the U.S. population. The 46 million members of Generation X represent $125 billion in spending power.

Famous Gen-Xers include Barack & Michelle Obama, Paul Ryan, Julia Roberts, Robert Downey Jr, Sarah Jessica Parker, Brooke Shields, Halle Berry, Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Aniston, Gwen Stefani, Mariah Carey, Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Moss, Reese Witherspoon, Ashton Kutcher, Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Beyonce, and Britney Spears.

The party includes:

•DJ HickeyB! playing today’s hottest dance hits plus your favorites from the past
•Karaoke mixed in with prizes for groups/individuals getting loudest applause!
•Fun Casino Blackjack with Joey’s Fun Casino (no cash value)
•Appetizers, served at 9pm, as long as they last.

This event is co-sponsored by Society of Single Professionals, the world’s largest non-profit singles organization; and by Singles Supper Club, the Silicon Valley’s premiere organization for romantic eligibles. The cost is $20/door. Anyone wishing more information about this and many more parties for singles may visit or call 415-507-9962.

Media Contact:
Rich Gosse
Society of Single Professionals
205 Mark Twain Avenue, San Rafael CA 94903

SAFE International Launches Toronto Executive Self Defense Lessons– Toronto, ON Self Defense

SAFE International is expanding its seminar options to include executive self defense lessons in Toronto, ON.

Toronto, ON, January, 28, 2013 – (Straight Line PR) – Toronto Self Defense, SAFE International Launches Toronto Executive Self Defense Lessons.

SAFE International ™ is the leading provider of mobile self defense/personal protection training in Canada. SAFE International has taught more than 175,000 clients in the private, corporate and high school environments since 1994. SAFE International is expanding its seminar options to include executive self defense lessons in Toronto, ON.

SAFE International realizes that busy executives don’t necessarily want to join a martial arts club, or have the time to take a public self defense seminar. SAFE International will provide their mobile self defense right in the office. This allows SAFE International instructors to tailor the course based on the specific needs and concerns of the client. Self defense training in the office allows the client to be completely relaxed and comfortable training even with their busy and hectic schedules.

One of the reasons that SAFE International enjoys teaching executive personal protection Toronto, is how receptive men and women are to the skills that the SAFE International instructors provide. SAFE International teaches self defense concepts, rather than techniques. This allows the client to learn in a much shorter time. While some people have hours to dedicate to training, SAFE International can offer some basic, but effective self defense concepts in just a few hours.

SAFE International always covers Awareness and Avoidance strategies which are based on one’s daily routines such as using elevators, car safety, home safety, plus much more.  We examine what an attacker looks for, what an attacker wants and doesn’t want in confrontation. One of the biggest topics we explore is how most people are too polite, even when their intuition is telling them the complete opposite. We cover the most common distraction techniques an attacker will use to gain an advantage such as asking for directions or the time. The next stage is verbal strategies in the event that avoidance is no longer possible.  Rather than just teaching to yell at a potential attacker, SAFE International covers a few verbal strategies based on the aggressor and the scenario.

The third step is addressing the physical aspect of Toronto executive self defense lessons.  Instructors begin with the advantages of adopting a passive stance rather than an aggressive stance.  SAFE teaches gross motor strikes due to the adrenal rush one gets when they are in a highly stressful state such as an attack scenario.  Complex skills are proven to be ineffective in the high stress of real violence. The main philosophy taught is to “Attack the Attacker” which reverses one from being the Prey, to that of being the Predator.

SAFE International does not teach martial arts, but rather, practical, easy to adopt and highly effective concepts. Toronto Personal Protection for executives is available one on one or to a small group right at your location/office.

SAFE International has taught more than 175,000 clients including many in the corporate environment. To contact SAFE International and Chris Roberts to schedule your Self Defense lessons for executives, you can visit their main site at

You can also reach Chris Roberts toll free at 1-800-465-5972 or by email at

Chris Roberts
SAFE International™
15535 Cooper Rd.
Lunenburg, ON
Canada K0C 1R0
1 800 465-5972 Announces New Upgrade Of Fantastic 3D Flip Book Maker

3D Page Flip Professional’s latest upgrade comes with a number of enhancements. Users will now be able to insert text to flipbook pages with different font styles and effects. Also included in this update is the support to add multiple images and even .SWF’s as new pages in the flipbook.

This software allows users to publish their own 3D flipbook pages into several formats including .html, .zip, .exe, .3DP, Epub, iPhone, and Android. The flipping book created with 3D Page Flip Professional can be viewed both online and offline, and is available for both Windows and Mac users.

3D Page Flip Software features enhancements such as increased editing functions. Users will be able to create 360 degree spinning objects and will also be able to embed flash and 3D videos into their pages. This update includes 28 font background filling effects, 12 different font effects, and two new templates for flipbook design. The update also includes a handful of coding corrections that will make the product easier to use.

The program allows users to set the 3D reading angle through 360 degrees and also lets users create “pop up” objects such as 3D spinning products and a 3D image sphere. These 3D effects add a whole new dimension to reading an e-book on a number of platforms. 3Dflip book maker has several new features which allow eBook creators to design their own book title, create flash buttons, and also include an option to “auto-flip” pages at set intervals. The product’s rendering engines help to avoid paged distortions common to some .pdf files when converted to eBook format.

3D Page Flip Professional is also capable of being used for both SEO and Google Analytics purposes. Ebooks created through the 3D flipbook software can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, and other major social networking sites for more exposure. Users can also embed links in their eBook by adding a page index into their URL so that readers no longer need to sift through pages of information to find what they want.

The program can be used for publishing in a number of mediums. The technology used by can be seen in digital newspapers, online brochures, e-zines, and eBooks. Each of their programs, including 3D Page Flip Professional, are simple to use and include customer service for questions that have particularly difficult answers. Their immediate aim is to help their customers create the most realistic 3D flipbooks with as little hassle as possible.

About 3DPageFlip provides users with the ability to create their own professional 3D eBook from PDF. They offer a wide variety of products including 3D eBook converters and deliver 3D publications to users worldwide. has some of the leading 3D flipbook software in the industry. Their main product is 3D PageFlip Professional which is both for Windows users and Mac users. It supports converting, designing, and publishing eBook with flipping-pages and 3D vision! The Page Editor in the software allows people create multimedia contents like hyper links, 3D image sphere slideshows, 3D video, buttons, etc.

Contact Us:
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Phone : +86 13726931290

Hot Rod Fiberglass Body Modifications Made Easy With New StreetRod 101 DVD Set

Over 5 hours of practical instruction covers how to lengthen a body, add an opening door, fabricate and install a custom dash, put in a floorboard, add a smooth firewall or just get rid of the bumps, waves and wiggles in a fiberglass hot rod body.

Sycamore, IL, January 30, 2013 – The second DVD set in the StreetRod 101 series is designed to empower the home garage hot rod builder with the knowledge and confidence to make modifications to a fiberglass street rod body ranging from minor to major and includes practical information and tips on removing the little flaws inherent in most fiberglass bodies that must be corrected to ensure a flawless paint job.

The 3-DVD set explains and simplifies choosing the correct fiberglass materials to work with; from matte and cloth to resins and hardeners as well as choosing the most economic tools. Practical personal protection and simplified shop cleanup tips are given, but the focus of the DVDs is on showing how to do real-life fiberglass body modifications that one can duplicate easily at home.

Some of the illustrated examples included in the 5-hour DVD set are: how to lengthen a body by 4+ inches, how to add a door with hidden hinges, how to replace a firewall to gain 4 inches more driver room, how to install floorboards, how to fit and install windshield posts, how to make a transmission tunnel, how to make a fiberglass mould and how to form and maintain body contours.

Also included are numerous mechanical tips such as: modifying door hinges, how to make a steering column support and column drop, fabricating under dash mounts for master cylinder and brake pedal, how to make a proper ratio brake pedal, and how to fabricate a dual brake pedal assembly for use with beginning drivers and those with disabilities.

This 5-hour instructional DVD set is hosted by Bob Hamilton, an experienced home garage street rod builder who became hooked on hot rods in the 1950s and who retired after 27 years as a high school vocational shop instructor, teaching auto-mechanics, auto-body, paint and machine shop. It’s like spending half a day with Bob sharing his knowledge in his home street rod building shop.

Included as a special bonus is a video section on Fiberglass Top Modifications. Bob Hamilton shows how to modify a fiberglass top made for a roadster so that it will fit a roadster pickup and he also shows how to include a unique latching mechanism that lets the top stand up when open.

The 3-DVD “StreetRod 101 Fiberglass Body Modifications” set is available for $24.95, plus $4 for shipping and handling (no extra charge for international orders) from

John Morehead
P.O. Box 730
Sycamore, IL 60178

Luxury Travel Introduces World Class Concierge Services for Vietnam Tourism

The main difference between a conventional and a luxury traveler is the latter’s expectation of a royal treatment and the travel’s operator’s capabilities of keeping the luxury travelers comfortable.

Hanoi, Vietnam, January 30, 2013 – The main difference between a conventional and a luxury traveler is the latter’s expectation of a royal treatment and the travel’s operator’s capabilities of keeping the luxury travelers comfortable.

Now, the country of Vietnam has finally gotten its first of a kind luxury tour and travel operator, in the form of Luxury Travel Vietnam, that has now announced the launch of a concierge service and has promised of taking care of all clientele needs within 24 hours.

Luxury Travel’s staff is made entirely of highly professional and skilled individuals, who have immense experience in the luxury travel industry and they have based the company’s client interaction policy on trust, before representing their services.

Furthermore, these professionals are dedicated towards understanding the needs and expectations of their clients, and provide them with exceptional services.

One of the strongest points of Luxury Travel Ltd. is its dedicated attention to minutest of details and the company takes pride in providing quick and reliable information to their clients, as and when required.

Their dedicated team of travel experts are more than able to construct and provide their customers with perfect travel packages for regions including Indochina, Thailand and Myanmar and have everything arranged within 24 hours.

For an tailor made tour, please email to or visit

Linh Doan
Luxury Travel Ltd
05 Nguyen Truong To Str.,
Ba Dinh Dist, Hanoi 84444

A Successful Webinar on Creating Interactive Online Courses using Raptivity

On January 24, 2013, Raptivity® had organized a webinar with Dr. Ann Jackson, an Education Consultant. The session revolved around how Ann made use of Raptivity, to make online course content interesting and interactive. She also shared a couple of sample interactivities developed by her for various eLearning courses. The audience enjoyed the session and actively participated in the question & answer round, to know more about Ann’s experience with Raptivity.

The key speaker of the session Dr. Ann Jackson is a highly regarded name in the education consulting domain. She has a vast knowledge base of technology. Ann has also developed and implemented trainings for teachers and administrators on a wide variety of educational topics. Ann shared with the attendees a few tips on creating engaging content by adding creative interactivities, while elaborating on the use and importance of interactive in eLearning course content.

Vikash Mangal, Senior Business Development Manager, Raptivity®, showcased some state-of-the-art interactions that can be effectively used by educators to add the much needed element of interactivity to their eLearning courses. He also shared his insights about ‘Raptivity Evolve’ a new initiative for Raptivity premium customers, aimed at empowering the users with new and powerful interactions, for developing innovative eLearning courses.

Vikash says, “It was a highly insightful experience for us, as well as the enthusiastic audience. It was great to see the audience enthralled by the scope of Raptivity, while understanding the importance of interactivity in eLearning course creation. The humbling response from the audience motivates us to plan many more such webinars in future.”

The webinar concluded with one of the attendees commenting that it was a highly informative session and how amazed he was to experience the power of Raptivity, through various samples that Ann showcased during the session.

To view the webinar recording, please click here. You can also download a whitepaper recently released by Raptivity® on, ‘5 Creative Ideas of using Raptivity in Online Training’.

For more information write to Raptivity® at

About Raptivity

Raptivity® is a rapid interactivity builder that allows you to quickly and easily create learning interactions. It has a diverse variety of 180+ interactions to select from. Raptivity helps the educators and trainers to enrich their content with the well-designed interactions from various categories like games& simulations, presentation aids, visual aids, brain teasers, assessments and many more.
Raptivity® is a much awarded product and has been appreciated by various learning bodies. It was recently adjudged the ‘the “Best Rapid eLearning Tool” award at Africa Learning & Development Leadership Awards 2012. It has won LearnX Learning and Technology Impact Awards for Games and Simulations Category. Raptivity has also bagged the 2012 reader’s Choice Award by eSchool Media. Along with this, the product was also honored with 18th Annual Best Educational Software Awards (BESSIE). For more information, please visit the website or contact Harbinger Knowledge Products at 425 861 8400.

About Harbinger Knowledge Products

Harbinger Knowledge Products is recognized as a global leader in interactivity solutions for knowledge-sharing applications including learning, presentation and web development. Harbinger Knowledge Products is a part of Harbinger Group, which serves customers in over 57 countries through its offices in Pune (India), Redmond (WA, USA), Pleasanton (CA, USA) and through its partner network worldwide.

For three consecutive years, Deloitte has named Harbinger Knowledge Products among the fastest growing technology companies in its Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific and Technology Fast 50 India programs. Red Herring named Harbinger amongst world’s top 100 private technology companies. Harbinger’s patented technology and sound thought leadership have resulted in groundbreaking products, including market-leading Raptivity®, innovative YawnBuster, and cutting-edge SiteJazzer and TeemingPod.

For more information on Harbinger Knowledge Products, please visit

Childhood Stress is Rising, Eating Recovery Center Offers Insight to Help Prevent Eating Disorders

Center cites the connection between rising anxiety and stress-initiated mental illnesses as likely factor driving increased child and adolescent treatment inquiries

Denver, Colo, January 29, 2013 – Stress among children and adolescents is on the rise, and mental health professionals are seeing the impact as more families seek treatment for their children and adolescents to address stress-initiated behavioral illnesses such as eating disorders. At Eating Recovery Center, an international center providing comprehensive treatment for eating disorders, more than 20 percent of the Center’s total inquiries for treatment in 2012 were for children or adolescents ages 17 and under, of which 35 percent related to boys and girls ages 10 to 14.

Children today are growing up in what experts say is a more stressful environment than ever before.

“As an outcome of globalization and the information age, children and adolescents are more aware of their surroundings than they ever have been,” said Ovidio Bermudez, MD, FAAP, FSAHM, FAED, CEDS, chief medical officer and medical director of child and adolescent services at Eating Recovery Center. “This access and exposure can pose serious challenges as children and teens are inundated with fear-inducing global news and anxiety-causing social media interactions.”

Studies confirm this increase in stress among children and adolescents. Forty-five percent of teens (ages 13-17) say they were more worried in 2009 than they had been the previous year, according to a 2009 report from the American Psychological Association (APA). The study also found that 27 percent of tweens (ages 8-12) and 39 percent of teens reported eating too much or too little due to stress. However, only 28 percent of parents thought their teen’s stress had increased and a mere 8 percent reported being aware of their child’s eating issues.

Due to the connection between anxiety and stress-initiated mental illnesses like eating disorders, Eating Recovery Center encourages parents to take proactive steps to understand the impact of stress on their children, identify events and situations that may induce stress and recognize patterns of thinking and behavior that may indicate anxiety:

1. Childhood stress generally fits into one of four categories: personal, interpersonal, interfamilial and global (a stress reaction to national or world news).

2. Children of all ages are vulnerable to the effects of stress. Although they may internalize stress differently, children at different ages – from toddlers to teenagers – can all suffer from anxiety.

3. There is no universal response to stress. Children at different developmental stages and under different life circumstances will respond to stress differently.

4. The burden of stress is cumulative. Just like adults, children and adolescents can only “take so much,” and multiple stressors can become increasingly difficult for a young person to manage.

5. Even positive change can be stressful. For children and adolescents, change can be difficult, even perceived positive changes such as starting at a new school or joining a new sports team.

To help parents minimize stress in their children, Eating Recovery Center recommends following these four guidelines:

1. Be aware of your own stress as a parent and recognize how your words and actions can directly or indirectly affect your child.

2. Make yourself available to discuss their perceptions of stressful situations.

3. Talk to your children if you feel that something is causing them anxiety; do not wait for them to vocalize their feelings to you.

4. Provide age-appropriate information regarding their questions or concerns.

“While everyone feels stress at some time or another, individuals with a genetic or temperamental predisposition toward behavioral disorders will often adopt unhealthy coping mechanisms as a tool to manage their anxiety,” said Dr. Bermudez. “Because disordered eating behaviors such as restricting calories and purging actually release chemicals that minimize anxiety, many children and adolescents use these behaviors to experience relief due to their inability to identify feelings, articulate causes of stress and manage their anxiety appropriately.”

Eating Recovery Center encourages parents whose children have begun exhibiting troubling eating behaviors or body image issues as a potential outcome of stress to seek help from a qualified professional. Early intervention maximizes the likelihood of lasting recovery. For more information about eating disorders treatment resources, visit

About Eating Recovery Center
Eating Recovery Center is an international center providing comprehensive treatment for anorexia, bulimia, EDNOS and binge eating disorder. Under the personal guidance and care of Drs. Kenneth Weiner, Craig Johnson, Emmett Bishop and Ovidio Bermudez, programs provide a full spectrum of services for children, adolescents and adults that includes Inpatient, Residential, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Services. Our compassionate team of professionals collaborates with treating professionals and loved ones to cultivate lasting behavioral change. Denver-based facilities include the Behavioral Hospital for Adults, the Behavioral Hospital for Children and Adolescents, the Partial Hospitalization Program and Outpatient Services for Adults, and the Partial Hospitalization Program for Children and Adolescents. In an effort to increase patient access to care throughout the United States, Eating Recovery Center partners with Summit Eating Disorders and Outreach Program in Sacramento, Cali., and The Moore Center for Eating Disorders in Bellevue, Wash. Summit offers Partial Hospitalization and Outpatient Services as well as Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Services in Fresno and Roseville. The Moore Center offers Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient Services. For more information, please contact us at 877-218-1344 or or confidentially chat live on our website at

Molly Koch
Communications Strategy Group
3225 East 2nd Avenue
Denver, CO 80206