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Carolyn Costin is interviewed for the upcoming movie, America the Beautiful 3

About America the Beautiful 3.....

Carolyn - America the Beuautiful

In 1953, Marilyn Monroe was the icon of female sexuality. At the age of twenty-seven, she starred in the monumentally successful film, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” and this was only at the start of her career. Jump to today and Marilyn Monroe supplies a modestly quaint idol for sexuality compared to modern pop culture icons. Sixteen-year-old pop stars in revealing Catholic schoolgirl uniforms are common alongside four year olds traipsing around beauty pageants in bikinis on national television. America’s youth is becoming more sexually active earlier, some as young as six years old. But why?

The third installment of America the Beautiful explores America’s controversial and shameless sexualization of our youth. Theories and observations merely scratch the surface of a culture centered on the objectification of women. Beneath the glossy, perfect images presented in pop culture there are more desperate stakes at hand. Who is at fault for perpetuating such a harmful culture? Is it corporate greed in advertising? Is it the media that projects these images? Could it even be the parents?

Award-winning director Darryl Roberts tackles the complicated answers to these questions, revealing the treacherous effects this has on not just children, but society as a whole. The assault of images portraying the perfect sexy body is inescapable and inappropriate, contributing to a national physical and mental health crisis. According to the American Psychological Association, the impact of this on girls and women of all ages range from eating disorders to low self-esteem and body image insecurities. Altered images and the prolific accessibility to pornography by 12 year old boys permeate daily life to the point that it is difficult for our youth to conceptualize healthy bodies and sexuality; the dangers of this are abundant and increasing.

America the Beautiful Part 3 is not just about the dangers of spray tans and babies in bikinis, it is a look into the impacts of an unquestioned culture and the psyche of society’s most threatening perpetrators who may not consider themselves to be part of the problem.

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ANZAED August 22-23


Carolyn Costin will be presenting at the ANZAED conference event.

About the conference
The conference of the Australia & New Zealand Academy for Eating Disorders brings clinicians and researchers together to update each other on the latest local and international developments in the field.
It will be held at the Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle, Western Australia on 22-23 August, with pre-conference workshops on 21 August.

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ANAD Conference September 19th


Tending the Feminine Psyche in Hawaii Oct 20-25th 2014

Come feed your mind, nurture your body, and nourish your soul!

In this 5­day/5­night workshop, designed for professional women treating eating and body image disorders, Anita Johnston, Ph.D., Carolyn Costin, M.A., M.Ed., M.F.T., Francie White, M.S.R.D., explore cutting edge treatment concepts while nurturing our own personal experience of the feminine psyche.

Trade that indoor conference & office attire for informal play attire at
Kalani Beachside Eco-retreat Center on the Big Island of Hawaii
for an unforgettable mind­body­soul experience – bound to transform
your personal and professional life!

36 CEUs are available for master’s level therapists & dietitians.

This year Anita, Carolyn, and Francie are offering the most directed tools they have discovered yet, to create transformative, rock-and-rolling individual, family and group sessions. The work is both dynamic and fun because participants learn specific systems that can be taught to patients, families, and/or groups. These tools eliminate defensiveness and cut through quickly to core issues—in the spirit of evolving a much better formula for recovery and for living fully.


Come Tend that Feminine Psyche – yours first, then your clients …

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HEDS 2015 Conference: Realizing Recovery February 28th 2015


Carolyn Costin will be a keynote speaker at The Houston Eating Disorders Specialists (HEDS) conference Realizing Recovery on February 28, 2015 at Hilton University of Houston from 8-4pm.

HEDS is a multidisciplinary group of professionals from the greater Houston area who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders and are committed to quality care of those affected by the disorders.
The week of February 22nd is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. HEDS's goal is to have in attendance 175+professionals, those suffering from from an Eating Disorder, those in recovery, and family members.
Together, attendees will realize that recovery from an Eating Disorder is possible.

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