Episode 216: Dr. Charlotte Markey: Raising Body Positive Girls

Today, Kathy is joined by Dr. Charlotte Markey, and they have a conversation on raising body positive girls – tips for adults.

Charlotte Markey, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and founding director of the Health Sciences Center at Rutgers University (Camden). Her book (co-edited with Drs. Elizabeth Daniels and Meghan Gillen), Body Positive: Understanding and Improving Body Image in Science and Practice was published by Cambridge University Press in the summer of 2018. Reviewers referred to the book as having, “the real potential to enrich lives” (Marika Tiggeman, Flinders University, Australia) and “providing a novel and refreshing way of conceptualizing body image” (Marita McCabe, Australian Catholic University). Dr. Markey writes monthly for U.S. News and World Report (Eat + Run blog), Psychology Today (Smart People Don’t Diet blog), as well as other publications, focusing on individuals’ eating behaviors, body image, and health. Her research has garnered widespread media attention, and she has been featured in and interviewed by The New York Times, The Economist, US News and World Report, The Today Show, Health Day, ABC News, Time Magazine, Health Psychology, The Washington Post, Science Daily, NBC News, Psych Central, Men’s Health, as well as numerous other publications. She also conducts seminars, talks, and presentations to hundreds of people a year, primarily in the tristate area.

Dr. Markey received her doctorate from the University of California (Riverside) in health and developmental psychology, with a focus on eating behaviors and body image. She has published nearly 100 book chapters and journal articles in peer-reviewed journals. She also has hundreds of presentations to her name at universities across the U.S. and at national and international conferences. Each year, she teaches hundreds of students at Rutgers University, including students in her Psychology of Eating course, where a great deal of time is spent discussing body image. Both her teaching and research have received awards, including the Chancellor’s Teaching Award, the Faculty Scholar-Teacher Award, and the Annual Faculty Fellowship at Rutgers University.

Dr. Markey has long been involved in community efforts to educate parents and children about eating, body image, and health. She has been asked to present in school districts across the tri-state area and has served on task forces charged with improving school nutrition programs. Dr. Markey enjoys running and swimming and has participated in numerous half marathons, triathlons and even one marathon. She lives with her husband, son, daughter, and a disobedient Bichon Frise in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.

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