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#1408: Eating Disorders In The Military And An Uncomfortable Topic

On this week’s 51%, we bring you a story about eating disorders in the military. And we have a subject few want to talk or hear about, but the statistics will make women pay attention — urinary incontinence. You’ll also hear from a woman on an audio mission.


Before we get to the story on eating disorders in the military, here’s a bit of military news. Transgender people will now be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military. Defense Secretary Ash Carter recently made the announcement at the Pentagon, saying it's the right thing to do. He said "Americans who want to serve and can meet our standards should be afforded the opportunity to compete to do so." Carter laid out a one-year plan to implement the change which will end one of the last bans on service in the military. In December 2015, Carter said that women in the U.S. military — including the Army and Marines — can now serve in combat posts. 

Now, to our story, In recent years, military doctors have become more aware of eating disorders among service members. A Department of Defense report concluded that conditions like anorexia and bulimia occur in the military with "surprising frequency." American Homefront reporter Patricia Murphy looked into why. 

Urinary incontinence is more common than you think, but it's tough to talk about. Lauren Whaley reports on treatments and technologies, and talks about her own case. 

This week we bring you another installment of the 51% segment called “Force of Nature,” from Dr. Sharon Ufberg. She is co-founder of the personal development/wellness company, Borrowed Wisdom, in Napa Valley, California. She also blogs for The Huffington Post. This week she interviews Terri Winston, executive director of Women’s Audio Mission, a San Francisco-based, non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of women in music and media production and the recording arts. Winston is a recording engineer, music producer, former major label recording artist and former tenured professor and director of the Sound Recording Arts Degree Program at City College of San Francisco Ufberg asks Winston about the importance of Women’s Audio Mission.  

Steven Spielberg ahead of the summer season premiered his first Disney film: The BFG. The film is based on a children’s book from an especially scary genre of children’s literature. It turns out, Gothic literature for kids is getting more and more popular. Lilia Fuquen finds out why. 

And that's our show this week. Thanks to Patrick Garrett for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. If you’d like to hear this show again, sign up for our podcast, or visit the 51% archives on our web site at wamc.org. And follow us on Twitter @51PercentRadio This week’s show is #1408. 

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