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In fairness our landlords have been supportive over the past couple of years and helpful in finding solutions. We found it necessary to move our tuning shop to our new location in Creekside to reduce our costs of doing business.

G.D. is right its very hard to give the service and pricing people expect when our rent percentage is four times the national average and labour is 50 per cent higher than the average in specialty shops, not to mention the shipping costs, but we do enjoy our business and we love Whistler.

What we really need is to address the housing issue with cheaper rooms for seasonal workers, affordable suites for our full time people and townhouses or something similar for the people who want to stay in Whistler and learn about our business.

We are at the doorstep of an exciting new season with great new gear on board and invite all of our fabulous customers and new seasonal visitors to visit us at Nesters, the Village and Creekside. We strive to provide the level of service our guests expect at Wild Willies Ski Shops.

Bill Lamond

Wild Willies

Whistler

A piece of the pie

I am a counsellor in private practice in Whistler and a co-facilitator of an Eating Disorder Support Group for women in Whistler, offered through WCSS. I am writing in response to "Fat Camp" and Cat Smiley’s letter to the editor in the Dec. 1 Pique.

I have been working in the field of eating disorders for the past six years and have had the honour of being witness to the personal stories of women who live daily with disordered eating issues. Beneath the outer skin and layers of fat therein lies a story, interwoven into a tapestry that can contain self-hatred, grief, depression, anxiety, loneliness, abuse, unhealthy relationships, suicide, starvation and death.

The physical and medical concerns of obesity are indeed true and valid. However, it is only when we view compulsive eating in a holistic perspective encompassing the physical, emotional, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of ourselves, that long term healing can occur. Our physical bodies and what we consume is but the tip of the iceberg.

We know now that prevention is paramount in reducing the devastation caused in our society today by eating disorders (anorexia nervosa is the number one killer amongst mental health disorders in North America). We know now the risk factors for disordered eating include a number of factors related to family disconnection, dysfunction or conflict, as well as specific factors related to unhealthy family eating and weight concerns. We also know now that there are protective factors that decrease the likelihood of mental health problems and thus, may guard against the development of disordered eating. Some of these protective factors include: high self-esteem, self-respect, confidence, having contact with one’s own feelings, healthy stress management, coping, problem-solving skills, assertiveness, supportive relationships, positive body image, family stability and cohesiveness, an understanding of normal nutrition, healthy athletic involvement, cultural and spiritual identity, etc.

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