Mom, Dad: Meet My Eating Disorder

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By Hannah White Anorexia is innately personal. It's between you and your flesh, you and your bones. It's a body count of one. It causes you to withdraw within yourself, to turn from our food-laden world and burrow into a space of so-called control. Your "safe foods" go into your mouth, and no one else's. It's not a plea for … [Read more...]

Eating Disorders in the Latino Community

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By Adriana Diaz at The Bella Vita Editor's Note: "The ED Includes Me" previous blogs at The Bella Vita address the larger, more systemic barriers the Latino community faces in accessing mental health services and identifying and treating dual diagnosis with eating disorders. The following post examines the role that various … [Read more...]

How Disordered Eating Taught Me Balance

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By Z Zoccolante Accomplishing a goal, like climbing a mountain, requires consistency and forward momentum, despite the desire to remain comfortably in place. At the height of the climb we're privy to the breathtaking stars, the vast expanse of the world in panoramic sprawl. The compilation of each step draws us closer to … [Read more...]

Orthorexia: A Real Eating Disorder with Real Mental & Physical Health Risks

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By Valerie Martin You’ve met them at various points in your life: The friend who brings her own food everywhere she goes (or skips out on eating at social gatherings altogether) The co-worker who never partakes in the office birthday cake The family member who gets anxious at the thought of travel outside of large … [Read more...]

“But I Still Hate My Body” – Eating Disorder Recovery and Body Image

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By Hannah White "I'm following my meal plan, but I still hate my body." For those recovering from an eating disorder, this is a daily refrain. The typical response from a professional, however, is often infuriatingly vague. Wait it out, we're told. Stay the course. Body image comes later. Body image comes later. But … [Read more...]

Are Eating Disorders Exacerbated by Religious Fasting?

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By Valerie Martin, LMSW Over the past several years, a number of controversial articles and research studies have explored the relationship between eating disorders and religious traditions. Several years ago, there was a significant focus on the Jewish tradition, in particular the Orthodox community. Some studies and health … [Read more...]

Three Things Not To Say To Someone In Recovery – And Three to Try Instead

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By Allison Epstein So you know someone in recovery from an eating disorder. Or you’re in recovery yourself, and are looking to help your support system understand what you need. If the latter is the case, congratulations on the complicated but ultimately empowering decision to choose recovery. I might or might not know you (it’s … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Those Fearing Relapse During Times of Grief

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By Grace Manger, Intern 2014 Monday, May 12, 2014. 7:37am. I was miraculously awake, sitting at my kitchen table with a cup of coffee and an unfinished essay due in a couple hours. The coolest 10-year-old I know, my little sister in all ways except genetics, called me to tell me that her little sister, our sweet Maia, died … [Read more...]

MarginalizED Voices: Broadening the Conversation about Eating Disorders

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By Allison Epstein If you’ve been following us here at Adios Barbie for a while, or if you were here with us for one special day this February, you know that an important part of our mission is to expand the conversation society currently allows about our bodies and ourselves. Without diverse and accurate representation, we risk … [Read more...]

Not Just Your Daughter’s (or Granddaughter’s) Eating Disorder

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By Valerie Martin I work as an eating disorder (ED) therapist because I was lucky enough to experience recovery and get my life back, and I wanted to spread that possibility to other people struggling. Because of my background and profession, I sometimes underestimate the extent of misinformation (or total lack of information) … [Read more...]