Admitting to a Disorder is Not an Orderly Thing to Do

Alberto Ortiz

Written by Angela Barnett Editor's Note: Content describes various eating disorder behaviors and mental illness labels.  Getting my teeth cleaned a few months ago, I had a strong urge to ask the hygienist if she could see any evidence of my dirty little secret. Never having confessed to a dentist before I told myself it was … [Read more...]

It’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Does that Include People with Eating Disorders?

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By Francesca Baker Wednesday, December 3rd, is the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day that seeks to promote understanding, support, and awareness of disabilities and the impact that they can have on the lives of individuals. This year one of the main themes is: “including persons with invisible disabilities … [Read more...]

Walking with a Friend Toward Her Final Days: A Review of Shell

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By Lisbeth Leftwich How would you react if you found out you only had a year to live? It's a hypothetical question we can ask ourselves, but rarely are any of us given the knowledge that our time left on Earth is so limited. For Michelle Stewart, author of Shell: One Woman's Final Year After a Lifelong Struggle with Anorexia and … [Read more...]

When Wellness Makes You Unwell

Stacy Spensley

By Francesca Baker Early on in my recovery from an eating disorder, a vegan friend of mine started musing on the crossover between eating disorders and veganism. "I bet there's loads," he said. "It's the perfect excuse." In many ways, he's right. The wellness industry is vast, attractive, and profitable—in fact, the US … [Read more...]

Decolonizing Eating Disorder Treatments

Sheena Roehman

By Sheena Roetman for Sovereign Bodies, cross-posted with permission When most people think about eating disorders, they most likely conjure up a very specific image—a thin, white, upper-class woman. After all, eating disorders have been considered “a rich girl’s disease” for quite some time. A quick Google search for eating … [Read more...]

Are Social Media Sites the New Pro-Eating Disorder Communities?

Nicki Karimipour

By Nicki Karimipour In the 1990s and 2000s, the Internet was rife with pro-eating disorder websites and their associated content, also known as pro-ana (anorexia) and pro-mia (bulimia) content. This took the form of specialized websites and message boards dedicated solely to sharing tips and tricks for losing weight, extreme … [Read more...]

5 Realities We Erase When We Focus on the Link Between Media and Eating Disorders

Alli Worthington

By Kira Rakova Media's influence is an escapable topic within the mainstream narrative of eating disorders. Whether it's writers like Naomi Wolf making the connection or European governments banning underweight models in an effort to combat anorexia, the cause-and-effect relationship between media and eating disorders is … [Read more...]

Learning From Life: The Value of Peer-led Therapy for Eating Disorders

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By Francesca Baker At the recovery college where I have been volunteering, there's a fantastically inspiring coach called Jeanette. She runs a group on assertiveness, the goal of which is to help individuals accessing secondary mental health services, like specialist mental health workers and support teams, to speak up and … [Read more...]

On the Road to Recovered: Voices from the Eating Disorder Community

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By Annie Robinson for Health Story Collaborative, cross-posted with permission Eating disorders are some of the most misunderstood, stigmatized, yet pervasive struggles in our contemporary culture. People of all genders, ages, and backgrounds are affected — nearly 30 million individuals in the United States alone, according to … [Read more...]

The Tragic Tales of Eating Disorders in Fiction

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By Francesca Baker Art isn't just for entertainment; it's a place to explore important issues and gritty reality. Novels, although fiction, are rooted in facts — those big facts about being human, things such as life, loss, and love. They express the experience of life, reflecting emotions and providing an outlet for thoughts. … [Read more...]