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...]

Transforming Negative Body Image Into Body Acceptance

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By Camille Malecha, MA, LPC We have been conditioned to blame our bodies for any limitations or struggles we experience. We hear phrases such as "If only I were thinner, prettier, taller ..." and may believe that our bodies are what need to be fixed. What if, rather than trying to change our bodies, we try to change how … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Reconcile Your Eating Disorder with Your Feminism

Carolina Ponce

By Melissa A. Fabello for Everyday Feminism, cross-posted with permission Part of my job as a managing editor at Everyday Feminism is to field the emails that come flooding into our inbox. As harrowing as this can sometimes be — as you can imagine — it's also an incredibly useful tool to get a feel for what our readers are … [Read more...]

7 Ways the Media’s Depiction of Eating Disorders Failed Me As a Woman of Color

Russell Mondy

By Raquel Reichard for Mic, cross-posted with permission When I was in elementary school, I started dieting. I'd drink my mother's protein shakes and eat off-brand, low-fat frozen entrees. In seventh grade, I decided I just wouldn't eat at all. It worked for a while, but by high school I realized I could have a full meal — so … [Read more...]

Battling Thin Privilege in Recovery

Rod Waddington

By Francesca Baker Editor's note: This post discusses recovery from restrictive eating disorders in which weight gain is a necessary part of the recovery process. Adios Barbie recognizes that not all eating disorders are restrictive, and not all those with eating disorders are underweight. I hate it when people blame eating … [Read more...]

Breaking Down Binge Eating Disorder

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By Tasha Sanders When I think of an eating disorder, the first thing that comes to mind is anorexia or bulimia. This might be because of my history with anorexia, but it also has to do with the media's narrow portrayal of what constitutes an eating disorder. If Lifetime isn't sensationalizing anorexia or bulimia, the tabloids … [Read more...]

You’re Supposed to Eat, So Stop Eating the Smallest Amount Possible

Duncan Hull

By Caroline Dooner It was my 24th birthday, and I had just binged on disgusting squash pancakes, and eaten half of the Tupperware of icing-free, sugarless almond flour cupcakes (that nobody would eat except me). I felt sick, miserable, and had just binged, again. Wasn't this diet supposed to heal cravings? That's what it … [Read more...]

Men, Eating Disorders, and Chasing Impossible Perfection

Esther Marí

By Z Zoccolante Sex sells, regardless of gender. Men, like women, are objectified. I've had more than one friend remind me of how a guy's dancing turns them on because it mimics how hot they'd be between the sheets. Hips don't lie, right? Still, we enjoy living in fantasy worlds. We like the escape. It's common for couples to … [Read more...]

It’s Time for a Fresh Recovery Perspective

Jenny Downing

By Sarah Landrum You're almost there. For the first time in a long while, you feel strong again. You can look at food without guilt, at the mirror without disgust, and at other people without shame. Yet something's still wrong. Something's still trying to drag you back into the hell you already escaped. You're constantly … [Read more...]