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...]

Eating Disorders: The Secret Epidemic Facing Gay Men

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By Megan Dottermusch I was in college when I first realized the serious consequences of eating disorders. As the risk manager on my sorority's executive board, I was the designated confidante for members to discuss their personal and emotional issues with in full disclosure. While I could not give them formal counseling or … [Read more...]

Forgiving Ourselves Is Not an Excuse to Engage ED

Christi Nielsen

By Clare Milliken I am all too familiar with the persuasive voice of an eating disorder. In the depths of my anorexia, that voice tried to find every reason I should engage in behaviors and every excuse why I should avoid recovery. Years later, and after a great deal of therapy, self-reflection, support, and hard work, I am … [Read more...]

Taming Triggers During the Trials and Triumphs of Eating Disorder Recovery

Scott Akerman

By Sarah Landrum It can happen to all of us. Canceling plans for dinner with friends because the anxiety is too overwhelming. Feeling defeated when looking in the mirror at the gym. Or being overcome with remorse for enjoying that ice cream cone on last night's date. Starting the process of recovery from an eating disorder … [Read more...]

Eating Disorders and Parenthood: Breaking the Cycle

Juan-Calderon

By Tasha Sanders, Intern 2015 In the same way that John Green describes the process of falling in love in The Fault in Our Stars, my troubles as a new mother started slowly, and then happened all at once. I always wanted to be one of those mothers who instantly bonds with her child, who people look at and say, “Motherhood suits … [Read more...]

The Cost of Conversation — Economics and Mental Health

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Editor's Note — We realize that the availability of treatment for eating disorders varies widely by region, and that even basic treatment is not always accessible financially or logistically. If you are concerned that you or someone you love has an eating disorder and wish to seek help, visit nationaleatingdisorders.org, or call … [Read more...]

Mom, Dad: Meet My Eating Disorder

Rachel Gardner

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...]