The Power of Hair Can Be Deeply Rooted

By "OJ" Jamie for thirdwheelED, cross-posted with permission Caveat: Long post. Short hair. Yesterday, I cut my hair. Short. The shortest it’s ever been. I hadn’t necessarily been planning to do this. In fact, when I left to get my hair cut, I told CJ I was just getting a trim. But when I got to the salon, the hairdresser … [Read more...]

Why Eating Disorders Are More Than a “Western” Problem

By Kira Rakova for the World Eating Disorders Day blog, cross-posted with permission A year ago, while I was in Morocco, I asked a Moroccan woman about eating disorders in the country. After spending time trying to explain what I meant by “eating disorder,” the woman replied this was not something that happened in Morocco. Sure, … [Read more...]

The BMI Is Bullshit, and Other Thoughts From My Doctor’s Office

“Here, take these,” he said. “We give them to everyone.” I stared at the nurse and reached for the papers he was holding. I had been to this clinic several times before, and my appointments had never ended like this. His tone remained relatively normal, although he seemed uncomfortable. He smiled and leaned toward me to show … [Read more...]

4 Reasons to Break Up With Your Fitness Tracker

By Allison Epstein Tuesday morning, 9 a.m. I stand up, snatch my phone, and mosey across the office to ask a coworker a question. 11 a.m., I tuck my phone into my pocket and walk over to top off my coffee. 8:15 p.m., I meander around the kitchen, phone in hand, pulling beans and a box of rice out of the cabinet. Hello. My … [Read more...]

Eating & Living: A Recipe Book for Eating Disorder Recovery

Eating disorders aren’t about the food. They’re about the fear, shame, judgment, anxiety, lack of self, and a whole host of other difficult emotions that manifest themselves through food and weight—not about the food. Except when they are. Because there comes a point when, whatever form of disordered eating you may be … [Read more...]

Chronic Illness, Marginalization, ED and Me

 Growing up in image conscious West LA as an avid ballet dancer was a recipe for eating disorder disaster. In a primarily white ballet school that primed us to be professional dancers, the pressures were high. Girls were told they couldn’t get a part in the Nutcracker unless they lost weight. Attention was given only to the girls … [Read more...]

Admitting to a Disorder is Not an Orderly Thing to Do

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?

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

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

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...]