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...]

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...]