Eating Disorders and LGBT: What’s the Connection?

Actress Portia de Rossi, shown here with wife, Ellen DeGeneres, struggled with near-fatal anorexia, which she attributed in large part to keeping her true sexuality a secret for so long. Photo credit YourCelebrityStuff.com

By Valerie Martin October is LGBT history month, and as the resident eating disorders geek here at Adios Barbie (perhaps I’ll upgrade myself to “specialist” after I finish my MSW), it got me thinking about how little I know about the connection between eating disorders and LGBT population. The default assumptions I’ve heard are … [Read more...]

Expressing Disorder: Art Therapies for Eating Disorder Treatment

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By Valerie Martin Several years ago, David Alvarado learned that the woman he had recently fallen in love with was severely bulimic. Never having been exposed to eating disorders (EDs) at a personal level, questions swirled around his head, but answers were elusive. The more David read about EDs, the more he wanted to understand … [Read more...]

Discrimination and EDNOS: One Woman’s Story

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TRIGGER WARNING: This post contains information that may be triggering to some readers who have struggled with or are struggling with eating disorder recovery.  By Kath at Fat Heffalump My name is Kath and I suffer from an eating disorder. Officially, I have what is known as an Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Diagnosed … [Read more...]

EDNOS: The Eating Disorder You Haven’t Heard Of

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Editor’s note: Under the recently released DSM-V (2013) EDNOS is now categorized as OSFED (Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder). See the National Eating Disorders Association for additional information.  By Michelle Cantrell of VenusVision.com When I received the diagnosis of Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified … [Read more...]

Celebrating Eating Disorder Recovery: Inaugural NEDA Walk in Texas

Team "Freedom is Beauty" at the Austin NEDA Walk - I'm the smiling blonde team captain!

By Valerie Martin When I was 15, I went on a diet. I was always a skinny kid, but as a freshman in high school, I was starting to fill out a little – and as a cheerleader freshman surrounded by dozens of beautiful, thin, dieting juniors and seniors in a gym with mirror-lined walls, I didn’t like it one bit. … [Read more...]

You Don’t Have to Have an Eating Disorder to be Image Obsessed

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Claire Gould, The Review The signs on the mirrors in the bathroom said "You are Beautiful." Even so, girls stood in front of them, applying makeup, fixing their hair and adjusting their clothes to make themselves look different than their natural appearance. Feb. 21 to Feb. 27 was National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, but … [Read more...]

Study: Black Girls 50% More Likely to be Bulimic than Whites

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By Tamika Thompson from Tavis Smiley-PBS In 2005, The New York Times published an article called "Blacks Join the Eating-Disorder Mainstream." The article explained that "more blacks and other minorities have been seeking help from eating disorder clinics" and that "[n]o reliable numbers exist for how many minority women suffer … [Read more...]