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...]

Are Social Media Sites the New Pro-Eating Disorder Communities?

Nicki Karimipour

By Nicki Karimipour In the 1990s and 2000s, the Internet was rife with pro-eating disorder websites and their associated content, also known as pro-ana (anorexia) and pro-mia (bulimia) content. This took the form of specialized websites and message boards dedicated solely to sharing tips and tricks for losing weight, extreme … [Read more...]

Learning From Life: The Value of Peer-led Therapy for Eating Disorders

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By Francesca Baker At the recovery college where I have been volunteering, there's a fantastically inspiring coach called Jeanette. She runs a group on assertiveness, the goal of which is to help individuals accessing secondary mental health services, like specialist mental health workers and support teams, to speak up and … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Eating Disorders in the Latino Community

ED includes Me

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...]

“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...]

Are Eating Disorders Exacerbated by Religious Fasting?

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By Valerie Martin, LMSW Over the past several years, a number of controversial articles and research studies have explored the relationship between eating disorders and religious traditions. Several years ago, there was a significant focus on the Jewish tradition, in particular the Orthodox community. Some studies and health … [Read more...]