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...]

7 Ways the Media’s Depiction of Eating Disorders Failed Me As a Woman of Color

Russell Mondy

By Raquel Reichard for Mic, cross-posted with permission When I was in elementary school, I started dieting. I'd drink my mother's protein shakes and eat off-brand, low-fat frozen entrees. In seventh grade, I decided I just wouldn't eat at all. It worked for a while, but by high school I realized I could have a full meal — so … [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...]

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...]

My, What Big Muscles You Can Have: Ads, Men, and Dangerous Lies

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  By Brian Cuban, Contributor Have you ever noticed those pop-up ads that appear with images of incredibly ripped celebrities, humongous body builders and the same ripped senior citizen touting what can be achieved just by taking this supplement, some testosterone or replacement regime, or that mysterious powder? … [Read more...]

Not Just Your Daughter’s (or Granddaughter’s) Eating Disorder

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By Valerie Martin I work as an eating disorder (ED) therapist because I was lucky enough to experience recovery and get my life back, and I wanted to spread that possibility to other people struggling. Because of my background and profession, I sometimes underestimate the extent of misinformation (or total lack of information) … [Read more...]