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

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...]

Are Eating Disorders Exacerbated by Religious Fasting?

"Step Off Your Altar" ©Kelsey Weaver

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

Basketball arms

  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

Image by SalFalko

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...]

Eating Disorder Treatment: Telling Ed to F-Off and Other Methods

Young woman by Dia™

Editor's Note: This post does not address all the various approaches and models when it comes to eating disorder treatment, but rather outlines a few methods. We plan on posting follow-up pieces that will further expand on other eating disorder treatment options. Please note that Adios Barbie does not endorse any specific approach … [Read more...]

Expressing Disorder: Art Therapies for Eating Disorder Treatment

A still image from "Expressing Disorder"

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

© Jakub Cejpek | Dreamstime.com

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

pills-and-measuring-tape

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...]