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...]

5 Realities We Erase When We Focus on the Link Between Media and Eating Disorders

Alli Worthington

By Kira Rakova Media's influence is an escapable topic within the mainstream narrative of eating disorders. Whether it's writers like Naomi Wolf making the connection or European governments banning underweight models in an effort to combat anorexia, the cause-and-effect relationship between media and eating disorders is … [Read more...]

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

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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...]

4 Lies Western Philosophy Teaches Us About Our Bodies

Kate Walford

By Kate Walford, Intern 2015 What is a good body? How do you know? The simple answer to "why are some bodies considered perfect and others not?" would be "social construct!" This is what I was told as a teenager and during eating disorder recovery. "Oh, society will tell you to be skinny. But don't listen to them, it … [Read more...]

On the Road to Recovered: Voices from the Eating Disorder Community

Bob Jagendorf | Flickr

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...]

All Weight Loss Doesn’t Deserve Applause

People Magazine

By Janaya Greene, Intern 2015 Dance Moms head dance instructor Abby Lee Miller has stunned the world with her recent weight loss. While choreographing her Lifetime show, she never let her size determine how intricate her routines were or how well she would teach them to her dance students. So when Miller told People magazine … [Read more...]

The Tragic Tales of Eating Disorders in Fiction

Chris Lim |

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...]

6 Ways to Reconcile Your Eating Disorder with Your Feminism

Carolina Ponce

By Melissa A. Fabello for Everyday Feminism, cross-posted with permission Part of my job as a managing editor at Everyday Feminism is to field the emails that come flooding into our inbox. As harrowing as this can sometimes be — as you can imagine — it's also an incredibly useful tool to get a feel for what our readers are … [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...]

Food Is Food: Taking Morality Off the Table

Image by Kate Walford

By Kate Walford, Intern 2015 Food is food. But what is food in our society? A luxury. A disparity. A contest. An unrequited love. A number with a moral value. Something to control. Food is imbued with so many meanings and values. Some of which are wonderful. Some of which are increasingly harmful. The way society's spun … [Read more...]