Mom, Dad: Meet My Eating Disorder

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By Hannah White Anorexia is innately personal. It's between you and your flesh, you and your bones. It's a body count of one. It causes you to withdraw within yourself, to turn from our food-laden world and burrow into a space of so-called control. Your "safe foods" go into your mouth, and no one else's. It's not a plea for … [Read more...]

How Disordered Eating Taught Me Balance

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By Z Zoccolante Accomplishing a goal, like climbing a mountain, requires consistency and forward momentum, despite the desire to remain comfortably in place. At the height of the climb we're privy to the breathtaking stars, the vast expanse of the world in panoramic sprawl. The compilation of each step draws us closer to … [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...]

A Life in Loathed Body Parts

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By Hannah White For me, it started with my arms. I was in kindergarten when a classmate called Amy—I remember her vividly—approached me from across the room. “You have hair on your arms, like a bear,” she observed. My eyes dropped as I looked from her smooth white arms to the light-colored hair on my own, and it became … [Read more...]

Three Things Not To Say To Someone In Recovery – And Three to Try Instead

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By Allison Epstein So you know someone in recovery from an eating disorder. Or you’re in recovery yourself, and are looking to help your support system understand what you need. If the latter is the case, congratulations on the complicated but ultimately empowering decision to choose recovery. I might or might not know you (it’s … [Read more...]

An Open Letter to Those Fearing Relapse During Times of Grief

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By Grace Manger, Intern 2014 Monday, May 12, 2014. 7:37am. I was miraculously awake, sitting at my kitchen table with a cup of coffee and an unfinished essay due in a couple hours. The coolest 10-year-old I know, my little sister in all ways except genetics, called me to tell me that her little sister, our sweet Maia, died … [Read more...]

MarginalizED Voices: Broadening the Conversation about Eating Disorders

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By Allison Epstein If you’ve been following us here at Adios Barbie for a while, or if you were here with us for one special day this February, you know that an important part of our mission is to expand the conversation society currently allows about our bodies and ourselves. Without diverse and accurate representation, we risk … [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...]

Why I’m A Body Image Activist

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By Melissa A. Fabello Recently, my friend Laci made a video called “Why I’m a Feminist,” which listed over fifty reasons why she thinks that gender equality is a necessary endeavor. My first thought was “Hell yeah, Laci!” My second thought was “Shit, I need to make one of those.” Because as a body image activist, I get a … [Read more...]

Media Literacy 101

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By Melissa A. Fabello So, I’ve been doing a lot of talks on media literacy lately. In the past six weeks alone, I’ve done presentations and panels on media literacy at Carroll University, Widener University, Temple University, and for Women’s Way in Philadelphia. People are really into it. So I thought maybe it was about time to … [Read more...]