The Sound of Silence: Giving a Voice to Anorexia

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By Allison Epstein, Intern (2013) Writing doesn’t scare me. Bats circling over the roof of my house scare me. When the spider crawling across my desk suddenly disappears and I have no idea where it went, that scares me. Writing? I’ve got this. But looking at my blank screen while trying to write this post, I was terrified. I’ve … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Support a Loved One in Eating Disorder Recovery

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By Melissa A. Fabello Eating disorder recovery – defined in simplest terms as a remission from disordered eating behavior with the goal of becoming healthy again – can sometimes feel like a delicate balance for those in the process. Constantly surrounded by the very substance that threatens a relapse into disordered behavior, … [Read more...]

Minnie Mouse Doesn’t Need a Model Makeover

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By Ragen Chastain When the high-end department store Barney’s decided to collaborate with Disney for its holiday window, Barney’s creative director, David Freedman insisted that, “the important thing to me was always that it had to be authentic. It really had to hit the nail on the head in every detail.” When it came to the … [Read more...]

“Attention: People With Body Parts”

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By Melissa A. Fabello "I sit on the freckled sidewalk miles and years later. You bend in the humid air, bowing down to the grass mingling between the cracks. You, like the grass, would always come back. Through the cracks, through the scar tissue of my razor-cut legs. I trace my fingertips through your misplaced feathers, early … [Read more...]

“Pregorexia”: Are Celebrities Really to Blame?

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon Yesterday morning, I fished around in my dresser drawer for a pair of pants that wouldn’t make me hate myself. I grimaced when I realized the only option was a pair of threadbare maternity jeans. I let out an exasperated sigh, because with a toddler in tow, I’m outside of the acceptable window to still … [Read more...]

Why Shawn Johnson’s Weight Loss is Not Heroic

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By Ashley-Michelle Papon Three years ago, America fell in love with the plucky Shawn Johnson. Just 16, she captured plenty of hearts—and headlines—with three silver medals during the 2008 Olympics. The talented gymnast also took home a gold medal, a highlight for many during a competition riddled with controversy and accusations … [Read more...]

Eating Disorder Myths: The Naked Truth

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By Maddie Ruud Eating disorders are everywhere, and finally, people are beginning to realize it. Unfortunately, with the increased awareness has come a rash of myths, both about the disorders themselves and the people who suffer. Since food and body are already weighted subjects (excuse the pun!) in Western society, it can be … [Read more...]

What Not to Say to Someone with an Eating Disorder

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By Maddie Ruud Good Intentions You just found out that your loved one has an eating disorder. Or perhaps an acquaintance revealed their struggle during the course of a conversation. You want to be understanding. You want to help in any way you can. You want to encourage, affirm, support, validate. But what you thought were kind … [Read more...]

Dare to Resolve to Ditch Dieting

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Aside from bikini season, late December and early January is the other time of year that we’re especially susceptible to feeling bad about our bodies. Special thanks to the media and the diet industry for ensuring we do by reminding us that we overindulged during the end-of-year festivities and we … [Read more...]

Eating Disorders and LGBT: What’s the Connection?

Actress Portia de Rossi, shown here with wife, Ellen DeGeneres, struggled with near-fatal anorexia, which she attributed in large part to keeping her true sexuality a secret for so long. Photo credit YourCelebrityStuff.com

By Valerie Kusler October is LGBT history month, and as the resident eating disorders geek here at Adios Barbie (perhaps I’ll upgrade myself to “specialist” after I finish my MSW), it got me thinking about how little I know about the connection between eating disorders and LGBT population. The default assumptions I’ve heard are … [Read more...]