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

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

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...]

Battling Thin Privilege in Recovery

By Francesca Baker Editor's note: This post discusses recovery from restrictive eating disorders in which weight gain is a necessary part of the recovery process. Adios Barbie recognizes that not all eating disorders are restrictive, and not all those with eating disorders are underweight. I hate it when people blame eating … [Read more...]

What Does Capitalism Have to Do With Body Image Anyway?

By Grace Manger Recently, a visiting psychotherapist who specializes in eating disorder recovery gave a lecture on my college campus. As the facilitator of my school's Women, Food, and Bodies group and as someone who wrote her thesis on pro–disordered eating websites, I was expected by campus faculty and staff to attend. … [Read more...]

Breaking Down Binge Eating Disorder

By Tasha Sanders When I think of an eating disorder, the first thing that comes to mind is anorexia or bulimia. This might be because of my history with anorexia, but it also has to do with the media's narrow portrayal of what constitutes an eating disorder. If Lifetime isn't sensationalizing anorexia or bulimia, the tabloids … [Read more...]

You’re Supposed to Eat, So Stop Eating the Smallest Amount Possible

By Caroline Dooner It was my 24th birthday, and I had just binged on disgusting squash pancakes, and eaten half of the Tupperware of icing-free, sugarless almond flour cupcakes (that nobody would eat except me). I felt sick, miserable, and had just binged, again. Wasn't this diet supposed to heal cravings? That's what it … [Read more...]

Men, Eating Disorders, and Chasing Impossible Perfection

By Z Zoccolante Sex sells, regardless of gender. Men, like women, are objectified. I've had more than one friend remind me of how a guy's dancing turns them on because it mimics how hot they'd be between the sheets. Hips don't lie, right? Still, we enjoy living in fantasy worlds. We like the escape. It's common for couples to … [Read more...]

It’s Time for a Fresh Recovery Perspective

By Sarah Landrum You're almost there. For the first time in a long while, you feel strong again. You can look at food without guilt, at the mirror without disgust, and at other people without shame. Yet something's still wrong. Something's still trying to drag you back into the hell you already escaped. You're constantly … [Read more...]

Eating Disorders: The Secret Epidemic Facing Gay Men

By Megan Dottermusch I was in college when I first realized the serious consequences of eating disorders. As the risk manager on my sorority's executive board, I was the designated confidante for members to discuss their personal and emotional issues with in full disclosure. While I could not give them formal counseling or … [Read more...]

Forgiving Ourselves Is Not an Excuse to Engage ED

By Clare Milliken I am all too familiar with the persuasive voice of an eating disorder. In the depths of my anorexia, that voice tried to find every reason I should engage in behaviors and every excuse why I should avoid recovery. Years later, and after a great deal of therapy, self-reflection, support, and hard work, I am … [Read more...]