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 Martin 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...]

Mirror-Less Schooling: A Positive Initiative?

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By Sharon Haywood, Co-Editor Last month, a UK high school attracted media attention when its administration chose to remove all mirrors from its bathrooms. Shelley College in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire put the policy in place only a few weeks into the new school year to enforce the no-makeup rule for students between the ages … [Read more...]

Expressing Disorder: Art Therapies for Eating Disorder Treatment

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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...]

“Shut Up, Skinny Bitches!” Tells Readers To Love Their Bodies—Or Else

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  By Valerie Martin “In America, we no longer fear God, or the communists, but we fear fat,” stated David Kritchevsky, a former professor with Philadelphia’s Wistar Institute and long-time advocate of health and nutrition issues. This is just one of many poignant quotations that Dr. Maria Rago and her friend and … [Read more...]

Battling the Beauty Myth in Argentina

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In March 2011, the NGO AnyBody is holding international summits around the world. The aim is to save future generations of girls from the misery that turns women against their own bodies. The challenge is to make people understand how and why this is an emergency, to show them how they can do something about it, and to inspire … [Read more...]

Intersectionality, Women & Body Image

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An interview with Becky Thompson, who studies women's eating and body problems from a multicultural perspective. BY Ophira Edut Is the face of eating disorders only white and middle class? Not even close, according to Becky Thompson, a professor of African-American studies and sociology. Thompson is the author of "A Hunger So … [Read more...]