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...]

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 Kusler 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 Kusler “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...]

Celebrating Eating Disorder Recovery: Inaugural NEDA Walk in Texas

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By Valerie Kusler When I was 15, I went on a diet. I was always a skinny kid, but as a freshman in high school, I was starting to fill out a little – and as a cheerleader freshman surrounded by dozens of beautiful, thin, dieting juniors and seniors in a gym with mirror-lined walls, I didn’t like it one bit. … [Read more...]

The Beauty Myth: Worth Fighting Against?

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By Melanie Klein In light of Britney Spears’ recent unaltered photos, a recent guest post at Jezebel proclaimed feminism’s battle with the beauty myth as bourgeois and not worth the fight. Author, Helen Razer, claims that the efforts to expose the gruesome reality behind the beauty myth is a tiresome and unworthy battle that … [Read more...]

You Don’t Have to Have an Eating Disorder to be Image Obsessed

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Claire Gould, The Review The signs on the mirrors in the bathroom said "You are Beautiful." Even so, girls stood in front of them, applying makeup, fixing their hair and adjusting their clothes to make themselves look different than their natural appearance. Feb. 21 to Feb. 27 was National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, but … [Read more...]

Study: Black Girls 50% More Likely to be Bulimic than Whites

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By Tamika Thompson from Tavis Smiley-PBS In 2005, The New York Times published an article called "Blacks Join the Eating-Disorder Mainstream." The article explained that "more blacks and other minorities have been seeking help from eating disorder clinics" and that "[n]o reliable numbers exist for how many minority women suffer … [Read more...]