7 Things We Need To Stop Saying To People Taking Antidepressants

I can’t tell you how many times someone has said something judgmental about “people taking antidepressants” to my face. Hi! That’s me! And with 15–23% of the overall population per state in the US taking some form of mental health medication, likely at least a few people you know are on antidepressants as well. So why do we put up … [Read more...]

The BMI Is Bullshit, and Other Thoughts From My Doctor’s Office

“Here, take these,” he said. “We give them to everyone.” I stared at the nurse and reached for the papers he was holding. I had been to this clinic several times before, and my appointments had never ended like this. His tone remained relatively normal, although he seemed uncomfortable. He smiled and leaned toward me to show … [Read more...]

4 Reasons to Break Up With Your Fitness Tracker

By Allison Epstein Tuesday morning, 9 a.m. I stand up, snatch my phone, and mosey across the office to ask a coworker a question. 11 a.m., I tuck my phone into my pocket and walk over to top off my coffee. 8:15 p.m., I meander around the kitchen, phone in hand, pulling beans and a box of rice out of the cabinet. Hello. My … [Read more...]

It’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Does that Include People with Eating Disorders?

By Francesca Baker Wednesday, December 3rd, is the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day that seeks to promote understanding, support, and awareness of disabilities and the impact that they can have on the lives of individuals. This year one of the main themes is: “including persons with invisible disabilities … [Read more...]

When Wellness Makes You Unwell

By Francesca Baker Early on in my recovery from an eating disorder, a vegan friend of mine started musing on the crossover between eating disorders and veganism. "I bet there's loads," he said. "It's the perfect excuse." In many ways, he's right. The wellness industry is vast, attractive, and profitable—in fact, the US … [Read more...]

The Weight/Health Conspiracy: A Conversation With Body of Truth Author Harriet Brown

By Kate Walford, Intern 2015 Size discrimination doesn't just focus on looks. America's so-called "obesity epidemic" has led the medical establishment to push a policy based on healthism, focused on weight as an indicator of health. The idea that one can tell a person's health based on their size is complete bullshit—and Harriet … [Read more...]

5 Survival Tips for When Caregiving Is Overwhelming

By Jessica Roberts, Intern 2015 What if I offered you a job that included no pay or benefits, required 24-hour availability, required you to learn basic medical care, and made it difficult for you to tend to your own basic needs? Would you take it? If you have a grandparent, parent, or child, you likely have experience with … [Read more...]

29 Lessons I’ve Learned About My Body in 29 Years

By Jessica Roberts, Intern 2015 Oh, hello there, 29th birthday. Here come the wrinkles. Is that a gray hair? Are parts getting ... droopier? As a woman, I think I'm supposed to feel some kind of fear or anxiety about the approaching third decade of my life: the signs of aging, the mortgage, the sense that I'm supposed to … [Read more...]

“But You Don’t Look Sick” — Living With a Chronic Invisible Illness

By Jessica Roberts, Intern 2015 "Mom," I choked into the phone. "Mom, I —" Mom, I can't breathe. Mom, I'm clawing at my legs and arms, like I'm trying to break out of my own skin. Mom, I think I'm dying. "Jessica? Jessica!" My mother's voice carried through the phone and across the country. "You're OK. Just take a … [Read more...]

How I Learned to Love My Pale Skin

By Giorgia Guazzarotti As I'm sitting here, I'm assaulted by doubts. Wracked with guilt. Tempted to hit "cancel" and delete this whole thing. It feels wrong to complain about the color of my skin. My white skin. I'm Caucasian. A member of that privileged caste that will never know racism. I don't have to worry that a … [Read more...]