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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...]

All Weight Loss Doesn’t Deserve Applause

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By Janaya Greene, Intern 2015 Dance Moms head dance instructor Abby Lee Miller has stunned the world with her recent weight loss. While choreographing her Lifetime show, she never let her size determine how intricate her routines were or how well she would teach them to her dance students. So when Miller told People magazine … [Read more...]

Food Is Food: Taking Morality Off the Table

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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...]

What Does Capitalism Have to Do With Body Image Anyway?

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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...]