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Why I Have No Intention Of Loving My Body

Allison Epstein | Posted 07.30.2015 | Women
Allison Epstein

After spending the past three years in recovery from anorexia, this is the climax of my body image journey. This is my Everest. This is as good as it gets.

Stop Blaming the Victims of Eating Disorders

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh

Eating disorders are not a choice. Eating disorders are a mental illness like Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, and they are treatable. I get a lot of flak for emphasizing the biological predisposition for eating disorders, for de-emphasizing the personal narrative, for banging on about "not your fault, not your parents' fault, not society's fault."

For Love of Pizza, How My Anorexia Revealed Itself

Ravishly | Posted 07.20.2015 | Women
Ravishly

I'll be forthright: I'm the hero of this story. Further still: I'm also the adversary. The conflict is me. "Man vs. Self," they call it in literature courses. The denouement, for the record, was pizza. Let's start there.

Living In The Shadow Of My Daughter's Anorexia

Rebecca Perkins | Posted 07.19.2015 | Fifty
Rebecca Perkins

Eight years ago I finally faced up to the fact that all was not well with my beautiful 14-year-old daughter's health. She had over many months and in all reality a number of years been gradually changing her eating and exercise habits. I didn't want to see, I didn't want to name it.

How I'm Unleashing My Inner Rock Star As I Turn 50

Janine Francolini | Posted 07.08.2015 | Fifty
Janine Francolini

Surprising and sometimes shocking to me, people often tell me they want a life exactly like mine or that they even want to be me. The most curious is when people comment on how I have more energy than anyone they know because the past few years have been very difficult and I feel pretty exhausted a lot of the time.

This Is What Beautiful Feels Like

Rachel Toalson | Posted 07.07.2015 | Parents
Rachel Toalson

This body -- I am so very proud of what it has done. It has housed and carried and nourished six boys and a girl we will meet in glory. So what if there is still an after-belly six weeks later?

YSL Ad Banned Over Model Appearing 'Unhealthily Underweight'

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 06.03.2015 | Style

An Yves Saint Laurent advertisement was banned by UK authorities after they determined the fashion brand's ad irresponsibly featured a model who appea...

Woman Speaks Out About Her Battle With Anorexia

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living

A woman suffering from anorexia is speaking out about her illness in the hopes that she might save herself -- and others battling the same disease. ...

An Open Letter to the President of France

August McLaughlin | Posted 06.07.2015 | Women
August McLaughlin

Many women with eating disorders, including models, partake in dangerous tactics to maintain a slimmer physique -- yet aren't underweight by BMI standards. In some ways, focusing on "the numbers" perpetuates the damaging notion that they matter most.

How to Turn Your Struggle Into Your Gift

Erin DiAngelis | Posted 06.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin DiAngelis

I now know that we all have the capacity to turn our shadows and struggles into our greatest light. In fact, I believe that's what we're meant to do. It's my hope that we can ALL turn our struggles into our gift back to the world, because if each of us did that.

Big Love: Getting Beyond a 100 Pound Weight Gain

Emily Grossman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily Grossman

I know that if my "before" and "after" photos were placed on social media without the back story, the judgement would be something like "she really let herself go." Gaining weight in our culture, especially for women is synonymous with being lazy, unmotivated, unsuccessful, and unlovable. Yet in my case, nothing could be farther from the truth.

Sacred Sisterhood of Healers!

Janine Francolini | Posted 05.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Janine Francolini

I don't know how many people learn about the revolutionary Dorothea Dix in school any more, but for people involved with mental health advocacy, she...

Why It Took Me So Long to Recover

Z Zoccolante | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Z Zoccolante

Whatever stage of recovery you might be at, know that freedom from the eating disorder is possible. Freedom can be your reality. No matter where you have been or what you have suffered through, hold on. It gets better. There is a future with you in it that is bright and shining.

The Chive Used A Woman's Recovery Photos As Thinspiration

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 03.25.2015 | Women

(The content of this article may be disturbing to some readers.) When 27-year-old Anne Marie Sengillo shared images from her recovery from anorexia...

What It Feels Like to Be Bullied at School

Stella Kasdagli | Posted 05.18.2015 | Education
Stella Kasdagli

For me, many years after the bullying had stopped, anorexia became a new way to get smaller, quieter, less intimidating, non-existent, so that my life would be less risky -- or, at least, less painful.

I Started Starving Myself When I Was 7

Ravishly | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Ravishly

At age 7, I began counting calories and lost seven pounds. I remember that number, because I had apparently done better than my grandmother, who had also recently gone on a diet.

Pregorexia -- My Response

Nancy Laws | Posted 05.04.2015 | Women
Nancy Laws

I found myself facing demons I thought I had long overcome, and suddenly found myself terrified of the weight gain that comes with pregnancy. I was still carrying some weight from my first, and the idea of it all piling on left me with intense, overbearing panic attacks that left me hospitalized at least three times.

If You Think Eating Disorders Only Affect The Young, Think Again

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.02.2015 | Fifty

Eating disorders see no age, and a group of women opened up to HuffPost Live on Friday about having struggled and recovered from eating disorders late...

Eating Disorder Recovery As Spiritual Transformation (All Together Podcast)

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion

Welcome to the latest ALL TOGETHER -- the podcast dedicated to exploring how ethics, religion and spiritual practice inform our personal lives, our co...

What I Learned After Living With An Eating Disorder For 42 Years

Robin Korth | Posted 04.30.2015 | Fifty
Robin Korth

As a woman who threw up for more than four decades to control my weight, even as I needed the comfort and "cure" that over-eating provided, I have some insights on what the 'over love of food' is all about. It wasn't the problem. It was the answer.

How An Eating Disorder Changes The Brain

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.27.2015 | Healthy Living

The long-term consequences of an eating disorder are more than skin deep. In a HuffPost Live conversation, psychiatrist Kim Dennis discussed the healt...

6 Months Into My Anorexia Recovery, I Finally Smashed My Scale

Proud2BMe | Posted 04.29.2015 | Teen
Proud2BMe

I thought of my scale as a security blanket -- as long as I had it, I felt like I had some sort of control. In reality, the scale controlled me. It wasn't a security blanket; it was a ball and chain.

Nina Bahadur

6 Eating Disorder Myths Debunked

HuffingtonPost.com | Nina Bahadur | Posted 03.03.2015 | Women

How much do you actually know about eating disorders? For National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, we've rounded up common misconceptions that make i...

How To Talk About An Eating Disorder Without Triggering Someone

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 02.27.2015 | Teen

Sharing personal experiences with eating disorders in an effort to assist those currently struggling can be life saving. But it can also do more harm ...

Why We Need To Stop Saying 'Manorexia'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.25.2015 | Women

While terms like "manorexia" have been tossed around to alert the public that eating disorders are not exclusive to women, such labels can be damaging...