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Who Develops an Eating Disorder?

Morena Duwe | Posted 09.02.2015 | Impact
Morena Duwe

Have you ever wondered what leads people to developing an eating disorder? Though many different types of individuals suffer from this illness, there are a number of contributing factors that end up making some more susceptible than others.

Young Female Athletes Are Often Not Eating Enough

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 09.01.2015 | Healthy Living

Sports engagement is higher than ever among high school and college age women, according to the Women's Sports Foundation. But with that growing...

Life in Hard Mode: Fashion Week and Anorexia

Gabi Holzwarth | Posted 08.27.2015 | Women
Gabi Holzwarth

Fashion Week: for a young woman recovering from anorexia, attending fashion week, surrounded by beautiful people, skinny models, and a society which is centered around appearances, is similar to sending a recovering alcoholic to a bar that serves free drinks all night. Basically, a huge trigger.

Eating Disorders -- An Open Letter to My Colleagues

Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. | Posted 08.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Tasneem Bhatia, M.D.

It happened to me. One of my favorite patients, whom I had been seeing for a few years, sat nervously in the room. I remember bursting in the room wit...

7 Things to Remember During Eating Disorder Recovery

Ravishly | Posted 08.11.2015 | Women
Ravishly

Eating disorder recovery is confusing as all hell. And that's mostly because no one ever talks about it. I think we're all running around like chickens with our heads cut off, afraid that we're somehow doing it all wrong, that no one's thought to make a blueprint to, well, stop that nonsense before it starts.

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.