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Parenting Through the Teenage Years

Rebecca Perkins | Posted 12.30.2013 | Parents
Rebecca Perkins

I have worked hard at being a parent. I have strong values and have always stood by these. They don't come from any religious foundation, they are simply my life values and the ones I have taught my children. Your values will no doubt be different to mine. We are all different.

My Battle With Male Anorexia

Paul Florez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Paul Florez

I was anorexic by the time my boyfriend Jeff and I moved to Manhattan in 2006. I was 22 years old, 6 feet tall, and 118.3 pounds. I had halfheartedly followed the South Beach Diet as a quick way to drop the extra pounds, but once I reached my desired weight, I just started starving myself.

The Weight of My Father

Emillio Mesa | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Emillio Mesa

The words he said to my mother, during their divorce, echoed through my head, "A son who grows up with only a mother is doomed to become a faggot." I understood from that moment on that I could never truly have my father's love and acceptance. In our Hispanic culture, being gay was as a mortal disease that led to social shame.

Giving My Birthday Away to a Terminally Ill Friend

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact
Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh

One of my dearest friends, Charlotte, is dying of cancer. Her doctors are not promising her any more birthdays, so I've decided to give her mine: September 29.

Catherine Pearson

The Eating Disorder Treatment That Puts Parents In Charge | Catherine Pearson | Posted 09.19.2013 | Parents

When treatment began, Rina Ranalli managed every bite of food that entered her 13-year-old daughter’s mouth. For 2 1/2 months, she prepared three m...

The Life Out Loud: Yoga for Eating Disorders

MeiMei Fox | Posted 11.12.2013 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

Yoga had helped her to heal. At the same time, Chelsea Roff was courageous in disapproving of the body-consciousness that modern Western yoga fosters, in its advertising of sleek, lithe, muscular forms, and the peer pressure felt in many studios to have "the perfect yoga body."

What I've Learned About Eating Disorders and Teenage Boys

Lois Metzger | Posted 11.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Lois Metzger

The lures are everywhere -- all the billboards and trailers featuring abs and pecs and glutes. Many boys start out wanting to achieve physical perfection and then spiral down into full-blown eating disorders.

Eating Disorders in DSM-5: Trading Catch-All Diagnostic Categories for Precise Descriptions

David J. Kupfer, M.D. | Posted 10.23.2013 | Healthy Living
David J. Kupfer, M.D.

Given that eating disorders cause pronounced psychological distress and physical, even life-threatening harm, we expect the changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders to prove critical for many people.

Beach Bodies: The Wrong Model of Average Health

Troy Campbell | Posted 10.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Troy Campbell

A constant flame war rages in society between two extreme sides. One side loses it anytime someone says anything that seems slightly not "body positive," and the other side loses it anytime someone says anything that seems to "normalize obesity."

Almost Anorexic

Jenni Schaefer | Posted 02.14.2014 | Women
Jenni Schaefer

On planes and at parties, Dr. Thomas and I are often asked, "How can I become almost anorexic?", as if engaging in eating disorder symptoms at an average or above-average body weight is benign or even desirable.

Remembering You Have a Body -- or, How ELSE to Talk to Little Girls

Michelle Konstantinovsky | Posted 10.09.2013 | Women
Michelle Konstantinovsky

I hate to ruin the ending of all this, but spoiler alert: My body and I have not yet become besties. We don't look at each other googly-eyed and trade positive affirmations daily. But we've come a long way.

3 Ways Yoga Can Help Relieve Eating Disorders

Elaine Gavalas | Posted 10.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Elaine Gavalas

The researchers found yoga, aerobic exercise, massage, and body awareness therapy significantly reduced eating disorder scores and depression in anorexic and bulimic patients.

Why Adult Women Suffer From Eating Disorders

Posted 07.30.2013 | OWN

For a growing number of women, anorexia and bulimia aren't just teenage problems. By Michelle Konstantinovsky Janice Bremis was stunned th...

6 Things You Should Know About Men And Eating Disorders

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 12.29.2014 | Women

Eating disorders aren't just a "woman thing." People of all gender identifications, ages, races and sexualities suffer from eating disorders and s...

On the Back Nine, Part Two: The Physical Body

Laura Berman Fortgang | Posted 09.17.2013 | Fifty
Laura Berman Fortgang

We don't know how to be with this body as it is. It's written off as gross, old, icky because we only live with it in comparison to the way we looked in the past.

If All Eating Disorders Were Created Equal

Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 09.09.2013 | Women
Margaret Wheeler Johnson

We tend to see eating disorders, our general cultural anxiety about food and weight and skyrocketing obesity rates as separate problems with separate solutions. Instead, we need to recognize that they all stem from the same root. Obesity isn't the opposite of anorexia (or bulimia or disordered eating or just distorted thinking about food). It's its twin.

A Semester at Home: How My Trial Turned Into Triumph

Melanie Stone | Posted 08.29.2013 | College
Melanie Stone

I withdrew from the University of Illinois in September 2012. The ceiling fan in my bedroom whirred softly as I lay beneath it that morning, crying, then sleeping, then crying some more. I was miles away from my life in Champaign, surrendering to an eating disorder that had been holding me captive for one long year.

"Some of our models have been too thin": H&M CEO Karl-Johan Persson on anorectic models, Bangladeshi factory workers and expensive clothing brands

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 08.10.2013 | Women
Elisabeth Braw

Previously published in Metro Life is going swimmingly for Karl-Johan Persson, H&M's young, handsome CEO: despite the global recess...

Unexpected Romance At An Eating Disorder Clinic

Posted 06.04.2013 | Healthy Living

Lizzie Elsburg weighed roughly 90 pounds when she entered a California clinic for treatment for anorexia and bulimia. Since getting healthy was her to...

Talk About a Choking Hazard! What I Never Expected to Find in a Kinder Surprise Egg

Pamela Poole | Posted 07.23.2013 | Parents
Pamela Poole

There's a sickening trend towards sexualization of girls in toys and entertainment. And there's a long-term issue, going back to Barbie's youth, with presenting girls with unhealthy and unrealistic physical ideals through toys and entertainment intended for them

One Valiant Teen Advocate Emerges From The Abercrombie & Fitch Drama

Greg Archer | Posted 08.08.2013 | Impact
Greg Archer

The power of one person can affect the many. And if you're doubting it, just turn your attention to Cali Linstrom, the 17-year-old high school student who, this week, addressed Abercrombie & Fitch executives in person in the aftermath of last week's significant protest.

The Skinny of Fashion's Body-Image Issue

Summer Rayne Oakes | Posted 07.21.2013 | Style
Summer Rayne Oakes

Model Kate Dillon and Summer Rayne Oakes talk about body image and fashion.

Delicious Dames: A Field Guide to Living and Loving Your Body

Renee Olstead | Posted 07.14.2013 | Impact
Renee Olstead

Since launching her online community in 2009, Revecka Natalia has reached thousands of women struggling with and recovering from the ravages of a self-contained illness.

Eve Ensler on Cancer, Her Body and 'The Body of the World'

Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W. | Posted 06.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W.

"When I woke up from surgery and had tubes and ports coming out of me, I was just a body. When you come into your body, you become porous. There is no separation between you and the world."

Modeling Agency Ads Fight Anorexia With Tagline 'You Are Not A Sketch'

The Huffington Post | Ellie Krupnick | Posted 04.18.2013 | Style

When it comes eating disorders in fashion, designers, models and editors can host all the panels and write up all the guidelines they want. But someti...