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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

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.

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

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.

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?

Why Eating Disorders Are About So Much More Than Food

Posted 06.26.2015 | Dr. Phil

Bella, 15, admits she is obsessed with food, hoards it in her bedroom, and binges and says she purges 30 to 40 times a day. The teen says her behavior...

Burying the Stigma of Mental Illness

Heather Rorrer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Heather Rorrer

When the death of a loved one is suicide, or any facet of mental illness is involved, there's a stage in the grieving process psychologists don't list: stigma. Survivors bear the stigma of survival. Even as friends gather to sympathize, you sense an unspoken undertone: Surely you knew something.

Weighing In On Your Daughters And Scales

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 06.27.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Take a look at your own relationship with the scale. What are you modeling for your kids? Are you on the scale frequently and making constant references to your weight?

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.

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.

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.

Nina Bahadur

6 Eating Disorder Myths Debunked | 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...

Bulimia Is A B*tch

Skylar Liberty Rose | Posted 04.28.2015 | Women
Skylar Liberty Rose

I was afraid to like myself. I had no idea how to love myself. The world couldn't know who I really was. If it did, then I'd feel even more rejected.

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...

REAL Beauty

Suna Senman | Posted 04.27.2015 | Style
Suna Senman

Today stick thin body images created with photography software are the standard that many people try to attain. The unnaturally thin view of attractiveness is blamed for causing the increase in cases of anorexia and bulimia nervosa.

How I Survived Anorexia

August McLaughlin | Posted 04.04.2015 | Women
August McLaughlin

After accepting my diagnosis, anorexia seemed like the one special thing about me. "Recovery" seemed synonymous with "fatness," "failure" and "mediocrity." When my therapist threatened hospitalization, I lied, promising to gain necessary weight.

12 Haunting Photos Reveal What It's Like To Struggle With An Eating Disorder

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 02.23.2015 | Women

The content of this post may be triggering to some readers. Each person in this photo series has a skeleton in their closet. Photographer Fritz...

How A Comedy About Bulimia Aims To Change The Conversation On Eating Disorders

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 02.11.2015 | Women

"I said, 'I have to do this. I have to make a project about bulimia.'" That's what filmmaker and comedian Jessie Kahnweiler has to say about her n...

What It's Like To Have A Friend With An Eating Disorder

Mackenzie Patel | Posted 12.23.2014 | Teen
Mackenzie Patel

Having anorexia must be hell for those teenagers that have it, especially in the merciless and superficial world we live in today. However, it is also hard for the friends of those who have it, and it puts us in a quandary nearly every day.

Might Your College Student Have an Eating Disorder? How to Tell, What to Do

Jennie J. Kramer, MSW, LCSW | Posted 02.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennie J. Kramer, MSW, LCSW

If you're feeling uneasy and concerned that your college-age daughter or son might have an eating disorder, this is a perfect time to think the problem through and figure out whether help might be needed.

'I Blame My Mom 100 Percent For My Eating Disorder'

Posted 04.21.2015 | Dr. Phil

Bella, 15, says she is obsessed with food, and she binges and purges up to 40 times a day. “I blame my mom 100 percent for my eating disorder," she ...