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Why I Do Not Support Eating Disorder Charity Runs

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh

We often forget that not only is compulsive exercise a frequent and devastating symptom, but that eating disorder sufferers are some of the most altruistic and self-sacrificing people you will ever meet. Holding an event in which they are unable or should not fully participate seems not quite thought through.

The Day I Stopped Bingeing And Purging

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 02.02.2016 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

I am like most people. I like to talk and I like to hear myself talk. I talk about things too much, too often and with too little thought -- except when it comes to my real problem: bulimia. And its tenacious hold. On that topic, my tongue is tied.

Why This Woman Made A Feminist Comedy About Bulimia

The Huffington Post | Emma Gray | Posted 01.27.2016 | Women

You wouldn't necessarily expect "bulimia" and "funny" to be in the same sentence, let alone form the building blocks of a show. But that's exactly wh...

A Lover Hovers As Chaos Comes Calling

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 01.26.2016 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

It happens suddenly. Or so it seems. One day I notice that the urge to binge and purge has decreased. Then I notice that the urge to binge and purge has greatly decreased. Then I notice the urge to binge and purge has ceased altogether. How can this be? I take stock.

The Toll That 45 Years Of Bulimia Has Taken On My Life

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 01.19.2016 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

I have been bulimic for 45 years. If I spent just one hour every day bingeing and purging, that would add up to just under two years of time spent leaning over, sticking my fingers down my throat and puking up my guts, into a toilet bowl. What else could I have done with that time?

Are My Elbows Fat? Why Eating Disorders Should Matter to You.

Gina Keatley | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Gina Keatley

These are complicated disorders that, at times, don't make sense to people on the outside. But with good information, professional help and tons of patience, these diseases can be overcome. The key is to identify them as early as possible and seek treatment and support.

My Life As A Bulimic: How The Bingeing Began

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 01.19.2016 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

Along with all the changes I was experiencing at that point in my life, my grounding thought was to stay thin. If I was thin, I could cope. And when I found a way to be thin, remain thin and eat all the forbidden stuff I secretly craved -- well -- I thought I had died and gone to heaven.

Inside The Hidden World Of Adult Eating Disorders

The Huffington Post | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 12.21.2015 | Women

Toni Saiber was going through a divorce when her soon-to-be ex-husband made a passing comment about her weight. The jab stung and reverberated in he...

Creating a Positive Relationship with Food During the Holidays

Erika Sales | Posted 12.11.2015 | Women
Erika Sales

Over the past few weeks I've received a lot of mixed messages about holiday eating, overeating, and diets that all point back to our culture's tumultuous relationship with food.

8 Tips To Help Heal From Depression

Megan Bruneau | Posted 11.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Megan Bruneau

When we make space for depression to be there, we can make linkages and better understand what causes it. When we become more aware of these causes, we can do what we need to feel better. Finally, we can be intentional around living our lives despite the presence of depression.

Medical Complications Of Eating Disorders

Kenneth L. Weiner, M.D., FAED, CEDS | Posted 11.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Kenneth L. Weiner, M.D., FAED, CEDS

In addition to increased understanding of medical issues associated with eating disorders among medical professionals, patients, families and non-medical treatment team members (therapists, dietitians, etc.) can champion for the use of basic strategies to identify and treat eating disorder complications in medical settings:

Former 'Spy Kids' Star Talks About 6-year Battle With Bulimia

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 11.11.2015 | Entertainment

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'Rent' Veteran Calls Out Racism, Ageism, And Sexism In Show Business

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 11.04.2015 | Latino Voices

Most people know Daphne Rubin-Vega from her role as Mimi Marquez in the original cast of "Rent", but few people know the woman behind the char...

The Power of Mythology in Mental Health: Overcoming the Dark Goddess of Eating Disorders

Erika Sales | Posted 10.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Erika Sales

Worshipped paradoxically as the queen of the underworld and as a youthful maiden, Persephone is a myth that gives us a glimpse into the eating disorde...

Healing the Part That's Bulimic

Dana Clark | Posted 10.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Dana Clark

Trigger warning On some occasions there were dinners in restaurants where people wanted me to stay, dinners where I wanted to be, but being there was...

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.