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How Social Media Triggers My Anorexic Demons

The Establishment | Posted 08.30.2016 | Women
The Establishment

This piece by Emily Smith originally appeared on The Establishment, a new multimedia site funded and run by women. My experience with social media inv...

Eating Disorder Recovery: Five Things to Consider in Your Post-Treatment Plan

Greta Gleissner, LCSW | Posted 06.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Greta Gleissner, LCSW

As you move through your residential or outpatient treatment, you may be unsure, or even fearful, of what's on the other side for you. Doubt, worry and anxiety are very real emotions you may be experiencing.

Eating Disorders Aren't Just A Young Person's Disease

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 04.22.2016 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

I still know women like my mom. They absolutely detest getting older. They shake incredulous heads at the idea that perhaps they could accept another version of beauty. They are far from the midlife bloggers who stand in the bright sun, taking selfies or Periscopes of themselves, hooting about this and that, exuding confidence.

People in Need: Eating Disorder Treatment vs. Access to Care

Jenni Schaefer | Posted 04.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Jenni Schaefer

As I continue my work in the ever-growing eating disorders field, I welcome any discussion like this that gives us the opportunity to help those who still suffer. We need to talk. We need to ask the tough questions.

Dying to Be Thin and Beautiful: Feminism and Advertising, an Interview With Jean Kilbourne

Omega Institute | Posted 03.08.2016 | Women
Omega Institute

In this interview pioneering media literacy activist Jean Kilbourne discusses the saturation of sexualized advertising in our media-driven culture and the harm it causes young women.

One Way (For Me) To Get Free Of An Eating Disorder

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 03.07.2016 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

The following experience helped me figure out the best action step needed to recover from disordered eating.

When I Lose Weight, My Life Will Change

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 02.29.2016 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

During therapy, I give a lot of thought to why I spent so many years stepping on and off the scale. Why did I count calories obsessively and critique my body flaws at every juncture? Why did I serially fixate on one restrictive diet after another?

Angela Barnett Is Helping Bulimics Tell Their Stories

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 02.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Sarah Illingworth

Angela has a history of bulimia herself and good reason for starting a site designed to bust shame around body image and related disorders.

What 15 Eating Disorder Survivors Think When They Hear The Word 'Fat'

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 02.24.2016 | Women

"Failure." "Unlovable." "Me." These are just a few of the heart-wrenching responses people gave when asked how they felt about the word "fat." A new ...

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Mind the Gap

Kerry Neville | Posted 02.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Kerry Neville

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: February 21-27, 2016 A few days ago, I was swiveling back and forth in the beauty salon chair, paging throu...

Collapsing Into A Craving During Treatment For Bulimia

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 02.22.2016 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

I hurriedly stuff caramels into my mouth. The same caramels I bought weeks ago. The same caramels that never before had posed a threat to my 'no binge' resolve -- because, hey, they just weren't 'my thing.'

Group Therapy Triggers Unexpected Uses For Needles

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 02.15.2016 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

I welcome the change from being a director at work to being an outpatient at the treatment center. Someone is caring for me. Someone is monitoring me. I relax the reins. It feels safe there. Contained. Warm and dusky. Like I imagine a womb.

The Pursuit of Perfection: An Epic Failure

Emily Light | Posted 02.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Emily Light

It's not selfishness to be able to appreciate how much your needs matter, how worthy of love and care you are. It's a gift.

A Surprising Revelation When I Began Treatment For My Eating Disorder

Iris Ruth Pastor | Posted 02.08.2016 | Fifty
Iris Ruth Pastor

The daily onslaught of guilt and remorse that washed over me every time I stuck my fingers down my throat to throw up have finally outweighed and overruled the benefits of staying with ED. He is an adolescent crush that needs shredding and shedding. He has long outlasted his usefulness.

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 wha...

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 her...

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: