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Our Teen Girls and the Obsession With Size 0

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Talk to your daughters about how there is no virtue in striving for being a 0 in any realm of life. See if you can get your daughters to see this size as ludicrous. Use humor if you have to. Most importantly, let your daughters know that you are aware of these sizes and that they are unacceptable to you.

5 Reasons Social Media Is Dangerous For Me

Glennon Doyle Melton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Glennon Doyle Melton

These people -- the ones in my home and in the post office and in my kids' school and in my neighborhood -- they are real life, and my real life deserves my full and undivided attention.

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.

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.

Robyn Lost 57 Pounds: 'I Needed To Treat Myself With The Same Respect I Gave Others'

Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living

Got a success story of your own? Send it to us at and you could be featured on the site! Name: Robyn Spurr Age:...

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.

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.

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...

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.

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...

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.

Christine Quinn's Brave Choice

Bruce Weinstein | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Bruce Weinstein

If only a small fraction of the people afflicted with bulimia or alcoholism are moved by Quinn's revelation and seek treatment, her decision to make her private struggles public will have greatly served the public interest.

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.

6 Things You Need To Know About Stress & Eating Disorders

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.12.2013 | Teen

Here's a scary statistic: 20 percent of college women feel that thoughts and fears about food and weight dominate their life, according to a recent su...

Fatal Obsession

Suna Senman | Posted 05.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Suna Senman

My life seemed glamorous and promising: I was in my 20s, living in Paris and Normandy, spending my days training in ballet, modern dance, and jazz, and spending my evenings clubbing with VIP actors, models, and athletes. There was just one little problem: I was killing myself.

What You Should See When You Look At This Photo

Dagmara Domińczyk | Posted 05.22.2013 | Women
Dagmara Domińczyk

I silently bartered for pretty, and it never occurred to me that maybe someone walking past me wished they had mine.

Bullying and Body Image: How Bullying Leads to Eating Disorders

Tennie McCarty | Posted 05.06.2013 | Parents
Tennie McCarty

Bullying can have long-lasting results on the bullied, and in some cases, may lead to eating disorders, according to UK Charity Beat.

College-Age Disease Calls for Attention

Suna Senman | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Suna Senman

It is my hope that colleges across the country will increase the eating disorder resources and support offered not only to college students, but also to family members and local communities.

Eating Disorders Are Tough, But We're Tougher

Alison Malmon | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Alison Malmon

Thirty million Americans will struggle with some type of eating disorder during their lifetime, and a large percentage of them will begin to experience these complex mental and physical illnesses during young adulthood. Yet, we rarely talk about them in a serious way.

Does Your Child Have an Eating Disorder? 8 Warning Signs

GalTime | Posted 04.03.2013 | Parents

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses stemming from a variety of contributing factors; they are not any one person's -- or parent's -- fault.

The Role of Values in Eating Disorders Treatment

Kenneth L. Weiner, M.D., FAED, CEDS | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Kenneth L. Weiner, M.D., FAED, CEDS

Eating disorders are phobic disorders; therefore, we have to challenge the phobia and support patients in confronting their fears. To do so, we must find something they value more than their eating disorder, something that's so important to them that it overrides this anxiety.

Confessions of a Food Addict

Ariane Zurcher | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Ariane Zurcher

Now, close to 20 years since those early, painful days when I first discovered I was not alone, my life has completely changed. That person I was all those years ago is not who I am now. But I still remain an addict. It is who and what I am.

You Could Argue That I Don't Want Anything More Than I Want To Be Skinny. You Would Probably Be Right.

Kate Orazem | Posted 03.27.2013 | Women
Kate Orazem

I want to offer something like an elegy. For the girls I know and the girl I was, who engineer their lives for emptiness. For those who have died, or died a little. For a generation of brilliant, driven women who get up, look in the mirror, and demand less of themselves.

Teens, College Students and Body Image

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 03.24.2013 | Women
Barbara Greenberg

Perhaps young women who have so much influence over each other can be persuaded to use it positively once they are made aware of the impact of their behavior, talk and presence.

Top 5 Myths About Bulimia

Tennie McCarty | Posted 03.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Tennie McCarty

Breaking through the common myths surrounding bulimia nervosa can help lead to healing. Understanding the truth may be what leads you or someone you love to getting the help that is needed to overcome this deadly disease.