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Eating Disorder

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.

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.

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?

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.

My Mother Hated Her Thighs -- And I Knew It

Emily Light | Posted 01.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Emily Light

Children pick up on how we treat ourselves and they mimic us. So it's up to me to walk my walk and not just talk my talk. It's up to me to embrace my body for all she is capable of, whether I ran 5 miles or ate pizza on the couch that day.

5 Signs That Your Teen Might Have An Eating Disorder

Jennifer Rollin | Posted 12.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rollin

As a parent it can be challenging to discern whether you teenager is suffering from an eating disorder, especially because these disorders often thrive on secrecy and silence. The following are some common warning signs that may signify that your teenager is struggling with an eating disorder.

4 Tips for Facing Fear Foods in Eating Disorder Recovery

Jennifer Rollin | Posted 12.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rollin

For individuals who are recovering from a restrictive eating disorder, one important component of their treatment is to face their "fear" or "trigger"...

One Size Doesn't Fit All

Martha Kate Stainsby | Posted 11.12.2015 | Women
Martha Kate Stainsby

Eating disorders are so much more than what the public sees. There is hiding. There is deceiving. There are things that go on that you would never know about when you look at their smile, at their darling outfit, at their laughter.

Eating Disorders Are Rampant in Gay Men and These Are 5 Things We Can Do to Help

John Paul Brammer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Paul Brammer

When we open up the gay male standard of beauty, we take a positive step for our community's mental health.

It's Not What You're Eating That Matters -- It's This

Jenn Hand | Posted 09.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Jenn Hand

It's important to begin to see the HOW behind what you're doing. Because until you see the "how," you won't be able to create lasting change.

My Body Is My Best Friend

Kimber Simpkins | Posted 09.21.2015 | Women
Kimber Simpkins

Relating to my body like a best friend changed everything. For so long, my mind was a loud, critical, bossy perfectionist who treated my body like a disobedient servant. My mind had to shift to seeing my body as an equal, a peer, a wise being with needs and longings and a tender language all its own.

The One Thing I'm Realizing Two Years After My Eating Disorder

Maddy Moon | Posted 09.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Maddy Moon

When I was in the deepest, darkest depths of my orthorexia, I had one fear that overwhelmed all of the others. Food. Not all food, but certainly most ...

Eating Disorder Survivor Bravely Undresses In Public To Promote Body Love

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 08.18.2015 | Women

One woman asked the public to love and support her -- and they did.  In a recent social experiment created by The Liberators ...

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.

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.

One Simple Way to Enjoy More Body Love

Kimber Simpkins | Posted 07.13.2015 | Women
Kimber Simpkins

I love articles that give five steps to achieve one benefit. But what if we turned that on its head? Wouldn't it be fun to have ONE step to receive five benefits?

Rebecca Adams

My Struggle With Binge-Eating Disorder | Rebecca Adams | Posted 05.14.2015 | Women

Binge-eating disorder is characterized in the DSM-5 as "recurring episodes of eating significantly more food in a short period of time than most peopl...

The Eating Disorder I Never Knew I Had

Refinery29 | Posted 05.13.2015 | Healthy Living

Going vegan seemed like the answer to all my problems. I adopted the diet in my last semester of college, hoping to remedy the lifelong indigestio...

Love The Skin You're In

Margaret Moodian | Posted 05.12.2015 | Women
Margaret Moodian

It is normal to want to look your best and present yourself well, but we should not let the media make us feel bad about ourselves to profit from us.

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.

I Started Starving Myself When I Was 7

Ravishly | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women

At age 7, I began counting calories and lost seven pounds. I remember that number, because I had apparently done better than my grandmother, who had also recently gone on a diet.

So Your Diet Crashed and Burned. Now What?

Kimber Simpkins | Posted 05.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Kimber Simpkins

Learning to trust myself has allowed me to be happy in my body in a way I never imagined possible. But it required that I stop judging my happiness by looking in the mirror and comparing my body to other women's bodies. It required that I look inside, listen to and trust my body, and find happiness by turning away from appearance and toward my heart.

Gay Men Open Up About Their Struggles With Eating Disorders

The Huffington Post | JamesMichael Nichols | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

What's it like to identify as a male and struggle with an eating disorder? While eating disorders are usually portrayed exclusively as issues that ...

How An Eating Disorder Changes The Brain

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.27.2015 | Healthy Living

The long-term consequences of an eating disorder are more than skin deep. In a HuffPost Live conversation, psychiatrist Kim Dennis discussed the healt...