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Eating Disorder

I Started Starving Myself When I Was 7

Ravishly | Posted 03.10.2015 | Women
Ravishly

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 03.06.2015 | 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 02.28.2015 | Gay 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...

6 Months Into My Anorexia Recovery, I Finally Smashed My Scale

Proud2BMe | Posted 02.28.2015 | Teen
Proud2BMe

I thought of my scale as a security blanket -- as long as I had it, I felt like I had some sort of control. In reality, the scale controlled me. It wasn't a security blanket; it was a ball and chain.

What Doctors Can Do To Better Treat Eating Disorders

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.26.2015 | Healthy Living

Diagnosing and treating an eating disorder is not easy. But a few small changes can help better equip medical professionals for the task. In a Huff...

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...

Why Cultural Expectations Are So Dangerous For Pregnant Women With Eating Disorders

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.24.2015 | Parents

There's a harmful dichotomy occurring in today's culture in which pregnant women struggling eating disorders receive "positive reinforcement" for losi...

Loving Your Body Doesn't Mean What You Think

Kimber Simpkins | Posted 02.04.2015 | Women
Kimber Simpkins

The mind is afraid that if you love the body as it is, you will no longer listen to it -- you'll no longer listen to reason. But the not so secret truth that the mind likes to conveniently forget is that it's not separate from the body.

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

Posted 12.16.2014 | 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 ...

Thanksgiving: It's Not Just About the Food!

Gabi Holzwarth | Posted 01.28.2015 | Women
Gabi Holzwarth

If food is your largest cause of anxiety, having an entire day focused entirely upon that subject feels like entering a bad dream.

How Your Body Image Affects Your Daughter's Self-Esteem

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 01.17.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

The legacy that remains is having to monitor my thinking. Occasionally my choices. Automatic calorie counts registering in my head. Picking toppings off of pizza. 'I don't like crust', I explain. (That's a bunch of hooey).

'Just F*cking Eat Already!' On Overcoming Food and Diet Obsession

Connie Andrea Trowbridge | Posted 01.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Connie Andrea Trowbridge

The amazing thing about the human body is this: Just because you choose to ignore the warnings signs don't mean they will go away. One way or another, if your body needs food, needs rest, it will force you to shut down. And that's exactly what happened to me.

Do You Have the Perfect Body?

Danielle Prestejohn | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Danielle Prestejohn

When are we going to get the message that it's not about having a perfect body? That there's no such thing as perfection. That striving for perfection actually leads to more and more self-harm.

The Normalization of Cosmetic Surgery

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 12.29.2014 | Style
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

The notion that cosmetic surgery is a "simple beauty treatment" is a contradiction in terms, a paradox of sorts. Surgery is almost never simple, physically or psychologically, and the more we believe it's a solution to our beauty needs, the less beautiful we tend to feel.

Teaching My Daughter To Make Her Body Love Her Back

N'tima Preusser | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
N'tima Preusser

My body, that I hated so deeply before, built my daughter's body. That is nothing short of a miracle to me.

The Shame Files

Jennifer Pastiloff | Posted 11.03.2014 | Women
Jennifer Pastiloff

I'd take that old snapshot out from the back of my mind and dust it off a little before peering closer. You were beautiful. You were behind the wheel I'd say to the photograph, before putting it back with a few others I'd saved.

Zosia Mamet Opens Up About Her Eating Disorder And Recovery

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 08.12.2014 | Women

"I’ve struggled with an eating disorder since I was a child." That's the secret "Girls" actress Zosia Mamet decided to share with the world in he...

'Fat' And 'Ugly' Are Not The Worst Things A Woman Can Be

Sarah Beauchamp | Posted 10.06.2014 | Women
Sarah Beauchamp

If we keep accepting this as reality, if we keep dieting and trying to fit into the stereotypes, or if we keep apologizing for not fitting into the stereotypes, we're doomed. No matter who you are, it's almost impossible to be "pretty" and "thin" to everyone. You will always be "fat" or "ugly" to someone.

Helping Ourselves or Someone You Know Suffering From an Eating Disorder

Laura Loterszpil | Posted 09.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Laura Loterszpil

Twenty-some years ago I dealt with a very painful and hard addiction called bulimia. Bulimia is a type of eating disorder where one binges on usual...

Food and Loathing

Pamela Brill | Posted 08.26.2014 | Women
Pamela Brill

I can tell my daughter that nothing is as beautiful as her little body exactly as it is no matter if she is tall, short, big or small. But I am sure she sees through my platitudes. Because she sees a mom who is always on a diet. She sees a mom who looks in the mirror and sighs.

Eight Years Ago, This Anorexic Mom Was 82 Pounds. Now...

OWN | Posted 06.11.2014 | OWN

In 2006, Leigh Key was a 38-year-old mother of two boys. Like many moms, she worked hard to care for her family, but there was something very troublin...

The New and Dangerous Eating Disorder

Brynn | Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Brynn

I still have the tough days where the diet industry gets its hooks in me. I still feel a little guilty every time I rip open a little packet of fake sugar. But most days I feel proud of how far I've come. I relish food for the experience it brings, for the sustenance it gives me.

On Fighting for Your Healthy Self

Christina Grasso | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Christina Grasso

A person's "realness" does not necessarily increase with his or her number of curves, and similarly their power and worth do not increase with degree of thinness. Realness comes from being comfortable in one's own skin and creating a life worth living.

What Tom Sawyer Taught Me About Overcoming Anorexia

Temimah Zucker | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Temimah Zucker

I used to be jealous of Tom Sawyer. In one of the more memorable chapters of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom is able to attend his own funeral, as...