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Instagram, #Thighgap and Our National Eating Disorder

Daffany Chan | Posted 07.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Daffany Chan

While relearning the joys of gathering around a home-cooked meal, it becomes evermore apparent the food industry still isn't able to fill the void of what's ultimately lacking on our dinner plate. It's not gluten-free, it's a yearning for a deeper connection with our community, our humanity.

On An Apple A Day

Yara Zgheib | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Yara Zgheib

An apple a day keeps the doctor away; so I have been told. Vitamin C boosts the immune system, phenols reduce cholesterol. Twenty-two grams of complex...

Keanu Reeves and Other Stars Make Powerful PSA Supporting World Eating Disorders Action Day

Jennifer Rollin | Posted 05.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rollin

By supporting World Eating Disorders Action Day, you can be part of a revolutionary movement aimed at creating real and impactful social change.

Why I Choose Recovery Every Single Day

Rachel Brehm | Posted 05.20.2016 | Fifty
Rachel Brehm

In a life with infinite options and endless possibility, I choose recovery. I choose it in the face of adversity, I choose it under pressure, and I choose it when my brain tells me to do otherwise. I choose it for the authenticity, I choose it for the self-acceptance, and I choose it in the name of freedom.

You Can Suffer From an Eating Disorder at Any Weight

Jennifer Rollin | Posted 05.16.2016 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rollin

In the eyes of our society someone with an eating disorder is typically viewed as a young, emaciated, Caucasian female. However, eating disorders do not discriminate based upon age, race, gender, body-type, or socioeconomic status.

A Therapist's Tips for Preventing Relapse in Eating Disorder Recovery

Jennifer Rollin | Posted 04.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rollin

The following is a brief written exercise that you can do as a personal relapse prevention plan.

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.

8 Eating Disorder Survivors Reveal What Recovery Means To Them

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 02.26.2016 | Women

Eating disorder survivors have come together for a powerful campaign to show that no road to recovery is the same. Project Heal, a nonprofit organizat...

This is What Pregnancy Feels Like With an Eating Disorder

Well Rounded NY | Posted 02.24.2016 | Parents
Well Rounded NY

As a mother, it is quite hard to be able to say I come before my child. The looks received when that statement is made are often full of judgment. But I know all too well that without placing myself first, I cannot and will not be here for him.

3 Things People With Eating Disorders Need to Know

Jennifer Rollin | Posted 02.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rollin

In light of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, the following are three things that people struggling with eating disorders need to know.

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.

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.