In the past three weeks alone, I have spent ten hours at Yale Health, our student health center. The medical professionals think I have an eating disorder -- but they won't look past the number on the scale, to see the person right in front in them.
Imagine for a moment that you lived in a world where body size did not matter. What would a day be like in this new and fab world? Let's imagine ...
Exercise compulsion is a very real problem for many individuals struggling with eating and body-related disorders.
In our highly connected and virtual day and age, food has found its way to social media, or rather; social media has found food.
I don't even know how I know of this number. Only that I know it, and my friends know it, and my mom knows it. Somehow, somewhere along the road, I was taught that if I want to have a flat stomach and tight tushy, I need to limit my calories to 1,200 a day and do cardio.
Most of us don't really mean to be bullies to ourselves. It's not really something that you consciously and willingly decide to do. You weren't born in a self-sabotaging state, which means that you acquired those habits and behaviors. And if you learn to self-hate, you can learn to self-love.
Lupita Nyong'o has been making her rounds on-screen at award shows and in the magazines, detailing her effortless fashion style. However, the moment that I felt a sense of connection with Lupita was during her speech on beauty standards and self-image.
In keeping with the "awareness" portion of the week, here are a few common misconceptions about eating disorders and the real truths behind them.
I have never been married, but I am happily divorced. Ed and I lived together for more than 20 years. He was abusive, controlling and never once hesit...
I may have been overjoyed with how amazing my body looked, but I never felt as though I was "living."
We need a different approach. Teach someone to love their body and respect it at any shape or size, and then the healthy habits will follow.
Mixing young girlhood and sexuality and selling it to male sports fans is ... just creepy.
Does calling a concoction of chocolate pudding, cookies, and whipped cream "sinfully delicious" cause eating disorders? No, of course not. But assigning such moral attributes to food perpetuates a culture that can be dangerous for those kids who are at risk.
Binge eating disorder is now classified in the latest edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. As a result, you're now beginning to hear more about this insidious disorder -- and many people are surprised to learn that help is available and attainable.
Through recovery, I've become friends with the strongest, kindest, smartest and most creative women I've ever met. This week, I've been privileged to be inspired by the amazing recovery stories they share. Those voices of recovery are one of the strongest weapons we have in the fight against eating disorders.
If you are not sure if your life and you are more than the size of your body, I can assure you that your life and you are. You are the one and only you that has had your unique set of life experiences, thoughts, feelings opinions and talents. You are your smile, your love of music, nature, art and any and all qualities that make you unique.