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.
Eating disorders are illnesses that poison minds, bodies, and relationships. They are vicious and stubborn, and most of us will be touched in some way by one in the course of our lifetimes. However, recovery is possible.
I want to tell you something, Woman Walking Your Dog, and I'm going to do it in writing. I want you to know that I respect you. I respect that you are out there every day.
Many of us know someone who struggles or struggled with body image issues. February 23 to March 1, is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. "I ...
Eating disorders happen behind closed doors. Signs are frequently overlooked (particularly among minorities), even by medical professionals... until the damage is undeniable.
When I was lost in my eating disorder, I would stand in front of my bathroom mirror each morning and night to make sure my thighs didn't touch.
I had imagined a triumphant moment that involved eating a whole cake with my hands without breaking eye contact and saying, "YES, I HAVE BEEN A BULIMIC AND ANOREXIC FOR SEVEN YEARS. BUT NOW I AM BETTER. I AM EATING THIS CAKE BECAUSE I WANT IT AND I'M HUNGRY."
I am standing in front of my bathroom mirror, about to look at the surgery site for the first time. I take off the surgical bra and see two large, rectangular bandages. I pinch their corners and breathe in, then out. I pull them off.