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National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Dear Men, Stop Telling Me 'Real Women Have Curves'

Bustle | Posted 05.07.2015 | Women

My eating disorder was about everything and nothing. It brought up issues of control, self-loathing, perfectionism, and spiritual hunger. But it wasn't traceable to any of these things. And it certainly wasn't traceable to the desire to attract men.

Two Years Into My Eating Disorder Recovery, I Still Struggle To Believe People Really Like Me

Proud2BMe | Posted 05.02.2015 | Teen

Fat girls are less attractive, less worthy, more obnoxious and more unwanted. Skinny girls are the opposite: pretty, worthy, smart and desirable. And because they thought I was fat... well, the rest fell into place, too.

What I Learned After Living With An Eating Disorder For 42 Years

Robin Korth | Posted 04.30.2015 | Fifty
Robin Korth

As a woman who threw up for more than four decades to control my weight, even as I needed the comfort and "cure" that over-eating provided, I have some insights on what the 'over love of food' is all about. It wasn't the problem. It was the answer.

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

Proud2BMe | Posted 04.29.2015 | Teen

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.

The Not-So-Secret World of Eating Disorders

McKenzie Maxson | Posted 04.28.2015 | Healthy Living
McKenzie Maxson

Struggling does not mean that you're anywhere close to weak. No eating disorder, or any mental illness for that matter, should ever be a secret. Just sitting down to write this post has gotten me further than years of silence ever did.

NEDAwareness Week: 3 Reasons Why You Should Choose Recovery

Keara Hozella | Posted 04.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Keara Hozella

Eating disorders are not limited to illnesses that affect teenage girls. There isn't a stereotype for eating disorders; they can affect and ruin the life of any individual. That statistic alone should be enough to start talking about eating disorders and stop keeping them a secret.

7 Ways To Help Someone With An Eating Disorder

Temimah Zucker | Posted 04.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Temimah Zucker

I would not be here today without the people who showed me I was loved and reminded me not only that I had so much to live for, but that they believed in me, even when I couldn't believe in myself.

Life Without Ed, 10 Years Out

Jenni Schaefer | Posted 04.30.2014 | Women
Jenni Schaefer

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...

The Eating Disorder I Was Too Ashamed to Talk About

Olivia Roat | Posted 04.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Olivia Roat

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.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Kate Fridkis | Posted 04.29.2014 | Women
Kate Fridkis

I catch myself hating the flabby, flailing, squishy parts of my body as though they are rotten. As though they are an alien parasite from a bad horror movie infesting my good, clean, true, thinner body.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Get in the Know

Kirsten Haglund | Posted 04.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Kirsten Haglund

Eating disorders happen behind closed doors. Signs are frequently overlooked (particularly among minorities), even by medical professionals... until the damage is undeniable.

Why I Actually Like My Period

Isabella Huffington | Posted 05.01.2013 | Women
Isabella Huffington

Getting my period meant I was healthy. And that was the problem. I didn't want to be healthy; I wanted to be skinny. And I wanted to be skinny more than I wanted to be anything else. When I was 11, a friend asked me what superpower I wanted. I told her I wanted to be invisible.

I Was A Fat Ballerina

Lauren Warnecke | Posted 05.22.2013 | Women
Lauren Warnecke

I was "talked to" on several occasions about my weight. These aren't easily forgettable conversations.

10 Body Image Affirmations To Help You Stop Stressing Over Your Appearance

Posted 02.28.2013 | Teen

It can be challenging to feel good about your body when you're surrounded by photos of airbrushed celebrities, dangerous images of 'thinspiration,' an...

Standing Up to an Eating Disorder

North by Northwestern | Posted 04.28.2013 | Healthy Living
North by Northwestern

I’m telling my story in the hopes that people can begin to realize that eating disorders and mental disorders can affect everyone. What I am doing is something that has scared me for a long time, but I feel like it is something I need to do.

10 Body Resolutions You Should Make This Week

Posted 02.26.2013 | Teen

Although February is generally the time when everyone's New Year's resolutions are being forgotten about, here at HuffPost Teen, we believe in making ...

Eating Disorders Are Tough, But We're Tougher

Alison Malmon | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Alison Malmon

Thirty million Americans will struggle with some type of eating disorder during their lifetime, and a large percentage of them will begin to experience these complex mental and physical illnesses during young adulthood. Yet, we rarely talk about them in a serious way.

'I No Longer Think About Whether Or Not I Deserve Food'

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 05.02.2012 | Women
Marianne Mollmann

Many of us don't like to talk about eating disorders because we've been very close to a sufferer. In my case, me.

Eating Disorder Lit: Helpful Or Triggering?

Blisstree | Posted 02.29.2012 | Women

Is eating disorder lit 'triggering?' That's the question we found ourselves asking at Blisstree when planning for National Eating Disorder Awareness W...

5 Ways To Honor National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Dr. Susan Albers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Susan Albers

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is encouraging you to do just one thing this week to support eating disorder research and recovery. Here are five ideas.

Eating Disorders: Colleges Highlight Quiet Problem

The Huffington Post | Leah Finnegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Eating disorders are the silent scourge of college campuses. They affect men and women. They cause people to overeat, undereat and/or follow strictly ...

Food As A Pressured Event

Zippora Karz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Zippora Karz

I was a one, like so many today, with a body image distortion. And I could have ended up with Diabulimia, a condition affecting more and more young women and girls with type 1 or insulin dependent diabetes.

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week: 3 Minute Cure

Janice Taylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Taylor

Language is important. Our actions follow our thoughts. Your first step to healthy living may well be to simply listen to your words, the phrases that you spin and then, if need be, stop and rewrite them.

Experience And Strength With Eating Disorder Recovery In Female Athletes

Kimberly Dennis, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kimberly Dennis, M.D.

Eating disorders and disordered eating are commonly experienced by female athletes, but are unfortunately sorely under recognized by coaches, teachers, parents, therapists and physicians.

Art of Attention: Eat, Pray, Love. In That Order.

Elena Brower | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elena Brower

If you have an eating disorder, or notice destructive behavior in yourself, know that with love, we will slowly stop hurting ourselves, and begin to enlist our highest selves in our healing.