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Why Photoshopping Is a Matter of Life and Death for Many Girls

Lori Day | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Lori Day

Unless you live in cave, these ubiquitous photographs of the famished female form will negatively affect most kids to some degree. The popular narrative that says otherwise is wrong, and is not supported by research.

A Tale of a Recovering Anorexic, Part Two

Brittany Kelleher | Posted 04.14.2014 | Women
Brittany Kelleher

In trying to make sense of this all and uncover its roots, I now see the subtle cues that indicated my susceptibility to anorexia. Most obvious is my neurotic perfectionism.

A Tale of a Recovering Anorexic

Brittany Kelleher | Posted 04.08.2014 | Women
Brittany Kelleher

I am a recovering anorexic, and this is my story. I've thought about it every day since I was 16-years-old. I've analyzed it, dug deep for its root, and cried over its reality.

How an Interdisciplinary Transmedia Project Can Address Mental Illness Stigma

Mona Shattell | Posted 04.02.2014 | Education
Mona Shattell

How does one go about an interdisciplinary project spanning art and science? How might this look? we set out to explore how mental health advocacy, video game design, and documentary filmmaking could come together to enhance understanding and fight stigma about mental illness.

Dear Marie Claire Magazine

Tony Posnanski | Posted 03.25.2014 | Style
Tony Posnanski

Instead of worrying about being laughed at or worrying about disgusting others, I should have worried about loving my wife. Because it is not disgusting. It is not gross. Love is love.

6 Things Recovery From an Eating Disorder Gave Me

Christina Grasso | Posted 03.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Christina Grasso

An eating disorder is so terribly miserable, I would not even wish it on my worst enemy's cousin's tarantula. But over half of my life has been defined and ruled by this insidious illness, and as devastating as it has been, it has ultimately changed my life in a way for which I can only be thankful.

The Gay Community's Hidden Epidemic?

Posted 03.12.2014 | Gay Voices

Eating disorders impact a "disproportionate" number of gay men, according to a new Salon article. This week, HuffPost Live spoke at length with a numb...

Eating Disorders Are More Common Than You Think On College Campuses

The Huffington Post | Allison Bresnick | Posted 03.03.2014 | College

One-in-four college students have a mental health condition that has been increasing since 1950: an eating disorder. According to the National Eati...

5 Myths About Eating Disorders

KnowMore TV | Posted 03.03.2014 | Women
KnowMore TV

In keeping with the "awareness" portion of the week, here are a few common misconceptions about eating disorders and the real truths behind them.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Kate Fridkis | Posted 02.27.2014 | 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.

Healthy, Touching Thighs: How I Fought to Get Rid of My Thigh Gap

Jenni Schaefer | Posted 02.24.2014 | Women
Jenni Schaefer

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.

'Thinness Became My Entire Identity'

Paulina Pinsky | Posted 02.24.2014 | Women
Paulina Pinsky

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."

Sex: A Perspective From the Bench

Literally, Darling | Posted 04.13.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

Frankly, sex was terrifying to me. I mean who thought to put that there? Exchanging bodily fluids seemed gross and fraught with STD and HIV perils. People willingly have sex, which requires an enormous amount of vulnerability, and they don't run background checks on people?

Did 'The Biggest Loser' Winner Go Too Far?

KnowMore TV | Posted 04.09.2014 | Women
KnowMore TV

Some viewers, and even some not watching, commented that Frederickson appeared "too thin" and unhealthy-looking. Though the show celebrates the dwindling numbers on the scale, did this contestant take the message a bit too far?

Why Her 'Biggest Loser' Win Left Me at a Loss

Bustle | Posted 04.07.2014 | Women

She glowed. Rachel glowed. And I couldn't blame her. In that moment, she had all the control in the world. But it was illusory: As she stood, soaking in the applause, she was being praised for a body that she was living in, but that no one believed belonged to her.

The Biggest Loser: Rein in Outrage Over Winner's New Body

Shannon Oliver | Posted 04.07.2014 | Entertainment
Shannon Oliver

"She" is that bubbly, giving, inspirational woman we got to know on the show. Her body is the inconsistent vessel. She remains. And she is beautiful.

Being Gay Is Like Being Anorexic, Right Wing Pundit Claims

Posted 02.03.2014 | Gay Voices

Mission America founder Linda Harvey, whose opposition to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is well-established, is making h...

Anorexia Patients Benefit From Day-Treatment

Posted 01.24.2014 | Parents

BY ANDREW M. SEAMAN NEW YORK Fri Jan 24, 2014 4:14am IST (Reuters Health) - Adolescent girls with anorexia nervosa may be able to safely parti...

On Staying Authentic as a 20-Something in New York

Christina Grasso | Posted 03.05.2014 | New York
Christina Grasso

Instead of becoming a thinner, more attractive edition of my bubbly self, I became a thinner, less attractive, less bubbly, more insecure, shell of my true self.

Coming Out Of The Mental Illness Closet

Literally, Darling | Posted 03.04.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

I am slowly beginning to accept that I can make my life look however I want, but under no circumstances can I sit back and wait for things to get better. Life is what you make of it. You have a choice.

What Is Life Like With an Eating Disorder? Watch This to See

Jennie J. Kramer, MSW, LCSW | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennie J. Kramer, MSW, LCSW

Though one was produced by a couple of teenage girls and the other by an esteemed Hollywood filmmaker, there are some great similarities between two n...

You Won't Believe This Magazine Art Director's Rant in Defense of Photoshopping Girls

Karl Gude | Posted 02.16.2014 | Women
Karl Gude

"Sorry, as a magazine editor, I know what it's like to flip through dozens of shots to find the right one. And, do you know what gets my e-mail gong? "That shot, her lipstick is smudged. Her shirt is wrinkled."

Is This The Deadliest Myth About Disordered Eating?

Elizabeth Licorish | Posted 02.02.2014 | Women
Elizabeth Licorish

The longer we believe only skinny, white, affluent girls suffer from eating disorders, the more we isolate an entire community of not-skinny, not-white, not-rich, not-so-young, decidedly-not-female human beings, who suffer, not only with the soul-sucking burden that is an eating disorder, but with the belief they can't possible "have" what's killing them.

This Is What Women Would Need To Look Like In Order To Fit Into Fashion Designer's Sketches | Posted 01.26.2014 | Style

A new ad campaign warning of the dangers of anorexia produced these evocative photos of what a real woman would look like if the sketches were represe...

Anorexia: You Are Not the Person You Were (And the Holidays Only Make It Worse)

Lois Metzger | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Lois Metzger

Once eclipsed by an eating disorder, kids are changed in profound ways, and their personalities undergo complete transformations. It's devastating for parents to see their nice, hard working, smart children grow suspicious and manipulative, desperately twisting the truth with fierce determination.