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Anorexia

Starving the Gay Within

Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D. | Posted 09.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D.

By reducing my fat intake to zero and running for an hour at a time, I knew that I'd destroy every fat cell that existed in my body. I had commenced an all-out attack on the demon inside me that made me feel that way: my homosexuality. With the strategy that combined running and starving, I was sure to waste away and starve the gay within.

When Body Image Collides with Breast Cancer

Maggie Baumann, MFT, CEDS | Posted 09.04.2014 | Women
Maggie Baumann, MFT, CEDS

I was set to get married to my fiancé in less than two months and all I could think of at that moment was, "I am going to be a newly-married bride with one breast hacked off."

The Shame Files

Jennifer Pastiloff | Posted 09.04.2014 | Women
Jennifer Pastiloff

I'd take that old snapshot out from the back of my mind and dust it off a little before peering closer. You were beautiful. You were behind the wheel I'd say to the photograph, before putting it back with a few others I'd saved.

Shedding My 'Ugly' Truth Through CrossFit

Toan Lam | Posted 08.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Toan Lam

I can go on forever about how exercise has physically challenged and changed me. But above all, spiritually, this has been a lesson of evolving, facing my fears and feeling deserving to (as my sister says) be proud of and own the body that houses my soul, that takes you to the next day, the next dimension.

Zosia Mamet Opens Up About Her Eating Disorder And Recovery

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 08.12.2014 | Women

"I’ve struggled with an eating disorder since I was a child." That's the secret "Girls" actress Zosia Mamet decided to share with the world in he...

This Could Be One Of The Reasons Anorexia Is So Hard To Treat

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 08.08.2014 | Women

Women with anorexia may experience a positive release from destructive weight-loss behaviors. Anorexia, a disorder that has a mortality rate of up...

What I Will No Longer Apologize For

Jennifer Pastiloff | Posted 08.18.2014 | Women
Jennifer Pastiloff

This is my small attempt at understanding the way we keep ourselves underfoot, the way we don't say what we want to say for fear of losing what we probably never had in the first place.

Eight Years Ago, This Anorexic Mom Was 82 Pounds. Now...

OWN | Posted 06.11.2014 | OWN

In 2006, Leigh Key was a 38-year-old mother of two boys. Like many moms, she worked hard to care for her family, but there was something very troublin...

How Girls Think About Themselves Is Shifting, but There's More to Be Done

Ann Shoket | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Ann Shoket

In fact, it is not enough for young American women to embrace their own GIRL POWER; they feel that girls everywhere deserve the right to make healthy decisions about their bodies and minds.

Addressing an Epidemic: Self Esteem and Girls

Michelle Fetsch | Posted 08.03.2014 | Parents
Michelle Fetsch

Given that children mirror everything they see, we need to recognize the effects of our actions and be responsible for making changes. When an individual chooses to become a parent they must consider the full well being of their offspring; and that means doing whatever they can to make themselves mentally, emotionally and physically healthy.

Can Parents Prevent Eating Disorders?

KidsInTheHouse.com | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
KidsInTheHouse.com

While there's nothing definitive you can do to prevent an eating disorder in your child, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk, and increase the chance of her (or him) having a positive body image.

On Fighting for Your Healthy Self

Christina Grasso | Posted 07.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Christina Grasso

A person's "realness" does not necessarily increase with his or her number of curves, and similarly their power and worth do not increase with degree of thinness. Realness comes from being comfortable in one's own skin and creating a life worth living.

Why I Deserved to Recover From Anorexia

Temimah Zucker | Posted 07.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Temimah Zucker

I did not deserve the hardship of anorexia. I did not deserve the cruel, ignorant comments of people who viewed anorexia as a phase or cry for attention. But I did deserve recovery. I did deserve the possibility of a fruitful future with sadness and joy, cake during celebrations and hot chocolate in the winter.

A Tale of a Recovering Anorexic, Part Six

Brittany Kelleher | Posted 07.13.2014 | Women
Brittany Kelleher

Anorexia is a life-long battle, and I know that I will always be in recovery. But I also know that I have achieved an incredible feat in beating this horrendous disease. And for that, I have finally gained happiness.

A Tale of a Recovering Anorexic, Part Five

Brittany Kelleher | Posted 07.05.2014 | Women
Brittany Kelleher

When I was a freshman, I was so sick. I was so, so sick. And no one knew. Without my family, I was not only free from their watchful gaze but also from their anxious, worried faces that encouraged me to eat for their sake.

What Tom Sawyer Taught Me About Overcoming Anorexia

Temimah Zucker | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Temimah Zucker

I used to be jealous of Tom Sawyer. In one of the more memorable chapters of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom is able to attend his own funeral, as...

A Tale of a Recovering Anorexic, Part Four

Brittany Kelleher | Posted 06.29.2014 | Women
Brittany Kelleher

By the time I arrived at the hospital, I had already blown through two doctors. I had learned to placate these individuals, feeding them the answers they wanted to hear and convincing them of my psychological progress.

How To Help A Friend Who Has An Eating Disorder

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 04.24.2014 | Women

When you see a close friend or loved one struggling with an eating disorder, the obvious impulse is to help. But knowing the right steps to take can b...

A Tale of a Recovering Anorexic, Part Three

Brittany Kelleher | Posted 06.21.2014 | Women
Brittany Kelleher

I was skinny and proud of it, and unlike many anorexics, I didn't mind showing off my hard-earned sickly body to the rest of world. But underneath it all, I knew something was wrong.

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

Lori Day | Posted 06.14.2014 | 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 06.14.2014 | 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 06.08.2014 | 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 06.02.2014 | 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 05.25.2014 | 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 05.25.2014 | 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.