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Anorexia

Might Your College Student Have an Eating Disorder? How to Tell, What to Do

Jennie J. Kramer, MSW, LCSW | Posted 12.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennie J. Kramer, MSW, LCSW

If you're feeling uneasy and concerned that your college-age daughter or son might have an eating disorder, this is a perfect time to think the problem through and figure out whether help might be needed.

Why It's So Hard To Talk About Male Anorexia

Vice | Posted 12.11.2014 | College

I led a toxic life as a teenager. But rather than the usual Strongbow binges, chain smoking, and shitty drugs, I was an anxious perfectionist, lacking...

'I Blame My Mom 100 Percent For My Eating Disorder'

Posted 12.16.2014 | Dr. Phil

Bella, 15, says she is obsessed with food, and she binges and purges up to 40 times a day. “I blame my mom 100 percent for my eating disorder," she ...

Train Your Mind, Challenge the Propaganda

Gabi Holzwarth | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Gabi Holzwarth

Today, these memories act as preventative medicine for my mind as I am constantly bombarded with superficial images of anorexic models portrayed as sex symbols. When I see the skin and bones of models, I no longer feel the envy, because I actively focus on remembering the pain I felt to achieve this.

Thanksgiving: It's Not Just About the Food!

Gabi Holzwarth | Posted 11.28.2014 | Women
Gabi Holzwarth

If food is your largest cause of anxiety, having an entire day focused entirely upon that subject feels like entering a bad dream.

How Your Body Image Affects Your Daughter's Self-Esteem

Dr. Margaret Rutherford | Posted 11.17.2014 | Fifty
Dr. Margaret Rutherford

The legacy that remains is having to monitor my thinking. Occasionally my choices. Automatic calorie counts registering in my head. Picking toppings off of pizza. 'I don't like crust', I explain. (That's a bunch of hooey).

Many Overweight Women and Men Are Finding Help in Overeaters Anonymous

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

Last week I attended a women's conference, where I ran into an old friend I hadn't seen in a couple years. I almost didn't recognize her, she had lost...

The Importance of Creating Our Own Happiness

Temimah Zucker | Posted 11.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Temimah Zucker

Felix reminded me that the most mundane of things could put a skip in my step. Reflecting on graduate school and where I am in life reminded me that each day can be lived fully knowing that I can create some of my own happiness.

Men Get Eating Disorders Too

Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D. | Posted 12.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D.

Not one of the many specialists that I visited wanted to recognize that I was clearly struggling with an eating disorder. Eventually, when all else failed, I was diagnosed with "runners' hematuria" -- blood in the urine -- from running too many miles. "It happens to marathoners all the time," one doctor said dismissively. "It makes perfect sense."

All About That Bass -- Or Is It?

Shannon Cutts | Posted 12.08.2014 | Women
Shannon Cutts

I just don't quite get what so many feminists and bloggers and all-purpose haters are so up in arms about. So Meghan says she isn't a feminist. Does a person have to be a feminist in order to write and sing about her perspective of body love?

My Mom's Alive, But Her Eating Disorder Took Her From Me

Abby Norman | Posted 12.07.2014 | Women
Abby Norman

By the time I started school, my mother's bulimia was a normal part of my life. But as I grew, her focus on my looks and her fears weighed heavily on me. It would take me years to figure out that it was never about me at all.

Anorexia, Anxiety And Learning To Let Go

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Sarah Illingworth

It's hard to own up to this stuff, but I want to make the point that having an eating disorder isn't some sort of win. It's isolating, exhausting -- they screw you physically and emotionally, and they siphon the joy out of life. And the joy out of the people closest to you. They suck.

How To Recognize Someone With Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder

Carol W. Berman, M.D. | Posted 11.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Carol W. Berman, M.D.

Those with obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) generally have an inflexible pattern of thinking, feeling, and behaving, whereas those with obsessive-compulsive disorder have obsessions (recurrent, persistent thoughts) and compulsions (repetitive behaviors).

Gay Body Dysmorphia

Jeremy Bamidele | Posted 11.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Bamidele

Considering the pressures gay men face in their own communities to attain and retain a stellar physique, it is no surprise that gay men are more likely to develop eating disorders. So, what can be done to change the gay communities' perspectives on body image?

Rebecca Adams

The Trouble With Thinking Only Girls Have Body Image Issues

HuffingtonPost.com | Rebecca Adams | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents

Illustrations by Noelle Campbell He's just a month shy of his sixth birthday, but Jack is already insecure about his body. At 40 pounds and 42 ...

Starving the Gay Within

Jon Derek Croteau, Ed.D. | Posted 11.07.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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.