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Anorexia

What I Will No Longer Apologize For

Jennifer Pastiloff | Posted 06.18.2014 | 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 06.04.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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 06.02.2014 | 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 05.29.2014 | 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.

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 05.02.2014 | 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 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.

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

Jenni Schaefer | Posted 04.26.2014 | 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 04.26.2014 | 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."