If we had a chronic illness, no doubt we would tell our friends and welcome their support. If we were hospitalized for cancer, we would want our family by our sides to rally for our health. Mental health is no different, and deserves equal treatment.
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’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.
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.
Individuals suffering from eating disorders and other food-related addictions often try to hide their behavior. If you suspect a loved one is suffering from anorexia, do not ignore the signs. Seek help from a professional.
Breaking through the common myths surrounding bulimia nervosa can help lead to healing. Understanding the truth may be what leads you or someone you love to getting the help that is needed to overcome this deadly disease.
Individuals with EDNOS experience severe disturbances in their eating behaviors -- such as extreme reduction of food intake, overeating, or purging -- and often have feelings of extreme distress or concern about body weight or shape.
Now, the preponderance of society (in my opinion) believes that if you are male and struggle with body image issues, have an eating disorder, or speak on the issues related to your body, you are more than likely to identify as LGBT. This is absolutely not true.
The Teen Mentors have learned to talk openly about the process of accepting oneself and one's body. They feel supported as they ask questions that every girl faces when she builds her identity: "Am I pretty enough?"
There was a time when I wasn't willing to admit I had an eating disorder. After all, I was supposed to be on top of everything -- a good example for my school, my family, God, my race... and the list continued. An eating disorder didn't fit into that equation.
I'm dead tired of hearing bone-thin women say they just "hike Runyon Canyon with their dogs"--and it's kind of heartening when brave young stars admit what the Hollywood pressure to be thin is really like.
I would either end up 300 pounds or I'd beat it, but I couldn't continue to live with this monkey on my back. In 1974 I opened a natural foods restaurant in Greenwich Village. It was the best thing I ever did.