Gut feelings: EDs and the microbiome

Consider this thought experiment: Drop a person in a blender (since it’s all hypothetical, go ahead and make it someone you don’t like. Feel better? I bet you do!). Then, count all the total number of cells that are produced. Only one in ten of these cells will be human. The other 90%? Those are […]

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Treating co-occurring EDs and OCD

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is one of the most frequently diagnosed psychiatric disorders in people with eating disorders. It is known to make eating disorders more severe and harder to treat, leading to a longer time until remission is achieved. Recently, more and more researchers are beginning to recognize the significance of the overlap between EDs […]

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Recovery A-Z

My friend Kathleen MacDonald shared this on Facebook earlier today, and she graciously gave me permission to share it on my blog. I hope you enjoy. ‎”So how did you turn things around?” is one of the most common questions I get about my recovery-process. I wish there was an easy/short answer…but there isn’t. (don’t […]

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The myth of the "non-compliant" patient

I’ve engaged in several email and chat conversations with eating disorder patients recently, and one of the things that keeps coming up is that people with eating disorders are frequently labeled “non-compliant” and then kicked out of treatment. My first thought is: so where the hell are the compliant patients?!? I remember discussing medical non-compliance in […]

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The long reach of weight loss compliments

It seems that nearly every time after we reunite with someone after a long time, someone always throws out a compliment like this: “You look like you’ve lost so much weight! You look fantastic!” As if there’s no other reason you could look fantastic. As if your appearance is the most important thing about you. […]

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A Day of Coping

This past Friday was the roughest day I’ve had in a really long time. It had nothing to do with the eating disorder, but obviously, the stress of other events continues to affect eating disorder thoughts, even now. The day started with the realization that I was more behind on my assignments than I originally […]

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“Welcome to the church of my thunder thighs”

In response to the whole Oprah magazine fiasco (see below), women of all shapes and sizes are saying bring on the crop tops. #PLUSmodelmag #PlusModelMag Oprah Magazine… http://t.co/Kc4ZAig6ln #Body #Fashion #News @PlusModelMag @PLUSmodelmag pic.twitter.com/vc987gJxfd — PLUS Model Magazine (@Plusmodelmag) July 8, 2015 On Facebook, singer Mary Lambert posted a beautiful 30-point response. But the last […]

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Out of the struggle, into the light

So I haven’t really been blogging much lately. Some of that is for very good reasons (I got married last September! I am super busy with work stuff that pays me money so that I can buy yarn and my little corner of the Intarwebz!), and some of that, well, not (I broke two bones […]

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Help with my doctor shaming story!

Hi everyone! I’m working on a story about doctor shaming for a national magazine, and I was wanting to see if any of you had any stories you’d like to share. Please feel free to message me through Facebook or email at carrierobin@gmail.com with any experiences. In particular, I’m looking for US women 18-45 who […]

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On orthorexia, Part two: Orthorexia as a hybrid of OCD and anorexia?

In my previous blog post (which was, admittedly, ages ago), I talked about what orthorexia was and its close links with OCD. In my research for that post, I found a relatively new study that looked at the neuropsychiatric underpinnings of individuals with orthorexia to try and determine whether it should be classified as OCD […]

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Submit your story to BuzzFeed!

I am posting this on behalf of Caroline Rothstein:   CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Hi everyone! I haven’t posted here in a long time! I am currently guest editing a piece for BuzzFeed on eating disorder “Survival Stories.” We are looking for a spectrum of eating disorder survival stories from all identities and experiences. The piece will be […]

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On orthorexia, Part One: Is orthorexia an eating disorder?

In the past few days, I’ve seen several news articles about orthorexia. Aside from the personal agony it can cause, it also seems to be a current cultural obsession. Search for recipes on Pinterest, and it immediately suggests several ways to filter your search: Paleo, gluten free, clean eating, vegetarian, vegan, etc. Many of the […]

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Strength and recovery: The downside of motivational messages

It’s no secret that I’m on Twitter a lot. I use it both professionally and personally. It’s almost my second home. This afternoon, I ran across this tweet:   Having an eating disorder doesn’t show “strength.” Strength is when are able to overcome your demons after being sick and tired for so long. — Demi […]

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Eating disorders in young children–how bad is it?

It’s hard to escape the media coverage of eating disorders in young children. The stories are usually framed around the growing numbers of young children (generally meaning pre-pubescent, typically 10 or 11 and under) that are presenting for treatment. The articles generally consist of a breathless assessment of how bad the situation is, with no […]

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