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Guest Post: Caveat walker–Why ED charity has lost the plot

It’s very rare that I do guest posts here at ED Bites, but occasionally I do make an exception, and this is one of them. The post stemmed from a discussion at the ED Bites Facebook page, and after reading Holly’s eloquent thoughts and views on the subject, I asked her to explain them in […]

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EDs Behind Bars: Eating Disorders in Prisoners

Being imprisoned means being deprived of your personal freedoms. In an environment when almost every minutiae of your life is strictly controlled, and where a majority of inmates have some type of pre-existing psychiatric problem, all types of maladaptive behaviors can crop up. You yell, you fight. You’re belligerent. A large number of inmates engage […]

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The skinny on mannequin sizes (Hint: they’re too skinny to menstruate)

A Swedish clothing store creates more realistic mannequins and the Internet collectively loses its shit. The photo (right) was shared earlier this week on Facebook by Women’s Rights News and gathered more than 2800 comments, 16,000 shares, and 50,000 likes. As Yahoo! Shine writer Elise Sole noted, “That’s a lot of attention for a hunk of fiber glass and […]

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Defining Recovery: What do researchers define as recovery?

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I’m going to be doing a series on my blog about definitions of recovery, what they are, and why they matter. For my first post, I’m going to start by discussing how researchers measure recovery. Considering that most of my readers are (judging by the email I receive […]

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Let me repeat myself: The media doesn’t cause EDs

Last month, I was asked to contribute an essay to the magazine Emirates Woman about whether the media causes EDs. They were having a debate–a 2-page spread–between two different people about the relative importance of EDs and the media. My editor emailed me the final copy today, and I’m excited to share it with you. […]

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Understanding the quest for the “perfect body”: The links between perfectionism, body dissatisfaction, and EDs

Body dissatisfaction and body dysmorphia are some of the most frequently discussed symptoms of EDs. In his work on the “transdiagnostic model” of EDs, Christopher Fairburn asserts that these two features not only unite all of the different ED diagnoses but also are at the heart cause of the disorder. Although I don’t agree with […]

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Rethinking ED Prevention

In honor of the last day of eating disorders awareness week, I thought I would do a post on what we know about preventing EDs. A lot of what is discussed during the week (besides the obvious “awareness” bit) is how to prevent EDs. So for those of you that don’t have much time to […]

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From the Archives: What’s Lipstick Got to Do With It?

I’m busy this week and doing some traveling, so I probably won’t have as much time as I normally would to blog. As such, I’m pulling some posts out of the archives. I decided to post this today since, as the first day of Eating Disorders Awareness Week, places are yet again sponsoring a “No […]

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When the “healthy eating” message goes very, very wrong

It seems you can’t go anywhere without seeing “healthy eating,” anti-obesity, weight loss messages. They’re literally everywhere. Besides the magazines in the grocery store checkout lines, Pinterest boards, and mass media, children are receiving lots of these messages in school. More and more schools, it seems, are limiting sweets that can be brought in for […]

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Law and Order: EDU

Both New York and Virginia (where I live) are considering laws to help prevent eating disorders. No, they’re not making EDs illegal, but the state legislatures are taking steps to detect EDs earlier. I can applaud the effort. However, I think the actual text of the bills and what they would do (or be able […]

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