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Just say no to the “Just say no” campaign

As a child of the 80s, I remember the “Just Say No” drug campaigns well. I remember being a freshly minted 9-year-old, helping a friend campaign on the elementary school playground to bring DARE (aka, Drug Abuse Resistance Education) to our school. I thought I was doing the right thing, being an upstanding citizen, and […]

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Good things don’t come for those who are waitlisted: The true damage of long wait lists on ED recovery

Asking for help for an eating disorder, whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, often requires you so screw your courage to the sticking place. For one, there’s stigma. For another, there’s the fear of stopping ED behaviors and of what treatment will bring. Not to mention the other worries associated with discussing some […]

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This image could be harmful to your health

You can’t avoid the magazines. You can try, but the images are everywhere: the grocery store check-out aisle, the book store, the corner newsstand. And almost every single one–especially those magazines that are household names or otherwise extremely popular–has a digitally altered celebrity or model on the front. I don’t have an objection to mild […]

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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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Eating Disorders and Laxative Abuse: What You Need to Know

After reading a news article about a young woman who died last year due to an eating disorder and laxative abuse, I thought that it was time I blogged on the subject. It’s not an easy subject to bring up, because it touches on several major subjects that are generally considered not polite for everyday […]

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The problem with “almost anorexia”

Hang on to your hats, people, because we have a new eating disorder in town. This one is called “almost anorexia.” Wait…what?!? Do we really need another pseudo-cutesy name for an eating disorder like pregorexia, drunkorexia, brideorexia, and manorexia that (in my opinion) negate the extreme suffering that accompany eating disorders? Also, in my opinion, […]

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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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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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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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