Welcome to your Barbie-free ED Awareness Week Zone

I’m guessing most of you have realized that it is, once again, Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Although I think the idea is great, I kind of dread this week. Most of the stuff written about eating disorders makes me cringe, and now I have this massive, week-long onslaught of misinformation that makes me want to […]

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The Biggest Loser and a Bigger Hypocrisy

I’m not a fan of The Biggest Loser, nor have I seen more than brief clips of episodes. I generally try not to be Judgey McJudgeypants about things, but I really don’t need to watch the show to know it’s not something I would a) enjoy and b) think is good for people to watch […]

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The sky is (not) falling: Setting the record straight on the so-called eating disorder epidemic

Eating disorders can be a popular topic in the media, especially when they have to do with celebrities. They are usually filled with gasp-inducing statistics, a stock photo of an empty dinner plate, a bathroom scale, a tape measure, and/or a thin young woman in her underwear, possibly with scale or tape measure. It’s not […]

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Not just small adults: eating disorders in young children

More and more researchers and clinicians are becoming aware of the presence of eating disorders in young children (defined here and in most of the research literature as ED onset at less than 13 years). I have known five-year-olds with full-blown anorexia nervosa. Whether this awareness is due to people developing EDs at an earlier […]

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In memorium: Charlotte Bevan

Life isn’t fair. This is not news to anyone here. Some of the most amazing people I know have had to overcome tremendous obstacles. The motivational speakers in this world will say that those obstacles made them who they are. Perhaps so, but it would also really be nice if life didn’t suck so much […]

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In praise of the difficult patients

When I was being treated for my eating disorder, I was a pain in the ass. I say this not with shame and loathing or as a badge of pride. I was a pain; that’s pretty much a fact. I lied, I cheated, I stayed silent when I should have talked and talked when I […]

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Back to Blogging

So it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. To be honest, the depression and anxiety fully kicked my butt, and it was So. Much. Harder. to get my eating back on track than I anticipated, partly due to the anxiety and depression and partly due to the fact that I increased in my intake and […]

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Letting go of the idealized recovery

If you hear some in the eating disorder community talk about recovery, you could be forgiven for thinking that they were trying to get you to buy a timeshare at a resort. Recovery, they say, is where you love yourself. You love your body. You accept your imperfections. Your life is good, so good. You’ve gotten to the root of your […]

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A tale of two anorexia genetics studies

Over the past month, there have been two major, news-grabbing studies on the genetics of anorexia. Both of these studies carried headlines saying something like “Anorexia genes found!” There are several problems with this: There are no such thing as “anorexia genes” These two studies were VERY different and found VERY different things. Given that the […]

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Puberty and Eating Disorders- The Perfect Storm

Puberty sucks. Let’s just get that out of the way. Your body is changing, sprouting breasts and zits at the most inopportune of times. The angst of being more or less “developed” than your friends (hello, locker room comparisons!) is difficult. Then there are the psychosocial changes. Your peer relations grow much more complicated, you […]

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