Posts made in February, 2015

NEDAwareness: Medical Professionals

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Ins and Outs of Eating Disorders, My Story, NEDAwareness Week 2015 | Comments Off on NEDAwareness: Medical Professionals

NEDAwareness: Medical Professionals

I was anorexic. My husband was in medical school. Both of us missed that I had a serious problem. Day 6 of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week is about making the medical community more aware of the signs and symptoms of eating disorders. The fact that my eating disorder went unnoticed for so long made us both aware of a major gap in medical training. My husband went to a top medical school in New York City, yet all he learned about eating disorders were “the basics.” Namely, what you would read in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. As a result, the only image...

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NEDAwareness Week: Dieting and Eating Disorders

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in EDs and the Media, NEDAwareness Week 2015, Published Writings | Comments Off on NEDAwareness Week: Dieting and Eating Disorders

NEDAwareness Week: Dieting and Eating Disorders

Statistics show that it’s actually a very small amount of people that develop eating disorders — 4% of people are diagnosed with bulimia in their lifetime, and somewhere between 4.2 and just 1% of people are diagnosed with anorexia. So why all the eating disorder awareness fuss? Because this week is about much more than just the eating disorders that make it to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. It’s about addressing an entire culture of dieting and disordered eating. In the United States there are more than 108 million people who are on a diet. The weight-loss industry —...

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NEDAwareness Week: Youth and Bullying

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Ins and Outs of Eating Disorders, NEDAwareness Week 2015 | Comments Off on NEDAwareness Week: Youth and Bullying

NEDAwareness Week: Youth and Bullying

One of the biggest misconceptions (maybe the biggest, actually) about eating disorders is that these illnesses are “about the food.” This is 100% untrue. From the outside, they may look like they are about food and weight issues — and even sufferers themselves may believe this. Ultimately, though, eating disorders are “about” much more. They’re about underlying pain and insecurities, about overwhelming emotions that you would do anything in your power to lessen. Even in those instances where the condition did, in fact, begin with a weight concern or a diet, if...

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NEDAwareness Week: Athletes and Eating Disorders

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Ins and Outs of Eating Disorders, NEDAwareness Week 2015 | Comments Off on NEDAwareness Week: Athletes and Eating Disorders

NEDAwareness Week: Athletes and Eating Disorders

Athletes are the picture of health. Their dedication and discipline, their strength and endurance, their ability to push their bodies to their maximum potential. It’s quite enviable. Isn’t it? Not always. Looks can be deceiving. For that reason, Day 3 of NEDAwareness Week spotlights how athletes in particular are uniquely affected by eating disorders. There are a number of ways that athletes can fall victim to disordered eating or full-blown eating disorders. Some, such as those who participate in ballet, gymnastics, wrestling, and ice skating, are pressured to maintain a lean...

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NEDAwareness Week: Binge Eating Has No Easy Cure

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Ins and Outs of Eating Disorders, NEDAwareness Week 2015, Posts by Guest Writers | Comments Off on NEDAwareness Week: Binge Eating Has No Easy Cure

NEDAwareness Week: Binge Eating Has No Easy Cure

Diversity & Marginalized Voices By Andrew Walen, LCSW-C, Founder and Director of The Body Image Therapy Center When I was struggling, I mean really at my rock bottom in my life, I blamed my body’s large size for all my sadness and anxiety. If I only had the flat stomach, defined muscles, and V-shaped torso then all would be right with my life. So I starved myself, compulsively exercised, and used every diet aid available to me to reach it. The end result, every single time, was I returned to binge eating. This weight cycling and eating disorder rollercoaster, now officially...

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