EDs and the Media

An Eating Disorder Survivor’s Response to Trump

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in EDs and the Media, My Story, New Post | 0 comments

An Eating Disorder Survivor’s Response to Trump

 The Election of Trump It has been a while since I’ve written. I had a post ready to go explaining my absence, which has been largely due to a new job with ample responsibilities and challenges. But then Tuesday happened, and suddenly my own travails lost their significance to me. There is little else I’ve been able to think about besides the savagely disappointing loss we experienced on Election Day. I was ill prepared for the actuality of a Trump presidency, and even less so for the grief that followed. I understand the political and intellectual ramifications of Tuesday’s outcome, but I...

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Fitness Models: The New “Anorexic Chic”?

Posted by on Jul 31, 2016 in EDs and the Media, New Post | 3 comments

Fitness Models: The New “Anorexic Chic”?

The danger here is that unlike photoshopped models, fitness stars tell you that what they have is real, and that you could—no, you should—achieve it, too I was always “the thin one.” I spent more than a decade wavering between being underweight and being anorexic. Naturally, people just assumed that my body type was slender and somewhat frail. “You look like a model,” people would tell me. More than once, a stranger approached me on the street or in a cafe to ask if I was a ballerina. (Perhaps it is only in New York City that someone would a) care if they...

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This is Anorexia

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in EDs and the Media, Ins and Outs of Eating Disorders | 1 comment

This is Anorexia

Oh, celebrity anorexia rumors… they never stop. As I was researching the relationship between eating disorders and social media for a conference I’m presenting at in May, I stumbled upon a rather abhorrent story called “18 Anorexic THIN Celebrities That Need a Few Big Macs!” (For obvious reasons, I’m not linking to it. But the website is called Juicy Celeb, which pretty much tells you everything you need to know.) It’s so frighteningly off-base that it’s not worth the effort it would take to even begin correcting it. I only just had the energy to...

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NEDAwareness Week 2016

Posted by on Feb 27, 2016 in EDs and the Media, NEDAwareness Week 2016 | 0 comments

NEDAwareness Week 2016

#NEDAwareness: National Eating Disorder Awareness Another NEDAwareness Week is drawing to a close. This year’s theme, “Three Minutes Can Save a Life: Get Screened, Get Help, Get Healthy,” focused on the importance of early detection and intervention. I can’t emphasize enough just how important it is to act as soon as possible if you suspect that you or others you love are struggling with eating-related issues. Catching an eating disorder or disordered eating in its earliest stages shortens the overall duration of the illness, decreases severity, and improves the...

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Oral Roberts University Requires Fitbit for All Freshmen

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in EDs and the Media | 0 comments

Oral Roberts University Requires Fitbit for All Freshmen

Oral Roberts U requires students to track activity for a grade Oral Roberts University, a Christian college in Tulsa, Oklahoma, recently announced that it is requiring all freshmen to wear the popular fitness and activity tracker, Fitbit. The school will track each student’s activity level (and other health data) as part of a first-year course known as Health Fitness I. The Fitbit data will account for 20% of students’ grade. The move is a modern upgrade for a long-established fitness curriculum at Oral Roberts, which previously required students to “manually log aerobics points in a fitness...

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A Letter to “The View”: I Do Not Enjoy My Eating Disorder

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in EDs and the Media, Therapeutic Letters | 4 comments

A Letter to “The View”: I Do Not Enjoy My Eating Disorder

To the hosts of ABC’s The View, On the Nov. 19 episode of The View, while discussing Donald Trump’s alleged weight loss, Joy Behar remarked that while backstage the hosts had debated whether it’s better to become anorexic or bulimic. Co-host Michelle Collins asked the crowd, “What do you girls think?” before promptly answering, “Definitely bulimic. You get to enjoy the meal.” An apology of sorts followed, with Candace Cameron Bure reassuring viewers that the discussion was meant in jest, and that she, as a recovered bulimic, was empathetic. “I think I can joke about it because I’ve been...

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