EDs and the Media

New York State Residents: We Need Your Help to Pass Anna’s Law!!

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in EDs and the Media, Insurance Issues | Comments Off on New York State Residents: We Need Your Help to Pass Anna’s Law!!

New York State Residents: We Need Your Help to Pass Anna’s Law!!

New York residents in Congressional District 27 — We need your help! I’ve been in Washington, DC for the last two days, lobbying for the Anna Westin Act with the Eating Disorders Coalition and participating in the #MarchAgainstED with countless eating disorder survivors, families, and advocates. I have a lot to say about my experience, and I will post more about it in the coming days. Right now, however, there is task we need your help with. The New York lobby team had many meetings yesterday, and we received a lot of positive feedback — except in one case. Representative Chris Collins...

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The Documentary “Thin” and the Treatment Loophole

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in EDs and the Media, Ins and Outs of Eating Disorders, Insurance Issues, My Story | 11 comments

The Documentary “Thin” and the Treatment Loophole

Thin If you know eating disorders, then you know the 2006 HBO documentary Thin, by Lauren Greenfield. The documentary follows four young women receiving treatment for anorexia and bulimia in a residential facility. Many of us with eating disorders know Thin for somewhat macabre reasons. Like other depictions of the illness (film, literature, or otherwise), the film served as a kind of “how to” guide, with little tips and tricks that hadn’t yet occurred to us. (That is disturbing, I know — but keep in mind that we are talking about a mental illness here.) I watched the film four or five years...

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Update: New Tech City’s “How Eating Disorders Evolved Online”

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in EDs and the Media, My Story, The Problem of Proana | Comments Off on Update: New Tech City’s “How Eating Disorders Evolved Online”

Update: New Tech City’s “How Eating Disorders Evolved Online”

If you’ve been with me since last summer, then you might remember a radio broadcast about the internet and eating disorders that I participated in last September. The other day, the host of that show (New Tech City on WNYC) contacted me to say that the story had done so well that they would be re-airing the story with an update! I wanted to share a link to the updated story here with all of you. It was pretty exciting to be included in the story, especially because the New Tech City gang treated the topic so respectfully and thoughtfully. They were a team I could trust with my story....

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“Just Eat” Documentary Takes on National Injustice

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in EDs and the Media, Insurance Issues, Published Writings | 1 comment

“Just Eat” Documentary Takes on National Injustice

Eating disorders are deadly illnesses. Whether it’s the physical complications that kill you — cardiac arrest, organ failure, or otherwise — or it’s suicide prompted by the extreme mood disturbances, eating disorders, if left untreated, do not end well. In fact, they have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses. And yet, in addition to being the deadliest, they are the most overlooked, underfunded, and misunderstood. We in the eating disorder community are very familiar with these incongruities. Now, the public will also get an inside look at the things we suffer day...

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Before and After Photos: To Post or Not To Post?

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in EDs and the Media, Ins and Outs of Eating Disorders | Comments Off on Before and After Photos: To Post or Not To Post?

Before and After Photos: To Post or Not To Post?

I stumbled upon a before and after picture this morning while mindlessly browsing Facebook. I couldn’t look away. The girl (who I know from treatment) was severely underweight in the photo. I was simultaneously horrified and captivated. For a moment, I was transported back into the eating disorder mindset. I remembered the “good” feeling of seeing the number on the scale drop. I remembered how “accomplished” I felt watching myself shrink. Eventually, I was able to talk myself down from it. I reminded myself that although losing weight did make me feel “good” and “accomplished,” the good...

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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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