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Five Things You Should Know About Your Insurance

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Insurance Issues, Published Writings | Comments Off on Five Things You Should Know About Your Insurance

Five Things You Should Know About Your Insurance

Yesterday I was in Washington, DC with the Eating Disorders Coalition and many eating disorder/mental health advocates from across the country for the 2015 Spring Lobby Day. This time we were focusing our energies on the Anna Westin Act of 2015. This legislation would clarify the mental health parity act (so that insurance companies stop unjustly denying patients treatment), increase training about eating disorders for health professionals, and encourage truth in advertising. However — I will write more about that at another time! For now, I wanted to share with you a post that I wrote for...

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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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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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Refinery29 Accuses Author of Claiming to Cure Bulimia

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in EDs and the Media, Published Writings | Comments Off on Refinery29 Accuses Author of Claiming to Cure Bulimia

Refinery29 Accuses Author of Claiming to Cure Bulimia

For the last few weeks I have been writing for the Proud2BMe.org Media Response Team. A dozen or so 20-somethings (and some younger) keep an eye out for images, articles, and anything else that sustains the thin ideal, unrealistic body image, fat (or thin) shaming, and so on and so forth. My editor recently alerted us to a recent book review put out by the website Refinery29 about a forthcoming book called Chasing Hunger. According to Refinery29 writer Kelsey Miller, the book is “so outrageous and offensive that it’s almost laughable. Almost.” And indeed — what Miller recounted was...

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Does This Mannequin Make Me Look Fat?

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in EDs and the Media, Published Writings | Comments Off on Does This Mannequin Make Me Look Fat?

Does This Mannequin Make Me Look Fat?

In terms of self-serving tactics from the fashion industry, I thought we’d seen it all, what with rampant photoshopping and the culture of eating disorders among its spokeswomen (a.k.a., models). Then, last week, we on the Proud2BMe Media Response Team were alerted by our editor Emma to the latest trend among retailers — visibly underweight mannequins. Really? REALLY? Must we go to such ridiculous lengths to make people feel badly about what real human bodies look like? Apparently, yes. As I researched this bizarre trend for my post for Proud2BMe, I found out that the store that Emma...

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Why Your Diet Won’t Work (via Mirror-Mirror)

Posted by on Jan 7, 2015 in Ins and Outs of Eating Disorders, Published Writings | Comments Off on Why Your Diet Won’t Work (via Mirror-Mirror)

Why Your Diet Won’t Work (via Mirror-Mirror)

We’ve all heard about the fads: the Atkins diet, the South Beach diet, cleanses, juicing, de-toxing, veganism (other than an ethically-motivated choice), gluten-free diets (that is, those that aren’t due to celiac’s or gluten sensitivities), raw food diets, liquid diets… The list goes on. Fad diets are marketed so cleverly and pictured so alluringly on Pinterest that it becomes quite easy to get caught up with the crowd. But the fact is that dieting doesn’t work, plain and simple. Recently, I had the opportunity to write an article for the eating disorder...

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