• advertisement

Our Mental Health Blogs

Eating Disorders and Diverse Populations

Eating Disorders and Diverse Populations

As a voice for eating disorders awareness, education, and advocacy, I am glad to have a platform such as this blog where my voice can be “heard.” Too often, popular media portrays a one-dimensional view of eating disorders. That said, I struggle with the fact that I am the exact stereotype that you see on television and in movies. I am a Lifetime Movie or After School Special waiting to happen. I am white, female, young, heterosexual, intelligent, middle class, and anorexic.

Continue reading

Feeling Compassion for Eating Disorder Sufferers and Survivors

Feeling Compassion for Eating Disorder Sufferers and Survivors

I recently found myself on the road for work, traveling and connecting with a lot of people and, therefore, creating wonderful memories with them. When I had a quiet moment to myself, while waiting at the airport, I came across an article written by a celebrity. The article was her first-hand account of a long battle with her eating disorder. Of course, I felt compelled to read it once I got through the first few lines and realized what it was about.

Continue reading

Who Really Looks Like They Have An Eating Disorder?

Who Really Looks Like They Have An Eating Disorder?

If there were one message I would want to beat into the collective conscious of our culture, it would be this: You can have an eating disorder at any weight, shape, or size. It seems that no matter how many eating disorder awareness weeks we have, we continue to have this idea of eating disorders that is dominated by Karen Carpenter, Mary-Kate Olsen, and a handful of other famous anorexics. Strangely, this belief seems to go both ways. If you are very thin, you must have an eating disorder, right?

Continue reading

Eating Disorders Are Not Just About Being Thin (Video)

Eating Disorders Are Not Just About Being Thin (Video)

There’s a common misconception that eating disorders are only about being thin. This is both incorrect and harmful to those struggling with eating disorders. I talk about why in this eating disorder video.

Continue reading

The Glamorization of Eating Disorders in the Media

The Glamorization of Eating Disorders in the Media

The glamorization of eating disorders provide an inaccurate and stigmatizing portrayal of eating disorders. What is glamorization of eating disorders?

Who doesn’t remember the pictures of a fragile and wan-looking Mary Kate Olsen, draped in a pale lavender gown as she and her twin, Ashley Olsen, received their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? The majority of people saw a young woman on the edge of death; clearly too thin, bones protruding.

Then there are those of us who were enmeshed in our eating disorders. We saw a gorgeous young woman; someone to aspire to be like. Therein lies the dangers of the media.

Continue reading


Follow Us

  • advertisement

in Surviving ED Comments

Mental Health Newsletter

Sign up for the HealthyPlace mental health newsletter for latest news, articles, events.

Mental Health
Newsletter Subscribe Now!

Mental Health Newsletter

Sign up for the HealthyPlace mental health newsletter for latest news, articles, events.

Log in

Login to your account

Username *
Password *
Remember Me