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Is It A Diet or An Eating Disorder?

Is It A Diet or An Eating Disorder?

I had been in outpatient therapy for six months. I was seeing a dietitian. I was made to attend an eating disorder support group. Even given all those interventions, if you asked me, I didn’t have an eating disorder. I was a healthy eater who maybe had a few “funny” things around food. It’s hard to tell the difference between a diet and an eating disorder for some.

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Why We Need Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Why We Need Eating Disorders Awareness Week

National Eating Disorders Week 2015 officially runs from February 22-28. I think that sometimes it is easy to blow this week off every year, because the reality is that we are at a point (at least in the United States), where most people are fairly “aware” of eating disorders. For the most part, people are familiar with anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating and may even know someone who suffers but we still need Eating Disorders Awareness Week.

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Your Eating Disorder Is A Real Illness

Your Eating Disorder Is A Real Illness

Next week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. There is a lot to be said about educating other people about eating disorders. A lot of misconceptions and stereotypes surround eating disorders that need to be remedied. People have to know what having an eating disorder really means if we want them to support us on our road to recovery. And it is really difficult to talk to others about your illness if you’re not convinced of its legitimacy yourself. But remember, your eating disorder is a real illness.

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What’s All The Fuss About Eating Disorders, Anyway?

What’s All The Fuss About Eating Disorders, Anyway?

Yeah, okay. It’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. What’s there to be “aware” of? We all know that eating disorders are for vain, pretentious teenage girls. It’s just a stage. They’ll get over it. And it’s not like being “too thin” is going to kill you. That’s what everyone believes, right? Everybody has heard of eating disorders at this point, so why are we taking a week to specifically “make people aware”?

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National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2013

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2013

This week, February 24-March 2, is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week in the U.S. In this video, I share the ideas behind NEDA Week, as well as how the stigma of eating disorders relates to the Stand Up for Mental Health Campaign on HealthyPlace.com.

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NEDA Week 2012: Everybody Knows Somebody (Part 2)

NEDA Week 2012: Everybody Knows Somebody (Part 2)

I struggled not to cry as each picture, depicting life and love and happiness, flashed on the screen during Thursday night’s National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) Week presentation. I thought about all the people I know who are struggling with an eating disorder; the friends who have made it through recovery and the two people who recently lost their lives to their eating disorders.

Then I thought about myself and all the years I was being a slave to the scale, to weight and calories and inches, watching as I was diminished by anorexia until I almost died from it. And I wondered why I wasted all those years, but then I remembered that no one chosen to have an eating disorder; that these illnesses are, in fact, addictive coping mechanisms that run deeper than disordered relationships with food.

However, knowing that doesn’t make it any less painful.

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NEDA Week 2012: “Everybody Knows Somebody”

NEDA Week 2012: “Everybody Knows Somebody”

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2012 is this week. This year’s theme is “Everybody Knows Somebody.”

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, ten million women and up to one million men have anorexia or bulimia, and millions more struggle with binge eating disorder.

That means that you most likely know somebody with an eating disorder.

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