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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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Eating Disorders Can — and Do — Kill

Eating Disorders Can — and Do — Kill

On Friday, my psychiatrist told me that a fellow eating disorders patient recently died.

To say I was stunned would be an understatement.

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The Many Faces of Eating Disorders

The Many Faces of Eating Disorders

You cannot always tell a person has an eating disorder simply by looking at him or her.

I stressed that because one of the most common and enduring myths about eating disorders is that the person must be young, female, and extremely emaciated to have an eating disorder.

That is simply not true.

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NEDA Week 2011: It’s Time to Talk About It

NEDA Week 2011: It’s Time to Talk About It

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2011 starts this Sunday. This year’s theme is “It’s Time to Talk About It.”

Talking about it means dispelling the myths surrounding eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa is not just an illness of upper middle-class and wealthy adolescent females. Bulimia nervosa is a deadly illness even if the person suffering from it is at a normal weight. Binge eating isn’t just eating an extra cookie or two.

Eating disorders are real illnesses that can kill.

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