Archives for Disordered Eating
Maybe years ago you let everyone walk all over you. Like you weren't even there. Like you were a rug fit for stomping on. Maybe you weighed yourself all the time. Maybe you said yes to everything---except to acknowledging and appreciating yourself.
Today, in the U.S., we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., who had an incredible dream and helped make it a reality. Inspired by his powerful speech and Therese Borchard’s achingly beautiful piece, I'm republishing an updated version of last year's post on my personal dream. It's a dream that focuses on everything from how we treat each other to how we treat ourselves. I have a dream that our society will stop judging, shaming and bullying people because of their size, shape and weight. I have a dream that we’ll focus on cultivating healthy habits instead of remaining chained to the numbers on our scales (or calipers).
Today I'm blogging for World Mental Health Day. This year's theme is mental health and older adults, so I'm focusing on eating disorders in this population. One of the biggest myths about eating disorders is that they only affect adolescent girls, that somehow older adults are immune to them. However, eating disorders affect people of all ages, young and old. (They also affect all races, religions and both men and women.)
This past week was Weight Stigma Awareness Week. That's why instead of sharing my usual links to body image boosters, I'm sharing a few of my favorite pieces from the campaign. I think you'll find them eye-opening, inspiring and empowering.
Because Binge Eating Disorder Week has ended, today, I'm wrapping up the week with several pieces that address this common (and highly treatable) disorder. I hope you find these helpful! What does binge eating disorder (BED) look like? A powerful and inspiring post from a woman recovering from the disorder. An excellent piece from Marsha on the facts about BED, including causes and effective treatment.
In honor of Binge Eating Disorder Week, I’m republishing posts that focus on dispelling pervasive myths about binge eating disorder (BED) and tools for overcoming this common disorder. Remember that BED is a real disorder, and it's highly treatable. Learn more about the online campaign here. Also, check out these valuable posts from eating disorder experts, including Amy Pershing and Cynthia Bulik.
Today marks the first day of Binge Eating Disorder Week, an online campaign to educate people about what binge eating disorder really is (and what it isn't). This week I'm republishing Weightless posts that focus on dispelling common (and damaging) myths about BED, along with information on treatment and recovery. (I've edited these pieces and combined the interviews.) Please learn more about this campaign here. Also, today, is Memorial Day here in the U.S. It honors the men and women who have fought and sacrificed for our country. I'm incredibly grateful to our military. And I'm incredibly grateful to this country.
Instead of my usual body image booster, today, I'd like to talk bout dieting. That's because, today, is International No Diet Day (INDD). INDD was started by Mary Evans Young, the director of the British anti-diet campaign "Diet Breakers" and author of the best-selling book Diet Breaking: Having It All Without Having To Diet. Today, it's celebrated all over the world.
One of the biggest reasons we turn to food for comfort is disconnection. We're disconnected from ourselves. As author Julie M. Simon writes in her book The Emotional Eater's Repair Manual, "You're cut off from your most basic signals, your emotions." In her book Julie shares a helpful strategy for reconnecting to ourselves.
Stress can spark disordered eating. While the relationship between the two is complex and varies by person, many people turn to food -- or away from food -- in times of stress. Controlling food intake becomes a way to cope. In other words, "many people react to stress by under- or over-eating," according to Jamie Manwaring, PhD, a primary therapist at Eating Recovery Center’s Child and Adolescent Behavioral Hospital. When stress strikes, kids may also seek comfort in bingeing or restricting how much they eat.