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Body Image

Celebrating Girls Exactly As They Are—And Celebrating Ourselves

When I found out I was having a girl, I got scared. Because I remember what it's like to be a girl, a teenager, a young woman. I remember vividly the insecurity; the deep desire to look like everyone else but myself; the longing to lose weight, to be pretty, to be popular; the roller-coaster of restricting and bingeing; the pain of rejection; the comparisons and the coming up short. I remember vividly second-guessing everything. I...
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Boys & Men

3 Common Myths About Eating Disorders

This week is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. The goal is to increase awareness and education about eating disorders.

Eating disorders are serious illnesses. But, sadly, in our society, they're both belittled and deeply misunderstood. That's why, today, I'd like to focus on dispelling several common myths about EDs.

Below, two experts from the Eating Recovery Center share the truth behind the misconceptions.

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Boys & Men

Athletes & Disordered Eating: What Parents Need To Know

{via etsy by Michele Maule}
Sports offer many physical benefits. They also teach leadership skills, teamwork, discipline and life lessons. Kids who participate in sports even tend to do better in school. And sports are fun.

But participating in a sport can also become a slippery slope to unhealthy and dangerous behaviors. And they can trigger eating disorders in individuals who are already genetically vulnerable to EDs.

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Binge Eating

Binge Eating In Men: Q&A With Richard Bedrosian


Eating disorders don't discriminate. They affect people of all ages, appearances, races and religions. Still, when the conversation turns to eating disorders (or disordered eating), we often forget that men struggle, too.

That's why I was especially interested in speaking with Richard Bedrosian, , co-author of this recent study on binge eating in men, published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Bedrosian is the Director of Behavioral...
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Body Image

Body Image, Bullying & Eating Disorders In The Gay Community

{via It Gets Better Project; helps to fund anti-bullying & suicide prevention efforts}

Today I'm pleased to present this guest post by writer Brittany Lyons. Below, Brittany sheds light on an important topic: the prevalence of body image issues and eating disorders in the gay community and what might be to blame.

Brittany aspires to be a psychology professor, but decided to take some time off from her PhD...
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Boys & Men

The Stigma Of Eating Disorders & Setting Stereotypes Straight

Eating disorders are serious biologically-based mental illnesses, which can affect anyone.
They do not discriminate by age, gender, class, color, culture, size, shape or weight.
They cause a variety of health complications, including heart problems, electrolyte imbalances and osteoporosis.
Eating disorders also have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
Yes, you read that correctly.
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Body Image

The Adonis Complex: Insight from Body Image Expert Roberto Olivardia

I've addressed the topic of men, boys and body image before on Weightless (check out my interviews with eating disorder survivor and advocate Patrick Bergstrom and author of Making Weight: Healing Men’s Conflicts with Food, Weight and Shape Leigh Cohn, parts 1 and 2).

Recently, I had the pleasure of emailing with Roberto Olivardia, , a clinical psychologist, instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and co-author of
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Men & Body Image: Q&A with Leigh Cohn, Part 2

Yesterday, I posted part one of my interview with Leigh Cohn, MAT, CEDS, the publisher of Gurze Books, which specializes in eating disorder publications and awareness. Leigh is also author of Making Weight: Healing Men’s Conflicts with Food, Weight and Shape, so I'm thrilled that he was able to share his insight on the topic of men and body image.

Below, Leigh talked about everything from stereotypes and stigma to self-acceptance and leading a healthy, fulfilling life.

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