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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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NEDA Week: Eating Disorders In Midlife

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Misinformation about eating disorders abounds. One of the most common myths is that eating disorders largely affect young, white girls.

But EDs don't discriminate. They affect people of any age, race, religion size, shape and sex.

Today, I want to focus on an often neglected group: women in middle age. Even when it's recognized that middle-aged women struggle with eating disorders, the talk almost always turns to cultural...
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Eating Disorders Awareness Week: Helping Someone Who Is Struggling

Yesterday marked the beginning of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Since this year's theme is "Everybody Knows Somebody," I think it's important to discuss how you can help someone who might be struggling with an eating disorder.

Below, Bonnie Brennan, MA, LPC, NCC, clinical director of the adult partial hospitalization program at the Eating Recovery Center, reveals some of the signs of eating disorders, how you can talk to someone you...
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Eating Disorder Recovery: Inner Critics & Relapse

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In the last part of our interview, eating disorder expert Susan Schulherr - author of Eating Disorders for Dummies and a valuable blog on ED recovery - talks about how readers can quiet their inner critic.

Plus, she shares her insight on relapses while on the road to eating disorder recovery.

If you didn't get a chance to check out the other parts of our interview, you can...
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Eating Disorder Recovery: Symptom Cops vs. Real Support

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When a loved one is struggling with an eating disorder, it can be tough to know how to help.

In part two of our interview, eating disorder specialist Susan Schulherr shares several ways families and friends can provide support and ways that aren't just unhelpful but may be harmful to your loved one.

Susan is the author of Eating Disorders for Dummies and writes a must-read blog on ED...
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Eating Disorder Recovery: Common Obstacles & Tools To Help

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In honor of NEDA Week, I wanted to talk about the common obstacles on the road to eating disorder recovery and how individuals can overcome these obstacles.

If you're struggling with an eating disorder, know that you can absolutely recover. It's normal to experience setbacks and challenges. Everyone does.

But the key is to keep going. Keep choosing recovery. Keep overcoming the obstacles, one step, one day, at a time.

Below,...
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NEDA Week: Dispelling Common Eating Disorder Myths


Instead of our usual body-image boosters post on Monday, I wanted to kick-start NEDA Week. Actually, it officially started yesterday (be sure to check out Shannon's post at Mentoring & Recovery on what you can do!).
If you're not familiar with NEDA Week, it's an entire week every February dedicated to eating disorder awareness, sponsored by the National Eating Disorders Association.
One of...
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Books

Review of 'Beating Ana' by Shannon Cutts


Continuing with this week's focus on eating disorders, I wanted to post my review of Beating Ana: How to Outsmart Your Eating Disorder & Take Your Life Back by Shannon Cutts, who generously provided me with a free copy. Shannon founded a pro-recovery organization called MentorConnect and travels the country, doing lectures and presentations on eating disorders, recovery and related topics (you can find more info on her...
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