Here's a guest post by Kate Thieda, who's shared her recovery from an eating disorder and written a review of Jenni Schaefer's Goodbye Ed, Hello Me. Below, Kate talks about her experiences seeking treatment at 28 years old, a bit older than the typical client who goes to an eating disorder center. She also offers some words of insight to older sufferers. Remember that eating disorders don't discriminate: Anyone can suffer from an eating disorder, regardless of age, race or gender. Back in December, I shared my story of recovery on Weightless. I asked Margarita if I could write another column, this time going a little deeper into part of my story that didn’t get full expression the first time around. During this week of Eating Disorder Awareness, there’s a lot of attention on treatment for those who struggle with EDs, which is awesome and hopefully the encouragement people need to seek or continue treatment and regain a life worth living.
About 10 percent of eating disorder sufferers are male, though the number may be steadily climbing to 25 percent. Still, we often forget that boys and men get eating disorders, too. The result? There aren't many treatment centers geared toward men (more facilities are starting to offer male-focused services nationwide). And the shame and secrecy prevent men from seeking treatment in the first place.
I regularly feature Q&As with individuals who’ve recovered from eating disorders, binge eating, negative body image and any kind of disordered eating. If you’d like to share your story of recovery, I’d love to hear from you! You can email me at [email protected] Here's part two of my interview with Andrea Roe, eating disorder survivor, advocate and author of You Are Not Alone, a compilation of inspiring stories, poems, artwork and song lyrics from women who've recovered from eating disorders or are in strong recovery.
I regularly feature Q&As with individuals who’ve recovered from eating disorders, binge eating, negative body image and any kind of disordered eating. If you’d like to share your story of recovery, I’d love to hear from you! You can email me at [email protected] Andrea Roe is an eating disorder survivor, advocate and author. I'm so thrilled to present my interview with Andrea below. Her story is one that many of us can relate to, a story of insecurity, self-doubt, of feeling alone and embarrassed, of denial, secrecy and suffering. But, ultimately, it's a story of hope, healing, support and strong recovery.
It's Time to Talk About It! Yesterday, National Eating Disorders Awareness Week began. The theme for this year is: it's time to talk about eating disorders and do one thing to raise awareness. Here are the details, according to NEDA: We live in a culture saturated with unrealistic body-image messages and almost all of us know somebody struggling with an eating disorder. Because this is true, we urge you to talk about it......and do just one thing during NEDAwareness Week to 1) raise awareness that eating disorders are serious illnesses, not lifestyle choices; 2) provide accurate information to medical, educational and/or business communities, and 3) direct people to information and resources about eating disorders.
Today, I'm super excited to present my interview with Golda Poretsky, HHC, who operates Body Love Wellness, a health and wellness company that counsels women and men on body acceptance and healthy and intuitive eating from a health at every size approach. I truly admire Golda's work and love her blog, which I turn to daily. In addition to her blog, Golda also has great podcasts, which you can listen to here, and a wonderful newsletter, which you can sign up for on her homepage.
Yesterday, I dished out five lessons that I've learned in the last few years, particularly in the last several months since becoming a body image blogger. Here are five additional lessons:
In the last few years, I've been working on improving my body image and learning just how many of us hate our bodies. I started reading a variety of books, checking out blogs regularly and interviewing experts. Combined with these years, the time I spent in undergrad and grad school doing research, and the last few months of starting Weightless, I've received an invaluable crash course in body image, disordered eating, eating disorders, healthful eating and living and more. Below are some of the lessons that I've learned thus far:
Every Monday features a tip, exercise, inspiring quote or other tid-bit to help boost your body image. For many of us, Mondays are tough. We may feel anxious and stressed out, anticipating an arduous week, especially if we didn’t get much rest and relaxation during the weekend. These kinds of feelings don’t create the best environment for improving one’s body image. In fact, you might be harder on yourself and easily frustrated. You might even feel like you’re walking on egg shells – with yourself! With these posts, I hope you’ll have a healthier and happier body image day, that’ll last throughout the week. Got a tip for improving body image? Email me at [email protected], and I’ll be happy to feature it. It can be anything you do that’s healthy and helps boost your body image. I’d love to hear from you! Every time I'd start on yet another diet, I'd experience a sort of high, ecstatic at the prospect of losing weight, because whatever diet it was, it held the promise of pure, unadulterated happiness. Dieting was my pathway to attractiveness, popularity and everything else that's supposed to be wonderful in life.
On Monday, I talked all about "Madly In Love with ME," an empowering movement that inspires and helps women and girls to start loving themselves. Christine Arylo is the trailblazer behind this movement. In addition to founding Madly In Love with ME, she's also author of Choosing ME Before WE, The Everywoman's Guide to Life and Love. I'm thrilled that she took the time to answer a couple of my questions about how to develop "unwavering, unconditional love" and how to find the real, authentic you.