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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 website, Key to Life). I highly, highly, highly recommend learning more about MentorConnect and getting involved.



When Your Loved One Has an Eating Disorder: Wise Words from Women Who’ve Been There

This week at Weightless we're extending eating disorder awareness week (which was last week) with several posts dedicated to eating disorders.

When a loved one has an eating disorder, families can feel scared, frustrated and confused. One of the questions I ask women who've recovered from eating disorders is how families can help their loved one. Today, I want to share with you some wise words from these women. Also, you'll find a list of additional resources for families and friends below.



Tips for Overcoming Eating Disorders and Boosting your Body Image from Andrea Roe

Last week, eating disorder survivor, advocate and author Andrea Roe shared her story of recovery (check out part one and part two). Today, she generously shares several tips she used to recover and improve her body image. I think everyone, in one way or another, can relate to Andrea's story and use her tips to boost their body image and/or recovery. I'm so grateful to Andrea for sharing her advice. I highly recommend signing up  for Andrea's Support Letter (sign up here).



When An Eating Disorder Starts in Young Adulthood: Kate’s Story

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.



Men, Eating Disorders & Patrick Bergstrom from I Chose to Live

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.



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On Eating Disorder Recovery, Resources & Support: Part 2 of Q&A with Andrea Roe

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]mail.com.



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.



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Eating Disorder Recovery: A Q&A with Survivor & Advocate Andrea Roe

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.


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NEDA Week: It's Time to Talk About Eating Disorder Myths and Facts



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.


On Radical Body Love, Yo-Yo Dieting & Being Healthy: A Q&A with Golda Poretsky

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.