Debunking the Myth: FAT Is Not a Feeling
In 2015, Facebook added a list of feelings, along with matching emoticons, to choose from when updating your status. Sadly, among those feelings was “fat”. The emoticon associated with the “fat” feeling was chubby-cheeked with a double chin. As you can imagine, this caused an uproar. Members of the eating disorder community voiced their concerns that this was a digital form of body shaming.
Stories of Recovery From Eating Disorders Give Others Hope
It’s time to celebrate those who have done the hard work to heal from eating disorders and turned their lives around. National Recovery Month has inspired millions of people in the U.S., raising awareness about behavioral disorders. This year, the theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!” To encourage others that are still in need of services and support, SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, asks people to share their personal stories of recovery. Even if you aren’t as far along in your journey as you would like, you can draw inspiration from the tales these survivors tell.
Want to Stay on the Path to Recovery? How to Survive Family Cookouts When You Have an Eating Disorder
With Labor Day off, many people will be heading to parks and beaches for family picnics and parties. Like most major holidays, our annual tribute to the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the U.S. will be celebrated as most special occasions are. With food and booze. Recipes for dips, dishes, and drinks are posted on all the most popular social media outlets. But for people recovering from eating disorders, holidays can be very challenging.
Find Out What Really Happens in BED?
How many times has your favorite television program been interrupted by a weight loss commercial? Ads for dieting pills and programs like Nutrisystem, Jenny Craig, Hydroxycut, and Weight Watchers inundate our lives with promises of weight loss and body satisfaction. Programs like these consume our population with ideals of body images that are unattainable and often unhealthy for most people.
Do’s and Don’ts of Talking to Someone With an Eating Disorder
Loving someone with an eating disorder is hard, especially when you do not know how to provide them with the right support. Sometimes what may feel like the right thing, may actually be causing more harm. Twenty million men and women in the United States will suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives. These illnesses are just that – an illness. They are not by an means a lifestyle choice. By knowing the right things to say and those that should be avoided we can help our loved ones fight these illnesses. Recovery is possible and having the proper support from friends and family is the first step.
Think Again…Body Image Isn’t a Girl Thing
When we are asked to describe male traits, what words usually come to mind? Some would say “strong, tough, unemotional, powerful, aggressive, broad, fit, handsome”, and “protective.” These are just some of the words that society labels what the ideal man should be like.
Tips on How Pets Can Help With Your Recovery
The idea that positive interactions with animals can be good for you is hardly anything new. There have been plenty of Internet posts that demonstrate healing benefits for isolated senior citizens, veterans diagnosed with PTSD, or children with Autism. Videos of cats, dogs, and other animals doing cute things with humans are practically a cliché on Facebook. The unquestioned acceptance that animals can offer us when we feel most vulnerable can be extremely rewarding. If you are undergoing treatment for an eating disorder, and feeling overwhelmed during your recovery, having a pet is an option you may want to consider.
Going Back to School? These Useful Tips Can Help
It’s that time again. All the big department stores are promoting the return to the school season with displays of school supplies and posters of smiling students, in their new fall clothes, heading off cheerfully to exciting campus adventures. But if you are a recent eating disorder treatment patient, the major change this represents in your daily routine can cause you to confront some intimidating challenges to your recovery. Having some sound strategies in place can help you cope.
New Mental Health Reform Act Can Impact Coverage for Eating Disorder Treatment
The Mental Health Reforms Act of 2016 (S. 2680) could have a huge impact on insurance plans for U.S. citizens that need coverage for mental health issues. That’s why so many groups are asking for your help, right now, to get it passed. Activists want to make sure that the American public pressures their politicians to take these important bills all the way to the Senate floor. If you think that your voice won’t count, consider these remarks, from Republican Congressman Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania: “What has made this work are the thousands and thousands and thousands of letters and phone calls to members of Congress saying that we’ve got to do something about mental health.”
Tips for Teammates and Coaches on How to Cope with School Sports and Eating Disorders
If going back to school means going back to competitive sports, when you are recovering from behaviors associated with eating disorders, you may face some additional challenges. It’s a good idea to know that you may need more support as your role in a sport becomes more intense. You can also develop some effective strategies to help you cope with the added pressure to perform physically at peak potential. Fortunately, some important sports organizations understand these issues, and they are taking steps to raise awareness in the sports world.