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Designer Blames Fashion Industry for Eating Disorders

Designer Blames Fashion Industry for Eating DisordersWhy Some Designers Don’t Think Beauty Comes in All Sizes

More women in the U.S. wear a size 16 than a size 6, and the fashion world doesn’t seem to care. There has always been a big difference between the average woman and haute couture, but today, when the gap seems wider than ever, very few designers will even entertain the idea of producing a line of plus size fashions. As Tim Gunn, designer and host of TV’s Project Runway, points out, there’s a lot of money of to be made if the clothing industry offers real clothes for real women. So why, he asks, must so many young women continue to starve themselves to maintain its unrealistic standards?

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Reading Your Way to Recovery: Books About Eating Disorders

Reading Your Way to RecoveryReading Your Way to Recovery

If you or someone you love is going through the process of treatment for an eating disorder, you may be looking for more information than a casual Internet search can provide. This reading list should help. As a tribute to the “Voices of Recovery” theme for National Recovery Month, these informative publications provide more personal stories of recovery in great depth and detail. While reading is no substitute for an integrated holistic therapy program, many of these books offer strategies and inspiration for ED patients and their families.

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Find the Right Eating Disorder Treatment Center For Your Teen

Find Right Eating Disorder Treatment Center TeenChoose the Right Eating Disorder Treatment Center For Your Teen

If your teenager has been suffering from the symptoms associated with Anorexia, Bulimia, binge eating disorder, or B.E.D, Orthorexia, or other eating related behavior disorders, taking the first steps to help them find the right kind of treatment may seem overwhelming at first. In some cases, these symptoms can be life-threatening. So it’s very important to understand what a comprehensive treatment program for eating disorders can do to help your family reach recovery.

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How to Survive Family Cookouts When You Have an Eating Disorder

How to Survive Family Cookouts When You Have an Eating DisorderWant 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.

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What to Say When Someone Has an Eating Disorder

What to Say When Someone Has an Eating DisorderDo’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.

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How to Cope with School Sports and Eating Disorders

How to Cope with School Sports and Eating DisordersTips 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.

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Help for Eating Disorders: Hollywood Secrets

Help for Eating Disorders Hollywood SecretsHelp for Eating Disorders Hollywood Secrets Unveiled

Think you want to look like a movie star? Think again. It’s not a good idea. They are shape shifters. They are living dolls. What you see on the screen may not even be real. Demi Lovato, Nicole Scherzinger, Katie Couric, Lady Gaga, Naya Rivera, and other female celebrities are sharing their food-related issues with the hope that their fans will retain their shapes, at natural proportions, and avoid the nightmares they’ve experienced with eating disorders.

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US Athletes on Eating Disorders and Body Image Issues

eating disorders body image issuesEating Disorders and Body Image Issues Among US Olympians

Now a college coach, when she was young girl, Misty Hyman first thought being athletic would be a way for her to feel more attractive, more confident. She believed that looking powerful and strong would make her beautiful. Then she hit her teenage years. “I started to have a sense of what I looked like to other people, and that became an important part. It was confusing to determine what’s best for my body in terms of my performance and, ‘Hey, I like getting this attention,’” Hyman told USA Today.

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The Application of Intuitive Eating Principles in Eating Disorder Recovery

Intuitive Eating Principles in Eating Disorder RecoveryIntuitive Eating Principles in Eating Disorder Recovery

Our bodies know what they need. We were all born with an intuition about what we need to survive. Food is essential fuel for our daily activities and our overall well-being. What began as an understanding with our bodies about what they need evolved over time to a disconnect. We may have learned growing up that we must clean our plates. Or maybe media messages about “good” and “bad” foods have influenced eating habits and now hunger cues are off. Certainly the development of an eating disorder causes behaviors around food that are very detrimental to physical health. Is it possible to return to intuitive eating when recovering from an eating disorder?

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Can Recovery be Measured?

Can Recovery Be MeasuredMeasuring Success: Can Recovery Be Measured?

In my own recovery journey I’ve encountered people in varying stages of remission from their eating disorders. One conversation has stayed in my memory and made me think about whether or not full recovery is possible. In speaking with this particular person, she disclosed that she’d visited her doctor recently and was told to expect her eating disorder to be a lifelong struggle. When she heard this, she felt defeated. She thought she had come so far already; this statement by the doctor made her feel all the efforts at recovery were in vain. Continue reading

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