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Treatment in the Context of Research: A Winning Combination

By: 
Barbara Smolek, OTR, MPA

“Being a research subject may sound scary, or evoke images of being treated like a human guinea   pig, but it’s nothing like that at all.”  (Marty) 

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Looking Forward: Conjuring Up the Path of the New Year

By: 
Carolyn Jennings

The days come and go like muffled and veiled figures

sent from a distant party—but they say nothing

and if we do not use the gifts they bring

they carry them as silently away.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~

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When Talk Runs Dry: Recovering Your Secret Garden

By: 
Carolyn Jennings

After a busy holiday season of cooking, eating and football at my in-laws, I spent ten minutes writing about my victories/successes of the past year.  I felt ecstatic to pause and look at my accomplishments, a topic that certainly never came up during the holiday.  The write was a way of reclaiming a me deeper than the one laughing with family at the dinner table.  I like the me who joins in the laughter and I love the family and their good spirits, but I also need to keep in touch with that truer and more complex me.

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#EDHolidayLove Project

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NEDA Staff

 The holidays can be an especially tough time for people who are affected by eating disorders. But we in the eating disorders community can all act as resources for one another by sharing hope and support! That’s why we’re asking you to share short videos (no more than one minute long) about the unique challenges – and joys – that  are part of the holiday season for those working toward recovery. 

Need some ideas of what to talk about? How about posting…

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"Denied" - A Story About Insurance Companies and Mental Health

By: 
Caitlin Hamilton, Media & Communications Manager

In a story about the complex world of mental health and insurance, called “Denied,” 60 Minutes anchor, Scott Pelley interviewed Nancy West. Nancy, who is a friend of NEDA, shared the tragic story of her daughter Katherine’s death as a result of complications from an eating disorder.

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Donor Appreciation Day!

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NEDA Staff

NEDA has designated today, December 15th, as Donor Appreciation Day! 

Our work would not be possible without you and we are so grateful for your support.

Because of you…people are finding recovery and gaining their lives back. 

Please take a moment to watch! 

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Food, Finances & Eating Disorders

By: 
Nina Savelle-Rocklin, Psy.D.

Do you overspend and overeat? Deprive yourself of possessions as well as of meals?   If so, there may be a connection between how you spend money and what’s going on with food.  

Many behaviors with food and finances are strategies to cope with uncomfortable or intolerable thoughts, emotions and conflicts, including, but not limited to, the following:

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How Social Media Led Me to Recovery

By: 
Joanna Kay

 The Internet has played a complicated role in my battle against an eating disorder.

In the depths of my illness, I used to scour the web to learn how to become a “better” anorexic. I was a slave to it. With every year that I lived with it (twelve in all), anorexia consumed increasingly more of my mind and body, until its goals fused completely with my own. I wanted—I needed—to lose weight, and the Internet, a vast fund of information and pro-eating disorder communities, seemed to hold the key.

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Why illuminate landmarks for eating disorder awareness?

By: 
Lana Stefanac

I am a volunteer Navigator with NEDA. What’s great about being a volunteer with NEDA is the freedom to bring ideas to them on how to spread awareness of eating disorders. An initiative I have undertaken is lighting landmarks and buildings around the world blue and green to kick off National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (NEDAwareness). Of course NEDA’s home base in NYC has gotten the Empire State Buulding lit for the past three years, but I wanted to take the lightings to cities across the country.

My Inspiration

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The Ghost of ED… Past, Present and Future

By: 
The Hemendinger Family

Ashtyn

For a holiday that surrounds itself around a feast, it can get pretty overwhelming. But I know that I can get up, take a breather, call my therapist or dietician and leave a message, or do some other skill that I’ve learned during my journey towards recovery.  This year will be one of the first holiday seasons in a long time where I - Ashtyn- am at the table, around the Christmas tree, singing at Church…and not my eating disorder. There will be no compensating and “saving up” for the feast; there will be no forced eating.

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