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The Language of Partners

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Emily Farquharson, NEDA Navigator

I was raised with the belief that language is important.  I was taught that that the precision of my words could greatly affect the impact of what I say. When I first met my partner a little over two years ago, one of the main things we bonded over was our love of language. A creative writer herself, I could see how carefully she spoke.

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Holiday Resources Round-Up!

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Various Authors

As we all know, the holidays can be rough. Many people feel a strain this time of year and that can be especially true for those affected by eating disorders. To provide some relief, we’ve compiled a list of our holiday resources and advice posts. Please enjoy!

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Strategies for Enjoying the Holidays: Tips from Fellow Readers

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NEDA Staff & Contributors

At NEDA we know that holidays can be a stressful time for families and individuals struggling with, or pursuing recovery from, an eating disorder. So, we asked the NEDA community to share their strategies for navigating the holidays in the face of such challenges. A few themes emerged, and we’ve put them together here to offer helpful perspectives and steps you can take to maximize the enjoyment of your holiday gatherings. If you have a friend or family member affected, take a few minutes to share these tips and discuss how you can be a part of their planning and support. 

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'Tis the Season...For Hope & Recovery

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Stacey Rosenfeld, PhD, CGP

'Tis the season. It’s hard to escape the holiday season without talk of New Year’s weight loss resolutions, diet plans, tactics to burn off holiday meals and similar content, easily triggering for those with eating disorders. The holidays can be challenging times for those who struggle. Food, families and stress can make festivities less than festive for some. Recovery is often accomplished hour by hour, minute by minute, and freedom might seem miles away.

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Health Subcommittee Reviews Key Eating Disorders Prevention Legislation!

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Kerry Dolan, STAR Program Manager

NEDA is excited to announce that the Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing yesterday on H.R. 4153, the Educating to Prevent Eating Disorders Act of 2015, following the bill’s introduction in the House last week by Representative Renee Ellmers.

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7 Signs Your Friend or Loved One Might Be Struggling With an Eating Disorder

By: 
Joanna Kay

About three percent of teenagers and four percent of adults are affected by eating disorders, but most do not receive treatment, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.

Why? Because the people around them—health professionals and school personnel, as well as friends and families—often don’t recognize the signs.

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The Self-Care Master Post: Ideas, Inspiration & More!

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NEDA Communications Team

Taking time to care for yourself is an important part of recovery from an eating disorder. As Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation....” With that in mind, we've compiled a master list of ideas, inspiration, tips and tidbits to help you find the kind of self-care that works for you! Take a look and feel free to experiment!

Look at inspiring messages and images online!

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5 Recovery Tips for a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Lauren Smolar, Helpline Director

We hope you and your loved ones have a very happy holiday, filled with gratitude, warmth and recovery!

Thanksgiving can be stressful enough, even if you're not struggling with an eating disorder. And since this holiday is centered around food, it can be that much more challenging. Here are our favorite tips to help make this holiday run a little smoother!

1. Make a plan

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5 Ways to Shut Down Body Bashing This Holiday Season

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Pooja Patel, Proud2Bme Contributor

Originally posted to Proud2Bme.org.

The holidays can be tough! Attempting to juggle the stresses of constantly being surrounded by food and people is A LOT, especially if you struggle with an eating disorder or weight-related issues.

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Turning My Mess Into my Message

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Nikki DuBose

As a little girl, my mother and I would sit on the sofa and watch television together. I remember being fascinated by cosmetic commercials as the supermodels floated across the screen, with seemingly flawless skin and long, flowing hair. I wanted to be apart of that world more than anything, and wondered if there was a place for me there, somehow, someday.

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