NEDA Blog

The Positive Power of the Web

By: 
Sarah Haviland

Note: This article was originally written for and published on the Proud2Bme site.

The Internet has a bad reputation. With the click of a button, we can easily hurt one another, whether it be in regards to race, sex, religion, or appearance.

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Body-Shaming + Cyberbullying

By: 
Chelsea Kronengold, Body Project Program Coordinator

Here at Proud2Bme & the National Eating Disorders Association, we believe that social media has the ability to empower people and spread messages of hope and (body) positivity. 

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Strength in Numbers: A Personal Story on Overcoming Cyberbullying

By: 
Rachel Taylor

It was your typical Sunday morning. My alarm woke me up early so that I could get ready for church. Out of habit, I reached for my phone and discovered that I had over a thousand emails in my inbox. While a few where your typical spam emails and newsletters, most of them were social media notifications telling me that people had been commenting on my videos, pictures and blog post - calling me every name you could imagine a fat person might be called and worse. 

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What Marriage Equality Has to Do With Eating Disorders

By: 
Kira Rakova, Communications Intern

On June 26, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled, in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, that same-sex marriages and unions are legal and must be recognized in all 50 states. 

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NEDA Applauds Governor Jay Nixon for his Support!

By: 
Kira Rakova, Communications Intern

On June 19, Gov. Nixon of Missouri signed into law SB 145, legislation which requires health benefit plans to cover the treatment and diagnosis of eating disorders within the state. 

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Standing with Confidence: Body Image, Height and High Heels

By: 
August McLaughlin

When I heard that women had been turned away from the Cannes Film Festival for wearing flats, I was frustrated. Not only were they discriminated against for their apparel choices, but for making healthier, safer ones. I was also, I’m embarrassed to admit, envious of those women. It would have taken courage for me to attend an upscale event in flats. That really got me thinking. 

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Are Workplace Wellness Programs Really Voluntary?

By: 
Kerry Dolan, STAR Program Manager

Free yoga classes! Lower health insurance premiums! Discounts and cash! And all you have to do is participate in your workplace wellness program! Good deal, right?

In theory, it makes sense to use incentives to encourage employees to improve their health. But in practice, many of these “voluntary” programs are discriminatory and can be especially dangerous to those affected by eating disorders.

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Gender Outside the Binary: Part Two

By: 
Ryan K. Sallans, MA

Eating Disorder Recovery and Transgender Identities
Part Two of a Three Part Series

As I mentioned in part one of this series, one of the biggest fears I had when I first realized that I was transgender was whether my feelings were real or due to my body image distortion and eating disorder. 

Two questions that I immediately raised were:

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Major Legislative Victory in Missouri!

By: 
Kerry Dolan, STAR Program Manager

The Missouri General Assembly has passed SB 145, important legislation which, if signed by Governor Nixon, will require health benefit plans to cover the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders in the state. 

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