NEDA Blog

An Introduction to Nutritional Therapy

By: 
Kira Rakova, Communications Intern

Given the complex nature of eating disorders, they often require a professional team approach. That is, eating disorder recovery requires the combined involvement of professionals, including: registered dieticians, psychiatrists, therapists, and general practitioners. However, many individuals do not understand who registered dieticians are or what role nutritional therapy plays in the recovery process.

So who are Registered Dietitians?

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Putting Kids Before Profits: Massachusetts Campaign Takes Dietary Supplements to Task.

By: 
S. Bryn Austin, ScD, and Beth Mayer, LICSW

Think dietary supplements are healthy and safe, right? Think again. Sure, they are in every local health food store, pharmacy, and grocery, but because of a loophole the size of the Grand Canyon in federal law, the usual government safeguards we depend on to keep our food and drugs safe do not apply to dietary supplements.

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One Mom's Journey from Denial to Advocacy

By: 
Paula A. Riesch

When my beautiful daughter was diagnosed with severe anorexia in 2013, I was gobsmacked. I came up with a hundred irrational rationalizations and alternative reasons for her severe weight loss. But, soon enough our new reality sank in: this was serious and this was not going away quickly or easily. 

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On the Need for an Intersectional Look at the Body Shaming of Serena Williams

By: 
Kira Rakova, Communications Intern

On July 11, Serena Williams won her sixth Wimbledon championship. After 21 Grand Slams and this milestone, Serena has quite clearly made history as one of the greatest athletes of all time.

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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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