Awareness

The Marginalized Voices Project

By: 
Susie Roman, Director of Programs

The National Eating Disorders Association, in association with feminist activist and editor of Everyday Feminism, Melissa Fabello, is calling for stories that focus on underrepresented experiences and communities in the eating disorder field through The Marginalized Voices Project. We are looking especially for voices from marginalized communities and narratives that challenge eating disorder myths.

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Other Ways Out: Marginalized Voices in Eating Disorder Recovery

By: 
Melissa Fabello, Editor, Everyday Feminism

Pick up any eating disorder memoir at your local bookstore, and you are more than likely to find some iteration of this narrative arc.

Well-to-do, young white woman develops an eating disorder, spirals into near-oblivion, seeks treatment for her eating disorder (which usually results in her being admitted into a residential facility), experiences a myriad of successes and failures, and eventually commits to finding her Self again. Well-to-do, young white woman walks out of treatment with a new sense of hope on the road to recovery.

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NYC Promotes Positive Body Image With Its New “I’m a Girl” Campaign

By: 
Claire Mysko

“I’m Beautiful the Way I Am.” That’s the message at the center of a public education campaign launched by the city of New York this week. The #ImAGirl campaign features NYC girls—not professional models—in a PSA as well as print ads that will appear on subways, buses and kiosks throughout the city.

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Coaches, Athletes and Eating Disorders: What We Can Learn from Oakland University

By: 
Caitlin Hamilton

The recent developments surrounding the firing of Oakland University women’s basketball coach, Beckie Francis, highlight the immense influence coaches have on their athletes and underscore the importance of eating disorders awareness in the athletic community.

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Charging Airline Passengers By Weight is a Terrible Idea

By: 
Maggi Flaherty

This week, CNN reported on a recent proposal that airlines charge passengers based on their body weight in order to reduce fuel cost. The proposals were conceived by economist Dr. Bharat P. Bhatta, associate professor of economics at Sogn og Fjordane University College, Norway and recently published in the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management.

Three “pay-as-you-weigh” models being suggested are calculated on total weight, including:

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Making Sense of Loss: A Brother's Perspective

By: 
Richard Hubbard

Itʼs been a year since my sister Anne succumbed to the anorexia that plagued her life, off and on for nearly 25 years. Iʼve learned a lot about her illness and why she suffered from it for so long. I share my story to reach out to others who have a loved one struggling, or may be concerned about someone in their life, to encourage them to become as educated as possible and be an advocate for awareness about the seriousness of these potentially life-threatening illnesses.

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Panel Highlights Wide Range of Reforms Needed in the Modeling Industry

By: 
Ellen Domingos

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and The Model Alliance (MA), a non-profit dedicated to improving working conditions in the American fashion industry, co-hosted the panel event, Inside The Modeling Industry: A Conversation About Health & Beauty In Fashion at Pace University for 2013 NEDAwareness Week. MA founder, Sara Ziff, moderated the panel discussion which featured models Crystal Renn, Katharine Schuette and Amy Lemons, modeling agent Chris Gay, eating disorder specialist Dr.

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NEDAwareness Week Successful in Increasing Help Seeking Behavior

By: 
Maggi Flaherty

NEDAwareness Week 2013 was once again a great success in raising awareness about eating disorders and directing people to the help they need. Participation spanned the country and across the globe, reaching people with critical information and resources about these potentially life-threatening illnesses.

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Raising Eating Disorder Awareness on a Naval Base

By: 
Teresa Hornick

On February 7, 2013, I had the opportunity to speak with a number of amazing speakers at the Norfolk Virginia Naval Station on the serious topic of raising awareness of eating disorders. The turnout was tremendous, the participation was excellent, and the question and answer session at the end was meaningful for all who attended. Not really knowing what to expect or what kind of response we would get from a room full of primarily enlisted Naval seamen/women and a few officers, I could not have felt more supported and blessed to be in Norfolk that day.

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