Education

Nine Truths about Eating Disorders

By: 
Various Authors

Truth #1: You can’t tell by looking at someone whether they have an eating disorder.

Truth #2: Families are not to blame.

Truth #3: Families can be the patients’ best allies in treatment.

Truth #4: Eating disorders are not choices, but serious biologically-influenced mental illnesses.

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Get in the Know: Males and Eating Disorders

By: 
Brendan Egan, Communications Intern

Struggling from an eating disorder is difficult enough without the stigma that it is a feminine disease. Being a male in the world of ED is difficult in different ways; from diagnosis to treatment. Before DSM-V, one of the ‘requirements’ of being diagnosed with anorexia was the absence of your menstrual period. This ‘requirement’ in itself was sexist and fell into the feminine stigma of EDs.

Today we are working on breaking the old view of eating disorders and having people understand the true nature of these diseases. 

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Proud2Bme On Campus - It's Here!

By: 
Shirley Wang

I am so excited for the launch of Proud2BMe On Campus! Eating disorders are a growing concern on college campuses nationwide, and as a Counseling and Psychological Services Peer Educator at my college, I am aware of the potential difficulties and stigma attached to seeking help. But despite the difficulties, I truly believe, based on personal experience, that early intervention and professional treatment are critical for anyone struggling with an eating disorder.

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Actually, Telling Your Child She (or He) is Fat is Not the Best Thing Ever

By: 
Maggi Flaherty, Communications Manager

This week, Time published an online article entitled in its “Ideas” section, “My Mother Told Me I Was Fat, and It Was the Best Thing Ever” in which author Charlotte Alter recounts a conversation her mom had with her at the age of twelve about losing weight.

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I Knew It Was Time….

By: 
Judy Avrin

Reprinted, with permission, from Judy Avrin of Someday Melissa. Originally posted January 9, 2014

It is with great peace that I share the news that the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is now the exclusive distributor of Someday Melissa.

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Something "Needs Improvement," But It's Not Your Body

By: 
Caitlin Hamilton, Communications Associate

The phrase, “Needs Improvement” seems like a fair way to assess the spelling or cursive handwriting skills of an elementary school student. But the body composition of an adolescent child? Perhaps not.

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NEDA's First Federal Lobby Day A Great Success Despite Challenges in Washington

By: 
Caitlin Hamilton, Communications Associate

Last night, Taryn O’Brien, the manager of NEDA’s STAR Program and first Federal Lobby Day, carefully planned the short walk 301 advocates would take from the Hyatt hotel to the Capitol building. This morning, she woke up to rain.

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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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Medical Practitioners Should Heed: Evaluate Behaviors, Not Size

By: 
Kathy Kater, LICSW

An article released today in the journal Pediatrics documents that a significant number of all who present for eating disorder (ED) treatment—nearly half, or more in some studies—were formerly classified as overweight or obese. 

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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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