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Dear KJ: How Can I Avoid Being Triggered By My Classes?

"Dear KJ" is a weekly advice column by Dr. Kjerstin "KJ" Gruys, sociologist, author and body image activist. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology with a focus on the politics of appearance and is the author of Mirror Mirror Off the Wall: How I Learned to Love My Body By Not Looking at It for a Year (Avery Press, 2012).

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Friday Links: The Back-to-School Edition

By: 
Diana Denza, Communications Associate

If you’re in recovery, returning to campus can be stressful. These resources from Proud2Bme, NEDA’s online community for young people, will help you feel prepared to start this semester on a high note. 

Worry Less, Enjoy More: The Freshman Year Survival Guide

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Dear Lesley: How Can I Earn My Parents’ Trust Back After Struggling with an Eating Disorder?

Dr. Lesley Williams is a certified eating disorder specialist, family medicine physician and positive body image advocate. She co-owns Liberation Center, an eating disorder treatment facility, in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Williams is dedicated to ensuring that all women and men that struggle with eating and body image issues receive the help that they need to overcome and live happy, healthy lives. Dr. Williams regularly educates other healthcare professionals about the diversity and dangers of eating disorders.

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Transforming Eating Disorder Recovery into “Something Pretty”

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Alexandra Bodnarchuk

As a child, I loved running into my parents’ bedroom the morning after they had attended a ballet performance. I would pepper them with questions and dream of the day that I might be able to be on stage like the ballerinas I idealized. 

I pored over fashion magazines. In the grocery store checkout aisle and at the physical therapist’s office waiting for my mom to pick me up, I flipped through pages of long, thin limbs and tips for obtaining the most flattering wardrobe and an ideal body.

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All Health Apps Are Not Equal

By: 
Palmer Hipp

Technology has enabled us to catch up on the news, watch TV, shop, edit photos, pay bills or even collect Pokémon with just the click of a button. An app store, or software application platform, contains millions of various apps designed to help users perform tasks. Health and fitness apps were among the most popular apps used in 2015, and this isn’t that surprising given the vast amount of nutrition and activity trackers popping up. 

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Friday Links: Olympic Swimmers Open Up About Their Eating Disorder Struggles

By: 
Diana Denza

From key body image surveys to Olympic swimmers, this week was full of important eating disorder-related stories. Check out our top picks of the week below!  

Men and boys struggle with body image, too. A recent report showed that nearly one-fourth of boys believe that a “perfect male body” exists. 

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Stories of Hope Round-Up

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NEDA Communications Team

Our Stories of Hope are meant to explore the many different paths and journeys in the road to recovery. Each person has a different experience to share, creating insights and experiences for others to feel inspired from. The Stories of Hope remind us that full recovery is possible, and there is help and support available to those struggling with an eating disorder. Here are some of our favorite quotes of recovery from the writers. 

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10 Ways to Add Sparkle to your Fourth of July

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NEDA Communications Team

A celebration of Independence from ED! Here are 10 tips to make sure your Fourth of July is a step forward in your recovery.  1. Make a plan- Most of the stress surrounding holidays is the fear of the unknown. Come together with your support system and create a plan for the day. What is on the agenda? When will you be eating? Who will be there? At most times, it is best to find the strength in the unknown, especially during recovery, but on a holiday where the stress is developed from many other issues it is best to have it all (if not, most) figured out.

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Where my BRUHS at!

By: 
Matt Shepherd

What up Bruh! If you are a man with an eating disorder and you are reading this, you are not alone. No really, 10 million of us actually. Most likely at some point I was over exercising next to you at the gym, or I was in line behind you at the grocery store buying my binge foods. I may have even compared my body to yours due to my poor body image. You probably walked past me when I was morbidly obese. Perhaps what I’m saying is making someone feel uncomfortable. Sorry….”Trigger Warning. These issues may cause discomfort. Please read at your own discretion.

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The Miracle of Macaroni (and corndogs)

By: 
Suzanne Oliver

As my college-aged daughter was landing on the tarmac after ED treatment away from home, I stood at the stove feeling apprehensive about the sour cream I was stirring into the chicken paprikash and the homemade macaroni and cheese that was baking in the oven.  My mind buzzed with all the concerns she could potentially raise, and I felt keenly aware of the return of mealtime anxiety.

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