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What Would You Tell Your Younger Self?

By: 
Karla Mosley, NEDA Ambassador

If you could go back and talk to yourself at the beginning of your recovery journey, what would your wiser self say to your younger self?

Looking back, I have so much compassion for the young woman who was brave enough to seek out recovery from bulimia and binge eating almost 14 years ago. She was sad, and felt so alone despite the beautiful life and friends surrounding her that she was trying to take herself out, numb the hurt, escape the fear...with food.

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#WhyINEDAWalk Wednesday

By: 
Jessica Hickman, NEDA Walk Manager

Before I started as the national walk manager at NEDA, I coordinated the Westchester, PA Walk two years in a row. Working with coordinators across the country to spread awareness and foster supportive communities is my dream job. More than 15,000 people in 65 cities participate in NEDA Walks, and I am grateful to be a part of it all!

So, I want to tell you a little bit more about what NEDA Walks are and why I think they are so special. 

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Victory - New York State Improves Access to Care!

By: 
Kerry Dolan, Public Policy Manager

The New York State Legislature voted last week to approve a restoration of funding to the Comprehensive Care Centers for Eating Disorders (CCCEDs) back to $1.2 million in the 2016-2017 state budget. This is big news because that funding has been dramatically slashed in recent years, with some centers receiving only $40,000 per center, which essentially eliminated their ability to provide care.

NEDA took a group of amazing advocates to Albany to lobby for the restoration of these funds last month - this victory proves that our voices are having an impact!

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They WHY behind WARRIOR, my book

By: 
Dr. Theresa Larson

I was a talented athlete.  I won accolades in high school, and pitched on the softball team for Villanova University.  I was voted All-East Pitcher of the Year, Academic All-America, and later I pitched professionally in Italy.

I became a fitness contest participant and winner, and model. I served in the United States Marines Corps, won leadership awards, became a platoon leader, and served in Iraq, leading 150 Marines on several dangerous missions.

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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

By: 
Laura Porter

When I was in the midst of my eating disorder I was terrified of the dark. I did anything I could to escape from darkness--those uncomfortable feelings of anxiety, deep depression and loneliness. I know what it feels like to live in darkness and feel the hopelessness that comes with feeling lost.

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The Modeling Industry is Changing. It’s About Time.

By: 
Nikki DuBose

As a former model, commercial actress and host, I enjoyed my share of success within the fashion and entertainment industries. I also suffered from binge eating disorder, bulimia and anorexia nervosa for the length of my career—although the behaviors didn’t begin in the industry, they were exacerbated by things I heard, saw and experienced: things like sexual harassment, trauma, bullying, exposure to wild parties, drinking, drugs and the daily pressure to lose weight.

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Learning to Feel: A Therapeutic Approach to Eating Disorders

By: 
Shari Medini

In November, I turned 30 years old, which meant that I could no longer say that I had done gymnastics for the majority of my life. 15 years in the sport, 15 years out of it. I had a great gymnastics career… state titles, national championships, college scholarship… but it all ended abruptly because of my unhealthy relationship with food.

After years of restrictive eating, I headed off to college & quickly switched to binge eating. This ultimately led to me resigning from the sport after my sophomore year of college.

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Understanding, Treating and Coping with Binge Eating Disorder

By: 
Chevese Turner, Founder, President & CEO, BEDA

In collaboration with the Eating Disorder Treatment Collaborative and special guest Chevese Turner, President, Founder and CEO of the Binge Eating Disorder Association (BEDA), NEDA hosted the Beyond Hunger: Understanding, Treating & Coping with Binge Eating Disorder conference in honor of NEDAwareness Week 2016.

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A Beautiful Sight - NEDAwareness Landmark Lightings

By: 
NEDA Staff

The 2016 National Eating Disorders Awareness Week was an enormous success. The campaign reached nearly 200 million people with information and resources through social media alone, and close to 40,000 people took the online screening. Another bright spot was the number of generous landmark buildings that were iluminated in green and blue in observance of NEDAwareness Week.

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NEDAwareness 2016 - A Historic Success!

By: 
NEDA Staff

The response to this year's NEDAwareness Week campaign went above and beyond our wildest expectations. Thanks to the unwavering support of our partners and people like you, we reached nearly 200 million people with information, resources and, most importantly, the message that recovery is possible.

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