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Throughout the month of November, men are encouraged to “grow a mo” to raise funds and awareness for men’s health: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention. With “Movember” (#NoShaveNovember) halfway through, we wanted to acknowledge the importance of this campaign and also shine the spotlight on Billie; a shaving subscription service designed for women. 

Editor's Note: CW - This post includes the mention of specific eating disorders thoughts/behaviors.

 

It was another fun Saturday night dinner with the guys. Everyone had paid their bills, and it was time for us to go our separate ways. Before taking off, I grabbed my friend Adam’s dinner receipt, and put it in my back pocket. 

Editor's Note: CW-This post includes the mention of specific eating disorders thoughts/behaviors.

 

Over the last few months, NEDA’s policy team asked our community to answer two surveys to help us in our efforts to better serve those with eating disorders. You did not disappoint! We were pleasantly surprised by how many of you took the time to offer thoughts, and we wanted to recap what we learned and how we can use your responses in our public policy work.

This roundtable discussion series is a collaboration between NEDA and the Yoga and Body Image Coalition 

NEDA and the Yoga and Body Image Coalition are excited to announce the third roundtable in our collaborative roundtable series, Growing & Thriving Together: A Roundtable Series on Diversity, Inclusivity & Accessibility in Yoga and Fitness Spaces. While the roundtables are open for anyone to view, this series is especially geared toward yoga and fitness instructors.   

I started believing that I was broken and unworthy as an infant. I wasn't thin enough, I wasn't smart enough, I wasn't attractive enough, I just wasn't enough, period. I developed a full-blown eating disorder when I was 14 years old.  

For most of my life, I let a cold, black and white metal scale dictate my worth. I stepped on and off of the scale throughout my childhood, my adolescence, and my early adulthood. I let an ambiguous number dictate how I felt about myself.   

For the first year ever, NEDA was able to offer grant funding to members of the NEDA Network.  The NEDA Network is a partnership between NEDA and other mission-aligned organizations dedicated to advancing the field of eating disorders and building a community of support and hope. 

Editor's Note: The decision to fast or not is a personal decision between individuals, their medical providers, and spiritual leaders. NEDA recognizes the complexity of this decision and encourages those who celebrate to observe the holiday in the best way for you.

NEDA Public Policy Team

In August, NEDA officially established a full policy team with the appointment of Joslyn P. Smith as Director of Public Policy and Community Relations. 

This roundtable discussion series is a collaboration between NEDA and the Yoga and Body Image Coalition

NEDA and the Yoga and Body Image Coalition are excited to announce the second roundtable in our collaborative roundtable series, Growing & Thriving Together: A Roundtable Series on Diversity, Inclusivity & Accessibility in Yoga and Fitness Spaces. While the roundtables are open for anyone to view, this series is especially geared toward yoga and fitness instructors.  

This week, as we near the close of Weight Stigma Awareness Week, I have felt deeply reflective about my own eating disorder journey. When my TEDx Talk, “In a World That is Wrong About Us” was released earlier this summer, I had no idea how my story about gender, fatness, and recovery would be received. I was overwhelmed with fear about how others might undermine my experience, especially my strong claims about weight stigma. Throughout the countless re-writes of my talk, I found myself repeatedly trying to resist the pressure to sugar coat my story . . .

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