National Eating Disorders Association

When my beautiful daughter was diagnosed with severe anorexia in 2013, I was gobsmacked. I came up with a hundred irrational rationalizations and alternative reasons for her severe weight loss. But, soon enough our new reality sank in: this was serious and this was not going away quickly or easily. 

On July 11, Serena Williams won her sixth Wimbledon championship. After 21 Grand Slams and this milestone, Serena has quite clearly made history as one of the greatest athletes of all time.

Note: This article was originally written for and published on the Proud2Bme site.

The Internet has a bad reputation. With the click of a button, we can easily hurt one another, whether it be in regards to race, sex, religion, or appearance.

Here at Proud2Bme & the National Eating Disorders Association, we believe that social media has the ability to empower people and spread messages of hope and (body) positivity. 

It was your typical Sunday morning. My alarm woke me up early so that I could get ready for church. Out of habit, I reached for my phone and discovered that I had over a thousand emails in my inbox. While a few where your typical spam emails and newsletters, most of them were social media notifications telling me that people had been commenting on my videos, pictures and blog post - calling me every name you could imagine a fat person might be called and worse. 

On June 26, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled, in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, that same-sex marriages and unions are legal and must be recognized in all 50 states. 

On June 19, Gov. Nixon of Missouri signed into law SB 145, legislation which requires health benefit plans to cover the treatment and diagnosis of eating disorders within the state. 

When I heard that women had been turned away from the Cannes Film Festival for wearing flats, I was frustrated. Not only were they discriminated against for their apparel choices, but for making healthier, safer ones. I was also, I’m embarrassed to admit, envious of those women. It would have taken courage for me to attend an upscale event in flats. That really got me thinking. 

Free yoga classes! Lower health insurance premiums! Discounts and cash! And all you have to do is participate in your workplace wellness program! Good deal, right?

In theory, it makes sense to use incentives to encourage employees to improve their health. But in practice, many of these “voluntary” programs are discriminatory and can be especially dangerous to those affected by eating disorders.

Eating Disorder Recovery and Transgender Identities
Part Two of a Three Part Series

As I mentioned in part one of this series, one of the biggest fears I had when I first realized that I was transgender was whether my feelings were real or due to my body image distortion and eating disorder. 

Two questions that I immediately raised were: