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This post by Carolyn Jennings, Journal to the Self® Certified Instructor and author of HUNGER SPEAKS a memoir told in poetry, is the first in a series on the benefits of writing for recovery. Through this series, she explores the myths and challenges of journaling and offers hope and insight into her personal experiences with healing from her eating disorder.

At times it may seem as if the pins are stacked against us but together we strike them down. Thank you to everyone who attended the Striking Out Eating Disorders event.  It was a great success and as a result of all the support shown at the event, NEDA can continue its fight against eating disorders; providing the necessary help, support, information and policy change that is needed to strike out this disease.

Without the help of Lindsay Belfatto, event chair, and our entire Junior Board this success could not have been possible!

[This post first appeared on Proud2Bme.org]

When I began my petition against Abercrombie & Fitch just over two weeks ago, I had no idea what it would become. I had no idea that it would inspire a movement.

UPDATED POST: In an effort towards reaching solutions and opening a dialogue, Abercrombie & Fitch executives have agreed to meet next week with Lynn Grefe, President and CEO of NEDA, eating disorder experts Dr. Michael Levine and Dr. Sarah Murnen, Darryl Roberts, Director of America the Beautiful, and teen activists, Benjamin O'Keefe and Cali Linstron, who have recently voiced their concerns.

Your body is amazing, fascinating and pure genius. As I began to heal and work on my body image, I finally opened my eyes again and couldn’t believe what I had missed.
The same can be true for you, too.

Inspiring teen, Benjamin O'Keefe, on Proud2BmeUS tells Abercrombie and Fitch to stop making teens feel worthless. Read on and sign his petition if you agree.

Later this month, the American Psychiatric Association will release its new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). In an article on May 6, 2013, the New York Times reported that Dr. Thomas R. Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), stated that "his goal was to reshape the direction of psychiatric research to focus on biology, genetics and neuroscience so that scientists can define disorders by their causes, rather than their symptoms."

I have not been an avid social media user, but recently, friends and acquaintances have brought to my attention that there are literally millions of sites that promote and encourage anorexia, (Pro-ana), bulimia (Pro-mia), and thinness (Thinspo & Thinspiration). They shared their concerns about these sites with me, knowing that my daughter, Shelby, had died from eating disorders.

In February, University of California - San Diego held a conference on the translation of new eating disorders research into innovative treatment approaches. One of the highlights of the conference was Dr. Walter Kaye, Director of the UCSD Eating Disorders program discussing:

“When Good Traits Go Bad: Clues to More Effective Treatments for Eating Disorders”

When First Lady Michelle Obama began the Let's Move! campaign, a lot of eating disorders activists and organizations were concerned about its focus on obesity and comments made by Mrs. Obama about putting her child on a diet. Many of you wrote to her to vocalize concerns about these messages and, lately, there appears to be a shift in messaging toward language that emphasizes overall wellness, as opposed to weight or size.

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