National Eating Disorders Association

Chase Bannister is the founder, senior vice president and chief strategy & clinical integrity officer for Veritas Collaborative, a specialty hospital system for the treatment of eating disorders in a gender-diverse and inclusive environment. He is credentialed as a certified eating disorder specialist by the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals and is a licensed clinical social worker.

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There’s no denying that breakups are always hard. It can take monthseven yearsto completely heal and be ready to move on. When you have an eating disorder (ED), it can be even harder. It’s easy to be overwhelmed with negativity and self-doubt, which can trigger your ED behaviors in order to cope.

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I was raised with the belief that language is important.  I was taught that that the precision of my words could greatly affect the impact of what I say. When I first met my partner a little over two years ago, one of the main things we bonded over was our love of language. A creative writer herself, I could see how carefully she spoke.

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“To the people who love you, you are beautiful already. This is not because they’re blind to your shortcomings but because they so clearly see your soul.” — Victoria Moran, “Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty

While Valentine’s Day has been celebrated in various ways for centuries, no one knows exactly how it started. One popular account credits St. Valentine, a man who was imprisoned for performing forbidden marriages in ancient Rome. During his imprisonment, he became a healer.

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