The fact that I am a mom with an eating disorder is one of the things I am least proud of. Or perhaps you could say that I had an eating disorder because it is in control now. Control being the operative word: My eating disorder was nothing if not a quest for control. Control is deceptive because you have to hold on, or it will slip away at the last second. I never want my kids to feel this way.Read Full Story
While most of us view eating disorders as dangerous illnesses, some people are finding acceptance and even encouragement in online communities often referred to as “pro-ana” (pro-anorexia) and “pro-mia” (pro-bulimia).Read Full Story
More than ever before, the focus in today’s pop culture is on body image. Who’s the skinniest? Who’s the heaviest? Who has the most shapely legs? The buffest arms? The best toned abs? Teens read, see, and hear these stories — and many of them are influenced in negative ways. But is it only pop culture, or a hobby like ballet, that can create an eating disorder? Experts offer theories about what makes a teen at risk for developing an eating disorder, and what parents can do about it.Read Full Story
When you think of eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, you likely have a visual image of a scary skinny body. A female scary skinny body. However, eating disorders are not just a girl issue -- and a person doesn‘t have to be skinny to have an eating disorder. Even if your child, male or female, looks healthy, it doesn’t mean you should dismiss eating issues. In all your efforts to promote and demonstrate healthy eating habits in your home, don’t leave your son out of the equation. Boys are as much at risk for developing eating disorders as girls!Read Full Story
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