I already know how our conversation would go. I’ll ask you to please not dress up as a bastardized version of my culture for Halloween, and you’ll reply that it’s “just for fun” and I should “get over it.” You’ll tell me that you “weren’t doing it to be offensive” and that “everyone knows…
Grant apps are up and running for research on the biological causes of eating disorders. This is CRUCIAL research and work in a field that is still very much in its infancy compared to other mental illness and health illnesses. Please pass the link along to scientists and professionals you know in the field!
I’m taking questions/requests for future “Body Empowerment” episode topics. If you have any specific questions you’d like answered regarding body image, eating disorder recovery, or healing, please feel free to share and I’m happy to put your topic request in line!
“The problem I keep seeing is that recovery and recovered are social constructs, not an essentialist gesture towards something with inherent meaning – thus when we talk about things by a “word” we get into identity politics rather than a conversation about what someone’s every day life is like.”— Rachael Lauren Stern of the Eating Disorder Activists Network (quote first featured in “…Until Eating Disorders Are No More" blog post "Defining Recovery?”)
Just received information about this incredible new site in the NEDA newsletter (the below is directly from their newsletter email!):
NEDA is thrilled to announce the launch of Proud2Bme, our new online community created for teens by teens.
Proud2Bme is a unique space where teens can connect with each other, get expert advice, and find inspiration to take action for change. We’ll cover everything from fashion and beauty to news, culture, and entertainment—all with the goal of promoting positive body image and encouraging healthy attitudes about food and weight.
"Being a teen myself and someone who works daily with teens through my non-profit to boost confidence, I am thrilled about the launch of Proud2Bme! A teen-focused site on disordered eating, body image and media literacy is exactly what we need in today’s world. I have no doubt it will make a positive impact,"
says Emily-Anne Rigal, 17, a Proud2Bme teen contributor and the founder of WeStopHate.org, a nonprofit program raising “teen-esteem” through online videos and social media.
Please share Proud2Bme with the young people in your life. Want to stay updated? Follow Proud2Bme on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
Proud2Bme was built by JPMorgan Chase's Technology for Social Good volunteer efforts, in collaboration with University of Delaware students. The Hilda & Preston Davis Foundation and Globant (Argentina) also made generous contributions.
Last night I have the pleasure and privilege of speaking at the NYU chapter of DPhiE’s annual ANAD vigil with Christel Parker LMFT, a psychotherapist who specializes in eating disorders. Thanks to DPhiE and Christel for a wonderful, inspiring, and engaging evening!
“By choosing recovery and risking to be real, we set the healthy boundaries that say, “I am in charge of my recovery and my life, and no one else on this Earth is.”—Charles L. Whitfield (via dundonian)
Men with eating disorders may not always recognise their symptoms and therefore it can take a long time for them to seek the help they need. It is common for someone affected by an eating disorder to deny it and they may refuse to acknowledge anything is wrong if someone tries to confront them about it.
As of this morning, I officially have 400 YouTube subscribers. It’s like a hundred for every year I’ve been posting videos about eating disorder recovery and body empowerment. If you’re a YouTube fan, self-love fan, or recovery fan, check out my series “Body Empowerment.” The newest episode will air on October 17. Thereafter, new episodes will post the first and third Mondays of the month. Game on.