There are many “addictions” people are familiar with. The most notable are addictions to nicotine, drugs, or alcohol. While drug addiction and alcoholism account for most of the addiction struggles nationwide, many other behavioral challenges impact community members. Addictions to gambling, sex, technology, shopping, exercise, and eating are all reasons why people seek treatment at […]
Eating disorders (or disordered eating) have historically been associated with significant amounts of stigma and misconceptions. Despite the opinions of some, eating disorders are not something one “chooses” or something that is “in their head.” Eating disorders are real illnesses that impact the lives of millions across the nation. Eating disorders know no boundaries and […]
Eating disorder recovery can feel like a lonely road, but you shouldn’t have to walk it alone. Your support system plays an important role in helping you recover from an eating disorder. But what exactly is a support system, and how involved should they be in eating disorder recovery? If you or someone you love […]
According to the American Pregnancy Association, approximately seven million American women suffer from eating disorders each year, with prevalence peaking during childbearing years. Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa can put a halt to menstrual periods and present fertility challenges for couples hoping to conceive — but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get pregnant while […]
Most people are aware of anorexia nervosa. However, there are some misconceptions about this condition that can lead to misunderstandings and failure to spot the signs of the disease in some sufferers. As an example, most people believe that people with anorexia automatically have a huge amount of weight loss, or an extremely low bodyweight. […]
Whether you’ve been recovering from an eating disorder for ten minutes or ten years, it’s inevitable: you’re going to face obstacles at one point or another. But eating disorder recovery isn’t about never slipping up. After all, for many of us, that need for perfection is the reason we are here in the first place! […]
It’s NEDAwareness Week 2020! The road to eating disorder recovery can feel long and arduous, but this is a week all about hope.
When friends and family find out that someone they love has an eating disorder, we hope they react with love, compassion, and support. However, some may respond with “victim-blaming, cattiness or awkward silence,” as Bustle writes — in no small part due to harmful stereotypes about people with eating disorders. Eating disorder stereotypes are, unfortunately, […]