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Practice Practice Practice!

Trigger Warning: Discussion of eating disorders and Halloween candy.

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BEDAzzled!

I just returned from presenting at the BEDA conference in Bethesda, Maryland. For those of you who are unfamiliar with BEDA, it is the Binge Eating Disorders Association and was founded by Chevese Turner in June, 2008 with the organization’s vision being:

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The Circle Game*

And the seasons they go round and round”¦ As Spring approaches, I find myself thinking about the cyclical nature of life. This isn’t very deep or profound; the circular pattern of the seasons is a topic of contemplation, poetry, and prose with a long history. Depending on my frame of mind, this repetition, or redundancy […]

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Mixed Nuts

Like a can of mixed nuts! That’s how I feel about Valentine’s Day. When I was growing up, those cans of Planter’s Mixed Nuts® would magically appear once or twice a year in the living room. At first glance, they looked like the regular dark blue can of roasted salted peanuts, easy for me to […]

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Five Card Draw

Writing a blog about size acceptance, size diversity, and struggling with feelings about food, weight, and body image is like leaving your house to mail a letter and finding yourself taking unexpected detours along the way. Eventually the letter gets mailed but what could have been a five-minute walk around the block frequently turns in […]

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How Cosplay Helped My Body Image

[TRIGGER WARNING: Eating disorders and related thinking and behaviors.] If you had asked me three years ago to put on a skintight leotard and a pair of tights and then go to an event with thousands of other people, I’m not sure if I’d have laughed at you or thought you were playing some sort […]

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Bizarre BiZara

[Trigger Warning: Fashion absurdity discussed. Some talk about obesity.] A loyal reader of my blog contacted me this morning and was clearly fired up! “You have to see this Dr. Deah, it was on Good Morning America. Oooh, this really got to me!” She described the segment by Juju Chang and, with curiosity piqued and deflector shields […]

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Cereal Killer

This is the first of two pieces I am writing in honor of the NOW Foundation’s 15th annual Love Your Body Day taking place on Oct. 17th. If you are interested in participating in a NOW fundraiser in honor of Love Your Body Day visit About Curves and find out how you can help!

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In Case You Missed It: My Top Ten Takeaways From the HAES® Master Class

Last week, fifteen amazing speakers joined me for the Health At Every Size® (HAES®) Master Class.

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The August Effect

For a month that starts off with National Clown Week, followed by National Smile Week and culminating with American Dance Week (I am not making this up!), one may think the August Effect would be one of laughter, grins, and celebration. And for many, it is. But August is also a month of transition. 

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Mental Illness

Losing Myself

[Discussion of eating-related issues] I know it’s coming, and I brace myself. “Have you lost weight? You look great!” I know that the person is giving me a compliment, is trying to make me feel good. I replay the words in my head, pretend like they said “Did you get new glasses? You look great!”, […]

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Eating a Salad and Dreaming of a Cheeseburger #WhatsWithLadyGaga

I don’t really follow Lady Gaga, but one of my lovely readers sent me a link to one of her recent tweets, and it bummed me out. The tweet read:

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Eating Disorder Recovery and the Focus on Fitness, Or: WTF, Y’all?

(Author’s Note: This post may be triggering for anyone with a sensitivity towards topics about eating disorders or disordered eating.) I suppose I ought to start this post off by noting that this is simply my own personal experience with the topic, and is influenced heavily by what I’ve seen and heard from others I […]

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Are Dieting Behaviors And Disordered Eating Behaviors Really So Different?

In November of 1998, during my senior year in college, I embarked on a new diet. I called it “low carb with fruit.” I cut out a lot of foods, and like most diets, it started working in the beginning. Because I was losing weight, I stuck with the diet very carefully.

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Food

Recovery Kitchen

[Ed. note: trigger warning for discussion of eating disorders.]Food, glorious food! Right? In many cases, sure. In my case, almost as far from the truth as you could possibly get. I can recognize the value of food, and I can appreciate people who are able to do amazing things with it. But I would like […]