Trigger Warning: Discussion of eating disorders and Halloween candy.
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:
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
[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 […]
[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 […]
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!
Last week, fifteen amazing speakers joined me for the Health At Every Size® (HAES®) Master Class.
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.
[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!”, […]
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:
(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 […]
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.
[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 […]