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Eating Disorders

The cultural imperative to align ourselves with a certain body type and shape deeply affects us by as early as six years old. Many of us develop eating disorders in an attempt to attain that ideal, though disordered eating habits can develop for complex emotional reasons that have little to do with weight, such as a desire for control. While eating disorders are frequently discussed as a “women’s issue,” they affect all genders (in fact, subclinical disordered eating habits, such as binge eating and purging, are nearly as common among men as women). Eating disorders are often a hidden illness; it’s impossible to tell if someone has one just by appearance or physical fitness, and since they frequently carry great burdens of shame, sufferers usually hide their behaviors and carefully mask their symptoms. Even when we’re aware that someone around us has an eating disorder, we’re often unsure about how to support their needs without enabling their disordered behavior. Eating disorders can have serious physical consequences and typically require medical and psychological treatment.

If you or someone you know is in immediate need of support, please seek professional help. If you are in crisis, here are some immediate free resources.

How Alanis Morissette Beat Her Eating Disorder

Alanis Morissette struggled with eating disorders in her teens and 20s. But then she discovered how good it felt to treat her body right—and this fall she ran a marathon to prove it. Here, Morissette opens up about her long, winding road to becoming healthy.

Body Image & Eating Disorders

Body image is defined as one’s thoughts, perceptions, and attitudes about their physical appearance. How do you see yourself and feel about your body (e.g., height, shape, and weight) when you look in the mirror?

The Connection Between Body Image and Eating Disorders

Body image distress is often seen as a symptom of an eating disorder. However, not every person with an eating disorder has a problematic body image and many people who do not have eating disorders have poor body image.

Body Image & Sports Involvement in College Students

Body image can be described as your personal evaluation of self and others, based on body weight, shape, size, and appearance. It is connected to self-esteem and self-worth.

US Athletes on Eating Disorders and Body Image Issues

Now a college coach, when she was young girl, Misty Hyman first thought being athletic would be a way for her to feel more attractive, more confident. She believed that looking powerful and strong would make her beautiful. Then she hit her teenage years.

53 Body Positive Influencers You Should Follow

These body-positive influencers lead by example and want to help you become more confident in your own skin, too.

Body image issues can impact athletes at a young age

Body image issues are not unusual in athletes and can start at a young age. Negative consequences of poor body image include quitting sports, eating disorders, and low self esteem.

Decentering the Narrative: Trans Folks, Body Image, and EDs

Conversations surrounding eating disorders, body image, and beauty standards are generally centered on the narratives of straight, cisgender* women. However, these conversations often exclude the experiences of many LGBT people who also struggle with body image concerns and disordered eating.

No More Mr Muscle: The Activists Championing Body Confidence for Men

Body image issues are rising fast among men. But positivity campaigners are raising the profile of men of all shapes and sizes

Smash the Wellness Industry

Why are so many smart women falling for its harmful, pseudoscientific claims? At its core, wellness demonizes calorically dense and delicious foods.

WHAT MIGHT HELP

The information offered here is not a substitute for professional advice. Please proceed with care and caution.

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