eating disorder

The Obesity Code: Your Fat Is Not Your Fault.

Here’s the dilemma I find myself facing pretty much every time I think about fat/weight/diabetes/bullshit sold to us by the media/mostly Weight Watchers: What is true?

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Is The Person You See In The Mirror The Person The World Sees?

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The really screwed up thing is, there was never a point at which what I saw in the mirror would have been my real reflection.

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Why Can't I See My Body The Way I See Other People's Bodies?

"My illness creates the standard for myself; the rest of me has come to ignore beauty standards altogether, especially when it comes to other people."

I have particular standards of beauty that I believe apply to my body — my body, and no one else’s.

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Why Can't I See My Body The Way I See Other People's Bodies?

"My illness creates the standard for myself; the rest of me has come to ignore beauty standards altogether, especially when it comes to other people."

I have particular standards of beauty that I believe apply to my body — my body, and no one else’s.

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Can I Blame My Mental Illness For My Lousy Behavior?

I am still ashamed. But despite that, or in spite of that, my life is beautiful.

I wish I could say that every mistake I’ve made, every lousy decision, is all a manifestation of my faulty brain chemistry and mental illness.

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Put Down The Fitbit: How Your Fitness Tracker Might Be Hurting You

A bipolar, body-positive bread enthusiast with a fucked-up ankle and a history of disordered eating chronicles health, weight-loss,

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Beyond Before & After: 5 Keys To Surviving (Even Enjoying?) The Holidays When Food Is EVERYWHERE

This week is baking week. No, not nationally or anything, but in my house, this week is the week all the things are made.

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Dear Daughter, I Let You Down

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Most days I am confident with how I look and how I feel, but I worry I may never be able to completely banish those thoughts about my flaws and imperfections. I know that every time you catch me focusing on my physical insecurities, you learn a lesson that could hurt you, or force you into this battle I face.

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I'm Learning To Be Human-Shaped

Looking at this humble gift created by my fourth child, the one I waited 10 years for, I am grateful, tearful. She has drawn me, her mother. And other than having a really big head, I just look like a person. I’m wearing a dress. I have two arms and legs, five fingers on each hand (a surprisingly short thumb, however). My hairstyle is questionable, but all in all, I just look like a person.

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Why Do I Spend So Much Time Thinking About Food?

Deciding that I needed — wanted, even — to put myself, my emotional, mental, physical, health first, didn’t mean not loving my body. But it did mean that my body would probably need to change to be more agile, more functional.

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