Personal Stories

The Intersection of Disability and Eating Disorders

By Katrin Alyss--I was born with cerebral palsy. It has affected my self-esteem because I do things more slowly than my peers. I was teased because of the way I walked when I was younger. However, at the time, bad body image wasn’t on my radar.

Trigger warning: Descriptions of eating disordered behavior.
 

What’s Left Unseen: Recovering With an Invisible Disability

By Emery Gewirtz--People often judge with their eyes before listening with their ears. This is why I believe invisible disabilities can be overlooked, or discounted. If you cannot see a problem, it is most likely not there, right?

What it’s Like to be a Visual Artist with Binge Eating Disorder

By Shelli Weiler--As a photographer who works largely with Photoshop, my job has been to judge every piece of information within the bounds of the frame and alter that information to make the image look its best.

Residential Treatment: My Catalyst for Recovery

By Annie Stewart--The eyes—I will never forget her eyes. It was as if her eyes told me a story—a story of hurt and pain, a 15-year-old girl tossed back and forth in the throes of addiction.

Shedding Light on Gender Nonconformity and Eating Disorders

By Ash Thoms--When you hear “eating disorder,” many people still picture a young, emaciated, upper-class white female.

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About Us

Proud2Bme is an online community created by and for teens. We cover everything from fashion and beauty to news, culture, and entertainment—all with the goal of promoting positive body image and encouraging healthy attitudes about food and weight.

This site was developed in partnership with Riverduinen and made possible by generous contributions from JPMorgan Chase, Globant, the University of Delaware, and The Hilda & Preston Davis Foundation.

Proud2Bme was first launched in the Netherlands by Riverduinen, a mental health organization that has licensed the concept to the National Eating Disorders Association. Unless otherwise noted, all original content on this site is copyright The National Eating Disorders Association. The Proud2Bme brand, logos, and trademarks are property of Rivierduinen.