Personal Stories

Slow and Steady Toward Recovery

By Ellie Cahan--A turtle moves very slowly but steadily. It keeps moving toward its goal in small steps. Sometimes, it goes into its shell for protection or a rest and stays there for a while, regaining strength.

Unlocking My Potential in Recovery

By Amanda Jones--I don’t know that I can tell you exactly when “recovery” finally happened. I can only see where different pieces of the puzzle came together, linking with other experiences, and building on areas I’d already made progress in.

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.

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.

Dad: My Body-Positive Role Model

By Katelyn Bebber--To quote Frenchie from Grease, “The only man a girl can depend on is her daddy.” Personally, nothing rings more true than that quote.


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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.