People of Color and Mental Illness: An In-Depth Interview with Dior Vargas

By Kimberly Neil--I had the pleasure of interviewing Dior Vargas, a native New Yorker, Latina, feminist, and mental health activist. Dior is a Smith college alumna, writer, and all around amazing person. 

For Lacey

By Claire Trainor--On February 2, 2015, Lacey Smarr lost her life to a heart attack caused by anorexia. Her eating disorder was brought on by teasing from her peers and went undiagnosed by medical professionals and psychologists, despite her numerous doctor’s visits. She was 15 years old, a sophomore in high school living in Texas.

Like Mother, Like Daughter

By Kaitlyn Oberg--From a young age, children idolize their parents. As a child grows older, he or she starts to realize that parents are just adults trying their best; however, parents make a huge impact upon children's body image, perhaps more than we realize.

What Not to Say: Your Child in Recovery

By Kaitlyn Oberg--Recovery from mental illness is tough for everyone involved, from the affected individual to the entire family.  Support for eating disorders can often be costly or not comprehensive, putting an even greater strain on those supporting recovering individuals, particularly on parents.

Parents and Eating Disorder Recovery

By Michelle Zaydlin--The moment that the eating disorder begins to take over seems to be the moment that everything else starts to go. Family, friends, school, work, they all seem to stop being priorities and the only thing that fills your thoughts is food, exercise, weight, and obsession.


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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.

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