How to Avoid Body-Bashing Comments When Out with Friends

By Lauren Myers--Many of us have been there: your friend is making uncomfortable comments about how fat they feel, how much weight someone gained over summer break, or going on about how much you both need to get to the gym.

How Are You Feeling? Talking to a Friend About Eating Disorder Concerns

By Adam Pope--One cannot be certain an individual has an eating disorder solely by their appearance. In fact, several signs of disordered eating may be viewed by some people as normal behavior—for example, runners adhere to strict workout regimens and people with diabetes often need to eat at specific times. 

It is not one or several habits that make an eating disorder diagnosis, but the severity and frequency of the habits. Even then, the only person qualified to diagnose an individual with an eating disorder is a qualified medical professional.

3 Ways to Create a Safe Space for Athletes of All Sizes

By Rachael Hershon--Back when I was in high school, I was a varsity softball player. I’m sure many people would be in shocked by the previous sentence, seeing that I am clearly a fat woman, and that I was even fatter in high school.

5 Things You (Maybe) Didn’t Know About Eating Disorders

By Laura Porter--Fill in the blank: “______ has an eating disorder.”

Trauma, Social Justice, and Eating Disorders

By Kira Rakova--For those with an understanding of mental health, the connection between eating disorders and trauma is nothing new. In a society where individuals affected by disordered eating are often shamed for not being able to “just stop,” we must recognize the deeper causes of disordered eating.

All or Nothing: Rethinking New Year's Food Resolutions

By Taylor Kirkham--"We have decided that we are going to be a sugar-free dorm room." These bold words came confidently out of my college friend’s mouth as her and her roommate quickly transferred their sweets into a box outside their door labeled "Free Food."

Let the Holiday Negativity Melt Away

By Ashley Michelle Williams--The holiday season is a fun time of the year. There’s so much to look forward to with visiting family members who you may have not seen throughout the year. There also can be some negativity when it comes to a person dealing with their body image. With the holidays right around the corner, some of you may be having mixed feelings about seeing family members during the holidays.

6 Things to Lose This Holiday Season That Aren't Weight

By Kaitlin Irwin, Dana Land, and Stephanie Ziajka--For some of us, when the first house on the block puts up their holiday lights, it’s a time for celebration –  it’s a time to indulge in savory baked goods, flowing holiday cocktails, and a 24-hour long lineup of guilty pleasure Christmas movies.

5 Signs That Someone You Love Might Have an Eating Disorder

By Kaitlyn Oberg--For many, the holiday season is a source of great joy, bringing merriment and indulgence after a long and trying year.

The Problem with “Before and After” Photos in Eating Disorder Recovery

By Laura Porter--If you’ve seen mainstream reporting on eating disorders recovery, you’ve probably seen the all-too-common “before and after” pictures.

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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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