When Eating Disorder and Body Positive Fiction Get It Right

By Emma Giordano--Fiction, known to offer many an escape from reality, has also developed into a way for individuals to see themselves in literature.

7 Body-Positive Lessons from My Cat

By Dana Land--The body-positive revolution has started and been backed by the general public, celebrities, professionals and more. With all of the heavy material out there, it’s important to highlight that conversations around recovery and body positivity don’t always have to be heavy-handed. Positive influences come from all sources—even a cat.

My cat, Chief, is 16 years old and is a registered emotional support animal. I have learned some of my greatest body-positive and recovery lessons from caring for him and being cared for by him.

A Tribute to Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington

By River Ceballos--On July 20, 2017 the music world took a devastating blow as news leaked that Chester Bennington, lead singer of the popular rock band Linkin Park had completed suicide. Two weeks later, I'm still numb to the fact that someone who has helped millions of people get through tough times succumbed to his inner demons. But that mentality isn't rare for men today! 

It's Time to Listen: Men Struggle With Eating Disorders, Too

By Priscilla Bojorge--Eating disorders can affect anyone. I know this because a close male friend of mine from high school struggles with bulimia. I recently asked him if he felt comfortable speaking to me about his eating disorder, and he opened up about his story, under the condition that he remain anonymous throughout this piece.

5 Tips for Fostering Body Positivity in Our Communities

By Devyn Parsons--Body positivity is the idea that all bodies are beautiful and worthy of respect. This seems simple enough, but the existence of body-based discrimination, the lack of diversity of bodies in the media and the prevalence of poor body image all indicate that our society has considerable progress to make before it can be called body positive.

5 Life Lessons from Luna Lovegood

By Grace Bradley--J.K. Rowling, the author of the beloved Harry Potter series, once described Luna Lovegood as “slightly out-of-step in many ways, but she’s the anti-Hermione. Hermione’s so logical and inflexible in so many ways and Luna is likely to believe 10 impossible things before breakfast.”

8 Ways to Be An Ally to LGBTQ People in Recovery

An ally is defined by the Human Rights Campaign as “someone who is supportive of LGBTQ people. It encompasses non-LGBTQ allies as well as those within the LGBTQ community who support each other, e.g. a lesbian who is an ally to the bisexual community.” 

You Are Not Alone: Self-Care Tips and Resources for Trans Folx

Here at NEDA, we find it vital to recognize the unique experiences of individuals from marginalized communities who are affected by eating disorders. In today's difficult climate, we've compiled a list of helpful resources, support posts, and self-care tips catered to our transgender and non-binary friends.

7 Ethical, Summer-Ready Beauty Brands

By Charlotte Hoppe--In our culture today, we spend countless hours dedicated to food planning, prep and research. Fad diets, eating disorders and food blogs are increasingly common throughout the world.

Our 2017 Summertime Self-Esteem Guide!

By Emma Giordano--Back in 2012, we compiled a master list of the best posts to help you feel good in the hot weather, which you can still check out here. With Summer 2017 having just arrived, here are a few of our newer favorite self-esteem boosting posts to keep your spirits high in the midst of “beach body” pressures.

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.