Surviving the Holidays with an Eating Disorder

It was Christmas 2000. We were all gathering at my sister’s house for our Christmas celebration. This Christmas celebration, like most, involved food. There was time carved out just for food before we opened presents. It felt like it was this huge deal, this meal, which made my anxiety skyrocket. The tree was beautifully decorated, … Continue reading Surviving the Holidays with an Eating Disorder

Time To Change – U.K.

Time To Change  is a U.K. based organization to help end the stigma and discrimination against mental illness. Their web-site provides information and links to help those who want to get involved, whether they've been personally affected by mental illness or not. The web-site provides resources such as pamphlets, booklets, posters, and more to help … Continue reading Time To Change – U.K.

Why the Ken doll is setting an unrealistic body image for men

I feel as though that men's body image issues are rarely discussed in today's society, and that's not okay. We always discuss women and the body image issues they face, but usually never men. Men are just as susceptible to body image issues as women. However, the differene between the two is the pressure(s) that … Continue reading Why the Ken doll is setting an unrealistic body image for men

How are Eating Disorders Treated?

Treatment for Eating Disorders can vary depending on your particular disorder and your symptoms.  Typically treatment goals include restoring adequate nutrition, bringing weight to a healthy level, reducing excessive exercise, and stopping binging and purging behaviors. Eating disorder treatment involves addressing other health problems caused by an eating disorder, which can be serious or even … Continue reading How are Eating Disorders Treated?

Eating Disorder Awareness

This week is Eating Disorder Awareness Week, so our team at Defying Shadows decided that we would join the discussion and help raise awareness about these disorders. The following is an excerpt from a post published last year. What are Eating Disorders? An eating disorder is an illness. One that can cause serious disturbances within … Continue reading Eating Disorder Awareness