There were some things that drove me nuts when I was battling my eating disorder as a pre-teen and some as a teen. Okay, so truthfully, I still struggle with it every day, even though I don’t starve myself anymore. Here are seven things not to say to someone struggling with an eating disorder 1. … Continue reading 7 Things Not To Say To Someone 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 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.
What are your first memories of childhood? Some may fondly remember learning to ride a bike, a birthday party, or a special person from that time. My first memories are of something that should never have power over anyone. I remember the scale. I can still hear the metal clang, see the slider glide beneath … Continue reading Bullying and Mental Illness
Fight for yourself and then come out triumphant for both you and the many like you. You are not alone.
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
Weight and eating habits have always been a struggle of mine. I would either eat too much food (even when I was full) or not eat enough (eat a meal a day.) I vividily remember a partical scenario that was the root to all of this. I was watching tv and someone (I'm not going … Continue reading Alex’s Near Eating Disorder Experience
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?
NS-RED is considered to be a sleep disorder in which people eat while they are asleep. People with this disorder might eat in bed or they roam through the house raiding the kitchen.
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.