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Articles tagged with: Body Image

Goodbye, Self-Acceptance. Hello, Integration.

June 22, 2017.
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    This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    By Dallas Rising, a former The Emily Program client and woman in recovery

    I sat cross-legged on my yoga mat, doing my best to explain yoga’s role in my life. Inevitably, thoughts of my eating disorder surfaced. I talked about my relationship with exercise, my unhealthy compulsivity with high-intensity activity and severe food restriction. My eating disorder treats numbers as fodder for obsession, so health clubs and gyms aren’t safe for me. Our culture recently recognized the self-punishment associated with “thinspiration,” and instead embraced “fitspiration.” Fewer people recognize the danger of fitspiration, although it encourages an equally destructive and punishing mindset. It celebrates those that ignore physical distress in the name of fitness. Both paradigms frame the body as something to conquer, shape, and control.

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Is It Harder to Self-Identify Disordered Eating?

June 08, 2017.
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    Many previous studies have attempted to decipher how women perceive the disordered eating behaviors of other women. However, previous researchers have not extensively examined how young women perceive their own eating pathologies. Among college-aged women, eating disorders are extremely prevalent, but many of these individuals attribute their disordered eating to the normal stress of college. Of the very small percentage of women who do seek treatment, an even smaller percentage seek help specifically for an eating disorder. This lack of self-identification is deeply problematic because timely identification and treatment of an eating disorder is essential for maximizing the chances of a successful recovery.

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The Weakest Link

June 06, 2017.
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    This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

     by Melinda Parrish, plus size model and body positivity advocate in recovery from Binge Eating Disorder. She lives in Washington, D.C. Follow her at https://www.instagram.com/melparrishplus/.

    To some degree, it’s fair to say that the military “trained” me for Binge Eating Disorder.

    To be clear, I’m a huge supporter of the military and am incredibly honored to have served. I have deep reverence for the military and everyone serving. But the reality is that 34% of women in the military suffer from eating disorders, much more than the percentage of women in the general population.

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Imagining a Body Positive Google

May 31, 2017.
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    This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    by Liza Miller, a college student studying psychology with an emphasis on Gender and Women's Studies.

    Tucked away in a dark corner of my room, I typed my burning question into Google's search bar: "am I too fat?" What flashed before my eyes was a slew of tools (BMI calculators, tables, and charts) that could mathematically answer my question, and an endless supply of articles that could tell me how to lose weight if the answer was "yes."

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I survived swimsuit shopping!

May 26, 2017.
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    This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    Well, that time of year is upon us. The ol’ guess-I’ll-try-to-squeeze-my-body-into-an-unforgiving-spandex-tube time of year! Some people call it “summer.” I suspect those people don’t have body image issues.

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Fitness Trackers and Disordered Eating

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Body Talk: Eating Disorders PSA

March 16, 2017.
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    Kent State University Independent Films (KSUIF), a student-run production company in Ohio, recently released a public service announcement about the eating disorder thoughts that can take over a person's life. Writer Rachel Ramras said that the inner monologue in the film was pulled from her personal experience.

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My Ever-Changing Body

February 23, 2017.
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    This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    By Megan Haskins. Megan has completed intensive programming at The Emily Program and is a wife and mommy to triplets.

    I'm kind of upset by this truth. "MY EVER-CHANGING BODY." In fact, it actually makes me quite mad.

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Vulnerability in Recovery

February 15, 2017.
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    This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    by Liz Rognes, a former Emily Program client in recovery. She is a teacher, writer, and musician who lives in Spokane, WA.

    In recovery, sometimes I go long stretches without even thinking about the fact that I have struggled with an eating disorder. Still, recovery hasn’t completely erased any possibility of struggle. I am still vulnerable to moments of feeling triggered. I still encounter anxiety and even the occasional return of eating disorder thoughts. But, in my life today, I have powerful tools to handle the situations where I do feel triggered and vulnerable.

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What’s Holding Your Body Image Captive?

December 02, 2016.
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    This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery or body image acceptance. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    by Melinda Folse. Melinda is the author of Riding Through Thick and Thin, as well as best-selling The Smart Woman’s Guide to Midlife Horses, along with articles and essays that explore the many metaphors to be found between working with horses and universal women’s issues, from body image to aging to confidence, authenticity, and connection. Visit her at www.melindafolse.com, and connect with her via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Facebook, Twitter.

    Chances are, there has been a time (or for some of us, it’s a constant) in which you questioned your size, shape, body type, or physical attributes. Which is to say, most of us, at one time or another, think we’re either too fat, too skinny too tall, too short, too muscular, too...or whatever else you can think of. Even the list of what plagues us about our body image is enough to wear us out.

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Middle School Emotional Problems May Result from Weight-Based Discrimination, Not Weight

October 21, 2016.
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    Katrina Hoch, Ph.D., M.S., R.D., C.D., Registered Dietitian at The Emily Program

    Promoting body acceptance and weight diversity can be helpful not only for supporting recovery from eating disorders, but also for reducing the risk of emotional problems for all teens. In a study published in September in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Jaana Juvonen and colleagues found that perception of weight-based peer discrimination in middle school contributed more than BMI to emotional problems. They also found that the effect of BMI itself on emotional problems in middle school is indirect, as it is mediated by peer mistreatment.

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Some Things I Like About My Body

September 27, 2016.
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    This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    by Liz Rognes, a former Emily Program client in recovery. She is a teacher, writer, and musician who lives in Spokane, WA.

    When I was a kid, I suffered a traumatic injury to my face. I was kicked by a horse. I still remember which shirt I was wearing—it was a white T-shirt with a green square that said “H20” all around the perimeter. It became immediately soaked in blood. The doctor who stitched my lip back together told my parents to be prepared for the suggestion of plastic surgery to my face. But, to everyone’s surprise, my body healed itself quickly and gracefully. Now, decades later, the only evidence of the injury is a small, barely visible scar on my lower lip.

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My Own Victim

September 01, 2016.
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    This is one person's story; everyone will have unique experiences on their own path to recovery and beyond. Some stories may mention eating disorder thoughts, behaviors or symptom use. Please use your own discretion. And speak with your therapist when needed.

    By Megan Haskins. Megan has completed intensive programming at The Emily Program and is a wife and mommy to triplets.

    When I look back at myself two years ago, five years ago, and even ten years ago, I see a beautiful image.

    Perfection.

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