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Zoom Is Really Triggering My Eating Disorder

“There is definitely an opportunity for danger there,” Rago says of many people’s new habit of spending hours of the day on video conference calls. “If someone’s not aware and they keep seeing themselves and they keep thinking, Oh my God, I don’t look good, they’re nitpicking themselves. Even if they don’t know this process is happening, this could lead them to [disordered eating habits].”

July 8, 2020

Coronavirus Can Make Things ‘Much Worse’ for People with Eating Disorders — Here’s How to Help

“The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted daily life for people across the globe, especially those with eating disorders, for whom a set routine is often imperative during recovery. At least 30 million people in the United States have an eating disorder, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.”

March 27, 2020

Why Joking About Weight Gain During the COVID-19 Pandemic Is Seriously Not OK

“For the 30 million people who deal with an eating disorder in the U.S., these types of jokes can also be incredibly triggering. “Someone with an eating disorder may struggle with binge eating, restricting food, and/or food anxiety,” Maria Rago, clinical psychologist and president of the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), tells Allure.”

March 20, 2020

Taylor Swift Talked About Experiencing an Eating Disorder — Here’s Why That Matters

In a recent interview with Variety, Taylor Swift opened up about dealing with an eating disorder in the past, which the singer-songwriter explains further in her Netflix documentary, Miss Americana.

January 26, 2020

A Top Tough Mudder Athlete Shares Her Decades-Long Journey Recovering From Anorexia

“I realized my eating disorder was side-lining me. I needed to learn how to eat properly to fuel myself.”

January 13, 2020

Vivian Meehan, ‘founding mother of eating-disorder treatment in the country,’ has died at 94

‘Young women who had bulimia and anorexia nervosa had their lives saved by her,’ a Northbrook neurologist says of the Highland Park nurse.

October 25, 2019

Why the New Weight Watchers App for Kids Is Raising Concerns

“Studies show that dieting is not an effective approach to managing weight and I worry that the long-term effects will do more harm than good.”

August 28, 2019

‘GLOW’ Takes On Disordered Eating In Motherhood, & It Hits Close To Home

Debbie articulates how this temporary relief can help people with eating disorders feel in control, while eating a cheeseburger with Ruth. “When I was 14 I got the idea that, ‘OK, the only thing people are ever going to notice about me is my body so I guess it better be f*cking perfect’ and, somehow, it has never left me,”

August 27, 2019

Weight Watchers’ app for kids draws backlash from parents, calls for boycott

The app has drawn criticism from some parents and nutritionists who fear the app is too geared to weight loss and could hurt kids’ relationship with food.

August 19, 2019

Metabolic Disorders May Contribute to Anorexia

Researchers say these metabolic abnormalities may not be symptoms of the eating disorder. They may be part of the cause.

July 30, 2019

I Survived An Eating Disorder And So Can You

“You MUST go to therapy. You can not fix yourself, nor can your spouse, your friends or your parents. There is a reason that you are going through this and you must get to the root of it. ” – Alison Maloni

June 18, 2019

World Eating Disorders Action Day Hits Home

Across Erin Salinas’ foot is the tattooed phrase: “Live with Passion.” It was inspired by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and associated disorders’ mission to help people like her, struggling with Anorexia, something Salinas lived with for nearly five years.

June 2, 2019

More older women are struggling with eating disorders. Here are the warning signs.

Potential triggers for EDs include low self-esteem, and social pressure. While those certainly affect people of all ages, midlife often brings additional, unique challenges that raise the chances even more.

April 9, 2019

Coping With a Dieting Relative When You’re a Recovering Anorexic

“When you no longer value the eating disorder, you don’t buy into an idea that you should be engaging in weight loss or unhealthy eating patterns”

March 14, 2019

‘Diet Culture’ Can Set Back People Recovering From Eating Disorders

Advocates say the rhetoric around New Year’s resolutions can especially be problematic.

January 18, 2019

Apple is donating 1,000 watches for a new study to track binge eating

The Apple Watch is in use by scientists across the country to monitor everything from the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease to postpartum depression. Now, researchers are aiming to see how well the device can track eating disorders.

October 14, 2018

CCAD film student documents anorexia battle

“I want to encourage people who are dealing with the same kinds of things to get treatment and to ask for help and to be open,” said the 20-year-old from Louisville, Kentucky. “You have the power to change your life. You don’t have to be stuck with whatever you have.”

May 2, 2018

‘To The Bone’ Trailer Presents Anorexia As A White-Only Issue. It Isn’t.

Critics came out of the woodwork from the moment a two-minute trailer dropped to promote “To the Bone,” a comedy about a young woman’s struggle with anorexia starring an alarmingly thin Lily Collins.

July, 2017

How To Support Yourself While Caring For Someone With An Eating Disorder, According To Experts

Even if you’ve never personally experienced an eating disorder, there’s a chance that you’ve still been affected by one, either directly or indirectly.

March, 2019

These women are living healthy and sharing their eating disorder experiences

“The toughest part about living a healthy life after an eating disorder is remembering that it’s OK to live in the “gray area,” where some days you’re going to eat more than others, and that’s OK.”

February 27, 2019

Articles Featuring Friends and Partners of ANAD

Body Image and Eating Disorders in the “Selfie” Culture

uh-PARENT-ly cohosts Tracy Weiner and Anne Johnsos talk to licensed clinical social worker Gina Graham about why parents need to quit body shaming themselves and start modeling healthy behavior.

July 18, 2019

Beyond Body Image

Focus on character strengths to deflect negative self-perceptions.

May 23, 2019

Candlelight Vigil

Candlelight Vigil for Those Affected by Eating Disorders

Naperville-based Linden Oaks Behavioral Health will play host to its 16th annual Candlelight Vigil for those affected by eating disorders.

April 23, 2019

Tweens deal with eating disorders, too: Why I write “tough” books for young kids

There’s no use sheltering kids to preserve their innocence. The better option is to be honest and offer hope

February 19, 2019

When Anorexics Grow Up

I refuse to call myself fully healed because there is still work to do.

January 11, 2018