Anorexia

I Don't Need to Cut Myself, My Eating Disorder Is Self-Mutilation

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.24.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I have an eating disorder. But the moment I am asked, "Do you cut yourself? Please lift your sleeves and your pant legs so I can check," my spot on the treatment totem pole for my eating disorder drops considerably. Because I don't cut myself. I never have.

Eating Disorders Are Not a Fear of Being Fat

Sandra Charron | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Here's the thing: eating disorders are not about a fear of getting fat. The weight gain is not fueled by the number on the scale, but by the feeling of perfection at having maintained self-control.

I Will Have This Eating Disorder Until I Die

Sandra Charron | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

As I was reading through Twitter accounts and bios of people advocating for the recognition of eating disorders as real and dangerous, I came across the words "ex-anorexic." I was jealous. I am able to eat a meal with my family, and quietly endure the self-loathing afterwards with no physiological consequences; but the mental battle drags me through such an obstacle course, that by the time I've reached the finish line, I am no longer certain of whether or not I want to get better. Unfortunately, part of me is convinced that there is no such thing as getting better from this

How My Eating Disorder Makes a Muffin into a Unscalable Mountain

Sandra Charron | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I'm going to eat this muffin. I am. I really am. I'm so useless. I suck. I need to put this muffin down. And just not eat anything for the rest of the day. Nobody likes me anyway so who cares if I even eat this muffin? I can't do anything right.

Letting Go of Those Who Are Bad For Your Mental Health

Sandra Charron | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I've spent these past several months adjusting to the diagnoses of my mental illnesses, redefining who I am as compared to who I thought I was. Sadly though, dependent on how news of my illnesses is viewed by others and based on the fact that my healing is partly based on perseverance and strength, never has the company I've kept been subject to more scrutiny.

The Eating Disorder Nobody Takes Seriously

Sandra Charron | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Although my mental illness was recently diagnosed, I've known since I was a teenager that I had an eating disorder. In the case of the eating disorder known as EDNOS (Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified), lack of physically obvious symptoms makes it not only easier for this disorder to persist for years, but it also makes health care providers less willing and/or able to diagnose it.

Why Women Still Suffer From the Ally McBeal Effect

Erica Berman | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

We are not just expected to put in the same amount of work in the office, and still more at home, we also have to find the time to go to the gym, pull on skin-tight shape wear, prepare gluten-free, carb-free, Paleo, blah, blah, meals, get Botox, gel manicures, and buy expensive serums, lotions, and potions proven to even out our complexion, hide fine lines, and reduce sagging.

Don't Judge an Eating Disorder By Its Cover

Jay Walker | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Living
Jay Walker

The image of what often comes to mind, and what is often publicized for people with eating disorders is a younger female who is skeletal in frame. In my case, I was a young man who was albeit thin, also quite muscular. I worked in health in fitness. I helped people get fit. I was supposed to be the voice of healthy living.

The Biggest Loser Celebrates the Skinniest Bodies, Not the Healthiest

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Having experienced life with an eating disorder myself, I fear what lies ahead for Rachel. Right now her entire self-worth is being based on how she looks and how much weight she lost. What's going to happen if her body fights back and puts on a few pounds? How will she feel about herself then?

Why We Need to Break the Silence on Eating Disorders

Andrew Boozary | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Living
Andrew Boozary

Are we doing enough about an illness that is silently eating away at both a mother and daughter? Twenty years ago, People Magazine headlined one of their covers with, "Princess Di: Struggle with Bulimia Brings a Puzzling Disease Out of the Shadows." Eating disorders still remain a private battle for millions of young women, and the faces of those affected are changing. We'd be downright wrong to frame it as a "rich, white girl's disease." How do you capture the cost of subjecting millions of women to calorie counting or religious scale stepping?

The 6 Most Shockingly Irresponsible "Fitspiration" Photos

Kevin Moore | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada Living
Kevin Moore

One of these photos is an expertly lit, no doubt digitally enhanced image of a girl in her mid-twenties presented here as the definition of what a woman is allowed to be proud of; "until you are proud" seems to mean "until you have six pack abs, perky, squeezable breasts and the terrible burden of finding size 0 jeans with a 34 inch inseam."

My Long Road to Recovery From a Severe Eating Disorder

Erin Hawkes | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada Living
Erin Hawkes

I have struggled -- and I mean struggled -- with an eating disorder for over 12 years. No one could have conveyed to me how extremely hard it is to give up severe bulimia. But then, no one told me how easy it could be. Every day, many (up to 10) times a day, bulimia took care of me.

Why I'm Not Hiding The Ugly Truth Of My Eating Disorder From My Kids

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 07.02.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Recently I was asked if I ever worried that I was putting my children at risk for developing eating disorders by being so open and honest about my own. The truth is that they always knew their mom was a bit "different," they just didn't know why. I may have convinced myself that they were oblivious to my disorder, but how could that be true when we'd be walking out the door to go for dinner and one of them would ask, "Are you eating today, Mommy, or just watching?" or they'd shout, "Look, Mommy's a dinosaur!" because the bones of my spine would poke out so sharply from under my skin.

Extreme New Treatment For Patients With Severe Anorexia

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada Living

TORONTO - In what's being described as a world first, Canadian researchers have used a technique called deep-brain stimulation to treat a small group ...

One Family's Battle With Their Daughter's Eating Disorder

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Imagine watching a loved one slowly wither and having no idea what's wrong, or how to save them. Michale Cerswell, an Ontario teen, fell victim to one of Canada's most common mental illnesses -- an eating disorder. The greatest challenge was finding treatment.

Bulimia: My Worst Roommate

Meghan Pearson | Posted 12.28.2012 | Canada Living
Meghan Pearson

Bulimia. That is a word that I used to be so ashamed of saying out loud. But now I use it with ease as it is a part of who I am, was, and will become. It has been a part of my life for so long, and it has taken me up until this point to realize that it is nothing to apologize for. It just is.

Faith, Family, Self Worth and An Eating Disorder

Rachel Marie Stone | Posted 11.21.2012 | Canada Alberta
Rachel Marie Stone

Seventy-five percent of women battle disordered eating in one form or another. We need to reevaluate our relationships with food, each other, and God so that we don't impose negativity on mealtime and body image. There's no secret formula, but if you look at yourself and see that you're in a negative place, you probably need to talk to your children about that. We need to be honest with them--create an open dialogue so that if something arises, they feel comfortable talking about it.

Why It's Healthy to Eat Like a Kid

Donna Fish | Posted 09.11.2012 | Canada Living
Donna Fish

The moment we start to put on weight we begin to think of food as "good" or "bad." However the cycle of "on-off" dieting usually results in more weight gain with each successive trial. I frequently write about how to get back to the days when you didn't think about how fattening or "healthy" anything was. Without a thought of where it would land on your thighs, or midriff.

Sheena's Place: Five Myths About Eating Disorders

The Huffington Post Canada | Meredith Gillies | Posted 12.28.2011 | Canada Living

With so many misconceptions about anorexia, bulimia and overeating, can you spot fact from fiction? We talked to Julie Notto, the program manager at S...

New York Fashion Week: Why Is the Fashion Industry Still Pushing Size 0?

Miranda Frum | Posted 11.15.2011 | Canada Living
Miranda Frum

The very first modelling agency I applied to was Wilhelmina Models. I was told to leave my photos with the receptionist and then wait in a sitting area with six or seven other girls. Finally my name was called. "Have you ever considered plus size modeling?" asked an agent. I was humiliated.

What Is Beauty? -- Achtung!

Nicole Forrester | Posted 11.09.2011 | Canada Living
Nicole Forrester

I dream of a day where defining beauty isn't found in a Kim Kardashian reality television show, but rather as something seen as radiating from the inside out. I wonder what a beauty pageant like that would look like?

Feminine and Free

Silken Laumann | Posted 10.04.2011 | Canada
Silken Laumann

There is more pressure than ever before to be some perfect version of feminine. Thin, but fit. Toned but muscular. Smart but not smart enough to threaten your man. The pressure is endless and relentless and it is time we acknowledge what is being done to us, and what we are doing to ourselves.