When The Mirror Lies: My Battle With Anorexia

Amanda Burgess | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Living
Amanda Burgess

In retrospect, I can say that on some level, I saw what was happening to me. I was just truly powerless to stop it. That's not to say I wasn't in control. No, each hunger pang I endured proved I was in control. Each starving hour that passed between four o'clock and bedtime made me feel focused, disciplined. It was all the fuel I needed to resist another meal. The truth is, anorexics feel a lack of control in their lives, so they take control of one aspect -- food. Alas, this illusion of control can only last so long.

Hope Kept Me In Denial Of My Daughter's Eating Disorder

The Maddie Project | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Parents
The Maddie Project

None of the other significant adults in my daughters' life seemed concerned. Hope is a wonderful thing and I am a hopeful person by nature. Being hopeful feels good. Unfortunately, hope is not the basis of a sound health-care strategy when a loved one is on the verge of a mental health crisis.

FDA-Approved 'Bulimia Machine' Product Of A Quick-Fix Society

Abby Langer | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

There's been a lot of visceral (read: ICK) reaction to the stomach-draining device that was just approved by the FDA. An alternative to traditional dieting and more invasive than traditional bariatric surgeries, the AspireAssist system is definitely a new way of preventing calories from being absorbed by the body.

Being A Strong Athlete Didn't Save Me From An Eating Disorder

Silken Laumann | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

I know this disorder has many causes, but the agony of starving oneself, the self loathing that comes with it, I wouldn't wish on anyone. Eating disorders are also difficult for families, who may feel powerless to stop it. Like any form of mental illness, intervention is key, getting professional help early and not playing down the severity of the behaviour.

Sharing My Story On #WorldEatingDisordersDay

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Living
Sandy Kiaizadeh

By and large, we live in a diet-obsessed society, so my health nuttiness went unnoticed. Plus, like most individuals with eating disorders, I was a master at hiding all this dysfunctional behaviour for many years. I was also incredibly successful at outwardly presenting a well put-together front when facing the world. I had been a model student, a star employee, a good friend and doting auntie to my young nephews. Until it all came crashing down on me.

Overcoming My Eating Disorder Was The Beginning Of A New Life

TamilCulture | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Living

The one thing I realize now is being beautiful isn't about being skinny or size zero. It's loving every inch and curve of your body and embracing everything about you. If you don't love yourself, the number means nothing. Telling the world my story was the final stage.

The Media Isn't To Blame For The Ruthlessness Of Eating Disorders

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Eating disorders don't care if you're male or female, under 10 years old or over 50 years old. They'll destroy anyone who's ripe for the picking. When I speak at school or to parents about body image, the issue of media manipulation always comes up and for good reason. We are definitely influenced by what we see and hear in our magazines and TV screens, but does the media CAUSE eating disorders? I say no.

5 Misconceptions About Eating Disorders

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

Eating disorders are more than just "extreme dieting," they are psychological disorders that stem from complex underlying issues. There are many stereotypes and myths surrounding eating disorders, and the resulting stigma can make it more difficult for those affected to seek treatment.

Orthorexia: A Diagnosis In Search Of A Disease?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Most eating disorders are focused on food quantity and resulting weight issues. But orthorexic people can be overweight, extremely thin, or everything in between. Their sole concern is the quality of the food they eat and whether it is in accordance with their rules and restrictions.

How Eating Disorders Impact Sexuality

Lyba Spring | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Living
Lyba Spring

There is an association between low BMI and loss of libido, sexual anxiety and sexual relationships. These findings are consistent with the explanation that low body weight impairs the physiological functioning of sexual organs.

Mandy Gill: Building Muscle and Business

Alison Tedford | Posted 10.09.2016 | Canada Living
Alison Tedford

Mandy Gill is a survivor and a dynamic entrepreneur. She recovered from anorexia and found strength in Crossfit and landed a sponsorship with Reebok. ...

My Eating Disorder Made Me a Worse Mother

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

A few days ago, I came across a blog post in which the blogger made a comment about how each roll of skin on her tummy represented a happy moment with her family in which she enjoyed that chocolate cake at her child's birthday party or had skipped the Jillian Michael's exercise DVD that morning so she could sit on the floor and colour with her daughter. For the first time in my life, the realization of my sick mindset entrenched in the lost, wasted, hungry hours I chose in order to be the thinnest mom on the block finally beat me over the head with a barbell.

Pink's Confidence in Her Post-Baby Body Gives Me Hope

Sandra Charron | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

To be happy not only with the squishy parts of my body but also to simply have so much self-worth that happiness is not directly correlated to my efforts to control my weight is such a foreign concept, and yet, I can't help but feel envy for those who, like Pink, do not rely on their daily caloric intake for their sense of identity.

My Eating Disorder Is Aggravated By Advertising

Sandra Charron | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Fighting an eating disorder is lifelong. And I realize this every time I think my mind is finally free. This week when I was navigating Twitter, I came across a tweet claiming a product which guaranteed weight loss of 20 lbs in 24 days. As someone who has valiantly tried to accomplish this, I finally realized that an eating disorder, although a mental illness, is aggravated by the bacteria in the environment disguised in the shape of advertising.

This Documentary Filmmaker Is Shedding Light on Eating Disorders

Alison Tedford | Posted 05.09.2015 | Canada Living
Alison Tedford

I recently had the opportunity to interview the documentary filmmaker, Laura Dyan Kezman. She is the creator of a documentary about eating disorders called Just Eat, currently fundraising through an Indiegogo campaign.

More Bullying Is No Way to Stop Bullying

Angie Campanelli | Posted 04.28.2015 | Canada Living
Angie Campanelli

I find it ironic that as we continue the battle against bullying in schools and amongst the A-list, it is in that very same cultural sphere that people use their cause as their weapon. Although I often disagree with comments made in the media, I more firmly believe that it isn't my place to call someone out for their opinion.

Starving to Be Slim: What I Learned in My Pursuit of Perfection

Erin Treloar | Posted 04.22.2015 | Canada Living
Erin Treloar

My journey to achieve the perfect body started when I was 14. The objective -- tall, thin, cellulite-free with smooth skin and beautifully toned abs -- you know the look. If 'thigh gaps' and 'bikini bridges' were in at the time, I would have added them to my list of things to obsess over. In some ways I came pretty close to achieving the "dream body" that I obsessed over in magazines but I never expected that I would lose everything important to me along the way.

Mental Illnesses Are Pack Animals

Sandra Charron | Posted 04.05.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Mental illnesses are like pack animals. There is never just one without others lurking behind corners waiting to jump on us -- their weight holding us down; their teeth ripping through the flesh of our throat until we are too weak to fight back. As we lay bleeding and broken, available treatment is more difficult to reach.

Anorexia Is a Tyrant Living in Your Head

Alison Tedford | Posted 04.05.2015 | Canada Living
Alison Tedford

The absence of visible symptoms is not the most accurate measure of someone's recovery from this disease. Weight is a physical thing, but anorexia also resides firmly in the psyche. Anorexia is like having the person who hates you the most, the most irrational tyrant you can imagine, living in your head rent-free, trying to burn down your physical foundation from the inside out. It's an interminable abusive relationship that's nearly impossible to leave because it transpires in your own mind. Those voices can cause problems before the weight loss starts to show.

Prince George Mom Makes Tearful Plea For Anorexia Treatment

CBC | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"I've been battling with this disease since I was 17."

How to Deweaponize Your Bathroom Scale

Alison Tedford | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Living
Alison Tedford

My scale was deweaponized, bedazzled and a thing of beauty, finally. I was using it for the wrong thing -- to reflect my worth as a person. I turned it into wall art so that it finally reflects me, but on the inside. Sparkly. Sassy. Fun. Pretty. Glittery. Girly. Expressive.

How I Live With Anorexia

The Purple Fig | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

The moment I put on my dream wedding dress, I cried tears of disappointment and frustration. It was exactly as I had pictured, with a corseted top that tied like a ballet slipper in the back, shiny white beads on the front, and a flowing, silky train. The dress wasn't the problem. It was how I looked in it. "You look beautiful," my mother said, thinking I was crying tears of joy. In that moment, I knew I still wasn't "better." I thought I had recovered, and I thought this meant I'd love the way I look. I hate that my eating disorder tainted this precious moment that I cannot have back. I use this hate to empower myself. Today, five years later, I think I'm "normal."

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

Sandra Charron | Posted 09.22.2014 | 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