Eating Disorder

Eating Disorders Are Not a Fear of Being Fat

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.07.2014 | 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 07.02.2014 | 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

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 Best Way to Understand an Eating Disorder

Marilyn Linton | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Living
Marilyn Linton

Thinking of people with eating disorders as crazy or self-destructive is just wrong, says Dr. Steiger. In fact, there are still too many myths attached to eating disorders -- like the following. It's a rich girl's disease: In fact, eating disorders cut across all economic groups. Goals and values of being upwardly mobile, of being achievement oriented affect all social groups.

Coming Clean: I've Relapsed into Bulimia and Can't Fight This Alone

Rachel Sunter | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Living
Rachel Sunter

It is with great apprehension that I write this post and confession. Two weeks ago, I reentered a treatment program at the hospital, because I have relapsed into bulimia, and can't fight this alone. The treatment program will last at least seven months, involving multiple weekly visits to the eating disorder clinic at the hospital, where I will participate in supervised meals, various groups and one-on-one therapy. This is my third time going into treatment. The hypocrisy of preaching healthy eating while doing ED treatment fills me with guilt.

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.

Pressure To 'Eat Healthy' Linked To Eating Disorders

CBC | Posted 07.02.2013 | Canada Living

A child psychiatrist says children who are constantly told to "eat healthy" may end up developing eating disorders. In elementary schools...

How My National Ballet Career Led to Bulimia

Kathleen Rea | Posted 02.03.2013 | Canada Living
Kathleen Rea

At ten, I was accepted into the National Ballet School of Canada training program. In puberty I developed curves that were considered too fat for the ballet world. I decided to diet my curves away, as the accolades in ballet went to girls who looked deathly thin. But my calculated "career move" soon became my nightmare. I became borderline anorexic and then bulimic. After dieting intensely for days, a famished "creature" would seize control, and an intense desire to eat would overcome my willpower.

Does Katie Couric's Signature Reveal Her Eating Disorder?

Annette Poizner | Posted 11.28.2012 | Canada Living
Annette Poizner

Note how she loyally reproduces the copybook script she learned in school and, in so doing, shows us that, first and foremost, she values fitting in. Such writers, amiable and good-natured, easily lapse into people-pleasing. And they often harbor secret self-negating habits designed to help them keep insecurities at bay.

Why Is Eating Healthy Considered a Disease?

Meghan Telpner | Posted 09.03.2012 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

"Orthorexia nervosa - obsessed with eating to improve your health" defined "orthorexia" as "a new type of eating disorder [...] where people are becoming obsessed with eating to improve their health." Uh... where does that leave you and I? I have often said that we could only be so lucky to be named "the healthy one" by those around us.