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I Get Where ‘The Blonde Vegan’ Blogger Is Coming From, Because I Had Disordered Eating Gussied Up As Being “Vegetarian,” Too

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Last month, a blogger named Jordan Younger announced in a blog post that she had eaten some fish. This wouldn’t have been noteworthy, except the blog was called The Blonde Vegan and Younger’s post was titled “Why I’m Transitioning Away From Veganism.

Younger used to be a vegan for both health and ethical reasons. As she explained in her post, she felt “nourished and fueled” by her plant-based diet and she was satisfied in her commitment to being cruelty-free. (She also, it should be noted, called herself “addicted to juice cleanses.”)

For awhile, her healthful living seemed to be going well. But then, all of a sudden, her body changed. Younger explained that she no longer felt filled up after she ate, and began to have stomach aches and “wild and ravenous sugar cravings.” She also felt like she could no longer focus. Yet, she writes, “I spent the next several months ignoring my body’s internal cues. … [M]y body didn’t feel GOOD & I wasn’t listening to it.” Keep reading »

Travel Channel Pulls Adam Richman’s “Man Finds Food” After #Thinspiration Rant

  • Adam Richman from the shows “Man vs. Food” and “Man Finds Food” made abusive comments an Instagram thread last week after some of his followers objected the use of the tag #thinspiration on a post about his weight loss. Fat activist Amber Sarah and others pointed out that #thinspiration is used by the pro-eating disorders community. The Travel Channel  said “Man Finds Food” is now “postponed indefinitely” due to Richman’s responses, like “grab a razor blade and draw a bath” and “eat a bag of shit.” (He has since deleted all photos from his Instagram account.) [TMZ, Guardian UK]
  • Here’s a piece Amber Sarah wrote about fighting with Richman on Instagram. [xoJane]
  • Shia LaBeouf’s rep released a statement yesterday clarifying the actor has not checked into rehab, but is “voluntarily receiving treatment for alcohol addiction.” The statement continued, “He understands that these recent actions are a sympton of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery.” [US Weekly] Keep reading »

True Story: I’m A Body Image Waffler

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I recently signed up for six sessions with a personal trainer, LaMarcus, and told him my goals: get more toned and lose a few pounds.

Then he weighed me. I clocked in at 125, and he asked me if that’s what I expected. “Yeah, but I’d prefer to be closer to 122,” I told him. WHAT? As the words came out of my mouth I realized how ridiculous that probably sounded. Why do I even need a trainer for that? I’m not overweight. I know this (if not by looking at myself, then by furiously Googling “healthy body weights”). But that doesn’t stop me from telling myself that I am. Sometimes. I’m a pretty confident person. But, on some days, I can’t help but hate my body.

My self-diagnoses? I’m a Body Image Waffler. Keep reading »

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Dr. Drew’s Daughter Paulina Pinsky Is A Body Positivity Activist

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Dr. Drew Pinsky’s daughter, Paulina Pinsky, first came out about her seven-year struggle with anorexia and bulimia in a brave essay she penned for the Columbia Daily Spectator in November 2013. The 21-year-old junior at Barnard College described the moment she revealed her secret to her mom in her essay “Get Your Teeth Checked.” She wrote:

I paused, but before I knew it, the words were out of my mouth … “I’ve been throwing up since the seventh grade.” … [T]he words flew out of my mouth before I had a chance to take them back. The following moment was the longest and most painful silence of my life; I felt like my stomach was going to fall out and that I was going to projectile-vomit onto the windshield. After a silence that lasted far too long, [my mom] responded. “Well, get your teeth checked.”

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5 Ways To Be Good To Your Loved One With An Eating Disorder

Some say that love can conquer all. But a couple struggling with the effects of the pressures of an eating disorder may need a little outside help. Though eating disorders are more frequently reported in women than in men, they occur among both genders. The most commonly seen are anorexia (starvation) and bulimia (binge eating and purging food). Read more at Your Tango…

The Myth Of The Eating Actress — And Why It’s Dangerous For Women

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Garance Doré is a fashion illustrator, and the wife of Sartorialist photographer Scott Schulman. She’ s also a style blogger with a loyal following, loved for her honest and rambling posts about all things fashion. Earlier this week, Dore posted an entry called “The Other Girls,” where she talked about the major disconnect between what actresses look like and what they supposedly eat on TV and in interviews.

The essay was prompted by comments she received after posting a video of her friends eating lunch one day. In the video, Dore and her friends abstain from eating dessert, and some of her readers took that to mean that they were depriving themselves to stay thin, accusing Doré of offering a twisted “image of femininity.”

But, argued Doré, she was only showing what her concept of reality is — the way it is for so many women for whom eating a huge slice of cheesecake or gorging on a basket of fries means hours and hours in the gym. Keep reading »

Study: Anorexia Is Similar To Autism

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anorexia and autism

A new study suggests that girls suffering from anorexia display similar personality traits to those with autism, such as lack of empathy, high focus on detail, and rigid behavior. In some instances, girls with anorexia scored five times higher in autistic qualities than non-anorexic girls on the Autism Spectrum Quotient. Keep reading »

Feminists Have Food And Body Image Issues, Too: 5 Ways To Get Over The Shame

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I was a full-blown feminist by the time I started college. I also had a full-blown eating disorder. As a teen I marched on Washington for women’s rights. I put out a zine called Wonder Woman. I played drums (and by “played” I mean I aggressively and skill-lessly beat the shit out of a floor tom, a snare and a cymbal) in a punk band whose songs included “Penis-Shaped Missile” and “Cute Band Alert.” I prepared all varieties of soy-based hippie stews for Food Not Bombs, though I don’t recall ever sampling any of them. And it wasn’t because of the soy. Or the hippie. While my dog-eared copy of Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth was proudly displayed on my bookshelf, my equally well-worn calorie counter book was hidden out of sight in my desk drawer.

I was terrified of gaining weight. I restricted. I binged and purged. I hated my body. Keep reading »

This Creepy Real-Life Barbie Infographic Makes The Doll Ideal Very Unappealing

In case you had somehow forgotten just how bizarre and unrealistic the Barbie ideal actually is, this new infographic makes the whole crazy thing very, very clear. Check out all of the statistics at the source. [The Fashion Spot via Rehabs.com]

Barbie Without Makeup
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Black Barbie Party Line
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Absolutely Terrible: Modeling Agencies Are Stalking Eating Disorder Clinics For New Models Now

My Eating Disorder
Katie struggled for an eating disorder in high school and college. Read More »
Exploiting Anorexia
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Will a new reality TV show exploit women with eating disorders? Read More »
Too Young Models?
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Because skinny is more important than healthy, some modeling scouts in Sweden have taken to hanging around outside of eating disorder clinics to find new models. Yes, I’ll say that again: modeling scouts are approaching girls — some of them too weak to stand — at the Stockholm Center for Eating Disorders and offering them modeling contracts. Dr. Anna-Maria af Sandeberg, who helps run the clinic, said the scouts are “repugnant” and send the “wrong signals when the girls are being treated for eating disorders.” Keep reading »

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