A Journey Through Eating Disorders Support & Recovery

How to Know if You Have an Eating Disorder

How do we know when disordered eating becomes an eating disorder? Disordered eating does not interfere with one’s ability to function, but may include irregular eating patterns along with judgment around food and/or body. Eating disorders, on the other hand, represent a wide range of behaviors involving food and eating and impair one’s health and ability to function in terms…
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April 22, 2021
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Ensuring Eating Disorders Are Part of the Conversation

1 in 5 U.S. adults experiences mental illness each year. With the COVID-19 pandemic, some experts are estimating that number may be inching closer to 1 in 3. Ongoing research conducted by the Pew Research Center indicates that, since the start of the pandemic, more than 20% of U.S. adults report experiencing high levels of psychological distress. These symptoms include…
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April 15, 2021
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Neurobiology and Genetics

It is an exciting time in the world of brain and mental health research. Over the past few years, there has been an exponential increase in research findings in the neurobiology and genetics of mental health disorders. While we have known for decades that mental disorders are related to dysfunction in brain pathways, we are now able to say that…
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April 05, 2021
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We Can Do Hard Things!

Life without hardships? Well, that’s not something that anyone can promise you. There will surely be times that you don’t know what you to do. It seems that no matter how well you plan for the best days, life has its own twist, turns, and unpredictable ways. No one can map out every single venture or space. It’s like a…
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March 27, 2021
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Not One More: Renfrew Center

The Alliance’s call to action of Not One More is vital to allowing new awareness to emerge and grow. I wonder though, in the first moments of hearing “not one more,” is it possible that some of us may experience frustration and fear rising, causing a cloud of fog to emerge that keeps us from believing in the power of…
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March 10, 2021
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What Does Eating Disorder Treatment Look Like?

For many of us, this past year marked an unprecedented loss of normalcy and control – beyond our comprehension. We’ve borne witness to the loss of hope and desperation of loved ones and community members. We’ve had to create a new sense of safety, structure, and routine. Likewise, for those who struggle with eating disorders, the pandemic has been particularly…
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March 09, 2021
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When Eating Disorders Make Us Feel Lost

When I look up the meaning of Lost, this is what I find: “Unable to find one’s way; not knowing one’s whereabouts. Denoting something that has been taken away or cannot be recovered. Very confused or insecure or in great difficulties. Having perished or been destroyed” (from Oxford Languages). These definitions really do sum up life stuck in an eating…
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March 03, 2021
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Enacting Change with Eating Disorder Activism

When I see the phrase “Not One More”, I admit that the first thing that comes to mind are questions. Can we really achieve the goal of “Not One More”? Especially as it pertains to mental health. So many people struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, substance abuse, and other debilitating and life-threatening illnesses. How do we fix it…
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February 27, 2021
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Not One More: McCallum Place

There are so many thoughts that come to mind when brainstorming a meaningful “Not One More” statement because, well, eating disorders truly rob people of so much. Not only do eating disorders affect individuals, but they can also have a devastating impact on their loved ones. The consequences of eating disorders tend to be obvious for the individual that is…
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February 26, 2021
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A Letter to Parents of Children with Eating Disorders

When my child was in the grips of his eating disorder, every day was filled with “not one more” wishes. Not one more appointment with a doctor, therapist, dietitian or psychiatrist, who all contradicted one another. Not one more trip to the hospital for medical stabilization. Not one more stressful meal. Not one more night sleeping in the chair outside…
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February 25, 2021
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