Why I Gave Up On Diets

Diet is such an ugly word, isn't it? When I hear "diet", I think, "fad", as if it's just a short-term solution with no real sustainability. And I also think of suffering. Unfathomable human suffering. ...more

Does Your Child Have an Eating Disorder?

Eating disorders affect five to ten million young and adult women and one million men in the U.S. What is a parent to do when we suspect our child may be exhibiting symptoms of disordered eating? Come to think of it -- what are symptoms of disordered eating? To answer these questions, I called up Liza Feilner, a licensed professional counselor and senior therapist at the Eating Recovery Center's Child and Adolescent Behavioral Hospital. ...more
Boy did I do ALL of these and then some!!!! what a sad, lonely, horrible existence I had as a ...more

The Problem with Food

As I write this, I'm trying to sit through the very uncomfortable feeling of fullness that accompanies eating. Just trying to process the discomfort--which, in my case, is both physical and emotional--makes me realize that it's not only been a while since I've tried to sit with these feelings, but it's also been a while since I've blogged at all about my relationship with food, eating, and hunger....more

Compulsion and Magical Thinking

I wrote a few days ago about the difference between dependence and compulsion. I'd like to take a few minutes to go a little deeper into an aspect of compulsion called magical thinking....more

Eating Disorders At Midlife

As a specialist in women’s mental health, I am often asked, “does one ever recover from an eating disorder?”  ...more

Living Authentically, Online & in Real Life

I had an epiphany yesterday: when I began blogging this past July, I was ready to dip my toes in the pool ... but I was still afraid to go for a lengthy swim. I was nervous about how I'd be perceived by friends and family as I shared my deepest thoughts and fears with the blogosphere. I wanted to remain semi-anonymous; just "a 20-something struggling with disordered eating issues." ...more

I would imagine that your writing is very authentic, or you wouldn't have so many people ...more

Screw the Scale ... for Today at Least.

“Treat your body like a friend and your scale like a machine.”   What a great quote. How often do we, as women, treat our bodies like enemies, berating them and chastising them … and then treating our scales — stupid machines!–like friends? You know the drill: If we see a “good” number we’re happy. A “bad” number and we want to hit something or assume we got “fat” overnight or will gain it all back (we didn’t; we won’t). ...more

Three Out of Four American Women Have Disordered Eating

A new survey by Self magazine in partnership with the University of North Carolina shows that sixty-five percent of American women between the ages of 25 and 45 report having disordered eating behaviors and an additional ten percent reported symptoms consistent with full-blown eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia. The disordered eating behavior in this study cut across racial and ethnic lines and was not limited to a particular age group either. ...more

Im guilty of a few of these things too... but also I wonder if simply forgetting to eat is a ...more