eating disorders
I'm not down with framing this as a problem -- because if it's a problem, it needs a solution, and what is the solution if not tell other writers of memoirs about eating disorders to be less forthcoming with their stories?
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Nov 19, 2013 at 12:00pm | 223 comments

anorexia
That feeling of exalting in tininess -- no matter how perilous to health it could be -- is as familiar to me as it is horrifying.
anorexia
No matter how careful I am during the day, in a cubicle, or in with a group of girlfriends at dinner, there is some part of me that knows when I am alone and I can and will buy and eat an entire box of Fig Newtons and a whole sack of Cheeze-Its.
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Men aren’t supposed to feel fat -- you just go work out and run and diet properly and fix it. Studies show that most men with anorexia don’t ever seek help because it’s seen as a “women’s disease.”
plastic surgery
A small part of me wondered if I'd made a $7,000 mistake.
eating disorders
I get that it can be challenging -- and frustrating -- to deal with a friend who is sick.
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By starving, I was killing myself to be anything but the person I was.
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I haven't been able to determine what came first: the aversion to germs or the aversion to food.
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Eating again was confusing at first -- after not listening to my body for so long, I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between when I was hungry and when I was full.
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We gave each other tips: how to throw up, how to hide our weight from the doctor, how to not pass out, how to stay warm, how to kill the appetite.
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Like a lot of bulimics in recovery, I believed I didn't deserve treatment. For me, bulimia was a hobby, and these women were pros.
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My grandmother, Flossie, died from anorexia in her 70s, but it wasn’t until I got to college that I realized how many little things are ingrained in me from this experience of loving someone so much who did not love herself.
art
Part of what art is supposed to do is upset sensibilities and shake up the status quo. But there are other, unintended consequences.
thought catalog
My mom would go in Amy’s room while she slept, watching her inhales and exhales, making sure she was still breathing, every night.
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Most treatment centers don’t take girls under 13, so it was difficult to find a place that would accept me, even though I desperately needed help.
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(Fun fact: Every patient on an eating disorder unit farts. Constantly. Everywhere. It’s a symptom of re-feeding. And it is HILARIOUS.)
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About 7 million women and girls have an eating disorder. Happy Halloween!
anorexia
The former star of "Growing Pains" and that infamous Lifetime movie is no longer scared of food, the Same 5 Questions We Always Ask, or your even more probing ones (Kirk Cameron's evangelism!)