Athletes are 2-3 times more likely than the average individual to develop an eating disorder, making male athletes a vulnerable subgroup. So why are male athletes at risk? Here are five reasons to consider.
According to Dr. Stuart Koman of the Walden Center in Waltham, “Comments about people’s bodies can often be felt as bullying.”
Seventy Seven Percent of school children and adolescents report being or having been bullied, but does that put them at higher risk for developing an eating disorder?
I'm not saying that men are not body shamed in the media, because they most certainly are. What I did notice, especially after doing research for this blog, is that it seems that the media is placing more pressure on women in the public spotlight to conform to society's baseless standards of "normalcy" and "rightness."
We are so used to picking people apart, or judging people based on their external appearance, that body shaming has become a sort of white noise that is constantly playing in the backdrop of our lives.
For women and men suffering from the infliction of an eating disorder within this cultural back drop, it’s no wonder why it has become increasingly challenging for many to feel comfortable in their own skin.
I thought to myself “Is it possible that Prince has taught me the most about what a healthy body image and self-concept ought to look like?
Opening Day is still six weeks away, and the sporting world is already considering it a lost season for Pablo Sandoval. Since when does a little extra weight doom an athlete to failure? And what gives us the right to assume that because someone has gained weight, they are no longer a viable athlete?
Do people feel badly about their bodies because they’re overweight, or are they overweight because they feel badly about their bodies? This question reminds me of that unsolvable quip involving the chicken and the egg. Does anyone actually have an answer as to which came first?
What does it mean to be “guilt-free”? To not feel that nagging sense that you’ve done something wrong, let someone down, or hurt someone? When you run an Internet image search of the term “guilt-free,” surprisingly, there are no images of people free from guilt because they are in content relationships being loyal to their partners.
What has kept me from sharing my road to recovery from everyone I meet? Part of it is the fear of being stigmatized for recovering from an Eating Disorder (E.D.) Ignorance can be bliss at times. I remember it like yesterday. The feeling of being crazy and hopeless, barely escapes me.
The feel-good energy surrounding the holiday season has begun as we prepare for Thanksgiving. While many of us look forward to seeing family, watching football and “binging” on turkey and stuffing, those who struggle with an eating disorder have probably been dreading this day for several months. I have found a few really helpful articles with tips and reminders for those who struggle, but have yet to find information on how to SUPPORT a loved one through the Thanksgiving holiday.
Every year around this time memories flood in of back to school and specifically for me back to dance. Dance was (and still is) an integral part of my life and unfortunately so were eating disorders.
When I read the headline, “Magazine puts a Plus Size Model on the Cover and Twitter Freaks out”, my first reaction was one of frustration. Why, I thought, is the world so irritated by larger bodies? What is it about plus size models that people react so strongly to? Why can’t plus size models be shown running on the cover of a runner’s magazine? Would a plus size male model have caused Twitter to “freak out”?
We try to protect our kids from danger and do our best to keep them shielded from things that could make them feel bad. We teach them not to speak to strangers, make sure that they put on their sunscreen and wear a helmet and we don't talk about "adult matters" while in their presence. We do this to keep them safe, and because we know that infancy and childhood are supposed to be times filled with nurture, exploration, play and discovery that should not be infringed upon by stress, jealousy, self-degradation and dare I say it, body image issues.
The world was first introduced to Caitlyn Jenner (formally Bruce Jenner) several days ago, when a sneak peek from the Vanity Fair article chronicling her journey from Bruce to Caitlyn was published.
The prevalence of eating disorders is on the rise, and they are not discriminating against any race, ethnicity, social class, or religion, including members of the Jewish community. The culture of the Jewish people heavily revolves around gatherings with family, friends, and large quantities of food. Each Jewish holiday is associated with a meal consisting of multiple courses.
A day in the life of a mirror is no easy thing
Insecurities can play a powerful role in anyone’s life. Insecurities are why we hide our flaws and cover up anything that is less than perfect. As the above quote states, our insecurities become more apparent when we are constantly comparing ourselves to the images we see on TV, magazines, and social media. Many patients at Walden Behavioral Care say that they struggle the most with comparison on Instagram and Facebook, as opposed to in the pages of their favorite magazine.
According to the National Eating Disorder Association, about 30% of individuals with an eating disorder have been abused at some point in their lifetime. This is only a measure of individuals who know that what they’ve experienced is abuse, and that they are willing to disclose it. It is likely that this percentage is much higher as many folks do not believe that abuse can be verbal, emotional, physical, and sexual. Furthermore, some men and women do not know, or do not believe, that they have the right to say no to anyone, including a domestic partner or spouse. Nevertheless, this statistic shows us that three out of 10 of those admittedly struggling with an eating disorder have also disclosed trauma.
It’s no secret that we live in a diet-obsessed, social-media influenced, quick-fix seeking culture these days. New diets and workouts seem to crop up every week, thinness and fitness are valued, and we are quick to compare pictures, goals, and results across social media platforms and in day to day conversation. According to the Healthy Weight Network, in the U.S., we spend more than 50 billion dollars a year on diet products!
Body Shaming. We all do it whether to our self or to those around us. To make matters worse, magazines, TV and social media bombard us with body shaming messages every day.
In September, I went to a two-day conference on Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating in Meredith, NH. I had the pleasure of sitting in on an incredibly empowering presentation about one woman’s approach to preventing eating disorders, specifically in schools.
How many times have you woken up and thought something negative about your body? Probably more times than you can even count. Similarly, how many times have you had a negative thought about someone else’s body? Probably the same answer. Body shaming is a real problem, regardless of whether we do it to ourselves or others. It needs to stop. I have talked a lot about having confidence and finding the strength to compliment yourself as well as talking about positive body-related things with others. Having a negative attitude is a sure-fire way to start body shaming yourself or someone else.
America’s favorite overpriced and overly snooty dressy-prep clothing store J.Crew, controversially announced last week, that they will now be carrying a new pant size; this new addition boasts not one, not two, but three zeroes.
Did you ever stop and think about how often we are told to change our appearance? Magazines constantly offer tips about how to lose weight “in days,” appear slimmer “instantly,” and hide our “imperfections”… without actually knowing anything about us, much less our appearance.