Eating disorders exist in all shapes and sizes, and we need to do a better job of representing people who suffer from eating disorders if we hope to dispel stigma and promote lasting recovery. The issue of eating disorder representation in the media has come up in the last year due to the highly controversial Netflix movie, To the Bone. People in eating disorder recovery circles and the Health at Every Size community clashed, both within their own groups and with the public at large, about the potential impact of the movie, and the affect such a depiction of an eating disorder sufferer would … [Read more...] about We Need Better Eating Disorder Representation
Eating Disorders Legislation
This is a wonderful guest post written by my niece, Jenny Rose, who is also the designer of my beautiful website. I am fortunate to have family members who "get" the damaging and body-shaming messages the media dole out on a daily basis. I came across this sign outside Nutrishop, a vitamins and supplements retailer next door to Chipotle (where I’d just unapologetically eaten 3 tacos). The sign spoke to me: “ARE YOU TIRED OF BEING FAT AND UGLY?” it shouted, ringing caps lock in my head. “Who, me?” I answered. “JUST BE UGLY!” it concluded, its underline signifying that this was … [Read more...] about “Are You Tired of Being Fat And Ugly?” – A Response
My interest in the political process changed when I volunteered to participate in Spring Lobby Day for the Eating Disorders Coalition on April 18, 2016 as a representative of IFEDD (International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians). Although I grew up around politics my entire life -- my mother worked for Governor Mario Cuomo of New York State and my husband was the mayor of Ardsley, NY, a small Westchester County village for six years -- I never truly understood how the political process worked. On April 18th, I visited offices and spoke to staff from both Senators and … [Read more...] about I Lobbied Congress for Improving Access to Eating Disorder Treatment, Coverage and Education — You Can Too!!