This post is from the May edition of Good News for Eating Disorders Recovery, my free monthly ezine. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂 You Are Your Own Reward The first time this phrase came to my mind I can still remember thinking, "Oh good god." I mean – seriously? Do 'real' people (aka people like me) actually say things like this? As it turns out, they do. They even say things like this and…

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There’s no better way to detach
from unwanted thoughts and feelings than by using the practice of mindfulness.
I recently watched a 12-minute YouTube video, Befriending
Your Mind, Befriending Your Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn
, that nicely sums up the
essence and uses of mindfulness. I also recommend two of Kabat-Zinn’s books, WHEREVER

Read More Developing a Mindfulness Practice

A Unique Depiction of How One Woman Exposed Distorted Ideas Around Body Image, Weight, and Health
By Lisa Kantor, Esq. & Rachel Teicher
Kantor & Kantor, LLP

I was traveling with students in Barcelona in the summer of 2011, walking through La Rambla, when I noticed two guys making fun of me. I could see them in the reflection of a mirrored building, making gestures with their hands to suggest how much bigger I was than the thin girl standing next to me, her small waist accentuated by her crop top and cut-off shorts. They painted her figure in the air like an hourglass. Then they painted my shape like the convex curves of a ball. The guys were saying something, too, but there was only one word I could make out: Gorda. Fat woman.

Read More Weight Stigma: The Last Socially-Acceptable Prejudice

by Lisa Kantor, Esq. & Rachel Teicher

Researchers from Johns Hopkins recently revealed interesting findings in weight bias, confirming what many people in larger bodies have known to be true for decades.

Published in the medical journal Obesity, researchers studied interactions between 39 primary care doctors and more than 200 patients with high blood pressure. This group consisted of 120 obese patients (body mass index -B.M.I. of 30 or greater), 60 overweight patients (B.M.I. of 25 to 30), and 28 patients of "normal weight" (meaning they had a B.M.I. below 25). The reason for this particular doctor’s visit was to discuss high blood pressure.

Read More Weight Bias in Your Doctor’s Office: The Problem and Action Steps You Can Take to Solve It- by Kantor & Kantor, LLP

Chevese Turner 03 - web versionI suffered anorexia as a child, and transitioned to bulimia before the illness was given

a name (by British psychiatrist Gerald Russell in 1979). 

But if I had developed Binge Eating Disorder (this month listed as a recognized illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – called the DSM-5) the recovery challenge would have been greater, the stigma and the bullying more intense and real. 

Which is why, during Binge Eating Disorder Week (May 27-31) I take this opportunity to express appreciation and admiration for Chevese Turner (left), founder of the Binge Eating Disorder Association.

Read More Binge Eating Disorder out of the closet

Although many disregulated eaters
know that diets don’t work long-term, when they get frustrated that “normal”
eating isn’t producing the weight loss they desire, they consider—and sometimes
return to—dieting. So for those of you teeter-tottering on the brink, here’s
more proof that restricting calories will hurt, not help, you.

Read More A Reminder of Why Diets Don’t Work

It’s sadly ironic that many
disregulated eaters make decisions backwards. On the one hand, they overthink
things—called intellectualization or rationalization—when they’d be better off
tuning into their emotions and acting on what they feel. On the other, they
mistakenly make choices based on what they feel rather than employing higher order thinking to decide what’s best for them. Time to turn that around,

Read More Feeling versus Thinking Around Food

Calling all sufferers of anorexia – help researchers find a cure

I'm ready to roll up my sleeve for science and help researchers find a cure for anorexia.

If you have suffered anorexia nervosa at any point in your life, researchers want to hear from you. Why? Because you are in the hot seat to help find find the cause and a cure.

Read More Roll up your sleeve for science – I can hardly wait

I never wanted to be known as the girl with the eating disorder. And now I’ve got a book with chapters and paragraphs and sentences stating that I am that very girl, the one who starved herself from the ages of nine until 13. And nine? People ask. Why so young? But I tell them, I didn’t feel nine. I felt very, very old. And sometimes it’s hard to remember (as I put down words…

Read More Learning How to Eat – Guest post by Emily Wierenga