I feel like an oversized coat and I want to throw up. More
I had a lot of body image issue growing up. I started developing early and that led to teasing and bullying, which in turn led to self-loathing and eventually an eating disorder. I struggled with what was eventually diagnosed as bulimia from the age of 11 onward and it got to the point where I would binge and purge numerous times a day. I still have the scars on my right hand from making myself throw up, and I’ve battled the physical effects of bulimia as well as the emotional ones. More
When you hear of successful models being discovered, it’s generally a tale of that young woman walking down the street or through a mall, perhaps even winning a prestigious contest that enabled her to begin a journal toward fame and fortune.
Those stories rarely start with, “I was standing outside the eating disorder clinic when an agent walked up…” More
Note to Anthony Sharwood: If you’re going to make an important comment on a specific group, don’t insult another group in a cruel way. It defeats your point and makes you look like a giant jerk. More
You know how Amanda Bynes has been acting strangely (i.e. calling out Drake to ‘murder [her] vagina’ in public)? As she continues her odd behavior, Bynes’ Twitter has steadily become the only place people are find out anything about the star. Sadly, it seems she is potentially very ill. More
As National Eating Disorders Awareness Week comes to a close, I thought it was important to elaborate on arguably the most important message of all body image messages: you are not the sum of your measurements. More
“It’s embarrassing. I never spoke about it. Like I said, I never want to play a victim, and I never wanted my family to hear about things from me because I think it would break their heart, you know.” More
Should we be surprised that Katie Couric struggled with bulimia? I suppose not. I mean, not from a standpoint of “it’s something real women know how to do” but from a standpoint of “I think being on TV in their early 20′s would make anyone incredibly insecure, even if they seem as cool and confident as Katie Couric.” More
We all know that eating disorders are bad for your body—malnutrition weakens your bones and muscles, you can grow extra hair all over if you’re severely underweight, your teeth become damaged, etcetera. But like many of the fellow eating disorder-afflicted folks I’ve met, I simply assumed that I wouldn’t have to face any of those dangers unless I continued throwing up until I was in my thirties or forties. I just figured that by the time I got older, I’d have stopped before anything permanently damaged my body. I’m young, I thought, I’m resillient.
I was wrong. I’m twenty-two now, but by my late teens, I had already received several of those effects. More
Last year, 14-year-old Fiona Geraghty hanged herself while studying at King’s College in Somerset, England. According to her parents, Geraghty had developed bulimia after peers mocked her for her weight. More
A little while back, I fell into some sort of Wikipedia k-hole about famous men with eating disorders (what? fashion blogging makes you do weird shit sometimes). I discovered that Russel Brand struggled with bulimia, for example, just as Kafka starved himself. I saw more than a few comments from people indicating the great John Lennon also had an eating disorder, but it wasn’t as widely reported. Lennon, it was said, packaged his obsessive eating habits as a kind of hippie-dippie asceticism and deprivation toward enlightenment, so no one ever called the systematic fasting what it was: anorexia. More
Lady Gaga was the surprise special guest at a conference for young women this past week, where she opened up about her battles with disordered eating and body dysmorphia. More
Ann Coulter just did. Of course she did. Now, let’s break this down a bit. What did Ann say, exactly? More