Anorexia Tied To Specific Gene In New Study

Eating disorders are often thought of as “an issue with weight” or as a behavioral reaction to body image problems. The truth is that eating disorders like anorexia are diseases that are deeply ingrained in the mind and body through a combination of genetics and environment. A recent study published in the journal Translational Psychiatry […]

What Everyone Should Know About Eating Disorders in Men

  Earlier this week, I highlighted Zayn Malik’s recent interviews where he has gone into depth about his experience with disordered eating. But, of course, Malik is far from the only man to be affected by eating disorders or disordered eating. Approximately 10 million American men live with a diagnosable eating disorder such as anorexia, […]

Zayn Malik Keeps Tearing Down Eating Disorder Myths

When singer Zayn Malik first told the public about his experience with an eating disorder, he helped chip away at the misconception that only women are affected by these types of disorders. Now, in an interview with U.K. publication The Times, the former member of One Direction is shedding more insight into his experiences and […]

Why Ben Affleck’s Alcoholism Confession Matters

Last week, actor, director, screenwriter, and two-time Oscar winner, Ben Affleck revealed to the world he has completed treatment for alcohol addiction in a post to fans on Facebook. I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I've dealt with in the past and will continue to confront. … Posted by Ben Affleck on Tuesday, March […]

How Eating Disorders Affect Your Body Aside From Your Weight

Just about everyone knows eating disorders can have extreme effects on your body. But, most of the time people are only thinking about the drastic weight changes mostly associated with severe cases of anorexia. The problem with this is that weight loss is only one of the many ways an eating disorder affects your body. […]

#BoycottTheBefore Challenges Eating Disorder Stereotypes With Viral Campaign

Social media has increasingly become a place where people who live with eating disorders feel they can come together in a safe space to share their experiences and support. But, a new viral campaign is striking back at one of the most popular ways survivors share their stories of recovery. The new hashtag campaign #BoycottTheBefore […]

Anorexia Rehabilitation May Need More Time To Restore The Brain

A lot of attention is paid to how anorexia affects the body, from the focus on weight to the long-term risks of organ failure or death. But, many forget that anorexia is a mental disorder first and foremost, and treatment needs to focus on the brain as much as the body. New research published in […]

ADHD Isn’t Caused By Parenting, But It May Be Caused By Changes In The Brain

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been formally recognized by mental health professionals for years, but the disorder is still heavily stigmatized among many people – especially when children are diagnosed with it. There are a number of people who dismiss the existence of ADHD or minimize its effects by suggesting children with ADHD are […]

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Kesha Reminds Us “Eating Disorders Don’t Discriminate” in Moving PSA

Singer-songwriter Kesha publicly revealed she lived with an eating disorder in 2014 and has since been a loud public voice bringing attention to the struggles of those who have experienced disordered eating. This week, the performer partnered up with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) to promote awareness of eating disorders for National Eating Disorder […]

What Happens When You’re Not “Thin Enough” To Get Help For An Eating Disorder?

I frequently talk about the issues facing men, minorities, and older adults with eating disorders that can prevent treatment or diagnosis of these dangerous mental illnesses. However, there is another group who often gets overlooked: the “not skinny enough”. Even in the medical community, weight is often (and wrongly) used as the best and easiest […]