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“You don’t look like you have an eating disorder” - Weight Stigma Viewed Through an Eating Disorder Lens

“You don’t look like you have an eating disorder.” As a clinician who works with individuals suffering from eating disorders, I cannot tell you how many times I've heard similar words spoken.

These statements have been made in many contexts, however, in my experience, these statements are almost always made in an attempt to gauge the presence or severity of an eating disorder — and they’re made out of weight stigma.

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Hello, Sunshine! My take away from "Together Live"

Last night I attended the Austin tour of “Hello Sunshine x Together Live” - a collection of awesome women - Jennifer Rudolph Walsh, Maysoon Zayid, CAM, Melissa Villaseñor, Priya Parker, and, yes, Brené Brown - who came together to share their stories and insights. It was two delightful hours of singing, laughing, crying, and aha-ing.

If you were there, you may have seen the lightbulb illuminating above my head in between laughs and nods of agreement. Here’s what I took away.

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NEDA Awareness Week: How to Help Someone with an Eating Disorder

This week is the National Eating Disorder Association's (NEDA) Awareness Week - a week dedicated to building awareness of eating disorders. In honor of this year's theme, "Let's Get Real," I thought I'd address a real question I get asked often when someone realizes a loved one may be struggling with an eating disorder. That question is, "How do I help or talk to someone who I suspect is struggling with an eating disorder?" 

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Thinking about starting a diet? First, check-the-facts: Diets don't work

We are heading into the new year and that means that our media is inundated with diet and weight loss recommendations, tips, and success stories all meant to help you create the “new, thinner, happier, and all-around better version of you.” What the media doesn’t tell you is that diets don’t work in the long-term; in fact, they can lead to weight gain and disordered eating.  

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