Today marks the start of 2012’s National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Spearheaded by the National Eating Disorders Association, this week-long event is meant to raise awareness of eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and the many disordered behaviors that are classified under Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS). This year’s theme is “Everybody Knows Somebody,” a powerful statement that draws attention to just how prevalent these dangerous disorders are in today’s society. They affect people of both genders and all ages, from very young girls to teenaged boys to adult men and women. Young or old, rich or poor, these disorders do not discriminate. They greatly impact the lives not only of the people who suffer from them, but also of their families and friends.
A little over a year ago, I wrote this post on eating disorders, which was supposed to be an introduction to an entire series of related posts. I know I’ve only posted a few other things about eating disorders since then, but having been there myself the topic is very important to me. Throughout the week, I’m going to do my best to post things that might help people struggling with disorders of their own, educate people who aren’t and generally offer insight into the subject.
Today I want to share some resources, both online and off, that I feel provide good information on and insight into eating disorders. If you know of any more or run a related site/blog of your own, please post it in the comments!
Websites & Blogs
- National Eating Disorders Association — The official site for NEDA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping and supporting all those affected by eating disorders.
- Weightless — Stories of eating disorders recovery, posts about body image and a general focus on getting away from the “skinny” fad.
- Something Fishy — A comprehensive pro-recovery site with information on many eating disorders and resources for those seeking help.
- Finding Balance — A Christian nonprofit that aims to promote healthy, balanced lives free from disordered eating and body image issues.
- Green Recovery Series on Choosing Raw — A collection of poignant personal stories from eating disorders sufferers whose veganism has aided in their recoveries.
- Stop Chasing Skinny — Inspirational posts from women and men who put aside the cultural ideal of “thin” to seek true health instead.
- Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher
- Life Inside the “Thin” Cage: A Personal Look into the Hidden World of the Chronic Dieter by Constance Rhodes
- Thin by Lauren Greenfield
Note that both Wasted and Thin are very graphic and could be triggering for some people.