carnival of eating disorders #14 – part 1

it’s that time of the month again. yes, people, it’s time for the carnival of eating disorders.behind the mask of eating disorders

this blog carnival showcases blogs that discuss anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and other issues that people have with food and body image. mostly, i point you to blogs here written by people who have personal and/or professional experience with it. i want this to be the real thing. for real people. because – well, to a large degree that’s what recovering from eating disorders is all about: to step out from behind the mask of binging, purging, starving, over exercising and self hate and move into the light of real life.

this time i’ll separate the carnival into two posts. the first part will deal with eating disorders in general, anorexia, bulimia and body image, the second one with obesity.

so here we go! thanks to all you authors of these great posts, for sharing your experience, inspiration and knowledge with us!

eating disorders – general
a while ago, “the sopranos” actress jamie-lynn sigler, 26, was honoured by the national eating disorder association for both “her fundraising and consciousness raising work for research into eating disorders.”

she has drawn a lot of attention in the media to have eating disorders seen as real medical and mental illnesses and not just a “superficial disease.”

sigler suffered from anorexia and exercise bulimia while working on “the sopranos.” in 2002, usa today wrote:

sigler cut her calories to less than 500 a day and dropped a quarter of her weight ” sliding from 120 pounds to 90. “i had an eating disorder,” says sigler, who has detailed her potentially deadly experiences with anorexia nervosa (an) and her simultaneous rise to fame in the new book wise girl. “i hated the way i looked when i saw myself in the mirror, but i just couldn’t stop what i was doing.”

“going out with my girlfriends to go to the mall was out,” says sigler. “they might decide to go to the food court and order pizza.” excessive exercise is a common strategy in both anorexia and bulimia. “i’d begin the day with an hour or so on the treadmill,” recalls sigler, “and then i’d put on an exercise video. i’d even figure out how to make doing laundry or talking on the phone use more calories.”

read more abut it here.

kristie mcnealy discusses eating in families:

a study published in the january issue of the journal archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine showed that teen girls who reported eating at least 5 meals with their family each week were less likely to develop forms of seriously disordered eating.

an announcement about my own blog: after the comments on my post about 10 activities that help with recovering from anorexia became a little long, i decided to start a “talk area” here on this blog.  if you are dealing with anorexia and would like some support from others in the same boat, please post here in anorexia talk.

oh so slight explains what bulimia is like – from the point of view of a person who is suffering from it. if you don’t have bulimia or know little about eating disorders, this is a very useful post to read.

part time bulimic talks about a light bulb moment: i use my dinner to decompress!

okay, so last night i had a good evening at work, but a few (normal) stresses as well. i was doing okay with my eating this week ” some issues, some of them scary, but overall well. i had no reason to believe last night would be anything but a success in terms of my sticking to the meal plan.

so i got home, cooked my dinner, which was delicious. healthy, warm, nourishing. i emerged very happy and content.

but then…. i kept going.

body image
this is a video clip of the film shredded submitted by daniel lafleche. it provides an unusual glimpse into the problem of body image for teenage males, and warns about steroid use. unfortunately, my sound is not working right now but just looking at the images, it appears to be very interesting.

that’s it for part 1. part 2, about obesity, will show up in the next few days.  in the meantime, if you have or know of an interesting article on eating disorders, please submit it here. the next edition will be out on march 31, 2008.

(image by XŤЯΣΛМ i)

9 thoughts on “carnival of eating disorders #14 – part 1

  1. Sebastian

    this blog is cool.
    I don’t really understand everything ( i learnt english only in school and i’m not from US or GB).
    currently i’m beginning to study healthcare and nutrition and it seems that your articles come in very handy.
    Please keep writing, i think i can learn a lot from it. Thank you.

  2. Lauralyn Bellamy

    If you’d like to give yourself a moment of “the best medicine” – i.e. laughter, I took these photos a few days ago on the back deck of our house and turned them into a 1-minute slide show that tells this story:
    Just copy & paste this into your web browser space:!7BC360850B2BA149!425
    Lovingly sent,

  3. A dieter

    I think body image is the key. I mean how do you know when to stop dieting if you don’t have a normal opinion of your own body.

    Looking out for part 2…

  4. Lauralyn Bellamy

    As a former yoyo dieter, I can tell you that until I learned how to consciously live IN my body and take an interest in how it felt to get healthier and STRONGER (a significant factor and distinction for women of the pre-Title IX world, where girls were not supposed to be physically strong, except in a few, narrowly prescribed venues – swimming, tennis) I could not imagine what I would look like. I remember the grandmotherly babysitter we used when our boys were very little who, because she cared about me, presented me with a refrigerator magnet in the shape of a leaping blue elephant. Across its white plastic tummy were the words,
    “NOTHING tastes as good as
    being THIN feels!”
    I dutifully placed it on our ‘frig, made sure it survived two moves. Decades later, after living in a strong, normal sized body for over 5 years, I stopped and actually read that magnet again and realized I could agree; although, my definition of “thin” is actually “healthy” – sizes 6-10 women’s. That’s not “runway” thin, of course; but the world of fashion is sick, sick, sick. They are glorifying size 2 and size ZERO women who appear to be dying of starvation. This becomes painfully obvious to anyone who’s watched an episode of Bravo-TV’s “PROJECT RUNWAY.” We see the designers fitting clothes on these skeletal females who seek to sculpt their bodies to resemble hungry 14-year old BOYS.

    That’s why the powerful core of my coaching method is about giving clients the ability to develop the capacity to envision their future selves while simultaneously learning safe, healthy, pleasurable ways to reduce the anxiety that even contemplating living in a potentially normal body evokes. Diet sabotage is a desperate response to reduce an intolerable level of anxiety: people don’t simply eat “COMFORT food,” they shovel it down with an urgency that contradicts their self-image of someone who “loves food.” People who love food slow down and savor it. Devouring food until one is “stuffed” is to eating for pleasure as violent rape is to the pleasure of making love.

    Thanks for listenning!

  5. isabella mori

    @lauralyn “diet sabotage” is an important concept. there are a gazillion diets and exercise programs out there and many of them work. if you stick with them, that is.

    btw, i think the “shoveling” – or bingeing – is only one form of diet sabotage. grazing is another. and there’s more … unfortunately …

    on an emotional level, “learning safe, healthy, pleasurable ways to reduce the anxiety” is probably one of the most important things people with eating disorders can do. and interestingly, that seems to be the case both for people who overeat as well as those who undereat.

  6. Lauralyn Bellamy

    Isabella, you’re right. I just can’t be encyclopedic on these posts. What all forms of diet sabotage have in common is their purpose: to reduce intolerable levels of anxiety.
    Learning to eat slowly and mindfully used to create huge anxiety in me, for example. I remember one therapist who told me to sit down for my meals and do absolutely nothing else but eat; put my whole attention on the experience of eating; to eat slowly and thoughtfully; to look at, smell and fully “masticate” by mouthfuls and to put my fork down in between.
    “That’s obscene!” I blurted out instantly. A reaction that caught me off guard!
    What we are dealing with is an internal war between the more rational aspects of our personality armed with data, motive and support elements engaging in a program to improve our quality of life and our “reptillian brain” hardwired to “save” us from any element/situation/person that represents a threat. A threat can not only be something known, recognizable and categorical; it can simply be The Unknown.
    There’s plenty of articles folks can download from my blogsite on my method – and more to come.
    Anyone who wants to be alerted to when the next magazine & ezine articles are available can sign my guestbook there.
    Lovingly sent,

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