Why Is Orthorexia Still Not Classified as an Eating Disorder?

There's a point where healthy eating becomes an obsession, and more officially, an eating disorder—but despite the growing realization that healthy eating can turn psychologically and physically unhealthy, there's still no official diagnosis for the condition. A new Fast Company article breaks down why it's important… » 1/29/15 6:50pm 1/29/15 6:50pm

Ugh to This LOFT Ad About Frantically Binge-Exercising in Saran Wrap 

Yeah, yeah, we all had a lot of cookies this past month and now maybe your clothes don't fit right. Or maybe they do. Or maybe you don't give a fuck? Whatever the case, January is always a big month for "Feel bad about yourself you ugly cow"-style advertising. Clothing retailer LOFT just added another one on the pile,… » 1/09/15 4:50pm 1/09/15 4:50pm

Zosia Mamet Opens Up About Eating Disorder That Rocked Her Family

Zosia Mamet talked about her eating disorder battle on MSNBC's Morning Joe today. The Girls actress revealed how her father, famous playwright David Mamet, called out her addiction one day, saying "You can't die" to try and stop her from hurting herself. In that moment, Zosia said she realized that her "addiction… » 9/08/14 2:40pm 9/08/14 2:40pm

Famous Vegan Admits She's Suffering From an Eating Disorder

A woman who became famous for social media-ing the shit out of her vegan lifestyle has very publicly quit being a vegan, admitting that what began as a healthy lifestyle choice had morphed into something joyless and disordered. » 7/15/14 3:45pm 7/15/14 3:45pm

What Makes Eating Disorders Amongst Men Different? Lack of Treatment.

“I learned at a very early age that eating could take me away,” former model Ron Saxen admitted on Good Morning America. » 4/09/14 1:20pm 4/09/14 1:20pm

Secrecy and Perfection: Eating Disorders Triggered by the Military

It's strange to think of a soldier — a tough, fit, well-oiled machine charged with helping and defending — as being able to perform those duties while voluntarily vomiting five times a day. But that describes Marine Theresa Larson. » 2/24/14 5:00pm 2/24/14 5:00pm

Winner of The Biggest Loser Spent Entire Days on Her Treadmill

Rachel Frederickson, winner of this season of NBC's The Biggest Loser, spent yesterday answering questions about her life post-reality TV. Many of those questions were about audience reaction to the finale, and concerns that she'd lost "too much weight" for the show. » 2/06/14 10:00am 2/06/14 10:00am

People Are Freaking Out Over 'Skeletal' Biggest Loser Winner

After this season's final contestant on the popular weight loss show The Biggest Loser confidently strode onstage last night, she was met with halting applause from the audience and looks of shock from the show's trainers. Rachel Frederickson, formerly 260lbs, now weighed in at 105 lbs. She'd won by losing 60% of her… » 2/05/14 11:30am 2/05/14 11:30am

Middle School Girls Create Award-Winning Film About Disordered Eating

The school assignment: Create a public service announcement on the subject of your choosing. Two 13-year-old 7th-grade girls chose to tackle eating disorders, and their short film ended up resonating — not just with their peers, but with their teacher. » 12/17/13 2:10pm 12/17/13 2:10pm

Awful Cotton Ball Diet Is Latest Local News Trend Scaring Parents

Don't eat cotton balls, don't eat cotton balls, don't eat cotton balls. That's the major takeaway from a teen "trend story" about girls who are — wait for it — eating cotton balls as a sort of dieting hack lifted from the pages of The Cenobite Guide to an Especially Painful Bikini Season. » 11/24/13 2:30pm 11/24/13 2:30pm

Body Shaming Makes Teenage Boys Depressed, More Likely to Use Drugs

It's easy to frame body shaming and eating disorders as primarily a female problem (because beauty, in our culture, is so often treated like women's sole utility, whereas men are allowed to fall back on stuff like "ideas" and "assertiveness" and "sense of humor), but that doesn't mean that men are exempt from… » 11/06/13 8:30pm 11/06/13 8:30pm

I'm an Alcoholic Dude With an Eating Disorder. Hi.

Turns out, I’m an alcoholic. Hoorayfuckshit. It took me 31 years to figure this out because I may not be good at drinking, but I am GREAT at denial. » 9/03/13 4:00pm 9/03/13 4:00pm

Thin Women: I've Got Your Back. Could You Get Mine?

Let's just get this out of the way right up front, everyone: Don't tell thin women to eat a cheeseburger. Don't tell fat women to put down the fork. Don't tell underweight men to bulk up. Don't tell women with facial hair to wax, don't tell uncircumcised men they're gross, don't tell muscular women to go easy on the… » 8/21/13 5:30pm 8/21/13 5:30pm

Study: Anorexic Girls Also Have Autistic Traits

Scientists at Cambridge University have found that girls with anorexia possess traits that echo characteristics of autism; their findings may helpfully impact the way we discuss, diagnose, and treat the disorder. » 8/06/13 6:40pm 8/06/13 6:40pm

Making Your Kid Clean Their Plate Might Give Them An Eating Disorder

"A clean plate is a happy plate" is a common refrain for new parents — but sometimes it's not so happy for the kid. More like "miserable" or "potentially pukey" or "burgeoning weird relationship with food." As if you moms didn't have enough to worry about. I have a fucking CAT, and every time I go out of the house I… » 8/03/13 3:00pm 8/03/13 3:00pm

Apparently 100% of Instagram Users Have an Eating Disorder

People who incessantly post photos of their meals online aren't just trying to make you jealous — they may have serious medical issues, according to the Canadian Obesity Network. » 5/03/13 2:40pm 5/03/13 2:40pm

'Say No to Anorexia' Ads Pass the Buck and Miss the Point

Over on BuzzFeed, Copyranter has posted a series of ads from Brazil. Star Models is that country's branch of Ford Models* and the ads involve a glamorous fashion sketch placed side by side with a model Photoshopped to appear painfully thin. The tagline: » 4/18/13 5:35pm 4/18/13 5:35pm

WTF: Model Scouts Look for New Talent at Eating Disorders Clinic

Sweden's largest eating disorders treatment clinic, the 1,700-bed Stockholm Center for Eating Disorders, says it has an unusual problem: scouts for Sweden's biggest modeling agencies who congregate outside its doors, persistently trying to recruit patients. » 4/18/13 2:50pm 4/18/13 2:50pm