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Bringing it to Light: Eating Disorders

Hey POPsters!

For quite some time, I’ve been noticing a lot of questions regarding eating disorders (EDs) and some fans have speculated that I may have one myself. (I honestly didn’t know too much about EDs until I got on Tumblr and started seeing all these hashtags for #thinspo and #thinspiration.)

So I got very curious and started doing some research. I began to worry. I questioned whether or not my love for fitness was giving off the wrong message. As you know, I care about you guys a lot and I would never want to advise you with information that may later be used in a harmful manner.

Because the world of EDs is foreign to me, I decided to head straight to the experts. Today I bring to you two health professionals who will shed some light on this topic. The two ladies come from different backgrounds – one is a holistic health coach and recovered anorexic and the other is a registered dietician. I am putting their interviews side by side so that you can get a full 360 degree understanding of EDs from an emotional and experienced standpoint to a more medical perspective.

Please click page 2 below to begin the interview!

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  • Miranda Miller

    Being 16 years old, having an eating disorder is definitely the hardest thing I’ve had to deal with in my life. I probably started when I was 13. I was diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa purge-type. I dropped down to 80 pounds. Being a healthy 105 now, this website and these videos inspire my recovery. I have been purge free for 15 days now. I am trying to eat clean and exercise and you inspire me so much, Cassey. You gave me hope. Thank you :)

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  • Eating disorders and body dysmorphia are examples of mental disorders that stem from low self-image and a preoccupation with an imagined and exaggerated physical defect. While individuals suffering from BD may not necessarily have eating disorders too, it has been observed that all those with eating disorders are usually victims of BD. Also, if left untreated, body dysmorphic disorder could develop into an eating disorder as the obsession can transfer itself from a specific body part to the entire body image. There are a combination of therapies used to treat body dysmorphia that include psychotherapy (focussing on the underlying causes), group therapy (with family members) and medication comprising of anti-depressants. The prognosis is quite positive for people who follow treatment for BDD and further support from family and friends could enable a faster recovery. http://lovefitnesseducation.com/2012/09/25/eating-disorders-and-body-dysmorphia/ for an elaborate description of the disordera, their symptoms and treatment.