Here you will find articles discussing the various ways culture and media can affect both the development of an eating disorder and eating disorder recovery.


Links to various articles in the news and other websites and blogs representing cultural voices will be posted here along with commentary.




In the Midst of Global Fear and Crisis,Your Eating Disorder Recovery Matters

heart dove 81207 340*pix Your health, strength, courage and will can spread healing love in this world.  Stay committed to your recovery. The world needs you.

Crisis and Tragedy: What Can We Do?

Fear, financial crises, economic uncertainty, incurable illness, quarantine and death penetrates the bubble of safety and security now. Caronavirus, stock market plummeting, travel limited,  no clear leadership, conflicting perspectives in duration and consequences. What can I do?  What can you do?

Perhaps you've asked yourself these questions. I have an answer. It's the same answer I have for just about everything. It comes in different forms:

  1. Be as healthy in mind, body and spirit as you possibly can.
  2. Keep learning, expanding your life and standing up for what you value.
  3. Give yourself understanding and compassion so you can thrive.
  4. Give others understanding and compassion so the world thrives. (If you can't, then put yourself in surroundings where you can learn understanding and compassion)

Incredible Power of Your Recovery 

Above all, to you, my readers, dig in deeper for your eating disorder recovery. The world needs you.  The world needs the wisdom you develop from your tribulations within this illness and in your recovery work. You can share that wisdom once you emerge from your eating disorder whole and clear.

Your journey to recovery makes you a holder of universal knowledge, a message carrier through your thoughts, words and deeds that conveys courage, grace and strength in confronting reality. It empowers you with the kindness required to heal and befriend.

My hope is that bit by bit, step by step, person by person kindness, wisdom and healing will spread through the world so stability and courage to face our challenges permeates us all. Your eating disorder recovery is unique to you. It is centered in you and based on your personal journey. Yet it  is part of a universal healing. Every moment of your recovery work matters. Making peace within yourself makes you a source of stability and courage in the world.

Joanna is a private psychotherapist in Los Angeles specializing in eating disorder recovery with women.

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Creative Arts in Los Angeles Can Support Your Recovery

800px-LA-gehry-disneyconcerthall-2009-114Creative arts can reach through your eating disorder insulation and give you a chance to breathe and get a glimpse of new ways of being in the world. Inspiration closer than you might think.

Would You Rather Die Thin or Live Fat?

Eating Disorder thinking seems to be ignored by FDA advisors.  The newest advisory coming out of the FDA on Medscape News runs this headline over a thorough article by Michael O'Riordan: FDA Advisors Recommend Approval of Obesity Drug Qnexa.

Six Steps to Wake Up to Your Real Presence

Jean Kilbourne reveals the forces that pressure you into self doubt, fear, insecurity and limited perceptions of yourself. These forces fuel your eating disorder.  Below is her fabulous video and six steps to free yourself.

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