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.




The Path to Life Beyond Eating Disorders

Carrie Arnold wrote a warm and beautiful blog post about living through and beyond eating disorders.  She calls for and hopes for essays about eating disorder treatment that are filled with hope.  She also implies that it’s hard to hold on to hope when the news spreads gloom and doom stories about eating disorders.

Challenges to effective recovery treatment

Carrie raises the two great challenges that face the person who needs effective treatment and the clinician who offers it.

Susan Boyle: a gift to us all!

A joyous wake up call just blasted stereotypes about women completely out of rigid cultural perceptions.  It happened on the Britains Got Talent show.  Susan Boyle, the wrong age, shape, size, and in the wrong hair style, makeup, dress and shoes according to cultural dictates of what constitutes desireable women, ploughed into the hearts and minds of everyone who heard her sing her audition piece, "I dreamed a dream,"from Les Miserables.

Away with rubbish!

How to stop the growing tide?

A not so simple answer: compassion

I wonder, and ask myself and you and anyone who will listen, why is compassion so difficult to achieve in this or any culture? We all need it, and the benefits of sharing it are huge. Or better yet, we can skip the why question and get to the more practical one: how can we develop compassion?

Eating Disorders in Women over 40 (or 50 or 60 or 70 or 80+)

Recently I received a letter from a woman who said she was in a lonely minority of women who developed full blown bulimia after becoming 40 years old. (I hope she posts her letter on this blog so you can read her story in her words.) (She did. Please see her post and my response in the comment section below).

Elusive numbers and false beliefs
Numbers are elusive in eating disorder statistics. Many people with eating disorders never let themselves be seen or known in a way that will allow their presence to be counted. Every woman over forty who has ever been in my practice for eating disorder recovery believed she was a shameful exception. This belief is not true.

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