Here you will find articles that address various emotional, physical, behavioral and spiritual symptoms that are often part of the eating disorder experience.


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Full Bulimia Episode Story in 3 parts: Caution could be Triggering Part 2



This story is my attempt to bring understanding to this painful, desperate and all too common experience in the life of a bulimic woman. It could be triggering.  But I wrote this because articulating the extent of a bulimic episode in detail can help a woman know she can be understood and accepted. If she can feel known in her darkest hours she may experience a new sense of hope and reach for her recover.



Sexual Encounters as Part of Bulimic Episode


Body Image, Self Love, Self Respect and Tenderness

Developing a healthy respect for your body is part of eating disorder recovery.  The words are rather directive and cold, don't you think?  But the meaning is anything but.  I got a big reminder of this yesterday when I looked at the close up of the x rays of my lungs using the most up to date technology with a pulmonary specialist.

Portia de Rossi, Anorexia and Secrets

Portia de Rossi is helping countless people to get a more accurate window into the agonies of living with anorexia.

Unreality Shouts is running an article describing part of an interview with Portia. She raises the important issue of secrets.

Anorexia to Obesity and back again: An adult woman's life journey

anorexia to obesity and back, weight spinning like a dizzying carnival ride

(Anorexia to obesity to anorexia again becomes a life of spinning like a carnival wheel. It makes you dizzy. It makes life a blur. It looks like a lot of action but gets you nowhere. This is a true story, written in her own words, of a woman getting off that wheel and finding wisdom.)

by Kym, guest writer

My first bout of anorexia came when I was 30.

I grew up being underweight; I believe I didn't get enough nutritional foods, but it had more to do with my parents income than emotional or compulsive behaviors. Starting at the age of 22 , gaining weight hasn't been a problem. Having food available and never having had to learn to restrain my eating, I found myself moving up and up the scale until I reach the “obese” level by the age of 25. 

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