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Body Image and Eating Disorder Resources

Body Image and Eating Disorder Resources

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Dear tenacious sister, 

I wanted to compile a list of various resources for positive body image and eating disorders. It is my prayer that these resources are helpful for you or for someone you know. 

Online Screenings 


Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) Test

Take a free online Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) test from the OCD Center of Los Angeles. Serving clients in California and internationally

Concerned you may exhibit habits of BDD? Take this free, anonymous online screening test to grasp a better understanding.

While this questionnaire is not meant to replace a thorough evaluation, it may help in identifying traits of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). - OCD Center of Los Angeles


Welcome to the Screening Program

Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH) is the non-profit organization that first introduced the concept of large-scale mental health screenings with its flagship program National Depression Screening Day

Concerned you may exhibit habits of an eating disorder? Take this free, anonymous online screening test to grasp a better understanding.


Woman To Woman - Body Dysmorphic Disorder

The tagline for the 2012 National Eating Disorder Awareness Week was “Everybody Knows Somebody.Again, eating disorders and body image issues do not just affect one group of people, and those we may not see flaws in may see some in themselves. There are no generalizations when it comes to these issues. This video showcases one young woman, YouTuber thesparkleicious, discussing her own struggles with Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).

Posted with permission from Creative Common License.

iQuestions: Eating Disorders Published on Jul 24, 2012

How can I help my family member who’s suffered from an eating disorder? How long does it take for someone to overcome an eating disorder? Linda Craighead, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Emory University, answers these questions and more for ShareWIK.com.

Posted with permission from Creative Commons License.

More iQuestions: Eating Disorders Uploaded on Feb 13, 2012

Clinical psychologist and founder of Eating Disorders Information Network (EDIN) Dina Zeckhausen, Ph.D. answers questions from the ShareWIK.com audience on the topic of eating disorders and body image. Watch this interactive session.

Posted with permission from Creative Commons License.

Eating Disorders: Recovery is Possible Uploaded on Feb 13, 2012

Anorexia almost killed Marisa. Fifteen years into her recovery from the disorder, she shares what turned her around.

Posted with permission from Creative Commons License.

Never fear the future, hope and recovery are possible!

"Everyone deserves to be fed, nourished, and celebrated." - Ellen Kanner CLICK TO TWEET

Importance of Spirituality in Recovery

"Statistically speaking, how important is the role of spirituality in recovery from eating disorders?"

Answered by Edward J. Cumella, PhD.

Need help with eating/body image issues? Visit www.findingbalance.com for hundreds of helpful videos like this one, plus small group tools, self-tests, parent tips, articles, blogs, professional resources, conferences and more to help you eat well & live free!"



Have you heard of Taryn Brumfitt's documentary Embrace? According to Google, "Body image activist Taryn Brumfitt explores the global issue of body loathing" (2016).  

Why is this important? The message needs to get out there… everyone dislikes something about their bodies, yet many of us feel alone. We are NOT alone. Embrace is a cooperative effort to reestablish the norm, we should “embrace"  ourselves and our differences. We are each unique and "perfect” in our uniqueness.

See the trailer https://youtu.be/__2AayArYfs

See the film at https://bodyimagemovement.com/embrace/see-the-film/

Check out Taryn's website http://www.tarynbrumfitt.com

The Illusionists

"Multi-billion dollar industries saturate our lives with images of unattainable beauty, exporting body hatred from New York to Beirut to Tokyo. Their target? Women, and increasingly men and children. The Illusionists turns the mirror on media, exposing the absurd, sometimes humorous, and shocking images that seek to enslave us" (2017). 

The Student Body

"A high-school student takes a stand against state-mandated body mass index tests and finds herself thrust into the middle of a heated national controversy" (2017). 

Myths and Truths

“The media broadcasts very limited images of what size you should be. It’s a restrictive kind of influence. Young people grow up with images coming through the phone or computer. They’re completely bombarded.” ~ Professor Michelle Habell-Pallan

Truth of Myth?

There are many stereotypes surrounding eating disorders and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). However, these misconceptions can inhibit many suffering from these disorders to seek help. I am going to list the "Myths" in this post. To find out the realities, go here and here. Some common myths according to the Teen Eating Disorders and Eating Disorder Hope are:

Myth: Having an eating disorder is a choice or a “disease of vanity” (Eating Disorder Hope 2014). 

Myth: Eating Disorders are all about food (Eating Disorder Hope 2014). 

Myth: Only women have eating disorders (Teen Eating Disorders 2014). 

Myth: Eating disorders are all about being thin (2014). 

Myth: People who are normal/overweight cannot have eating disorders (Eating Disorder Hope 2014).  

Myth: Eating disorders are society’s fault for conveying an unattainable ideal of what a woman should look like (Teen Eating Disorders 2014).

Awareness is key to combating these myths, know the truths read the articles and together we can bring help and healing. 

On-Call Support:

Eating Recovery Center 1-877-825-8584 

National Eating Disorder Association 1-800-931-2237

 Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia(CSAB) Support Groups Address mail to csab@icpnyc.org

The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. Eating Disorders Helpline 630-577-1330

The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. Email Address, hello@anad.org

Search for Treatment Center:

Search Here - Link to Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center

Find An Eating Disorders Professional - Link to Eating Disorder Hope 

Find Eating Disorders Treatment - Link to The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc.

Find Treatment - Link to National Eating Disorder Association

Christian Treatment Finder - Link to Finding Balance 

Treatment Options:


Behavior Therapy (BT)

Cognitive Therapy (CT)

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Orientation Therapy (COT)

Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Equine/Animal-assisted Therapy

Exercise Therapy

Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP)

Expressive Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Family Therapy

Hypnobehavioral Therapy

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)

Light therapy (also called phototherapy)

Mandometer Therapy Treatment

Massage Therapy

Maudsley Method

Mealtime Support Therapy Treatment

Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)

Movement/Dance Therapy

Nutritional Therapy

Opioid Antagonists


Progressive Muscle Relaxation



Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic Group Therapy


Psychoeducational Therapy

Self-guided Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Self Psychology

Supportive Therapy

Telephone Therapy

EatingDisorders: Recovery is Possible Find On Call Support, Treatment Centers, & Treatment Options CLICK TO TWEET

Eating Disorder and Body Image Young Adult Literature

Young adult literature supports and meets developmental needs of teens; it also promotes positive young adult development. With this in mind, the following is a list of books, both fiction, and nonfiction, on the topics of eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and body image.

Here is the link to my Goodreads bookshelf Eating Disorder and Body Awareness which provides more information about these books including awards, rating details, reviews, author information, and sometimes even book trailers.


Compared to Who? 

Sarah Vance

The Middle Ground

And then she recovered.......

Does Every Woman Have an Eating Disorder?

Eating Disorder Recovery

The Emily Program 

Forever Going Forward

Running with Spoons

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Eating Disorder Hope. 2014. "Eating Disorders: Myths vs. Reality." FEBRUARY 27. https://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/blog/myths-and-truths-about-eating-disorders

Google. 2016. Embrace 2016 Documentary 1 h 30 m. Accessed August 31. https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en#safe=active&hl=en&q=Embrace+documentary&*

The Illusionists. 2016. Synopsis. Accessed August 31. http://theillusionists.org/film/synopsis/

The Student Body. 2016. About. Accessed August 31. https://www.thestudentbodyfilm.com

Teen Eating Disorders. 2014. “Myths About Eating Disorders.” Accessed May 1. http://www.teeneatingdisorders.us/content/myths-about-eating-disorders.html.

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