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.
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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Never fear the future, hope and recovery are possible!
"Everyone deserves to be fed, nourished, and celebrated." - Ellen Kanner CLICK TO TWEET
"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
"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).
"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.
Eating Recovery Center 1-877-825-8584
National Eating Disorder Association 1-800-931-2237
The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. Eating Disorders Helpline 630-577-1330
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
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)
Exposure with Response Prevention (ERP)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
Light therapy (also called phototherapy)
Mandometer Therapy Treatment
Mealtime Support Therapy Treatment
Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
Psychodynamic Group Therapy
Self-guided Cognitive Behavior 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.
- 100 Q&A About Eating Disorders (100 Questions & Answers about …) by Carolyn Costin
- Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
- Artichoke’s Heart by Suzanne Supplee
- Binge-Eating Disorder: Clinical Foundations and Treatment by James E. Mitchell
- Butter by Erin Jade Lange
- Clinical Manual of Eating Disorders by Joel Yager
- Cut by Patricia McCormick
- Eating Disorders Information for Teens: Health Tips about Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating, and Other Eating Disorders by Sandra Augustyn Lawton
- Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
- Feeling Good about the Way You Look: A Program for Overcoming Body Image Problems by Sabine Wilhelm
- Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick
- Helping Athletes with Eating Disorders by Ron A. Thompson
- Help Your Teenager Beat an Eating Disorder by James E. Lock
- How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff
- Hunger (Riders of the Apocalypse, #1) byKessler, Jackie
- If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period by Gennifer Choldenko
- Inside Out: Portrait of an Eating Disorder by Nadia Shivack
- Integrated Treatment of Eating Disorders: Beyond the Body Betrayed Kathryn J.Zerbe
- It’s Not about the Weight: Attacking Eating Disorders from the Inside Out by Susan J. Mendelsohn
- Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
- Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen
- Life in the Fat Lane Cherie Bennett
- Look by Madeleine George
- Nothing by Robin Friedman
- Preventing Eating Disorders: A Handbook of Interventions and Special Challenges by Niva Piran
- Real World Recovery: Intuitive Food Program Curriculum for the Treatment of Eating Disorders by Lisa D. Hinz
- Skin by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
- Skin and Bones by Sherry Shahan
- Skinny Boy: A Young Man’s Battle and Triumph Over Anorexia by Gary A. Grahl
- Slob by Ellen Potter
- Stick Figure by Lori Gottlieb
- The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
- The Eating Disorder Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Guide To The Causes, Treatments, And Prevention Of Eating Disorders by Carolyn Costin
- The Uglies Trilogy (Uglies, #1-3) by Scott Westerfeld
- This List by Siobhan Vivian
- Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield
- Unlocking the Mysteries of Eating Disorders: A Life-Saving Guide to Your Child’s Treatment and Recovery by David B. Herzog
- Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
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.
Yours Truly, LeNae
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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.