The Best Eating Disorder Blogs of the Year

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  • 16 Best Eating Disorder Blogs of 2014

    16 Best Eating Disorder Blogs of 2014

    An eating disorder (ED) can be a serious problem. In some cases, it might even be life threatening. Unfortunately, eating disorders, the people who have them, and what it takes to recover are often misunderstood.

    If you have an eating disorder, or if you’re caring for a loved one who does, these 16 blogs are a wonderful place to begin your journey toward recovery. Each is unique in its own way, so you’re likely to find at least one that speaks to you.

  • Does Every Woman Have an Eating Disorder?

    Does Every Woman Have an Eating Disorder?

    Clinical psychologist and author Stacey Rosenfeld, PhD, writes about eating disorders on her blog Does Every Woman Have an Eating Disorder? Her book by the same name will be released June 2014. Rosenfeld believes that nearly every woman has a problematic relationship with food and her body. However, not every woman has or needs a clinical diagnosis.

    Rosenfeld shares timely research, personal reflections, and encouraging stories that are meant to inform readers. She hopes the blog also will bring the conversations around eating disorders to a more positive place.

  • Laura’s Soap Box

    Laura’s Soap Box

    Laura Collins, author of the blog Laura’s Soap Box, has faced an eating disorder head-on. Her daughter developed life-threatening anorexia nervosa as a teenager, and together they overcame it.

    Today, Collins offers her views on how society influences eating disorders. She also reports on individuals and organizations she believes are doing good things for the eating disorder community. Above all, Collins wants families facing an eating disorder to hear this message: “It is not your fault. And there IS something you can do.”

  • Make Peace with Food

    Make Peace with Food

    Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin is a psychoanalyst who treats eating disorders. She instructs readers on ways to become more mindful about their relationship with food through blog posts, YouTube videos, and podcasts. She also helps parents, spouses, friends, and loved ones understand their roles in recovery.

    Make Peace with Food is deeply personal. That’s because Savelle-Rocklin’s approach to treating eating disorders is too, having overcome an eating disorder herself. Savelle-Rocklin’s experiences, combined with her clinical knowledge, make this blog unique.

  • Eating Disorders Blog

    Eating Disorders Blog

    Recovery and healing require an entire support team. This is a powerful realization for those battling a disorder, and it can jump-start the recovery process.

    Eating Disorder Blogs is a community that writes about a variety of ED topics, including anorexia, binge eating, bulimia, and emotional eating. Featured bloggers typically focus on one specific area. However, the entire community is a good resource for people who need information, support, and encouragement.

  • Exchanges

    Exchanges

    The University of North Carolina Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders is a well-respected eating disorders program. A mother helped create the center in 2003 after experiencing difficulty finding help with her child’s treatment. She wanted to establish a place where parents could find help and guidance.

    The center runs the refreshing and bold blog Exchanges. It provides medical updates from experts and news on current studies. And it shares sometimes-complicated information in an easy-to-understand manner. When you’re facing a confusing disorder, that’s a good thing. 

  • Eating Disorders Coalition News and Information

    Eating Disorders Coalition News and Information

    Washington. D.C. and state capitols around the country are filled with advocates. They represent organizations, businesses, and special interests to elected officials. For people with eating disorders, that organization is the Eating Disorders Coalition. Eating Disorders Coalition News and Information is their venue for sharing the work they’re doing to make and shape policy and law in this country. It provides resources for people who want to reach out to lawmakers and urge them to take action on behalf of the eating disorder community.

  • Eating Disorder Hope

    Eating Disorder Hope

    Jacquelyn Ekern founded Eating Disorder Hope in 2005 after battling and overcoming an eating disorder. She wanted her organization to be a resource to individuals who were searching for treatment. Today, Ekern uses her blog to offer encouragement and information to those with eating disorders.

    Ekern and other professionals share personal stories of hardship and recovery on the organization’s blog. They also provide links to resources and opinions on research, policy, and news. 

  • ED Bites

    ED Bites

    Carrie Arnold is the science writer behind ED Bites. She’s also an “ex-anorexic.” After battling an eating disorder for more than a decade, Arnold started her blog as a way to keep up on and share the latest research and treatment news.

    Arnold’s often-brash take on what’s happening in the ED community underscores her mission. She wants to raise awareness about eating disorders. She wants to help people who are struggling. She also wants to dispel the myths and mistruths that surround eating disorders.

  • Kartini Clinic for Disordered Eating

    Kartini Clinic for Disordered Eating

    The Kartini Clinic for Disordered Eating maintains their blog as a resource for the clinic’s patients and their family members. But people who aren’t treated at the clinic can still benefit from the wisdom. The clinic’s founder, Dr. Julie O'Toole, posts regularly. She shares personal anecdotes as well as treatment ideas and resources. O’Toole’s message to anyone facing an eating disorder is: “Parents don't cause eating disorders and children don't choose to have them.”

  • Dr. Sarah Ravin

    Dr. Sarah Ravin

    One of the most difficult hurdles to jump when trying to figure out how to treat and defeat an eating disorder is understanding the language. Medical speak is complicated, and it’s sometimes discouraging.

    Dr. Sarah Ravin, a licensed psychologist and trained scientist-practitioner, helps decipher the jargon in studies for patients and their families. Her writing is approachable and easy to comprehend. It’s Ravin’s hope to help people “bridge the gap between research and treatment.”

  • My Bulimia Recovery Blog

    My Bulimia Recovery Blog

    In sports, the best coaches are usually former players. They know the mindset and physical dedication it takes to excel. The same might be said for recovering from an eating disorder. Polly Mertens had bulimia for more than two decades. Since 2005, she’s been in complete recovery.

    Today, Mertens is an eating disorder recovery coach. She uses her blog, My Bulimia Recovery Blog, to help men and women who have eating disorders find their way to a lasting recovery. Mertens’s posts are inspiring, encouraging, and uplifting.

  • Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders

    Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders

    The Cleveland Center for Eating Disorder (CCED) is an eating disorder treatment center in Beachwood, Ohio. The center’s founders, Mark Warren, M.D., and Lucene Wisniewski, Ph.D., use the blog to share news and resources that can help patients, family members, and others learn about and treat eating disorders.

    Posts by the founders and other members of the CCED staff cover topics ranging from unhealthy exercise levels to how to combat and survive potential triggers.

  • Eating Disorder Recovery for Women

    Eating Disorder Recovery for Women

    Eating disorder recovery psychotherapist Joanna Poppink, MFT, created the blog Eating Disorder Recovery for Women for women trying to recover from an eating disorder.

    Poppink covers news and research and emotional issues, such as building a better self-esteem and learning to be strong in the face of challenges and setbacks. 

  • And Then She Disappeared

    And Then She Disappeared

    Ruby is an Irish woman. In her short life, she has dealt with heroin addiction, eating disorders, and medication abuse. And Then She Disappeared is a deeply personal look at the triumphs and setbacks that accompany an eating disorder. Recently, she has experienced an anorexia relapse.

    Ruby uses poetry, photos, and journals to help express the fear, anxiety, and even hope she feels.

  • Anne-Sophie

    Anne-Sophie

    The flip side to an eating disorder is recovery. That’s where Anne-Sophie, “a twenty-something German girl pursuing her dream of living in NYC,” is today. After recovering from a life-threatening eating disorder, Anne-Sophie started her blog to help other women and men like her feel self-empowered. Her blog posts and videos are thought provoking but fun. And her smile and her attitude are contagious. 

  • Anorexia Boy Recovery

    Anorexia Boy Recovery

    The face of eating disorders is often female, but eating disorders among boys and men are on the rise. And men are less likely to seek treatment than women are, according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD).

    Author of the blog Anorexia Boy Recovery Bev Mattocks knows this reality too well. Her teenage son, Ben, overcame anorexia a few years ago. Bev blogs and shares her experiences so that other parents might recognize the warning signs she missed in her son.

  • You’re Not Alone

    You’re Not Alone

    An eating disorder can feel isolating. Whether you have the disorder or you’re caring for a loved one who does, finding the right resources can help you cope. Find the path to recovery faster—and hopefully for good. These 16 eating disorder blogs are a wonderful place to start that journey.

References:

Eating disorders statistics. (n.d.) National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Retrieved March 9, 2014 from http://www.anad.org/get-information/about-eating-disorders/eating-disorders-statistics/.

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