The Best Eating Disorder Health Blogs of 2013
From personal journeys to medical facts, these 18 blogs offer the best of the best on the web about eating disorders.
18 Best Eating Disorder Blogs of 2013
Though often associated with female teens, eating disorders affect women and men of all ages, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). If you or a loved one suffers from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, or binge-eating disorder, a good place to start is with the 18 best eating disorder blogs of 2013.
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Does Every Woman Have an Eating Disorder?
Clinical psychologist Dr. Stacey created the blog Does Every Woman Have an Eating Disorder? with the ultimate goal of writing a book about eating disorders. The premise for her project is that she believes all women have an eating disorder of some sort. While it may not be a diagnosable condition like anorexia, perhaps it’s an unhealthy fixation on food, weight, or body shape.
Dr. Stacey helps readers focus on developing a healthier perspective and relationship to exercise, eating, and their bodies through her presentation of personal experiences and media stories.
Laura’s Soap Box
Laura Collins is the writer behind Laura’s Soap Box. This blog has received multiple honors as a top resource for eating disorder treatment, awareness, and recovery. Billing herself as an “activist writer who tells all,” Collins takes every opportunity to expose societal pressures and views that lead to disordered eating.
As a mother of a teen girl with an eating disorder, Collins knows of what she speaks. After helping her daughter recover through clinical care, she now shares her learnings with her readers.
The Spirit Within
The Spirit Within, created by Angela Elain Gambrel, takes a biblical approach to helping readers overcome eating disorders.
Forty-seven-year-old Gambrel describes herself as “in recovery from anorexia,” yet she refuses to let that label define her. Instead, she uses her blog to provide regular doses of inspiration to others who are suffering from eating disorders.
Boys and Anorexia
When you think of anorexia, you likely imagine an adolescent girl. But anorexia knows no gender when it comes to its damaging effects. Blogger Batty Matty uses Boys and Anorexia to share the story of her 19-year-old son’s recovery from anorexia—a journey that began in 2009.
Batty Matty documents her family’s tribulations in excruciating detail throughout the stages of the condition. She helps educate everyone who believes eating disorders are just for girls.
Make Peace with Food
Psychoanalyst and psychotherapist Dr. Nina Savelle-Rocklin wants her readers to change their unhealthy and unhappy relationship with food so that they can feel better about themselves.
To that end, Savelle-Rocklin has created Make Peace with Food to provide a combination of clinical expertise, empathy, and understanding. As a survivor of an eating disorder herself, Savelle-Rocklin’s goal is to show you that recovery is possible.
Eating Disorders Blogs
A variety of respected bloggers contribute to Eating Disorders Blogs. They provide a uniquely wide range of perspectives on recovery: from bulimia to anorexia, binge eating, emotional eating, and related issues. Eating Disorders Blogs is a community of support, wisdom, and encouragement to those who need it.
Current topics include advice for parents, hope at every age, motivation for self-care, and developing a mindfulness practice around eating.
Weighing the Facts
You’ll find information, resources, and recovery tips on Weighing the Facts, an award-winning site created by “Mrs. Menopausal.”
This blogger’s motivation comes from realizing that she “wasted far too much time trying to achieve society’s notion of the perfect female form.” Whether you’re looking for quotes, inspirational images, poetry, prose, affirmations, or practical strategies, you’ll find it all on Weighing the Facts.
Exchanges is the blog of University of North Carolina’s (UNC) Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders. The UNC Eating Disorders Program was developed in 2003, based the vision of a concerned mother. She wanted to ensure that no other parents had to endure the challenges that her family faced in finding treatment for her child’s eating disorder.
The blog provides a refreshing mixture of research-related writing, program-specific news, and personal stories from parents of kids with eating disorders.
Eating Disorders Coalition News and Information Blog
The Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) is a federal advocacy organization for eating disorders. Its mission is to advance the federal recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority.
The EDC publishes the Eating Disorders Coalition News and Information Blog to discuss policies and urge readers to take action by lobbying representatives and joining in other national initiatives.
Eating Disorder Hope
Founded in 2005 by Jacquelyn Ekern, Eating Disorder Hope is an organization as well as a website. It offers hope, information, and resources to those suffering from eating disorders, as well as to their families and treatment providers.
Ekern offers a wide range of tools and tips for support and recovery on her website. Read inspiring stories written by people with eating disorders; get resources for colleges and universities; and learn about opportunities to further the research on eating disorders.
Science writer, jewelry designer, and bookworm Carrie Arnold is the voice behind ED Bites. This blog chronicles her decade-plus recovery from anorexia “one bite at a time.” It also provides other food for thought: from scientific research, to the media, and other sources.
Kartini Clinic for Disordered Eating
Kartini Clinic for Disordered Eating provides the Kartini Eating Disorder Blog as part of its site.
The clinic was created by Dr. Julie O’Toole in 2004 to provide eating disorder treatment for children and young adults. O’Toole is also the voice behind the blog posts on the site, which provide her expertise on specific eating disorders, treatments, and lifestyle changes.
Dr. Sarah Ravin
Dr. Sarah Ravin dubs her blog as “Informed by science. Inspired by you.” This Florida-licensed psychologist and trained scientist practitioner works hard to stay informed about recent developments in the field. She then provides her clients and readers with scientifically sound information on eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and psychotherapy.
Although she’s focused on scientific research and clinical experience, Dr. Sarah Ravin is still accessible to the casual reader.
My Bulimia Recovery Blog
Bulimia recovery coach Polly Mertens suffered from bulimia for 20 years. In complete recovery since 2005, Mertens started My Bulimia Recovery Blog to help others overcome their eating disorders—even if they’ve had them for several decades.
Her blog succeeds in its mission to remind women of their greatness. No matter which post you start with, you’ll find something to inspire and guide you in your own journey.
Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders
Mark Warren, MD, and Lucene Wisniewski, PhD, founded the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders (CCED) and outpatient eating disorder treatment center. The CCED offers a valuable blog as part of its online offerings.
This blog and website offer comprehensive resources to help manage and treat these conditions. It reports on news and research related to eating disorders, along with specific advice and recommendations from CCED founders and staff.
Eating Disorder Recovery
Licensed psychotherapist Joanna Poppink, author of Healing Your Hungry Heart, created the blog Eating Disorder Recovery. She aims to help adult women develop psychological health and live successful, satisfying lives.
The site’s content deals with issues that run the gamut: friends and family, food and weight, culture and media, and psychotherapy and recovery. Reading Poppink’s posts is like consulting with a trusted advisor and friend.
And Then She Disappeared
Relatively new to the blogosphere, Ruby has already made an impact with her blog And Then She Disappeared. The site focuses on dispelling eating disorder myths, based on Ruby’s experience fighting anorexia and bulimia.
A very personal site, And Then She Disappeared uses images, poetry, and journalistic writing to reveal a story that’s both sad and hopeful.
Anne-Sophie, “a twenty-something German girl pursuing her dream of living in NYC,” believes that she has overcome self-doubt and self-loathing and finally found peace around food and her body. Her mission is to help you do the same.
Part blog, part Podcast, part store, and part service, Anne-Sophie makes it a little bit easier to address eating disorders and body image issues.
Find the Support You Need
Eating disorders are serious illnesses that can be life-threatening. If you or a loved one suffers from an eating disorder, you need to seek help.
Along with professional guidance from your physician or psychotherapist, finding support from a community of experts and other people who have been where you are today can help.
Check out the Best Eating Disorder Blogs of 2013 to find companionship and support.