Eating Disorders News Archive
#Spotlight: This Woman Is Fighting The Stigmas Against Eating Disorders After Her Own Battle With Anorexia!
23-year-old Maya Pillay who struggled with anorexia for years before she was finally able to get the help she needed.
At age 19, the UK native began to obsessively exercise and diet in an attempt to lose weight, and it didn't take long for things to spiral out of control.
Friends began to voice their concerns to Maya, but she insisted that she was just fine, and the conversations seemed to always stop there.
However, her unhealthy habits ended up landing her in a hospital on more than one occasion — and she eventually developed osteoporosis from malnutrition.
Maya finally reached out to her mother and was admitted to a rehabilitation program where she got the help she needed.
But along the way she realized
This woman's story makes us so happy!
Amalie Lee struggled with severe anorexia as a teen, and now she's documenting her inspirational recovery on social media.
The 20-year-old posts before-and-after pictures of her weight gain, in addition to sharing lots of images of the food she eats with plenty of nutritional advice!
She's come a long way!
Her feed is a great source for anybody who has struggled or continues to struggle with eating disorders, and is looking for help with recovery!
Amalie also provides advice and wisdom from her own experience:
"In recovery from eating disorders, there is a lot of focus on the physical part. Being ill means looking physically ill; dry skin, hair falling out and a thin and fragile frame. But guess what? Most ED sufferers are actually normal- or overweight.
For me, recovery meant going from a body seen as abnormal and unappealing by others and society in general. But for some, recovery may mean letting go of a body seen as "fit" and ideal by society, and instead embrace a higher body fat percentage. A woman might get praised for her six pack, when she is in fact eating 1000 calories a day to maintain a body fat percentage so low that she does not even have her period."
Her feed is definitely a judgment-free zone:
"Not everybody who recovers will end up on a perfect bmi of X. Mind-blowing fact: you can be healthy without looking like a fitness model, and people who looks like fitness models are not always healthy.
I am damn proud of my physical change as you can see, and I enjoy showing you my progress. But always remember that healthy is not a look, and neither is recovery.#realcovery is for everyBODY👊"
Yes! So much truth in her words!
And we're so happy and proud of her for taking the steps to be healthy again!
Follow her on IG — @amalielee!
[Image via Amalie Lee Instagram]
Howie Mandel Made An Offensive Comment About Bulimia On America's Got Talent & Quickly Apologized — See What He Said HERE!
Howie's got some cleaning up to do!
In a world where we capture almost everything someone says on some sort of recording device, and can share it with anyone in a click of a button, we find people must be a lot more careful in what they say.
Howie Mandel is still learning that as he said something on last night's America's Got Talent that upset quite a few people.
As the fan favorite performer Stevie Starr was on stage performing his talent of swallowing random objects whole and bringing them back up in one piece, Howie tried to make a quippy remark by saying:
"You, sir, make bulimia entertaining."
As you can imagine there was an immediate rustling and reaction from the audience after he made the comment.
But Mandel recognized his mistake and made sure to do his best to make up for his boneheaded words by apologizing on air a few acts later. The AGT judge said:
#Kleanse Spotlight: This Brave Woman Stripped To Her Underwear To Promote Body Acceptance After Struggling With Her Own!
This woman's bravery is an inspiration!
Jae West, a campaigner with The Liberator's International, has struggled with body acceptance and eating disorders for most of her life.
So, the activist wanted to do something to raise awareness for how common it is for people to feel ashamed of their bodies.
Portia de Rossi has struggled with anorexia and bulimia for a large chunk of her life.
Body image issues are never easy to deal with, let alone talk about. That's why it's so courageous for her to come forward and share her experiences and struggles.
The 42-year-old Scandal star has been in the entertainment industry since her first credit in 1993, but she recalls being the center of attention before that when she was a child model. She says:
"I felt tremendous responsibility when I was 12 years old and I was put on a catwalk. My modeling agents had told me to go on a diet. So I didn't eat for 10 days before then."
This pressure continued to swell for the Arrested Development star, as she recalls:
Zoë Kravitz is kicking butt lately!
She's basically wearing nothing underneath her embroidered leather jacket!
Also, her hazel eyes are super intense!
Like she did in her Complex interview, the 26-year-old talks about her role in The Road Within and how it took her back to her days of struggling with an eating disorder:
"I went through eating disorders in high school, so it triggered some old stuff. I was so thin that I wasn't getting my period. And part of me didn't want to gain the weight back, which was really scary. People were like, 'You look so good!' I was like, Oh, my God, that is disturbing."
We're thankful she's recovered and healthy now!
Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet's daughter also reveals a new fashion obsession:
"I've been trying the art of dressing up sweatpants. I feel like an NYU student. Not in a good way. But if you wear them with, like, a chunky boot, it's kind of cool."
Check out a second shot of Zoë in the gallery (above)!
[Image via Marie Claire.]
The too-thin model ban is officially in effect in France.
We previously reported that French lawmakers were mulling over banning fashion models that didn't fit a healthy BMI criteria, and now a bill has been voted on and passed by the lower house of parliament!
According to the bill, any model deemed too thin according to the new parameters set forth by the law will not be allowed to work:
"…[M]odels would have to present a medical certificate showing a BMI of at least 18, about 55 kg (121 lb) for a height of 1.75 meters (5.7 feet), before being hired for a job and for a few weeks afterwards."
Moreover, modeling agencies and agents who refuse to follow these new standards will face up to six months in prison or hefty fines reaching up to 75,000 euros ($82,300).
And a second measure states that any website that promotes "excessive thinness by encouraging eating restrictions for a prolonged period of time, resulting in risk of mortality or damage to health" will also face a year in prison or a fine of up to 100,000 euros (approx $110,000).
Wow! France is not messing around with this!