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Missouri is making great changes: Governor Jay Nixon signed a bill explicitly stating the types of eating disorder treatments insurance companies must provide. For those of you who haven’t been affected by eating disorders in your life, either suffering yourself or watching a loved one suffer, insurance companies followed vague terms in regards to eating disorders - and mental health coverage in general - resulting in a disparity between necessary treatment and provided treatment. The frustrating thing about eating disorders is that they can be difficult to measure. Read More
There are more people involved in the body positivity movement then ever before as we strive to move towards a day when we will no longer have nine year old boys and girls trying to figure out what degree of "hot" they are. And the movement is neither synonymous to being "plus sized" or being "progressive." Beauty is in the eye of the beholder—so much so that an actual definition of beauty doesn't even exist—or shouldn't, anyways. Read More
France has joined Israel, Spain, and Italy in the move to ban underweight models from the catwalk. The bill was voted on and passed by French legislation and said, “The activity of model is banned for any person whose Body Mass Index (BMI) is lower than levels proposed by health authorities and decreed by the ministers of health and labor.” Also, any photos of models that have been retouched or photoshopped, must have a label or tag stating so. At the root of it, the bill says that any model with a BMI below 18 (about 121 pounds for women 5' 7'') does not qualify for the job. Read More

Almost Anorexia

BY Emma Tilden in General

Anorexia is a scary thing. 20% of people suffering from anorexia will die if their eating disorder goes untreated. 2-3% of those who seek treatment will still die of anorexia. Of those who seek treatment, only 60% will make a full recovery. 20% will be able to function in society but will continue to obsess over food and will remain underweight and the remaining 20% will remain dangerously underweight. They will spend much of their lives in and out of the emergency room, mental health clinics, inpatient hospital units, and eating disorder treatment programs. Read More
In a piece for xoJane.com, Lesley Kinzel argues that the outrage over blogs that promote anorexia – i.e. the efforts by Pinterest and Tumblr to take down “pro-ana” or “thinspiration” pages -- is actually making things worse. Shame, Kinzel points out, is a driving force behind eating disorders. So shaming anorexics by rushing at their blogs with flaming torches and scarlet “A”s may only encourage them to retreat further into the shadows, and away from recovery. Read More