Out of all my struggles, the hardest to talk about was my two-decade struggle with eating disorders.
I first met Steven Dunn through my eating disorder advocacy. I was actively bulimic for over two decades and have been in recovery for just over twelve years. Steven had not long before, lost his daughter Morgan to anorexia nervosa. We talk often about advocacy issues and support each other in our work to raise […]
An important and courageous guest post from Angela Han that touches on eating disorders, sexual trauma and cultural diversity issues with regards to shame and stigma. In a 2014 study at the Yale Law School, approximately 70% of all respondents who were Yale Law students reported experiencing mental health challenges during law school. Of that […]
February 25th begins National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Eating disorders are very stigmatized despite the fact that they have the highest mortality rate of any psychological illness. About 20-25 percent of those struggling with eating disorders are male. I remember the day in April 2007 I finally confided to my psychiatrist that I was struggling […]
I recently spoke at the University of Kentucky College of Law and Emory University School of Law. At the beginning of the talk as I always do, I provided my “résumé of dysfunction.” Part of that résumé, in addition to problem drinking and drug addiction, is my recovery from eating disorders. I struggled with both […]
In 1979, as a freshman at Penn State University, I began my descent into anorexia. Within a year, I had transition into bulimia. I did not know those words existed or what an eating disorder was. They were simply behaviors I engaged in like breathing to get me through each day. The act of binging […]