Eating disorders affect 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States and anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate out of any mental health disorder. Many individuals will live in denial for years before they admit they have an eating disorder and only a small percentage of individuals seek treatment and an even small percentage actually successfully complete treatment. Once treatment is completed it is still important to have credible resources that you can turn to in recovery. One way to cope is to look online for support. These bloggers that are mentioned below, go above and beyond to make sure people don’t feel alone in their struggles and also that they receive hope for healing.
The Binge Eating Disorder Association’s (BEDA) blog is devoted to exploring binge eating disorder (BED), which doesn’t necessarily get as much attention as anorexia and bulimia. Topics covered include weight stigma, weight loss surgery, treatment options, and local events.
Clinical psychologist Stacey Rosenfeld, PhD, blogs about the disordered behaviors that most women have with food, even if they aren’t officially diagnosed with eating disorders. From personal observations, to interviews with experts in the field, Dr. Rosenfeld also features guest bloggers who have struggled with eating issues.
Hope is valuable for people living with eating disorders and those who love them. Jacquelyn Ekern, a therapist who battled her own eating disorder, began this blog to help others. It covers new research on eating disorders, awareness events, and other news about treating and diagnosing eating disorders.
This is the official blog of Lindsey Hall, an eating disorder survivor who couldn’t shave for six weeks when she went to rehab. Blog posts reveal her personal experiences, along with insights on what happens in rehab. She also covers improving your body image, dealing with social media and eating disorders, working out, and considering treatment options. Her approach is quite personal, so you’ll find it easy to connect with her in cyberspace.
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) blog offers insights into living with an eating disorder, seeking treatment, and coping with life after overcoming an eating disorder. The blog includes posts about interacting with others, building your self-esteem, and speaking to loved ones about your experiences.
Center For Discovery is a reputable eating disorder treatment center that has locations around the country. They also have a strong presence in the online community and provide an online blog that is centered on all topics pertaining to eating disorders.
This is the blog of Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh, whose daughter struggled with an eating disorder. She writes about the latest developments in eating disorder treatment options, specifically shedding light on anorexia nervosa treatment. Laura pens about society’s impact on personal body image, and some more recent posts are in audio/podcast format.