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More friends, more support at new community; luv_is_beauty! [21 Jul 2011|09:23pm]

  Hey friends!

Just wanted to tell you about luv_is_beauty ,a new support community for those with/who have recovered from eating disorders! The more friends and support the better, right?! Since luv_is_beauty is so brand spankin' new, its focus is extremely flexible and open to input! Help shape a support community that fits your unique needs!! So come, check out luv_is_beauty and connect with more people who understand you!:)

See you there!

PS. I have nothing but respect for colors_of_ed and do not judge anyone based on their opinions on eating or weight-loss. If you read luv_is_beauty's profile and find that it is not for you, I completely understand. I am not here to offend, or push ideas on anyone; I am simply suggesting you check out a new community to add to your supports on lj!

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back [02 Jan 2010|08:22pm]

im back...know it's been a long time, have had some really bad months, now it's time to start over..bought some clothes that will help keep focus,,,i want to be 115 by my b-day !!!!!!
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New [30 May 2009|06:01pm]


Hi everyone!
i am new here, and just wanted to say hi.
here are my stats:
17 years old.
height: 5'2
cw: 140
gw2:100 and so on.

i really have been on a complete binge fest. and its been making me have major breakdowns. i cry myself to sleep every night just thinking how fat i am. i started a fast yesterday and exercised for 2 hours. today i was forced to eat but i only ate about 100 cals and played witht he rest of the food on my plate. tonight when my parents leave for work (they own a night club) i will exercise till i pass out. i need to see results soon. i hope to get to know all of you. 
have a great day/night

<3 daniela  
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Ana Forums [21 May 2009|12:42am]

AnaFriends.org is accepting new registrations for a limited amount of time. Join while you can! The forums are very supportive, active & fun!


Eating disorder bloggers wanted for survey [31 Mar 2008|12:25pm]
I am a current graduate student researching the social history of food-related disorders, inspired, in large part, from my own struggles with anorexia and bulimia.  I'm conducting an anonymous survey of bloggers who blog about eating disorders or eating disorder recovery in partnership with a clinical psychologist for joint research and publication purposes.

I'm hoping our survey generates lots of responses so that our findings are well-rounded, inclusive and convincing.  The only two requirements are that you must have an active blog and that it must address, at least in part, your experiences with an eating disorder.  I'm hoping for responses from people of all ages and genders who are in all stages of recovery and who suffer from a diversity of eating disorders, from anorexia to binge eating disorder to ed-nos to orthorexia. 

If the scope of the study pertains to your own experiences, I invite you to participate by taking it.  More information and a survey link can be found here or http://the-f-word.org/blog/index.php/2008/03/23/eating-disordered-bloggers-wanted-for-survey/

Thank you!

Rachel Richardson
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[18 Jan 2006|11:33pm]

[ mood | quixotic ]


x-posted in my LJCollapse )

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[15 Aug 2005|01:22pm]

Hi. I am a recovered anorexic. I used to weigh 90 pounds at 5'5. I'm also 21 years old. Lately I've been going through some shit in my personal life. In the past I have ALWAYS massively restricted, losing on average 5 pounds a week. Lately though, I've been doing the opposite. I've been binge eating. And I don't purge after. It sits in my stomach which is stretched beyond belief and I feel as though I can't stop myself from doing this sometimes. Why am I doing this? How do I stop this? I've gained so much weight this month. And Now I weigh almost 120 pounds (an all time high for me and it give me so much anxiety) I have every intention of starving off the weight back down to 105 pounds- but getting in that mode isn't happening. HELP!
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[23 Feb 2005|07:50pm]

Hi. I'm new. I'll be 18 this June and live in Singapore, a tiny island in Asia.
I've been EDed since Dec 2000 and got diagnosed in Feb 2001.

here are my stats:

Height: 5'2"
CW: 88
HW: 100
LW: 77
GW: 66 or less.

Thanks for reading this:)
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Ursula K. Le Guin and SciFi [11 Feb 2005|08:01pm]

Who here is a fan of the SF/fantasy writer, Ursula K. Le Guin?

The SciFi channel did an adaptation of Le Guin's "Earthsea" fantasies recently. Many people were very angry about the series' portrayal of nearly all the main characters as white. Ursula Le Guin herself hated the series for many reasons, but above all this "whitewashing." She is strongly influenced by Taoism and Native American spirituality, had mostly brown and black characters, and felt with justification that a white Earthsea could not do justice to her work. She wrote that she's had letters from teens of color saying they couldn't find people like themselves in any YA science fiction but hers. (This may have changed, but it's still significant.)

I've put up a community to protest this bowdlerization, save_earthsea. Everyone's invited to take a look at it and join in suggested projects for protest and in discussion about the racial issues involved, including to develop new projects friendly to people of color.

Thanks for reading this!
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[04 Sep 2004|07:24am]

[ mood | curious ]

Is this community no more?

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Sorry for the lack of updates [09 Jul 2004|02:21pm]

Between my short vacation and mutiple projects I have ignored CED completly. I have a few articles to post and a site that I will do by the end of the day. I wanted to start some type of discussion started but I havenn't quite figured out how to do that. If you have any ideas how to get the ball rolling by all means push it.
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Hello [03 Jul 2004|02:06am]

I was looking around livejournal at ED communities and I was very impressed by this site. I'm 21, Latina, and bulimic. I'm reluctant to post my stats, but I wanted to say hi.
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[01 Jul 2004|03:23am]

just wanted to say hi. i just joined this community. i'm 18, college student, and i was bulimic but now ednos. i have been both for about 7 years now.


i'm not pro-ed, but pro-support. i hope i am welcomed here.
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[30 Jun 2004|04:50pm]

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Battle of the Day [29 Jun 2004|12:26pm]

[ mood | blah ]

I was standing on the train in between a woman who was about 200 pounds and a woman who couldn't possibly be more 110 pounds and was seriously tall. I am closer in weight to the tall woman but I kept looking at the big woman and wondering whether my butt looked like hers.

Daily struggles. *sigh*

I am going through the massive binge portion of my year. I weigh about 123 right now and can't stop the double fisting food. I have no mirrors that show more than my face and honestly I don't plan to buy one. I'm going to go mope into my chai tea.

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It's a Small World [21 Jun 2004|03:41pm]

From Something Fishy:
Eating Disorders are one of the most common psychological problems facing young women in Tokyo, Japan. According to a Japan Certified Clinical Psychologist, many who came for counseling often gave their reason for doing so as experiencing problems in having healthy interpersonal relationships such as with family or in social environments such as at college or within the workplace. There is still a great shame attached to seeking counseling in Japan, and for this many people do not get the help they need or deserve. It also makes it nearly impossible to determine exactly how many victims of Eating Disorders are in Japan.

In Argentina the incidence rate of Anorexia and Bulimia is out of control. The percentage of sufferers (based on population) is almost three times greater than that of the United States. Women across Argentina will resort, at all costs, to look their best and are obsessed with their bodies. According to an article written by Lori Leibovich, "Some blamed the nation's preoccupation with the body on the country's volatile political and economic climate. Others said that the Italian immigrants who settled in Argentina at the turn of the century simply brought with them a flair for fashion and an appreciation of beauty. And some Argentine feminists say that 'machismo' is responsible for the epidemic, encouraging a climate where women are valued for how they look, not who they are." Women that don't fit the harsh Argentine ideal end up in their own world of self-hate.

Eating Disorders are on the rise in China and experts feel this may have to do with the rise of diet fads throughout that region. Advertising of diet products that flood the market emphasize to the public that life is better when a person is slim, so sufferers faced with problems in their life may turn to dieting as an answer. Not to say that all people who diet will end up struggling with an Eating Disorder, but persons with a low self-esteem who may have been susceptible to workaholism, alcoholism or drug addiction, will now also be more at risk for developing an Eating Disorder.
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Cultural Roles [21 Jun 2004|03:31pm]

From Something Fishy:
Shades of Grey

It was once a widely held belief that the only people who suffered from Eating Disorders were white, middle to upper class, american women. I can tell you, from the hundreds to thousands of e-mail letters I have received from the sufferers themselves, by far, white women are not the only ones suffering.

A great number of researchers are focusing in on why there seems to be an increase in the growing number of Black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American sufferers who are coming forward to say that they indeed are afflicted with an Eating Disorder.

"Dangerous Eating" (Essence Magazine, Villarosa) featured an article on the subject of Eating Disorders is Black women, providing a possible insight. "The Black-American culture traditionally accepts more fat on women than the White culture, but when Black middle-class women become integrated into White culture while they are trying to get ahead, they become more at risk of developing Eating Disorders."

As African-American and Hispanic women compete more and more in the professional job market and face the pressures of trying to succeed, they can be faced with discrimination as well as society's portrayal of the successful "smart, beautiful and thin" career woman.

There has been a steady increase in famous African-American and Hispanic figures in the media. While this is a wonderful thing that helps to represent the truly diverse country the United States is, there may also be a "down-side" as well. Young white women and girls faced with thin and beautiful white celebrities aspire to be like them -- it would make sense to think that young Black and Hispanic women and girls, when faced with seemingly beautiful and thin celebraties sharing the same culture (such as Janet Jackson or Mariah Carey), might also wish to achieve the same physical goals.

The psychological reasons that women of color develop Eating Disorders are virtually the same. Family problems, parents with negative coping mechanisms like alcohol, history of abuse, and/or relationship issues, plus a need to cope with stress, pain and anger, and a low self-esteem. In addition, Black, Asian, Hispanic and Native American women also face issues of discrimination that may contribute to their low self-worth and desire to be loved and accepted.

From the About Face Organization's Website: "The more a person is pressured to emulate the mainstream image, the more the desire to be thin is adopted, and with it an increased risk for the development of body image dissatisfaction and eating disorders."

It is important to take into consideration the awareness that has spread in the last fifteen or so years about Eating Disorders themselves. Whereas issues of culture may not be addressed often enough, there may still be a better overall knowledge of what these disorders are, throughout a more diverse community. Whether teens and college students are getting the education at their school, through clinics and women's centers, through the television or on the internet, all groups of people may be more apt to recognize that they are suffering from an illness and are not alone. Prior to 1980, it was highly unlikely that any information, let-alone accurate information, was reaching anyone other than through doctor's offices typcially treating the white, middle-to-upper class community. It is highly possible that up until recently, due to lack of awareness and the stereotype that this was a "white teen or college woman's disease", many women of color were either suffering in silence or didn't recognize how severe their problem could be.
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It's about recognition [21 Jun 2004|11:37am]

In promoting this community a couple of people have made comments to the fact that this community is in fact segregating people who all have the same disorders. Of course then after I was told that this is mostly a white woman's middle to high class disorder.

This is exactly the type of thinking this community is here to disband. The numbers might be lower but plenty of women of color have eating disorders and the numbers are rising everday. There might be quite a bit who do not even feel they have a disorder because they do not fit into the description of those who suffer from eating disorders. I personally have been told to my face that black women to do not suffer from E.D. on several occasions. Well we do. I was also heard someone say that asian women don't suffer from E.D., they said that most are naturally thin anyway and never have to worry about their weight.

This is a place to halt misconceptions.

This place is here to support those who thought there was no one out there like them.
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Colours of Ana [19 Jun 2004|10:49am]

Colours of Ana is the personal website of black woman who suffers from eating disorders and decided to install this site because, just like many of us know there is no support or recognitionthat black women suffer from eating disorders. Read her story.

There is info, stories, national and international support and more.
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[18 Jun 2004|04:39pm]

Black women are completely off the map when it comes to support toward all eating disorders. Constantly we are seen as being voluptuous and loving it. But in a society where all women are bombarded with images of women that are six feet tall and a hundred pounds it is not irrational to think that all women, conscious of it or not are not, are trying to fit into this mold.

It is a misconception to believe that eating disorders only occur to white women. Black Latino. Asian. Native American. It happens to all races.

It is also a misconception that this is something that only happens to girls in their teens or early twenties. Living with eating disorders affects someone throughout their life and one doesn't simply grow up and grow out of it.

There are a lot of reasons for eating disorders. We suffer not because we just want to look thin and pretty. I say suffer because when you look in the mirror and you are still unhappy with your weight and body size no matter how thin and beautiful you are. You suffer. You struggle. You ache.

This community is here to provide a place for women of color so that we are able to discuss our disorders without being bashed or shunned.

Welcome to Colors of Eating Disorders.
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