Research shows that Instagram photos tagged with #eatingdisorderrecovery tend to feature thin, young, white, women. They also show stylized versions of food, reflecting a certain class status and engagement with “foodie” cultures.
Instagram can offer a supportive online community to people recovering from eating disorders. It can also reinforce stereotypes of eating disordered bodies.
New research shows that even previously obstructive parents can be coached into providing vital support for their children with eating disorders.
A new psychological intervention can help any parents - even those crippled by fear and self-blame - to become powerful recovery coaches to children with eating disorders.
Lily Collins in To the Bone.
Netflix's new film To The Bone simplifies the social causes of anorexia.
The new Netflix film To the Bone missed some opportunities to dispel myths about eating disorders.
To the Bone has attracted comment from mental health professionals and advocates. Critics have concerns it could cause or worsen eating disorder symptoms.
People with anorexia and bulimia often have a strange desire to be near the very thing that is being avoided.
Eating disorders are among the leading causes of hospitalisation for mental-health-related issues in Australia.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has asked the Medicare review taskforce to consider increasing the number of subsidised mental health sessions for those with eating disorders. Why is that necessary?
A complex issue requires sensitive techniques.
Bulimia is a debilitating condition.
Can new ways of using electric currents to stimulate the brain help reduce symptoms of one of the most debilitating eating disorders?
Labor MP Mark Butler, speaking on Q&A.
Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy Mark Butler told Q&A that eating disorders "are the mental illness type which has the highest mortality rate". We check the research.
Like ‘thinspo’, ‘fitspo’ promotes unrealistic body types to women.
The 'fitspo' movement may be aiming to promote a healthier body image for women, but in truth it's just another narrow set of ideals about what women should look like.
Anorexia is often seen as an assertion of autonomy and control by a young woman who is engaged in a battle with her family and therapists.
Young women (and men) have been dramatically restricting their calorie intake for centuries, but not all the symptoms of modern anorexia have always been present.
Lost in the crowd.
Anorexia and bulimia only account for around half of eating disorders yet too often they're the only ones we take seriously.
A massive military exercise is slated to begin this week throughout the southwestern United States, and last for the duration of the summer.
Polls show Americans have become less trusting and more suspicious.
We all are.
Backlash to 'throwback' slimming ad is a win for the bikini terrorists
Catwalk size doesn’t affect anorexia as much as you think.
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Biological and psychological factors are implicated in anorexia. If it was just about media, why are many more people obese?
The World Health Organisation considers people with a BMI below 18.5 to be underweight and at risk of being malnourished.
The French government is backing parliamentary plans to ban unhealthily thin models from catwalks, but do the bodies of these models really affect women's self-image?
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