5 Myths and 5 Facts About Eating Disorders

The 14th annual National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is now underway, lasting February 23 to March 1, 2014. The theme for this year’s Awareness Week is “I Didn’t Know.” With that theme in mind, we at the Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorders Program decided to contribute by debunking five common myths and sharing five important facts about eating disorders. Let’s start with the myths. Myth #1: You can tell that someone has an eating disorder by looking at them. That an individual is struggling with an eating disorder is not readily apparent. A person may…Read more

Staying Balanced During the Holidays

The holidays are upon us and, regardless of the holiday you celebrate, it is a time of year spent with friends and family.  It also means the inevitable parties with copious amounts of food and drink.  For those with an eating disorder it can quickly become a time of anxiety and withdrawal.  Food may become the enemy; friends and family members the enablers. We have started this blog to help combat the anxiety, shame, and frustration of the eating disorder (AKA “ED”).  It is our hope that you will find tools to work…Read more

The Real Beauty Workshop for Girls….. Or is it??

A woman is transformed into the impossibly perfect images we see on billboards, magazines and other media. This video reveals the way in which ad campaigns attempt to capitalize on low self-esteem and negative self-image of women and girls. The ad also capitalizes on the impossible, idealized, fantasy image of the perfect looking woman for men and boys.Read more

Holiday Reminder

During the holiday season we are often busy shopping for loved ones, gathering gifts together to show our love and appreciation. Most of us realize that it is the feeling behind the gift that is most important—the gift is our way of showing our love for those closest to us, even if it’s just a token reminder. Yet, the process of gift giving is an excellent example of how a human feeling can be transformed into a material object for others to see. Our Christmas gifts or Hanukkah gifts are, in essence, our…Read more

Summer Time- by Samantha Spiwak

t’s summer time!! Time to enjoy the good life. The beautiful sunshine, the clear blue sky, and quality time with good people. Sleeping in late, going to bed at unreasonable hours, and time to catch up on your favorite TV shows and movies. Pull out those sunglasses, turn up the music, and get ready for those pool parties because summer is finally here!! Wait… did you say pool parties? That means bathing suits, shorts, tank tops, flip-flops, and hair up. In today’s media-driven society, where models are only getting skinnier, bikinis getting smaller,…Read more

Stuffing Feelings- by Samantha Spiwak

Sunday night I went to dinner with my family. I realized on the way I wasn’t hungry. I was also thinking about a lot of other things. Feelings that I have yet to really express or feel myself. As I looked out the window little things started to bring me back to the old days with people who aren’t in my life for whatever reason it may be. When we all sat down at dinner I looked over the menu and told my family nothing sounded good and I am simply not hungry.…Read more

My Fear of Rejection by Samantha Spiwak

Rejection. It has been something everyone has experienced once or has experienced as an on going cycle. For me the first time I remember I was rejected was at lunchtime in middle school when the two captains had to pick their teams for basketball. I wanted so badly to be picked first, but of course I was the last one to get picked. That to me was rejection, another way of people telling me I wasn't good enough. Rejection never gets easier as you get older. It seems to only make us feel…Read more

I feel the pressure…..to be thin- by Samantha Spiwak

Let’s face it.  Our society is obsessed with being thin.  There is no way you can escape it.   TV, Magazines, Internet, and even on your phone the PRESSURE is there.  The pressure to be thin by society is overwhelming.  It confuses me at times what exactly society wants.  They say “beautiful” women should be 100 lbs, legs for days, and a face you can’t look away from.  We see these types of women on the TV, in magazines, and on the Internet.  What throws me for a loop is this new Carl’s Jr…Read more

Spring Cleaning- by Eliana Katz

As the days of spring give way to summer, I can no longer ignore the glaring, circled, underlined, highlighted item in bold on my to-do list: Spring Cleaning. It’s the time of year that reminds me, however reluctantly, to go through my room, my closet, my drawers, de-clutter, reorganize, and start fresh. Why I tend to procrastinate with this chore year after year, I’m not quite sure. Perhaps it’s the daunting task of coming face to face with all the clothes that don’t fit, the loose pages of the short story I never…Read more
Advice For Loved Ones

Advice For Loved Ones

The claws of an eating disorder often extend further than the individual afflicted with the disease; family members and loved ones find their lives in upheaval as well. When you find out that a loved one is battling an eating disorder, the best way to proceed can be a confusing and murky. How do you communicate? How do you approach issues such as food and self-image? What actions can you take for yourself? To begin with, full honesty must be the foundation of your relationship. Forming a pact or contract can help keep…Read more