My First Time

What It's Like Having Sex While in Recovery from an Eating Disorder

After Laura Hearn left a residential treatment facility for an eating disorder, she didn't just need to reset her relationship with food: she had to learn how to exist as a sexual being in the world.
Laura Hearn

'A Twisted Comparison Game': How Fitness Apps Exacerbate Eating Disorders

Apps like step trackers and calorie counters are meant to help users stay healthy. But for those who suffer from eating disorders, these technologies are ripe for misuse.
Lauren Sharkey

How to Make Good TV About Eating Disorders, According to Survivors

In the wake of Netflix's "To the Bone" and the new BBC3 series "Overshadowed," women with EDs tell us how they want pop culture to portray their illness.
Kate Leaver

The Women Sleeping Their Lives Away to Lose Weight

The "Sleeping Beauty Diet" involves the use of sleep to avoid hunger, with some advocates going as far as sedating themselves. It’s been around for decades, but the fad is still going strong on pro-anorexia blogs.
Sammi Taylor

'Breatharians' Believe You Can Survive on Air Alone

Followers of the controversial diet believe that humans can survive on cosmic energy from air. Doctors and dietitians beg to differ.
Layla Haidrani

The Women Hiding a Secretive, Little-Known Eating Disorder

"Chew and Spit" is bound up in feelings of shame and loss of control. But it's only recently that experts have begun to learn a bit more about the damaging behavior.
Steph Bowe
Eating Disorders

The Brains of Women with Anorexia Change to Override Hunger, Study Says

How do women with eating disorders overpower their bodies' urge to eat? New research has found the illness actually alters the way their brains work.
Steph Bowe

‘Laxatives for Dinner’: My Life as an Anorexic Man

As a YouTuber, I share my life with hundreds of thousands of people on the Internet. But just few years ago, something as mundane as a beach holiday was enough to send me into a panic.
Michael Buchinger

Why Eating Disorders Are on the Rise in Japan

Eating disorders have been increasing in Japan since the 1980s—despite the country's historically low obesity rates. A Japanologist explains the country's cultural obsession with being thin.
Sirin Kale
Eating Disorders

Making Food Feel Safe Again with an Eating Disorder Cookbook

For those who struggle with eating disorders, learning how to enjoy food again can be an emotional and painful process. A new cookbook, edited and written by people in recovery, aims to help with the journey.
Cole Kazdin
body issues

When You're Both Overweight and Anorexic

Eating disorders are commonly diagnosed after drastic weight loss. For anorexic women and men who don't meet the weight criteria, that often means suffering in silence.
Amelia Tait
mental health

Can Pro-Anorexia Websites Actually Help People with Eating Disorders?

It's common practice to condemn pro–eating disorder websites. However, some believe that these so-called "pro-ana" and "pro-mia" spaces—some of which are banned on social networks—offer much-needed community and representation to vulnerable individuals...
Mish Barber Way