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

'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
mental health

The Diabetic Women Who Skip Insulin to Lose Weight

It's hugely under-diagnosed, but the risks of this little-known eating disorder include blindness, limb amputation, and early loss of life.
Michelle Duff
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

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
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