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Founded in September 2002, Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee is the Southeast's first statewide nonprofit to advance eating disorder awareness, education and prevention. Our mission is to offer hope, help and support to all who are impacted by disordered eating.
Rocking Your Recovery From Dieting/Disordered Eating During the Holidays! (By: Reba Sloan, M.P.H., L.R.D., F.A.E.D.)
It is holiday time! We start with Thanksgiving, and we continue into the Christmas Holiday season that will extend all the way to New Year's Day. I am so weary of all of the hoopla about "surviving the holidays". One well known eating disorder "expert" recently said another name for Thanksgiving is "National Binge Day" and if you are craving pumpkin pie that you might not have enough sweetness or comfort in your life! Really?? What a way to reinforce food fears! Whether you are a chronic dieter, have an eating disorder, or are just the average person ... you would swear that we are all facing sheer doom and destruction at this time of the year. Many are trembling with fear and trepidation. Come on! You should have visions of sugar plums dancing and prancing.
At the beginning of each month, look for the “EDCT Happenings” blog post to update you on the latest events, news and special announcements of the EDCT. We hope that you find the information helpful, and as always, please let us know if you have any questions.
Bingeing and Purging: Breaking the Cycle (By: Mallory Faye)
Bingeing and purging; why couldn’t I stop bingeing and purging? Ten years ago, I had no idea the answer to that question, but recovered now I do. It was the self-hatred I had not only towards myself, but towards my body. It was also my means of self-control. The fact that the world around me seemed so out of control, the only thing I felt I could control, was what I chose to put or not put in to my body.
For ten years, it was like living behind steel bars miserable and merely existing. At times I felt so ashamed of myself, I probably would’ve let someone put me behind bars for doing absolutely nothing wrong besides hurting myself from the power I gave to food. The power I was losing to myself. Now, I can say I have complete power over my life, but it wasn’t an easy hike up the mountain to get there.