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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.
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.
One Form of Many: How External Behaviors Reflect Internal Struggle (By: Halley Corapi)
When I got the opportunity to write again for EDCT on the topic of bulimia, I was initially hesitant to put forth my thoughts on this aspect of my eating disorder experience. The initial diagnosis I received at the age of 13 was anorexia nervosa, and I have clung to that label and that mode of behavior ever since.
That being said, I have also struggled with bulimia. And yes, it came much later. And yes, it lasted for “only” a year. And yes, I “conquered” the behavior. And no, I don’t tend to admit that anorexia has not been my sole form of disordered behavior.
Volunteers are an integral part of the EDCT each and every day. EDCT volunteers help take our mission to the people of Tennessee and beyond. This month, we wish to recognize one of EDCT's most dedicated volunteers, Kristen Barry. Check back every month for EDCT's "Volunteer Spotlight"!