Friday, October 20, 2017

The Invisible Line: Finding your voice and setting your boundaries

Boundaries and assertiveness for many people  these words bring upon anxiety, fear and represent a negative task. For many people the ability to stand up for their inner needs and wants can be very difficult. Often times many people I encounter hold many of their emotions and thoughts within themselves. I know especially for the […]

Hope For The Holidays

The holidays can be a very magical and special time for many people around the world but for others the holidays equate stress, anxiety, sadness or anger. This can be for a variety of reasons, familial issues, relationship issues, money issues, health issues the list goes on. For some reason the holiday season is the […]

Practice Practice Practice!

October 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Activism, Body Image

Trigger Warning:  Discussion of Eating Disorders and Halloween Candy Nobody is born with a negative body image nor did it develop over night. So assuming we can instantaneously fix it just because we decide  to feel better about our bodies is a bit unrealistic. In short, it takes PRACTICE!  We must practice setting limits on […]

Anorexia in Adults: Psychodynamic Therapy Most Successful

Adults suffering from anorexia find recovery through psychodynamic based psychotherapy. What a joy to see this fact coming into scientific and public awareness. pix* Largest therapy trial worldwide: Psychotherapy treats anorexia effectively

Co-dependency in Eating Disorders Caregiving

April 20, 2013 by  
Filed under Eating Disorders, Featured, Parents

There is often a fine line between being a supportive parent or caregiver of a person with an eating disorder, and experiencing co-dependency in eating disorders caregiving. Melody Beattie’s definitions of co-dependency are by far my favorite.  She has a few versions listed on, Challenges Recovery Communications Network,  that help to clarify what she means […]

Paying It Forward

The Spring Lobby Day with the Eating Disorders Coalition (EDC) is coming up, and it’s got me reflecting on how I got involved as an activist, writer, and advocate. In 2007, a friend was trying to organize an event for Eating Disorder Awareness Week, and she was trying to get guest speakers to come and […]

What the Heck is Gender Inclusivity?

A December 2012 search on Amazon.com for “eating disorders” revealed the following: out of thirty books, only five were authored or co-authored by men. Take away the more academic writings such as clinical handbooks or guides tailored to professionals and only include books written for a general consumer audience (such as parental guides, self-help books, […]

Fashion Weak

Every February New York City hosts an international extravaganza of fashion.  Year after year despite an increasing amount of public protest and outrage about the lack of size diversity of the models, the images associated with Fashion Week remain unchanged.  Recently, however,  Israel decided to ban models who have BMI’s under 18.5%, Denmark  is considering […]

Meet Matt Wetsel, the Newest WATRD Contributor

Hello, Real Deal readers! My name is Matt Wetsel and I wanted to introduce myself as one of the newest contributors to ‘We Are the Real Deal.’ I’m excited by the premises and guidelines of the Real Deal pledge, and I’m looking forward to adding my own experience and voice to the already excellent body […]

Welcome your humanity

  “Some things you must always be unable to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. Not for kudos and not for cash — Just refuse to bear them.” William Faulkner.

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