Could a Diet Pills Tax Help Get These Toxic Products Out of Kids’ Hands?

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We don’t have to tell you that our toxic consumer culture is a major driver of our society’s obsession with weight. You know it. We know it. And the $66 billion diet industry knows it. What the diet industry does not want you to know, though,…
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I Stopped Lying and Faced My Addictions—You Can, Too

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As a person who struggled with an eating disorder and a co-occurring substance abuse problem, I spent nearly a decade lying. I lied about how much I was eating, I lied about how often I was eating, and I lied about what I was doing after…
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Choosing Recovery from My Eating Disorder and Drinking Problem

My adolescence and teenage years were rocky, to say the least. On the surface, I fought to project an image of a person in control, a person who strived for perfection: I was the valedictorian of my high school class, I studied at Brown…
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Are You Struggling With a Substance Use Disorder?

This Alcohol Awareness Month, it’s important to carefully consider your relationship with alcoholic substances. Today, April 6, marks National Alcohol Screening Day (NASD), and there’s no better time to educate yourself and your loved ones…
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Substance Abuse and Eating Disorders

Substance abuse problems may begin before or during an eating disorder, or even after recovery. Those struggling with co-occurring substance use and disordered eating should speak with a trained professional who can understand, diagnose, and…
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Dear Lesley: What is Symptom Substitution?

Dr. Lesley Williams is a certified eating disorder specialist, family medicine physician and positive body image advocate. She co-owns Liberation Center, an eating disorder treatment facility, in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Williams is dedicated to…