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When The Mirror Lies: My Battle With Anorexia

How many calories are in toothpaste?

I still don't know the answer to that question, but asking it is what made me realize that I had a problem. As I brushed my teeth that afternoon, what seems like a lifetime ago, I wondered how long I would have to work out to burn off that toothpaste. Fifteen minutes? Half an hour?

You've already done two hours of cardio today, warned a voice inside me. Normally, I would have ignored that voice of reason, mostly because it sounded alarmingly like my mother. But that day, the me who had gotten lost in all of this seemed to be demanding that I take a good, long look in the mirror.

So I did. And what I saw made my mouth…

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 When The Mirror Lies: My Battle With Anorexia

Where does it all begin? The causes of anorexia are still not well understood. There is no one cause. Some of the more common triggers include pressure to be thin from peers and media, perfectionism, stress, and depression.


The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, Inc. is a non-profit (501 c 3) corporation that seeks to prevent and alleviate the problems of eating disorders, especially including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.


ANRED provided comprehensive information about anorexia nervosa, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and other less well-known eating disorders. We retain the site’s original intent, which is to be an objective resource for those seeking information about eating disorders.

Life Without Anorexia

I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it would seem.

Project HEAL

Project HEAL: Help to Eat, Accept and Live is the largest nonprofit in the U.S. delivering prevention, treatment financing, and recovery support for people suffering from eating disorders.

Running with Spoons

Running with Spoons started as a way for me to document my own journey back to health as I recovered from an eating disorder, and it eventually went on to become a place where I could share my newly discovered obsession with healthy recipe development and food photography...

The Middle Ground

As a view from this middle ground, the blog will accomplish a number of things. It will document the process of recovery, and comment on issues that are relevant to patients, professionals, and supporters alike—for instance, how insurance was among the greatest obstacles to my recovery, why patients entering treatment might originally under-report symptoms, and how nurture can overcome nature when it comes to eating disorders.

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