February is Eating Disorders Awareness Month.

This year, NEDA (the National Eating Disorders Association) is saying “It’s Time to Talk About It”. So that’s what we’ll do: we talk about it a lot. We know how important it is to spread awareness. Increase understanding. Make a change.

How can you help? It’s simple. Read. Talk. Share.

All you have to do is learn more about eating disorders and you’re already making a difference. Tell a friend about an article that impacted you. Reach out to an acquaintance you’ve been worried about. It may seem small, but these things make a BIG impact. You never know who’s listening.

To get you started, here are 13 articles we love. Some are about eating disorders, some are about finding balance, and others are about just knowing when enough is enough.

1. When Fitness Stopped Ruling My Life

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This girl learned to let go of her “perfect body” ideals and obsession with fitness, and has never been happier.

2. A Day In The Life of Eating Disorder Recovery in College

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Recovery happens in college all the time. Get an idea of what it looks like, from an insider’s perspective.

3. Why You Should Take A Break from Your Healthy Habits

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“I am so glad I fell off that bandwagon of healthy eating when I went to college and I thank God for my slip-ups. I’ve made some of the best memories, ate some amazing food and my eyes have opened so much since then.”

4. Motivation and Self Love: A Struggle That’s Worth It

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Eating disorders aren’t just a women’s problem. __ discovered that his habits had become dangerous in college, and took it to the gym to feel well again.

5. There Was A Time When the Healthy Living Community Was Bad For Me

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What looks “fit” and what feels fit are two very different things.

6. I Went A Year Without Taking A Rest Day

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How much exercise is “too much”?

7. Why I Ditched Being the “Fit Chick”

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She gave up being the fittest person in the room: but she’s the fittest her she’s ever been.

8. A Day In the Life of A College Student Who’s Obsessed with Fitness

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There’s a fine line between dedication and obsession.

9. My Name is Caitlin and I’m an Emotional Eater

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Screw the stigma: here’s how she overcame emotional eating.

10. When Healthy Eating Goes Bad

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All the magazines told her she was doing everything right; but you can’t always follow everything you read. This girl has struggled with restricting, counting calories, and being dangerously underweight but came out of it all stronger than ever.

11. The Most Important Part of Your Health is Confidence

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“Today I am actually able to step back and think, “am I doing this because I love my body or because I hate it?” “

12. How Fitness Helped Me Discover My True Self

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Hannah overcame the impossible beauty standards she’d believed in since childhood.

13. I Refuse to Live Up To Your Summer Body

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“Only one in five women are satisfied with their body.” You CAN be one of them.

About The Author

Holly is a senior at Northeastern University from Boca Raton, FL, where she is a double major in English and Mathematics. She loves books, math, and all things nerdy, as well as fitness. Holly is a group fitness instructor at her school's gym and at BURN Fitness Studios. Her favorite classes right now focus on HIIT training and cardio boxing.

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