Copyright© 1998 - 2005 by FED-UP!
We are like foreigners attempting to assimilate into a hostile culture, our bodies continually threatening to betray our difference. Each of us who seeks the rights of citizenship through acceptable femininity shares a secret with all who attempt to pass: my undisguised self is unacceptable, I am not what I seem. To successfully pass is to be momentarily wrapped in the protective cover of conformity. To fail is to experience the vulnerability of the outsider. (Wendy Chapkis, Beauty Secrets: Women and the Politics of Appearance. 1986:5)
This page is dedicated to those who deal with issues of size, body shape and self-worth. If you feel as though the span of your hips and the size of your clothes outweigh the content of your thoughts and the value of your character, I offer you this homepage as a token of friendship and personal understanding. If you're tired of being told that happiness, sexiness and usefulness expire after size 14, then don't just get mad . . .
Who Am I Professionally?
My name is Amy -- I'm an educator and support group facilitator for women who struggle with eating disorders and other self-harming behaviours. The research I conduct is both socioculturally and biophysically-based, as it focuses on non-traditional, body-centered and often electronic (online) interventions for eating disorders, the female athlete triad and issues relating to body image and sport.
Who Am I Personally?
Who I am cannot be answered in a one-line definition; I am a "work in progress", so to speak. For those who visit the FED-UP! site looking for information on eating disorders and their related issues, I hope the research and links to academic resources fills a much-needed gap in this, my area of expertise. For those who are already enslaved by cultural expectations of our Western milieu, which claims thinness to be the ideal body type, and stigmatizes all those who do not conform, I offer you the benefit of my research and personal experience. My aunt Linda passed in 1998 from her "complications" resulting from the combination of adult-onset diabetes and her eating and body practices. Her death did not have to happen and the fact that it did and was attributed solely to the diabetes is indicative of a culture that does not recognize the seriousness and pervasiveness of eating disorders. There are very FEW non-profit organizations such as Sheena's Place that offer free, drop-in programming to people who are affected both directly and indirectly by eating disorders, which makes for a lack of affordable, accessible services available to people who struggle. I believe that one of the most powerful avenues of healing this sort of problem is knowing that there are others out there who really do understand the experience. It is perhaps, from this empathetic understanding, that I propose to be the motivating intent behind this site.
Conferences, Research Papers and Personal Writings
Eating Disorders in the New Millennium: Extending Our Reach
BAITWorM: Biology As If The World Mattered
Weight Loss Fraud -- Beware!
How To Detect Fraudulent Weight-Loss Claims
Themes & Schemes
Basic Nutritional and Metabolic Information
Signs & Symptoms
Conformity and Control Through Performance and Perfection
Eating Disorder Resources (Information & Prevention), Sites on Size Acceptance and Media Literacy
Concerned Children's Advertisers(Canada)
Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness
New research on Males and Eating Disorders
Sandra Friedman is an educator, program developer, counsellor and author whose work aims at preventing eating disorders and body image dissatisfaction
ZapHealth, a great health site geared toward young people
Dads and Daughters, transforming the pervasive messages that value daughters more for how they look than who they are
S.C.a.R.E.D.: Support, Concern and Resources For Eating Disorders
Sheena's Place, Toronto (I cannot say ENOUGH good things about this place!)
AABA: American Anorexia Bulimia Association
Eating Disorder Referral & Information Center
Standing in the Shadows: a teen site geared toward teenagers who struggle with depression and EDs
IAEDP: International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals
Eating Disorders Resource Catalogue
BANA: Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (Ontario, Canada)
AED: Academy for Eating Disorders
ANRED: Anorexia Nervosa and Related Eating Disorders
Body Image Coalition of Peel (Ontario, Canada)
EDA: Eating Disorders Association (Auckland, New Zealand)
NEDIC: National Eating Disorder Information Centre (Canada)
Mirror Mirror (EDSA Canada)
BIBRI: Body Image Betrayal and Related Issues homepage
ANAB: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Association
ANEB Québec -- Association québécoise d'aide aux personnes souffrant d'anorexie nerveuse et de boulimie (in English & French)
NEDA: National Eating Disorders Association (USA)
European Council on Eating Disorders
Hunger Pains: because hunger kills . . .
NAAFA Online: National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance
Radiance Magazine: For all sizes of Large
Mode magazine -- The new shape in fashion
CanadaWYDE: CASA -- Canadian Association of Size Acceptance
Fat!So? . . . for people who don't apologize for their size
ISAA: International Size Acceptance Association
Smash! Negative Body Images in Women
ASE-D FAQ: alt.support.eating-disord (newsgroup)
Fat-Phobia: Bigotry in the '90s
Cath's ED-LINKS: Books, Catalogues and Videos
Academic Journals for Scholarly Research on Eating Disorders and Related Issues
Academy for Eating Disorders Newsletter
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders: Journal of Treatment and Prevention
Eating Disorders Review
Eating Disorders Online
Treatment and Information Centres for Eating Disorders
Memorial Site for Those Who Are No Longer Struggling
This is precisely WHY it is CRUCIAL to have education, early detection, careful and thoughtful intervention and
multiple forms of treatment. NO ONE should die from these disorders.
May they finally find their peace and eternal acceptance.
Treatment & Information Centres
Remuda Ranch AZ, USA
Counselling Centre at Acadia University
Center For Discovery CA, USA
Sheena's Place, Toronto
Cogan's Counseling Center (online as well as traditional intervention methods)
New Realities Eating Disorder Recovery Centre (Toronto, Canada)
Homewood Health Centre (Guelph, Canada)
The Bellwood Centre (Scarborough, Canada)
Renfrew Center: Eating Disorders/Women's Mental Health
Eating Disorder Recovery Online
St. Joseph's Medical Center for Eating Disorders
Eating Disorders and Athletics: Related Links
Promotion Plus, The British Columbia Organization for Girls and Women in Physical Activity and Sport
Empowering Women In Sports
The National Institute of Nutrition (English & French)
SPORT C.A.R.E at Women's College Hospital (Toronto, Canada)
CAAWS: Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity
Triathlon: Sports physiology, metabolism, proper nutrition, experiences of multisport participation with an ED
NASSS: North American Society for the Sociology of Sport
ACSM: American College of Sports Medicine
Tucker Center for Research on Girls & Women in Sport
Optimal Eating: All About Eating Disorders, Nutrition and Healthy Eating
N.A.T: Nutrition Analysis Tool
Just Sports for Women
Eating Right and Staying Healthy
Human Kinetics -- The Information Leader in Physical Activity
ReaL GiRL PoWeR!
Caitlin's Story A wonderful interview on body image and empowerment by a very enlightened, strong young woman
CoolGirls! A very cool site by some very informed teens ... Go GurLs!
Girls are it! -- integrating girls from diverse backgrounds to remove boundaries and reveal the extraordinary capabilities of girls ... Go GurLs!
About-Face! combatting negative and distorted images of women
one angry girl designs
N.O.W.: National Organization for Women