June 28, 2017

Last year the Yoga and Body Image Coalition was honored to be a participating organization in the inaugural World Eating Disorders Action Day. We united with organizations and activists representing 40 countries to increase awareness, eradicate myths and collectively advocate for resources and policy change.  It was amazing and inspiring to see the far reaching impact of a group of committed activists. We are excited to continue this important work.

This year’s theme is #WeDoActTogether with the focus being on partnerships that move us forward as affected people, carers, clinicians, and researchers.  Given that eating disorders create and thrive on isolation, meaningful relationships and connections are vital to recovery. As part of our efforts to help highlight the importance of engaging in supportive communities in eating disorder recovery, YBIC will again feature blog posts that share the stories of people in the YBIC community who have used the practice of yoga to help in their journey of healing and recovery from an eating disorder.  These posts will focus on how the practice of yoga can create a sense of connection, belonging and supportive relationships that play an integral role in the recovery process.

At this time we welcome you, our amazing community of yogis, to submit your stories.
If you would like to contribute to this special blog feature, please submit your 500-word story today.



The following nine “truths” about eating disorders may surprise you:

Truth No. 1: Many people with eating disorders look healthy, yet may be extremely ill.

Truth No. 2: Families are not to blame and can be the patients’ and providers’ best allies in treatment.

Truth No. 3: An eating disorder diagnosis is a health crisis that disrupts personal and family functioning.

Truth No. 4: Eating disorders are not choices, but serious biologically influenced illnesses.

Truth No. 5: Eating disorders affect people of all genders, ages, races, ethnicities, body shapes and weights, sexual orientations and socioeconomic statuses.

Truth No. 6: Eating disorders carry an increased risk for both suicide and medical complications.

Truth No. 7: Genes and environment play important roles in the development of eating disorders.

Truth No. 8: Genes alone do not predict who will develop eating disorders.

Truth No. 9: Full recovery from an eating disorder is possible. Early detection and intervention are important.


READ blog posts that share the stories of people in the YBIC community who have used the practice of yoga to help in their journey of healing and recovery from an eating disorder HERE.

One Comment

  1. Mallory

    When I was deep in my sickness, I found that exercise was a way to cope with all the things in my life I wanted to escape from. It was a form of punishment. I worked out because I hated myself, not because I was at peace. While exercising, I found myself looking at others for “inspiration,” or goals, envious of their achievements with their bodies. Over time, I have come to realize that exercise, meditation, and yoga are not for anyone else but myself, and in order to these tasks successfully, I must be mindful and full of self-love. I now work out because I love myself, not because I need to punish myself, and I must do it for my mind more so than my body. Yoga has helped me find a way to become less focused on how I look and more focused on how I feel. It gives me a space to let go of all the emotional baggage I carry through my day and through my week and leave it on the mat. If I continue to let go of judgements, attachments, and hatred towards myself and others, and allow room for self-love, I will be able to continue to work towards living a healthy life in recovery.

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