Julie Rodriguez

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6 Things Recovery From an Eating Disorder Gave Me

Over the course of my recovery from an eating disorder, the following question has been asked numerous times: "If you could turn back the clock and not have an eating disorder, would you?" To which I respond, "Duh." I do not know anyone who willingly chooses to develop and endure an illness that …

When I Stopped Being Skinny and the Whole World Fell Apart

The first time I was called fat, I was actually told I was <i>not</i> fat. It was a boy who said it and I had a crush on him. I was 14 years old, tall and still reasonably thin despite the onset of puberty.<p>"You're not fat," he said, answering a question I hadn't asked. "You just need to tone up."<p>I stood in …

How Disney Princesses Would Look If They Had Realistic Waistlines

Disney’s classic stories are magical and formative tales for youngsters, but there’s no doubt that they can sometimes promote outdated or even …

How I Learned to Love My Body

<b>How long have you been obsessed with your body?</b> If you're like me, pretty much since birth. I grew up listening to my mom criticize her own, "imperfect" figure and so restrictive diets and self-loathing have long been a part of who I was.<p>I went on my first diet in elementary school and have done …

'Just F*cking Eat Already!' On Overcoming Food and Diet Obsession

There was a time when I was dying to lose weight. Where I craved to be like the skinny minnies plastered all over a Victoria Secret catalogue. I had mega fitspo shame. My self-worth became dependent on the number on my scale.<p>In an attempt to get that number lower and lower, I was clocking in …