Woah! Check out this article I was interviewed for on TIME.com:
Eating disorders so stereotypical to women, men don’t even realize they’re suffering http://t.co/qLA0NrxdkY
— TIME.com (@TIME) April 9, 2014
Welcome to my slightly revamped official homepage and blog. My name is Matt Wetsel. I’m a late 20-something, regular old boring guy who happened to have an eating disorder in college. I’m a regular participant in Lobby Day work with the Eating Disorders Coalition, an organization devoted to working on the federal recognition of eating disorders as a public health priority. I’m currently an EDC Junior Board member and also involved in state level advocacy. Outside of my interests in policy work, my main focus is on the intersection of gender constructs as they relate to mental health and especially eating disorders.
Looking for blog posts? Don’t worry! They’re safely located at http://arenomore.wordpress.com/blog now.
Also, Tumblr is now mattwetsel.tumblr.com. Oddly enough, someone set up something on the old handle, so sorry for any confusion.
I Had No Idea! Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2014: So I can cross one more thing off my bucket list: driving to and from New York City. I had a last-minute invite for a panel with the National Eating Disorders Association, and thankfully was able to make the trip. Follow the link for my write-up about the other awesome panelists and my time at NEDA’s main office in NYC.
Rethinking Everything: Check out the guest post I did for the Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves campaign, which is ran by the B.C. Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness Campaign. What will your life look like without an eating disorder? Full link: http://loveourbodiesloveourselves.blogspot.ca/2014/02/rethinking-everything-by-matt-wetsel.html
EDRS 2014 and West Coast Adventures: Here’s my write-up about the Eating Disorder Recovery Support, Inc 2014 conference and my adventures in California. Check out the amazing work people like Linda Bacon, Chevese Turner of the Binge Eating Disorder Association, and others are doing on the front lines of the health and body debates.
Review: Against Me!’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues: Maybe an odd fit for my blog, but when a band I like writes an entire album about body image and gender issues, it resonates way too much to ignore it. Read the review, listen to the album, and see why I can’t stop listening to it.
…We Now Face Death: One of my favorite professors passed away in November of last year. He never knew it, but he had a profound impact on my recovery and life.
April 2-3, 2014: Spring 2014 Lobby Day with the Eating Disorders Coalition
It’s that time again! Join us for another amazing day of advocacy on Capitol Hill to help educate lawmakers about the dangers and realities of eating disorders. Easily one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done! You can register at http://www.eatingdisorderscoalition.org.
Want to know more about what we do in DC? Check out my page on Becoming an Advocate.
April 12, 2014: Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe, & Activist Center
Join me in NYC to talk eating disorders, gender inclusiveness, recovery, and whatever else comes up in our discussion! 7-9pm.
Link to the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1376323345982861/