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.
March 14, 2014 Eating Disorder Recovery Awareness Interview Series
Mental Fitness, Inc. has been doing Friday night interviews with various eating disorder activists this year via Facebook, and I’m happy to share I’ll be getting in the hot seat on March 14. The group is private, you can request to join by emailing them at recoveryawareness (at) mentalfitnessinc.org. See the graphic below for more info.
April 2, 2014 Living in Recovery: A Panel Discussion on Eating Disorders
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Women’s Center presents a panel on recovery, co-sponsored by CARE and WAC. The event will focus on what life looks like for those with eating disorder histories now that they are in recovery. Myself, Kitty Westin, and an additional panelist will be lead by Women’s Center Director Geneva Murray, who previously worked with the Eating Disorders Coalition.
I believe this is a local event and it won’t be broadcast online.
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. More details coming!