From memoirs to self-help guides, learn about anorexia and bulimia resources

An estimated 10 million women and one million men in the United States suffer from an eating disorder, according to the Eating Disorder Foundation. If you’re seeking help for yourself or someone you care about, talk with an expert.

In addition, we recommend the following books and DVDs:

  • “Letting Ana Go” tells the story of a girl who seems to have it all. But as she struggles with meeting expectations, she turns to controlling food as a way to take charge of her life. Weight loss comes to mean success, all documented in a moving diary that reveals the toll and tragedy of eating disorders. Learn more about “Letting Ana Go”
  • “Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia (P.S.)” is a fascinating memoir by best-selling author Marya Hornbacher. In it, she reveals how she first fight to lose weight – and then battled to recover. It’s a stark, insightful journey through the looking glass of eating disorders. Learn more about “Wasted: A Memoir”
  • What happens when a woman specializing in documentaries and photography explores life within an eating disorders treatment facility? The answer is “Thin,” an exploration into the lives of brave girls and women who revealed their stories in hopes of helping others. Included with their personal stories are essays on the sociology and science of eating disorders by renowned researchers Joan Jacobs Brumberg, Dr. David Herzog, and Dr. Michael Strober. Learn more about “Thin” by clicking here. Also recommended: HBO’s original documentary showcasing those patients: Get the details on the DVD
  • “You can never be too rich or too thin” has become a familiar saying. But Susan Sarandon proves why the “too thin” element can be deadly in the documentary “Dying to Be Thin”
  • Discover how to know if a “problem” might be an eating disorder by clicking here for “Almost Anorexic: Is My (or My Loved One’s) Relationship with Food a Problem? (The Almost Effect).”

4 big benefits of stretching

Obviously, stretching increases flexibility, but so what?

First, flexibility can increase “stability, balance, and ease of movement,” as Michelle Matte at Livestrong.com describes, which reduces risk of injury, not just in athletic activities, but in everyday life.

Stretching also encourages the production of lubricants in our joints, as AZ Central’s Andrea Cespedes tells us. This, combined with the relief of tension around your joints earned by stretching, can ease arthritis and other joint pain.

After sitting at a desk or behind a steering wheel for hours and hours on end, your posture can start to go. Stretching out your back, neck and chest will not only help improve posture, but work towards alleviating the lower back pain and neck tension caused by long-term slouching.

Speaking of long days working and commuting, stretching is a great stress reliever. When combined with deep breathing (as used in yoga) stretching can help you calm down and ease your mind, while loosening all the areas where you hold tension. Cespedes also explains that various stretches can even aid in hormonal balance, digestion, and blood pressure, which can all be associated with stress.

In short, if stretching is not a part of your routine, it should be.

2014 ‘Bachelor’ spoilers: Is it all over for Juan Pablo & Nikki Ferrell?

Reality Steve spoiled earlier in the season that Nikki would win the final rose, but there are conflicting reports about how this season turns out. From rumors that Juan Pablo is already cheating on Nikki to a former “Bachelorette” star stating that “it’s all over” for Nikki, there is plenty of gossip to keep fans wondering what’s really going on between “The Bachelor” and his final pick.

Does ABC pay ‘Bachelor’ Juan Pablo to propose to Nikki on ‘ATFR’ special?

Here’s the latest gossip about Juan Pablo and Nikki Ferrell:

Juan Pablo loves Instagram and photographs himself with a variety of women, both friends and fans. Many fans assume that he is cheating on his rumored final pick, Nikki Ferrell, with at least one of the girls pictured on his Instagram.

Galavis was recently spotted out on a date at a Miami Heat basketball game, accompanied by singer Mayra Veronica. Several gossip sites claimed that they were “huddled close together” at the game and assumed they were dating. Either that, or Juan Pablo just loves the company of gorgeous women everywhere he goes. Read more here: Is Juan Pablo already cheating on his final pick?

Former “Bachelorette” Desiree Hartsock and her fiance, Chris Siegfried were guests Jason and Molly Mesnick’s recent podcast on Kiro Radio. During the foursome’s conversation, Desiree mentioned how it’s “over” for the other girls on the show because Juan Pablo introduced Nikki to his daughter and family during last week’s epsiode in Miami. Jason Mesnick agreed, saying that “He would not have introduced her unless he liked her a lot.”

Contrary to Twitter rumors, Desiree was not saying that it’s over for Juan Pablo and Nikki. Instead, she felt it was over for the other girls on the show and that Nikki had an unfair advantage when she met Juan Pablo’s family.

Reality Steve still maintains that Juan Pablo chooses Nikki at the final rose ceremony. However, the king of all spoilers states that he does not give her an engagement ring and he speculates that their relationship will not last long, something that’s totally believable. Fans should be shocked and amazed if they make it one week past the “After the Final Rose” special that airs right after the finale on March 10, 2014.