Something’s Gotta Give is a constructive exposé of the true barriers we face in overcoming eating disorders, in really getting to the other side of this disease. It’s a call for meaningful change, for urgent action. On everyone’s part.

It has been over 30 years since musician Karen Carpenter’s death from anorexia at age 33 put eating disorders on the radar screens of a generation. In that time, while much has been accomplished, little has changed. People are still dying. Lives are being robbed. Anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and other eating disorders are showing up earlier and among more people than ever before.

If we’re really going to get to the other side of eating disorders, something’s gotta give … What IS it?

This is the question the Looking Glass Foundation is asking of people who have something to say about this disease – many thousands of them, in all stripes and shapes of perspective and experience.

Join in the Something’s Gotta Give campaign:

  • Answer our provocative question – from your point of view
  • Engage in our conversation through various digital media channels (#SGG)
  • Participate in our “live” Public Rally
  • Be featured in a documentary whose time has come

Real people. Real conversation. Real change.


  • Widespread Social Dialogue

    I think one thing we can do is start looking at the conversations that never take place around eating disorders. Sometimes we don’t talk about eating disorders because they are surrounded in thick clouds of stigma, or they’re dismissed…

  • Our Culture of Inadequacy

    This poignant poem from BridgePoint Centre for Eating Disorders captures the need for us to reject our culture of inadequacy, and free ourselves…

  • Instilling Hope

    One thing that’s gotta give is the attribution of labels such as “chronic” or “unmotivated” to patients who are struggling. From personal experience, I can say that being told that I/my illness was seen in that way made my heart sink…

  • Listening to the Patient

    I think something that’s gotta give in order to get to the other side of eating disorders, is the assumption (usually well meaning) that patients can’t/don’t know what is best for their recovery…

  • Access to Timely, Appropriate Treatment

    Something that’s gotta give is the accessibility of treatment for all who are struggling…Access to timely support, and treatment that fits the need of the individual is critical to getting to the other side of eating disorders…

  • More Funding for Treatment & Prevention

    One thing that’s gotta give is more funding for both treatment and prevention. Eating disorders are a disease and a serious mental illness. Those struggling with an eating disorder cannot recover alone and recovery is specific to each individual….

  • Better Models of Treatment

    One thing that’s gotta give is the model of treatment for eating disorders. Eating disorders are a complex disease. From personal experience having recovered from an eating disorder, the treatment requires a team of professionals…

  • Break the Silence

    One thing that’s gotta give is the breaking the silence around eating disorders. Having an eating disorder is a very personal matter and those suffering are often afraid to share their battle with this disease for fear of judgment…

  • Education, Detection & Prevention

    I certainly think more education for parents, teachers and adult mentors would do a world of good to prevent the next generation from being shadowed and haunted by anorexia. Education leads to early detection or even better prevention…

  • Eliminate ED Stigma and Myth

    One thing that’s gotta give is: Eliminating the stigma and myth surrounding eating disorders. Those who are suffering from eating disorders and their families face shame, guilt and fear…

  • Treat the Person

    I believe the most crucial aspect of getting to the other side of eating disorders is treating the person, not the disease. It’s so easy for doctors or health professionals to hand out a diagnosis. Most of the time these outcomes are dealt with little or no empathy…

  • Systemic Barriers to Recovery

    The strategies we offer to those in recovery so often rely on shoring up the self, without attending to shifts in our broader society that would enable people in diverse bodies to live their lives with minimal distress…