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.


  • 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…

  • Weight Stigma

    If we’re really going to get to the other side of eating disorders, we need to start addressing weight stigma in a general sense and in the eating disorders recovery community. Weight bias is known to be a major contributor to eating disorders…

  • Spiritual Side of Recovery

    If we are going to get to the other side of eating disorders, I believe something that’s gotta give is enhancing the spiritual aspect to healing and recovery…Having a strong spiritual life can allow one to develop a sense of purpose, meaning in life, and motivation to get well again…

  • EDs, Trauma & the Desperate Need for Services

    There needs to be not only different levels of treatment available, intensive outpatient or day programs, residential programs, and relapse prevention programs, but also ones that treat co-existing conditions such as trauma based disorders…

  • Our Body Obsessed Culture

    “…Ultimately, this body obsessed culture is the basis on which eating disorders arise, and what must give in order for things to change. As a direct result of this collective obsession, fundamental factors of our mental well-being, such as body positivity and self-love, have become completely buried…”

  • Strengthen the Voices of Women

    What has got to give in order to get to the other side of eating disorders is that we have to strengthen the voices of women that stand up to the culture of objectification. The turning point for me in my recovery was when I realized…

  • Gym Culture

    Something that’s gotta give is education about EDs for trainers and other staff members of gyms and fitness centers. Most staff in these kinds of facilities know next to nothing about this disease, and haven’t the first clue…

  • Victimization

    One thing that’s gotta give is the way we victimize eating disorder sufferers. I think deep down the public, the medical community, therapists, and even family and friends view people with eating disorders as weak rather than unfortunate…

  • More Hope in Recovery

    One of the things that’s gotta give is more hope in recovery. So many people who are on the other side of their illness to share their story and share that it’s possible to become fully recovered. I think one of the hardest things is…

  • A Culture of Caring

    We can get ahead of this illness and stop others from being gripped by it in two ways: as a culture and through the government. I believe that if I had grown up in a home that empowered, encouraged, and facilitated a sense of self-worth that I would not have been vulnerable to the illness. I was not set-up to be resilient to the illness. We need, as a culture in Canada, to take care of each other.