Esther Rich
Esther is a 20 year old, 3rd year, Experimental Psychology student at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. She volunteers as a Young Ambassador for the UK’s leading eating disorder charity, ‘beat’, after suffering from anorexia during her teens. She is now fully recovered and enjoys rowing, running and all things sports related. She has contributed to BPS student magazine ‘Psychtalk’ and is an aspiring Clinical Psychologist.

Entries by Esther Rich

'This House Regrets the 1967 Abortion Act'

(0) Comments | Posted 20 March 2014 | (11:59)

This was the title of a debate hosted by Oxford Students for Life on Monday 10th March.

Caroline Farrow - a journalist, pro-life campaigner and UK Catholic Voice - spoke on behalf of the proposition, whilst Kate Smurthwaite - a comedian, political activist and Vice Chair of Abortion Rights...

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Abortion: What Are We Really Getting Rid of?

(6) Comments | Posted 30 October 2013 | (22:18)

I could never have an abortion: that is one fact that I always been absolutely certain of. Before I'm condemned for presenting any sort of 'holier-than-thou' approach - that is no judgement on others, it is simply a personal assertion of conscience. Of course I knew of the dilemmas faced...

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When Stereotyping Goes Too Far... The 'Mental Patient' Costume Controversy

(0) Comments | Posted 26 September 2013 | (11:34)

All publicity is good publicity. Well, in the case of the recent controversy surrounding the 'mental patient' costumes on sale at various supermarket chains in the UK, that may well be the case. It is rare that an organic, natural opportunity for fighting stigma arises - most of the time...

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The Stereotype of Stigma: A New Take

(4) Comments | Posted 30 August 2013 | (00:00)

Mental health. The phrase makes you want to turn on your heels and run, or brace yourself for another lecture on why the existence of stigma means, surprise surprise, the world we've created is far from perfect. But what if we went back to basics, took away all the hype...

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Super-STRONG vs Super-Skinny

(0) Comments | Posted 14 May 2013 | (11:15)

I'm 5ft2 and look about 12, but I can run 10km in 46mins, keep up with the 6ft girls in my boat and lift pretty heavy weights for my size. I weigh 3st more than I did at my lowest anorexic weight, but I'm comfortable with that because I know...

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Why the Taboo on Prozac is So Last Century

(7) Comments | Posted 6 May 2013 | (00:00)

Unlike a lot of people in today's society, I will happily admit to taking anti-depressants. A mental illness is just that - an illness, which needs treating. If I had a physical ailment I wouldn't think twice about taking the medication, so I don't understand why there is such a...

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Eating Disorder Treatment: How Accessible Is It to University Students?

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2013 | (19:13)

As I've mentioned in previous blogs, starting university was a pivotal point in my recovery from anorexia. I had been out of hospital for nearly two years and was, for all intents and purposes, 'recovered'. I'd established a stable, healthy weight and in general could eat in public...

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Plea for a Sponsor!

(0) Comments | Posted 8 April 2013 | (12:53)

Anyone who read my previous blog about rowing to London for Beat will know the extent of the challenge my fellow CCCBC rowers and I have set ourselves.

180km is no easy feat, but we are intent on making the pain worthwhile by

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Anorexic Images - Who Needs Them?

(11) Comments | Posted 1 April 2013 | (00:00)

I recently spoke to a journalist who was interested in covering my row to London for Beat. Her first question, before she even asked about what I was doing or why, was "Do you have any images of yourself at a low weight?" As soon as I calmly explained Beat's...

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Diary of an Anorexic... Or Some Similar Cliche

(15) Comments | Posted 20 March 2013 | (23:00)

I AM NOT ANOREXIC. It took me years to admit the opposite, and now it has taken me even longer to be able to say that. I have realised just in the last week that I have been proudly using the title 'fully recovered', when in actual fact there are...

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One Hundred and Eighty Kilometres, Four Days, Pain!

(7) Comments | Posted 17 March 2013 | (23:00)

"We will push our bodies to the limits to stop eating disorder sufferers doing the same."

As female university rowers the women of Corpus Christi College Boat Club, Oxford, inevitably have muscular thighs and regularly turn up to lectures with no make-up and sweaty hair following early morning training sessions....

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