Anorexia: A Sister's Story

Emma Healey | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Healey

My whole four years at university have been marked by one constant question: "How is she?" It has been one constant worry - would today be the day I got the phone call saying she was in hospital? Would today be the day she became another statistic? A third of anorexia sufferers die from their disease - and my biggest fear is my sister becoming one of them.

Rebuilding Myself After a Quest to Become the 'Perfect Jew' Left Me in Ruins

Lizzie Green | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Green

I see how amazing and rewarding life can be, and although I have grown as a person from my experiences, I am upset at the amount of time my illness has made me waste. During these months of the year, when there are festivals after festival, surrounded by many a mealtime, I am trying my best to enjoy and acknowledge the beauty and root of these joyous times.

How This Former Anorexia Sufferer Is Inspiring Body Positivity

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A woman who previously suffered from anorexia nervosa is setting the internet alight with her body-positive mantras. Megan, 22, is the woman behind...

Body Issues: Obsession, Anxiety and 'Wellness'

Eloise Hendy | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eloise Hendy

Body obsession is contemporary Western culture's default state. When it comes to matters of the flesh it increasingly feels there is no space for neut...

We Need to Talk About Ana

Maliha Reza | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Maliha Reza

If you are supporting someone through this then stay strong. They need you to be. They are full of intense regret and self-deprecation, and your support and love will be one thing getting through the barrier and to the starting line of a healthy life.

There's Nowhere for Me to Go

Claire Greaves | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

I decided the ward was too stressful and was making me worse and so I asked for leave until ward round and they allowed it. I got home and sat in a chair and cried for hours. Home wasn't the right place.

Behind the Smile, Behind the Mask

Claire Greaves | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

It'd be easier to pretend that I'm okay and to stay quiet until things are better but then I'm not sure how that's helpful for anyone because speaking out about mental illness needs to be a true picture, it can't just be telling people about the good days.

This 23-Year-Old's Video About Being Sectioned Is Incredibly Powerful

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A 23-year-old has made a video about her experience of being sectioned in a mental health hospital after becoming concerned young people think anorexi...

'BB Helen Mocked My Eating Disorder', Claims Nikki Grahame

The Huffington Post UK | Ashley Percival | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Entertainment

‘Big Brother’ legend Nikki Grahame has claimed that Helen Wood mocked her eating disorder while they were in the reality show house together. ...

The Media Need to Stop Ignoring Mental Health Discrimination

Claire Greaves | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

Discriminating against race is unacceptable but so is discriminating against mental health. The media are in a powerful position, they can either educate a lot of people or cause a lot of damage. It's about time they stepped up and began educating instead of sensationalising and discriminating.

The Secret Side of Eating Disorders

Claire Greaves | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

I'd do anything for a hug but I couldn't bare anyone to touch my body. I cannot get dressed in the mornings as the binge eating escalates the issues I already have with body image. I see a disgusting, ugly monster staring back at me in the mirror.

The Match of the Century- Eating Disorder vs. Health: The Battle Continues ...

Lizzie Green | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Green

Team A represents my eating disorder. It is extremely strong and 'wins' a lot of 'goals'. Team B represents my health, my rational part of mind. This can also be strong but often it just can't reach the strength that Team A manages to.

Actress Shows Heartbreaking Effects Of Anorexia

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK

An American actress has issued a heart-wrenching plea for help after she claims hospitals refused to treat her for anorexia because her low weight "ma...

'Ana' Is Not My Friend

Habiba Khanom | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

Many of us with eating disorders, like to personify the illness as a separate person or voice. 'Ana' for Anorexia and 'Mia' for Bulimia. Don't get me wrong; Ana is definitely not a 'friend' even though the internal voice I hear says otherwise. Personifying my eating disorder is definitely something that I found rather useful in my road to recovery.

I Am Undoubtedly a Chocolate-Loving Anorexic

Lizzie Green | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lizzie Green

My journey has not ended. I would like it to, desperately, but for now it continues. I will fight till the end and as strong-willed as I am to allow this illness to fester, I am strong-willed enough to rid of it. I know recovery is worth it.

The Cost of My Teenage Years as an Unrecovered Anorexic

Elena Dunkle | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Elena Dunkle

I have accepted the fact that I may never recover enough to feel comfortable again. Instead, I live for the times when my pain level is only a three or four out of 10. Still, I'm one of the lucky ones. Twenty-four of my anorexic friends have lost their fight. They're already dead.

Seven Things I Wish I Had Known About My Teenage Daughter's Eating Disorder

Clare B. Dunkle | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Parents
Clare B. Dunkle

Life with anorexia nervosa is not just a diet gone wrong. Anorexia becomes a prison built up out of self-hatred and shame. Elena's disorder isolated her from friends and family, controlled her actions, and severely damaged her health.

How Am I? Honestly!

Claire Greaves | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

How am I? Honestly! I'm overwhelmed by sorrow, crushed by the sadness that spirals around my mind and tells me what I'm missing out on, the memories and opportunities that are being buried or cremated instead of lived because of this mental illness.

How Are You? Honestly!

Claire Greaves | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

It isn't just mental illness that we hide in our 'I am fines' it is also our physical illness, our money worries, family problems, loss and loneliness-the list is endless. The majority of us bottle it up in this fast-paced society.

Mobile Game Pulled For 'Mocking Anorexia'

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Tech

Amazon has pulled an app titled "Rescue The Anorexia Girl" from its online store after a backlash from mental health campaigners. The game, markete...

I Cannot Erase My Existence and Therefore I am Going to Get Better

Claire Greaves | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

Anorexia is tiresome, people keep using the word choice. "You can choose to eat or not Claire" but it isn't a choice not like the choice between having a bath or a shower. My choices are very powerful ones with very powerful consequences, I feel the word 'choice' in this situation is too mild a word.

Anorexia Is Stealing Me

Claire Greaves | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

Anorexia's screams are so loud, it's unbearable and it's blocking out all other sounds and deafening me from the world around me. I can't hear anyone, I don't know what they are saying. I am being pulled in and totally absorbed by this illness.

Imprisoned By My Eating Disorder

Claire Greaves | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

I worry about my health, I know I could die, I know I could lose out on life and opportunities if I am not well enough to grasp them with both hands. It's a spiral and it's all spinning around my head and it's making me dizzy. I'm constantly out of breath. Exhausted. Exhausted by this mental illness.

Celeb Magazine Editors: ENOUGH of the Irresponsible Images

Shannon Finan | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Shannon Finan

I am not blaming ANYONE for causing my illness. However, I do think such magazines should be more positive about every body type. Maybe they could talk in terms of nutrition not new 'diet trends', so young people understand what healthy food is doing for them. And just maybe they could help encourage us to love ourselves?

I Am Not My Illness

Claire Greaves | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

I get annoyed when people refer to me by my mental illness, "Claire's mentally ill." "She's anorexic." No. Stop. I have a mental illness, I am not a mental illness. I have anorexia, I am not anorexia.