Anorexia

Eating Disorders - A Women's Problem? Why We Need To Tackle The Gender Bias

Sam Thomas | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

For the past five years I've been campaigning and raising awareness of men with eating disorders with an aim to debunk the myth that eating disorders is a 'female problem.' Significant advances in awareness have been made in this short space of time to highlight the inequalities male sufferers face, but there's still a long way to go

Court Rules Teen Must Be Force-Fed In Landmark Case

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK

A sick teenager with mental health problems was said to be "doing well" after a High Court judge ruled she could be fed through a tube. Mr Justice ...

Lucy Sherriff

Pro-Anorexia Sites Selling Merchandise To Promote Eating Disorders

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK

Pro-anorexia sites are selling merchandise ranging from weave bracelets in order to "meet" other sufferers and appetite suppressants so users can "bec...

Emilia Clarke Isn't Allowed Cream or Sugar in Her Tea and Why This Worries Me

Sheila Hageman | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sheila Hageman

There's nothing wrong with wanting to look good. According to her, she's "been spending all day, every day, in weapons training... shooting guns, weightlifting, kick-boxing..." This all sounds like she's being really healthy, but with all that expenditure of energy, someone is still telling her she is not allowed to put sugar in her tea?

Eating Disorders... on a Scale From One to Hell...

Rob McDowall | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rob McDowall

Eating disorders are complex conditions which start for a variety of reasons and their impact stretches way beyond weight-loss or weight-gain and Thomas told me that his eating disorder has left him with permanent oesophageal acid reflux, stomach ulcers, chronic stomach pains, mouth ulcers, severely impaired peristaltic motion, damage to teeth, blocked tear ducts, scars on knuckles, sore throats, hair loss and pale complexion.

Dedication to Jeremy Gillitzer: Why I Set Up Men Get Eating Disorders Too

Sam Thomas | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

Jeremy Gillitzer was an american guy that I discovered in 2008 when I was researching online with an idea to set up 'something' for men with eating disorders. Having read Jeremy's blog I felt an immediate sense of relief knowing that my experience was not alien after-all.

The Devil on My Shoulder

Ruth Harrison Roberts | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ruth Harrison Roberts

Asking for help is the bravest thing a sufferer will ever do. This illness you have nurtured, your body, all the things you have gone through together are now in the hands of another person. It's like watching somebody else holding your baby.

What Are You Giving Up for Lent?

Kat Pugh | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

Ever since I developed an eating disorder I have been haunted by the start of term or Lent or any of these times as opportunities to start a new leaf and remove from lifestyle any unhealthy bingeing that had been dominating life. Yes, the anorexia was utilising this as an opportunity to persevere into dangerous territory.

Why Are Young Asian Girls Invisible When It Comes to Eating Disorders?

Akeela Ahmed | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Akeela Ahmed

We know that in our society there is huge cultural pressure on young people and in particular girls to be skinny, waif like and attain impossible barbie like body shapes. The gendered link between media pressure and eating disorders is inescapable. But frustratingly just as women from ethnic minorities are absent from everyday media appearances, the fact that they too are also subjected to the same cultural pressures and resultant illnesses, is also absent.

Body Image - Why We Need a Red Carpet Revolution at the Oscars This Weekend

Lucia Williams | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lucia Williams

It's not luck that we're all different - it's a crucial aspect of genetic diversity, necessary for the survival of our species. We are tall, we are short, we are apples and pears and everything in-between. No amount of calorie restriction or exercise is going to make me look like Zoe Saldana.

‎Self-Esteem Is a Hot Topic - But What Actually Is It? And why is it so important now?

BritChick Paris | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

It is as a teenager that we face the greatest test of self-esteem. We become aware of how we look, how others see us and worst of all we become aware of a world that judges us. From every angle teens are told to be prettier, sexier, skinnier, to wax, to colour and to fake it. Very few talk about anything other than they we look.

Recovery From Eating Disorders: The Crucial Role of the GP and Diagnosis

Sam Thomas | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

It's easy to point the finger at GPs for not picking up on the signs but are they really to blame? Currently, doctors have no training on eating disorders as part of their seven-year degree. They have approximately 10 minutes - if that - with each patient and hardly sufficient to investigate a patient presenting the symptoms.

The Disorder of Student Life Can Easily Hide More Dangerous Disorders

Eloise Hendy | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Eloise Hendy

Students are known for their bad eating habits; baked beans have become a beacon for the university experience. It's not surprising really - we don't have nine to five schedules, or lunch breaks, or regular wages... We only have ourselves to decide that cereal for the third time in a day is a bad decision, instead of a detox. Which makes it dangerously easy for people to fall through the gaps. In the student culture of make do and make pasta, again, eating disorders can be hard to spot.

Eating Disorders: How To Spot The Signs

editorial.huffingtonpost.com | Anna Rhodes | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Eating Disorders are typically very secretive illnesses, hence the importance of becoming familiar with the signs and symptoms so you are fully equipp...

Students With Eating Disorders Are Being Failed By The NHS, Report Warns

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students with eating disorders are missing up to five years of university, while many see their condition deteriorate as they are being failed by the ...

I Was Told I Wasn't Sick Enough to Get Help for My Eating Disorder

Kat Pugh | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Pugh

In 2012, I decided that due to a number of significant events going on in my life it was time to try and continue treatment again. Despite my initial referral taking place in December 2012, I didn't see anyone till October 2013. When I did, I was told by the NHS mental health trust that I wasn't ill enough to meet their very strict criteria.

Cosmopolitan Launches Eating Disorders Campaign Urging Doctors To Review Assessments

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Cosmopolitan magazine, the media partner for eating disorder charity Beat, has launched a campaign ahead of Eating Disorders Awareness Week to ensure ...

Mental Health Act - Unethical Paternalism?

Rhiannon Morgan | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rhiannon Morgan

The MHA should only be used as a last resort as a safeguard for any forms of harm as it deprives an individual from their liberty. If a patient is well enough to return home to their own freedom and independence, then they should have that option. I have strong views on this, having experienced it first hand.

The Arguement for Orthorexia to be Classified as an Official Eating Disorder

Sam Thomas | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

You may think it's a contradiction that being too healthy can be unhealthy? In the reality, those suffering have a distorted idea or perception on healthy eating. The strict diets can be dangerously restrictive and linked to anxiety, depression and other mental health problems.

No Wonder We're Obsessed With Weight Loss!

Abi S. Wright | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Abi S. Wright

On typing 'anorexia' into Google, the third predictive suggestion that comes up is 'anorexia tips'; I don't think it is a weight problem that we have, I think it is a deeply ingrained social one that is having a devastating effect on national health.

Eating Disorders in Children and Teenagers Are Soaring, But Is the Internet Really to Blame?

Sam Thomas | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

The dangers of the internet may be largely understood but due to the lack of evidence, it's a questionable claim to suggest that social media sites are the so called 'cause?' Instead of trying to point the finger it's better to focus our attention on understanding why young sufferers are developing eating disorders in the first place.

From Anorexia Sufferer to Body Builder: Same Illness, A Different Guise?

Sam Thomas | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

The focus on size and shape seems to suggests eating disorder is a physical illness, which it is not. By 'calorie loading' this is simply ignoring the underlying causes of anorexia - it may put on the weight, yes. However it does little to address the key factors or triggers linked to his eating disorder.

Mind the Gap: The Bikini Bridge Isn't a Harmless Hoax

Eloise Hendy | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Eloise Hendy

This hoax may purport to play on our collective gullibility and Twitter-trigger happiness, but it actually plays straight into the mental vulnerability of our society's young women, who are already overly bombarded by images of hollow cheekbones, washboard stomachs and thighs that don't meet. It is hardly newsworthy that this hoax had us collectively fooled.

Is It Time for Schools to Tackle Eating Disorders, as Equal to Obesity and the Healthy Eating Agenda?

Sam Thomas | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Thomas

Despite having an eating disorder I'd never heard of bulimia, let alone knew it was a mental illness. Most days I would run out of lessons or avoid lessons completely to escape the torment of bullies. I'd hide in the boys toilets and lock myself in a cubicle as it was the only place where I couldn't be found.

'Bodybuilding Saved My Life'

Caters News Agency | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

An anorexic man who once weighed just six stone has transformed himself - into an 18 stone bodybuilder. When Ollie Orchard, now 22, first stepped ...