Men Get Eating Disorders Too: Reflections on 2014 and Looking Towards the Year Ahead...

Sam Thomas | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

MGEDT continues to receive emails from male sufferers from across the UK and around the world several times a week. In many of these emails we hear from sufferers who are isolated and feeling 'like the only one'.

Coping at Christmas With an Eating Disorder

Kat Pugh | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

Last year, in the midst of a relapse, I'd just been discharged from NHS services, told that I didn't meet the criteria for outpatient support, despite the fact I desperately needed it. The timing was particularly poor as a number of external events were also affecting my stress levels.

Having an Eating Disorder at Christmas

Dr Mark Silvert | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Mark Silvert

A lot of my patients find eating in front of other people especially painful to do. Some need to know exactly what's in their food and drink and how many calories each piece of food has. But these are sensitive issues and the best you can do is to talk calmly and non-judgmentally to your friend or family member. It's not their fault, they are ill - many people think anorexia is a choice. It is not.

Coping at Christmas: The Men With Eating Disorders Suffering in Silence

Sam Thomas | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

From roast turkey, tins of sweets and mince pies - the temptation for excess of food is irresistible for many. However, for those suffering with anorexia and bulimia, the constant reminders of food can feel like never ending pain and torture. The time to be joyful is anything but that.

Mother Campaigns For Stricter Laxative Regulations After Daughter Was Hospitalised

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Last month eating disorder charity Beat called for a change in regulations surrounding the sale of laxatives, following a 30% increase in calls from p...

Why Beat's Campaign to Raise Awareness of Men's Eating Disorders Is... Balls

Sam Thomas | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

The controversial video aims to encourage men with eating disorders to seek help by showing a young man vomiting up his testicles in a pub. We believe that the campaign is misguided, inept, and offensive.

Male Anorexia - The Hidden Disease

Daniel O'Kelly | Posted 30.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel O'Kelly

We've all dealt with monsters under our bed. We've defeated them by signing songs, turning on night lamps, or reading stories. But, how do you defeat a monster that's living within you? I was 16 years old when faced with this question.

No to Anorexia

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

There are many positives about living in Asia, but for me, one of the biggest negatives as a mother is the obsession with being 'slim'. Oh, how I hate that word, and the mindset of chasing useless and dangerous physical ideals.

Is Recovery From Anorexia Possible?

Jennifer Studholme | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Studholme

When I was in hospital I never thought or knew recovery was possible. I never imagined a day not governed by calories or feeling like a beached whale. I was curious about how people got through a day with eating without calorie counting.

End the NHS Wait

Kat Pugh | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Kat Pugh

In 2010, the billboards promised us that the Tories would cut the deficit and not the NHS. Now, less than a year out from the General election, the NHS is once again the main talking point.

Lucy Sherriff

Drunkorexia: Yes, It's A Thing, And It's Ruining Lives | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Drunkorexia. You may roll your eyes at the latest "orexia" to hit the headlines, but it's an illness which is begging to be taken seriously - and one ...

'Drunkorexia: When Alcoholism Meets Eating Disorders'

Sam Thomas | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

The term 'Drunkorexia' is relatively new, but the condition is not. Drunkorexia is a combination of alcoholism and anorexia or bulimia. Usually, a person suffering from drunkorexia will deprive himself or herself of food during the day, in an attempt to keep calories under control when he or she goes drinking later.

What Does Being Recovered From Anorexia Mean to You?

Jennifer Studholme | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Studholme

Recovery is such a tricky thing for someone who has an eating disorder. You never think you will reach a day when you don't feel fat and will not count calories. There are no fancy drugs to take to cure it, no definite answer about the cure, and no way of telling how you are going to feel from one day to the next.

I Was Good at Having an Eating Disorder

Jennifer Studholme | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Studholme

I knew all the tricks of the trade. And over time I got better at lying, hiding food, causing a scene at a meal time... I was pleased with myself. I felt proud as I began to lose weight. Proud when I missed meals and no one knew. My anorexia praised me. She told me how well I was doing.

Lucy Sherriff

A Day In The Life Of A Student With A Severe Eating Disorder | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Felicity Mckee is a 23-year-old undergraduate at Ulster University. On paper, she sounds like any other normal student - except she suffers from a sev...

How Do You Score Yourself When You Compare Yourself to Others?

Jennifer Studholme | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Studholme

Comparing myself to others is one of the hardest things I have had to deal with throughout my recovery. I walk into a room, I stand on the tube, I walk down the road and I compare the physique and appearance of every female around me.

How Much Exercise Is Too Much?

Jennifer Studholme | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Studholme

My life seems so different now, I sit here waiting for my boyfriend to cook dinner, I have a pudding planned and celebrations over the weekend. Six years ago I would have done none of this. Six years ago my life was planned around food and exercise.

Eating Disorders Are Notoriously Hard to Cure, But Does Animal Therapy Hold the Key?

Annabel Burn | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annabel Burn

It wasn't just a case of wanting to be thinner; eating disorders, pretty quickly, cause chemical imbalances that bring on depression, and eventually I felt like I was not worth feeding. Lying awake at night with heart palpitations, I knew what I was doing was hurting me, but gradually, my worth became linked, in my eyes, solely to my weight.

Was Anorexia Ever My Friend?

Jennifer Studholme | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Studholme

It was time for me to realise I was out of control and whatever I had learnt to believe, anorexia was not my friend but my enemy. I was encouraged to write letters to my anorexia; some where I hated her and some when she was my best friend.

Stand Tall Little Girl

Jennifer Studholme | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Studholme

After a year living in hospital, I was ready to come out. Coming out and a week later going to university was one of the scariest things ever. I still didn't feel ready to look after myself. In myself I wanted to prove everyone wrong, I wanted to have a life outside of anorexia.

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

Sam Thomas | Posted 13.06.2014 | 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 | 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 20.05.2014 | 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 17.05.2014 | 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.