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Recovery and Relearning to Live

Sophie Harrison | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Harrison

For those of you in the recovery school - whatever stage - I am there and wish you the strength to keep going, one day at a time. Also remember that you are not alone; mental health affects 1 in 4 individuals. Every step forward, however small, is significant.

Rose Walters on Battling Anorexia: "Without My Parents' Perseverance, I Most Definitely Would Have Died or Killed Myself"

Heenali Patel | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Heenali Patel

At the age of 14, Rose Walters was hospitalised for anorexia. With no friends, and no one in hospital to support her, she'd look forward to the two hours each day that her parents were allowed to visit.

If You Have a Friend With Anorexia, Here's How You Can Help

Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Ann Harris

When I first came to London, I moved in with a friend from school. It was an exciting time for me - new city, new housemates, new life. But it very quickly became clear that she was not well.

The Power of Control

Esther Dark | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Esther Dark

We all exert control and submit to controlling influences and most of the time it's normal. However, the relentless need of control is an imprisonment. Wherever we find ourselves on the spectrum of mental health, we have to ask ourselves, could we break free of the chains of control if we had to?

Stay Connected

Esther Dark | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Esther Dark

In our modern life, loneliness is booming. The dining room table is an object of the past, we touch our phones more than touching one another and social media has become a replacement for human interaction.

Why It Is Physically Impossible to 'Look Anorexic'

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

The weight or size of a person will never tell you how ill or how well someone is with an eating disorder... The myth that eating disorders can be seen or measured is a dangerous, stigma inducing and potentially fatal story that needs to stop being told.

Bathroom Scales Bearing 'Pro-Anorexia' Slogan Cause Mass Outrage

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A set of weighing scales from retailer B&M Stores has caused mass outrage after a woman shared a photo of its "pro anorexia" slogan. The scales, which...

Having a Mental Illness Does Not Make Me a Criminal

Habiba Khanom | Posted 25.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

There have always been misconceptions of mental health sufferers as being scary, violent and "crazy". Of course, that is what the stereotype of mental illness is. No wonder why people are so afraid to get help. If you have met the people I have met in psychiatric hospitals, you'd see that they are not even near that. They are often gentle, friendly and amazingly intelligent people.

A Letter to Myself When I Was Diagnosed With Anorexia

Savannah Alicia | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Savannah Alicia

Your life and happiness is not centred on how thin you are, I hope you remember that as you grow and life changes.

The A4 Waist Challenge - Have We Reached the Ultimate Low in Our Obsession With Appearance?

BritChick Paris | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

The A4 challenge is paper thin, and will leave young girls feeling despondent, depressed and disgruntled this week as super skinny photos whizz are around the web. How many of them will turn to diet pills, excessive sport, bulimia even?

Why Narcissism Is Out of the Anorexic's Hands

Imogen Robinson | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Imogen Robinson

Anorexia can be caused by an underlying mental illness such as anxiety or OCD, it can be bought about by turmoil in someone's family or private life. Anorexia can come as a means of seizing control after the sufferer has been through a traumatic experience, such as sexual abuse.

Anorexia Is Narcissism: A Response

Kat Pugh | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

Dear Baroness Bakewell, Ever since reading your comments on anorexia being narcissistic (by the way it's anorexia nervosa, not anorexia... anorexia refers to appetite loss, anorexia nervosa refers to the anxiety surrounding appetite.

Baroness Bakewell Apologises For 'Distressing' Anorexia Comments

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Baroness Joan Bakewell has issued an apology after linking anorexia among young people with "narcissism". In an interview with The Sunday Times, Bak...

Today Is a Very Important Day

Sarah Dale | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sarah Dale

My name is Sarah dale and I'm 22. Today is a very important day for me. Not only is it St David's day, it is also Self-Harm Awareness day. Every year I celebrate this day, and take the opportunity to talk about self-harm, as I have struggled with it for several years.

Anorexia: The Security of Silence and How it Helped My Recovery

Niamh Carpenter | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Niamh Carpenter

So here I am, joining the ranks and sharing my experience, now that I am able to, to hopefully make one more small step in the right direction. But that's just it: a small step. We need to end the stigma, but for people in recovery, stigma might just be the tip of the iceberg.

Suffering From Anorexia at a Healthy Weight

Rhiannon Morgan | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rhiannon Morgan

This week (22nd-28th of February) is Eating Disorders Awareness Week - an attempt to raise awareness and increase understanding of eating disorders, a...

People In Recovery From Eating Disorders Share Advice For Their Younger Selves

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Coming to terms with the fact you have an eating disorder and then making steps to beat it, is far from easy. To mark Eating Disorders Awareness We...

Battling an Eating Disorder in the Workplace

Habiba Khanom | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

I am sitting at my desk in the newsroom, watching my colleagues working, preparing for their next report. They seem to be full of energy and not a care in the world about whether they should eat or not or how they look like. Why can't I be like them? I ask myself...

Call for Urgency

Esther Dark | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Esther Dark

When the warning signs of anorexia first emerged at the age of 18, I was hesitant and uneasy about approaching my GP. Uncertainty and fear mingled with denial: I was adamant that I was "fine" and in control. Anorexia demanded secrecy; it made me feel healthy, virtuous and superior; it was the drill sergeant that got me up in the morning; the voice that governed my every thought and action - it had become the most important presence in my life.

Getting My Happiness Back

Kate Elliott | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

Today is the second day of Eating Disorder Awareness Week 2016; a year since I reached my thirtieth week of inpatient treatment and two since I took a...

A Book to Read, Share and Keep: Letting Go by Emma Woolf

Louisa Mallejacq Flynn | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Louisa Mallejacq Flynn

Each and every one of us could likely do with letting go of something. Whether it's a past hurt, a toxic habit or a reoccurring vision for the future ...

Why Shorter Waiting Times for Eating Disorder Treatment Is So Important

Habiba Khanom | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

When you do eventually get help after waiting for a long time, you just feel like you are past help, which explains why it is so hard to get better. I felt like I didn't deserve help. The longer you leave a patient waiting, the harder it is to get better.

This Young Woman Battled Anorexia For 5 Years - And Now She's A Personal Trainer

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK Universities & Education

A young woman who battled anorexia for five years and, at one point, weighed just 5st 11lbs, has turned her life around by becoming a personal trainer...

Lose a Stone in 2016... Or Not?

Kat Pugh | Posted 01.01.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

New year's resolutions were always tough for me. They were my starting point by which I sought to lose weight, become a "better anorexic" and seek new diet which would get me to a lower weight if the current method hadn't got me low enough.

'Recovery Is Possible' - Hollie, 17, Talks About Coping With Anorexia

Kieran Goodwin | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Goodwin

Christmas 2013 for Biss was a huge uphill battle, streaming initially from depression and anxiety Hollie was diagnosed with anorexia. Hollie struggled with finding a way to cope with depression, the anorexia she says acted as a 'coping mechanism' for this.