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Moving Forward

Kat Pugh | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

Recovery is not a straightforward process. There are plenty of treatment options available (unfortunately at a price, but hopefully this will change...but they do exist), and some treatments are more appropriate for different types of eating disorders, others suit a person better.

Why Talking About Eating Disorders Is Hard - For Everyone

Danielle Montgomery | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Montgomery

Most people want to know what type of disorder we have, how long we've had it, how much we eat or don't eat, what we eat, how we cope, or when it started. But asking 'why' is too invasive. It's too revealing. It's too unrelatable.

Eating Disorders: All You Need Is Love?

Emmy Gilmour | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Emmy Gilmour

The voice of an eating disorder constantly reinforces a belief that you will never truly be content until you reach a certain weight or look a certain way but the truth is that happiness only comes from a self-love that grows from a certain acceptance of who you really are.

Could Selfies Help You Overcome An Eating Disorder?

Sally Biddall | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sally Biddall

In reality, women (and men) are just little fragile humans thrown into the world, trying to deal with all the stuff life throws our way. How can we possibly maintain this level of infallibility while doing all this? We can't, because it doesn't actually exist.

Experiencing Stigma and Eating Disorders

Kat Pugh | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

If I could have things any other way, I would not choose to spend so much time planning my meals, working out my feelings to avoid potential anxiety attacks later on in the day, and all the money I and my parents have spent on therapy over the years.

Low Weight Pictures Don't Raise Awareness for Eating Disorders

Claire Greaves | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Greaves

By posting pictures of emaciated people to raise awareness, it is just reinforcing that stereotype so that the general public still have the idea that to be unwell the sufferer must be very thin and it makes sufferers feel that unless they look like that photo then they are not unwell enough to seek help.

The Mountainous Trek to Recovery

Claire Greaves | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

I didn't care about anything other than food and calories, I couldn't hold a conversation with my family, I lost interest in my passions: dance, fashion, writing and creativity. It all disappeared. I wasn't me, I was wholly anorexia.

20 Things Someone With an Eating Disorder Wishes They Could Tell You

Danielle Montgomery | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Montgomery

We're often hard to read; our minds are a cacophony but yet the emotions we allow to pour through are stifled and indifferent. I have largely remained silent, feeling that any attempt at explaining something that's an entire grey area would be hopeless.

Is Selfie Culture Contributing To An Increase In Eating Disorders?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

An increasing number of young women are taking selfies to document their weight loss online. Now, a leading expert has said the growing trend is f...

MP Stuns Charity Boss With 'So Anorexia Works?' Question

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Politics

Veteran Labour MP Austin Mitchell has raised eyebrows by choosing to compare a watchdog's reduced budget to having anorexia. Mitchell, whose outspo...

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

Sam Thomas | Posted 27.02.2015 | 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 21.02.2015 | 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 15.02.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...