Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall Details Anorexia Battle For The First Time

The Huffington Post | Daniel Welsh | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Entertainment

Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall has spoken for the first time about her struggle with anorexia, that led to her being hospitalised as a young teenage...

The Non-Binary Anorexic: Disordered Eating, Disordered Gender

Conor Penn | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Conor Penn

There are many complex circumstances, as there are for anybody who has experienced disordered eating. So, I decided to choose just one of what professionals might term 'the precipitating factors' that led to my illness, and my choice was gender identity.

Really, How Are You?

Samuel Goh | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Samuel Goh

Getting them to talk about their problems is the first step to actually solving them. Who knows - maybe they've been waiting for the day for someone to genuinely want to know how they are doing. Even the most hardy of us long for human compassion once in awhile.

The Great Eating Disorder Bake Off

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

If you live in England it is likely you are a viewer of, (or are at least aware of), The Great British bake off, a show otherwise known as "The Greate...

'Who Am I?' - Anorexia And Identity

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

When sufferers are trying to fight but are struggling, it isn't simply a case of being "scared of food" or "scared of gaining weight", often it is also a fear of what they will lose, of throwing away everything that they think they are, the removal of their core identity, leaving a hole they have no idea how else to fill.

The Problem With Eating Disorders and the Desire to Achieve

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

Unfortunately, a lot of people with eating disorders somehow manage to wedge an almighty bout of anorexia right in their sense of achievement space, and this is in no sense as good an idea as filling it with a world record relating to salsa and potatoes.

Woman Writes Powerful Open Letter To Girls Struggling With Body Image

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A woman has taken to Facebook to urge young women to stop obsessing over their weight, explaining that being thin doesn’t make your life better. She...

Making Myself Vulnerable on Stage Isn't Easy - But It Has the Potential to Be a Positive Power for Others

Juliette Burton | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Comedy
Juliette Burton

Worldwide, one in four of us may be diagnosed with mental health conditions but that doesn't account for how many people are undiagnosed. It doesn't account for how many people feel alone and isolated because of difficulties they're grappling with and they feel like they are the only ones. They're not. None of us need be alone if we are honest and comedy is the most honest art form we have - comedy is the truth wrapped in a lie.

Eating Was Cheating

Nikki Britton | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Comedy
Nikki Britton

They assured me I was going to die. I beamed. At least I would die skinny. I was 14 years old and my anorexia was at it's peak. Though I was weak of body, I was frighteningly strong of constitution. That's where this illness gets you.

Why Am I So Open About My Mental Illness?

Habiba Khanom | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

A lot of people tell me that I am "brave" for being so open about my mental health problems. But one of the reasons why I am open is because I don't want "brave" to be a connotation for opening up mental illness anymore. I want people to talk about their issues without being scared of people's reaction.

Seeing My Eating Disorder In The Mirror

Emma Louise Pudge | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Louise Pudge

The potential for psychological fall-out after experiencing sudden alterations in physical appearance are well documented in the cases of burns victims, amputees, and even people undergoing drastic weight loss surgery. The reactions of people with eating disorders are rarely legitimised in the same way because their self-image was apparently already broken prior to this new alteration.

Veganism Vs Eating Disorders

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

In an ideal world obviously I would love for everyone to be vegan, so I don't want this post to be seen as telling people with eating disorders to run off and bite the nearest sheep immediately. What I am saying is that if you are vegan or have a friend who has recently turned vegan, be sure to question it (especially if they have a history of eating disorders), and be fully aware of why that choice has been made.

Nine Truths About Eating Disorders

Emma Louise Pudge | Posted 05.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Louise Pudge

Although eating disorders are one of the most-discussed mental health problems in the media, the global impact of eating disorders is consistently underrepresented, and marginalised or underserved populations are left out of the conversation.

Why Athletics Needs to Move Away From the Runner's Body Uniform

Sophia Parvizi-Wayne | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Sport
Sophia Parvizi-Wayne

Tomorrow is the first, official National Eating Disorder Awareness Day and in response to this worldwide recognition of need for awareness, I thought ...

Five Reasons Why We Must Act on World Eating Disorder Day

Rachel Egan | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Egan

This is the first ever global day dedicated to eating disorders, and professionals from 40 different countries and activists from all over the world are taking part. It could not have come soon enough for us here in the UK where the number of young people hospitalised for an eating disorder has doubled in the past three years.

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?