Eating Disorder

Why It's Important To Talk To 'Quiet' Colleagues

Habiba Khanom | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

We can get so preoccupied with work itself and forget about some of the colleagues around us and how they could be feeling. Work will always be there but your colleagues might not. So, why not start a conversation today?

Prince William Is Proud Of Diana For Openly Discussing Bulimia Battle 22 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 22.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Prince William has revealed he is very proud of his mum Diana, Princess of Wales, for speaking out about her bulimia battle publicly when she was aliv...

Tackling The Myth That Eating Disorders Are A 'White Issue'

Georgia Chambers | Posted 07.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Georgia Chambers

Whilst it is true that eating disorders do not discriminate, the underrepresentation in the media and cultural misunderstanding of people of colour with eating disorders assist in the stripping away of the last shred of self-worth that the disorder has already taken away from the individual affected.

Five Things To Remember As We Start Waking Up To The Devastating Reality Of Eating Disorders In Males

James Downs | Posted 28.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
James Downs

More people coming forward will compel GPs to have the training they ought to, and will hopefully force commissioners to fund services to support people before they become critically unwell and their lives are put at risk. In the mean time, society may have to pick up the pieces for the lack of support available, but this shouldn't be the case.

Eating Disorder Recovery Is Possible. I'm Running The Marathon To Prove It.

Laura Bennett | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Bennett

If you relate to any of this, know that it is possible to recover, to rediscover balance, there are things in place to help you and I know it's a scary step to take but I am living proof that you won't regret it; there is no shame in asking for help and no greater strength than the overcoming of inner turmoil.

Anorexia Is No Longer My Best Friend

Hope Virgo | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Hope Virgo

Being friends with Anorexia is not worth it. Whatever she tells you, the false promises, the affirmation, the encouragement. Whilst she feels like the best friend you could ever dream of it won't last. She doesn't care about you. She is just one big bully.

Rediscovering Fashion After An Eating Disorder

Morwenna Jones | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Style
Morwenna Jones

Its purchase also coincided with the early stages of an eating disorder. The trip to Paris was a treat for my good GCSE results- higher than expected mainly because I'd starved and pushed myself to the brink in pursuit of "perfection". I came out the other side of year 11 having gained eight A*s, and lost almost three stone.

Why Am I So Open About My Mental Illness?

Habiba Khanom | Posted 24.06.2017 | 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.

Are Eating Disorders Really Contagious?

Olivia Petter | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Petter

Cough, splutter, sniff, nose wipe, BOOM...eating disorder? Surely not. While the general consensus has always been that anorexia and bullemia are a little more complex than the common cold, recent studies suggest new parallels which indicate that, like your snotty nose, eating disorders might be somewhat contagious...could this be true?

Body Image: Hating Myself

Claire Greaves | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

I feel trapped... Trapped in my skin, trapped inside buildings, trapped inside myself and trapped in a body I absolutely despise and then comes the urges to attack myself. I declare war on myself. I self-harm and create scars as ugly as I feel, I go to sleep wishing I don't wake up so that I never have to see my reflection again or feel how my body makes me feel.

Suffering From Anorexia at a Healthy Weight

Rhiannon Morgan | Posted 26.02.2017 | 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...

Battling an Eating Disorder in the Workplace

Habiba Khanom | Posted 24.02.2017 | 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...

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Lisa Roukin | Posted 22.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Roukin

After becoming a professional chef I found myself on the road to recovery, my goal is to help others and show that it is possible to overcome the destructive force that is an eating disorder. "I love the person I've become because I fought to become her."

Why Shorter Waiting Times for Eating Disorder Treatment Is So Important

Habiba Khanom | Posted 14.01.2017 | 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.

Eating Disorders: How to Keep Recovering During The Christmas Blues

Danielle Montgomery | Posted 08.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Montgomery

Christmas is over, it's already 2016 and I am feeling pretty bleak. Since beginning recovery from anorexia binge-purge subtype some eight months ago, it's only recently that I've started to slip back under the bulimia spell - not something that I asked Father Christmas for.

Mental Illness Doesn't Disappear for Christmas

Emma Healey | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Healey

Whilst for many, the thought of Christmas conjures up images of mince pies, mulled wine, sitting cosily around the fire, this isn't the case for everyone. There are numerous reasons that someone might not look forward to Christmas - mental health problems being one of them.

Life Doesn't Come With A Manual

Kate Elliott | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

If you're thinking about taking a leave of absence, make sure you get a few different opinions, work out the reality of what it will mean (i.e. will you have to restart any modules) and try and hold on to the fact that often taking time out can be the strongest decision, rather than any sign of failure...

Thank You Adele

Kate Elliott | Posted 23.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

The main reason I wanted to say my thanks was because it's a song that seemed to reach inside of me and really take a bit of what I've been trying to say and put it into the most beautiful words. I love music and singing, but it's been a while since I really felt a song this much.

Life Does Indeed Go On

Kate Elliott | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

People tell you that things happen for a reason, often when the situation lacks any reason at all. I've been thinking a lot recently about life and it's challenges. The way I see it is that you live, you love, you often lose but then you continue to find a way to pick up the broken pieces or smooth the edges in order to live again.

A Message for My Friends

Kate Elliott | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

Mental health problems can be so very isolating at times. Last week I was a bit of a social butterfly, catching up with three friends who I've not seen in far too long. Some days it's tricky, there have been times when seeing people has just been really hard and I've avoided certain social situations. This is a message to my friends...

Seven Things You Probably Didn't Know About Bulimia

Hattie Gladwell | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Hattie Gladwell

From 2010 to 2013 I suffered quite badly with bulimia. I was always of average weight, so no body really looked at me any differently or noticed. It ended up getting quite bad, to the point where I was hospitalised at the end of 2011 with pneumonia and a collapsed lung - caused by the vomit that had been trapped in my chest area from purging all the time.

Struggling With an Eating Disorder During Ramadan

Habiba Khanom | Posted 29.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

I want to fast. I really do. However, I am ashamed to admit that I don't want to fast for God. I am not there yet. I still want to fast to lose weight. I want to fast because everyone else would be fasting and that makes me feel triggered.

'Ana' Is Not My Friend

Habiba Khanom | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

Many of us with eating disorders, like to personify the illness as a separate person or voice. 'Ana' for Anorexia and 'Mia' for Bulimia. Don't get me wrong; Ana is definitely not a 'friend' even though the internal voice I hear says otherwise. Personifying my eating disorder is definitely something that I found rather useful in my road to recovery.

Imprisoned By My Eating Disorder

Claire Greaves | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

I worry about my health, I know I could die, I know I could lose out on life and opportunities if I am not well enough to grasp them with both hands. It's a spiral and it's all spinning around my head and it's making me dizzy. I'm constantly out of breath. Exhausted. Exhausted by this mental illness.

Pro-Ana Has Changed Shape

Claire Greaves | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Greaves

People used to have to search for pro-ana to find the websites but now it's on the #recovery and #healthy hashtags on Instagram. It's scarily accessible. When pro-ana existed as full websites the owner of the site would've known exactly what they were doing.