Eating Disorder

Body Image: Hating Myself

Claire Greaves | Posted 11.03.2016 | 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 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...

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...

National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Lisa Roukin | Posted 23.02.2016 | 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 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.

Eating Disorders: How to Keep Recovering During The Christmas Blues

Danielle Montgomery | Posted 08.01.2016 | 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 21.12.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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 27.10.2015 | 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 06.08.2015 | 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 30.07.2015 | 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 11.06.2015 | 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 29.05.2015 | 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 20.05.2015 | 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.

Experiencing Stigma and Eating Disorders

Kat Pugh | Posted 27.04.2015 | 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.

The Mountainous Trek to Recovery

Claire Greaves | Posted 26.04.2015 | 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.

Mental Health Act - Unethical Paternalism?

Rhiannon Morgan | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rhiannon Morgan

The MHA should only be used as a last resort as a safeguard for any forms of harm as it deprives an individual from their liberty. If a patient is well enough to return home to their own freedom and independence, then they should have that option. I have strong views on this, having experienced it first hand.

No Wonder We're Obsessed With Weight Loss!

Abi S. Wright | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Abi S. Wright

On typing 'anorexia' into Google, the third predictive suggestion that comes up is 'anorexia tips'; I don't think it is a weight problem that we have, I think it is a deeply ingrained social one that is having a devastating effect on national health.

An Open Letter to Lisa Burrow - Editor of Closer Magazine

Wil Colquhoun | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Wil Colquhoun

During research for a recent project in which I explored the issue of Anorexia, I happened to pick up an issue of Closer magazine. I could not believe how damaging every single spread was, it is no wonder that body image concerns are becoming such a problem...

Mother And Stepfather Convicted Of Murdering Four-Year-old Boy

PA | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK

A callous mother and stepfather who battered to death a four-year-old boy after subjecting him to six months of systematic starvation and "incomprehen...

Skinny and Boring

Harriet Williamson | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Harriet Williamson

This buck-passing attitude, the 'oh but the top agencies send us these skeletal models' and the 'oh but the designers only make the clothes in tiny sample sizes' circular evasion has to stop. Someone needs to take responsibility and step up to the table on this one.

The End of Standardised Beauty?

Johanna Sartori | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Johanna Sartori

There is a whole feminist argument to be had about why in 2013, women are still enslaved to a male version of what we should apparently look like, but more importantly perhaps there is also a very dangerous effect of the drive to fit a standard aesthetic; namely the rise of eating disorders.

From Vanity to 'Thinspiration': Samantha Brick Has Become a Problem

Lucy Uprichard | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Uprichard

Putting the intense pity felt for someone whose self-respect can be measured in kilograms aside for one moment, Brick's unambiguous and deliberate tying of self-worth to waist size is problematic; particularly when the clear implication is that girls should be dieting from the age of 12.