Eating Disorders

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.

When You Just Can't Stomach IBS

Rico Griffiths-Taitte | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rico Griffiths-Taitte

It's hard to refute that the epitome of a fit man is someone who has a chiseled mid range you could grate cheese on. Then there are men like me. We are bombarded with the latest craze in Men's magazines and on the Internet, about men having six pack abs. This for me is a stomach churning thought especially as I suffer with IBS.

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 Non-Sufferer's Guide to Bulimia

Charlie Smith | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Smith

Last night, I was watching one of my favourite programmes when, out of the blue, a male character made a joke about bulimia. When attempting to flirt with a lady at a bar, he joked that to get a figure 'as great as hers' she must've repeatedly made herself sick. It was meant to evoke a chuckle from the audience, but it was one joke that I simply couldn't laugh at. Bulimia is many things, but the one thing it isn't? Funny.

Kesha Opens Up About Depression And Eating Disorder Battle

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Entertainment

Kesha has spoken about her battle with depression and an eating disorder, after being trolled about her body on Instagram. The 'True Colors' singer o...

Dieticians, Dentists and Eating Disorders

Emer Delaney | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emer Delaney

As a dietitian, my role is to re-educate people on the key aspects of healthy eating and how it affects their physical health, through nutrition counselling. This is often done face-to-face in clinic, but can also be in larger group sessions.

Feeling My #Selfie

Daisy Lindlar | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Lindlar

While women are being encouraged to be "beautiful", it's not supposed to be for ourselves; it's supposed to be for other people. We're supposed to look good, but not on our own terms or by our own standards. We're meant to be these aesthetically appealing objects that exist to be admired by - let's be honest here - men. The thing about selfies that can make people so uncomfortable is that it represents a woman taking control of her own image, thinking that she looks great and not being ashamed to say it.

Anxiety, Addiction and Arthritis: How We Got Through It

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Illingworth

On February 21 the site I run, Impolitikal.com, hosted Control: a panel chat featuring Dominic Hoey a.k.a Tourettes, Damaris Coulter and I, and ho...

Where Is My Sugar-Free Happy Ending?

Helena Busiakiewicz | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Busiakiewicz

It will take some time before I am fully in control of this illness. Before I can manage to inject insulin four times a day. I am not, by any means, cured of the paralysis caused by Diabulimia. It is a bit of a shame that I cannot finish this with a happy, sugar-free ending. But every day, I am trying my best. And right now, that's good enough for me.

One Tragedy at a Time: Diabulimia

Jacqueline Anne Allan | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jacqueline Anne Allan

As I sit here typing I am ridiculously conflicted. This week has been great for the charity that I run, we've been all over the media. Given that we raised a grand total of £3500 last year we desperately need the exposure and it is encouraging that, finally, we are the go to charity for this issue.

'Digital Crack' Babies

Martyn Stewart | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Parents
Martyn Stewart

Despite rewiring our minds, one constant remains. The human desire for loving connections and the natural consequences of this; children! Even when addicted to drugs, humans don't stop having children and just like the epidemic before it, an unforeseen legacy lingers.

The Cookbook Helping People With Eating Disorders Build Better Relationships With Food

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Recovering from an eating disorder is difficult. And this is precisely why Francesca Baker, 29, has created a cookbook that aims to help people with e...

Why Spring Is Just the Worst for People With Depression

Danielle Montgomery | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Montgomery

Springtime is a limbo. A purgatory for people with depression. A spaceless void where we are trapped, unable to make the transition through to happiness. But hold on tight because summer is better, right?

Why 'Clean Eating' Can Clear Off

James Downs | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Downs

Ultimately, categorising some foods as 'clean' and automatically implicating others as less so plays into an emotive narrative around food which polarises dietary habits in such a way that promotes rigidity, which for many people is only going to be unsustainable.

Woman With Eating Disorder Asks Designer To Make Her 'Pretty', He Responds In The Best Way

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A graphic designer and Photoshop wizard has touched the hearts of thousands after responding to a woman's request to "make her pretty". James Fridman ...

This Model's Agent Told Her To 'Stop Eating'

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Style

One model is speaking out about her eating disorder in the hopes of changing beauty standards in the fashion industry. Zuzanna Buchwald had been an at...

Eating Disorder Patients 'Waiting Up To 182 Days To Receive Mental Health Treatment'

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

People with eating disorders can wait up to six months (up to 182 days) before receiving mental health treatment, new figures released by the BBC show...

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.

Eating and Living - Recipes for Recovery

Francesca Baker | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Francesca Baker

Eating & Living is a recipe book for those in recovery from eating disorders - by those who have been there. This collection of recipes has been shared by people who are recovering or are recovered, carers, friends and family of sufferers, professionals and health experts - and each of them has told their story as to why this recipe matters.

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...

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.

Mental Health Is Part of Us, Not All of Us

James Downs | Posted 18.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Downs

For me, a decade of struggling with an eating disorder which nearly cost me my life on several occasions involved questioning deeply the reasons why I wanted to get better. Thinking about ending my life also made me think about the things I would want to stay alive for and what I could do with my health if I recovered it.

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.

Your Comments Are Unhelpful!

Kate Elliott | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

This week Joan Bakewell made a sweeping statement that anorexia was a result of society becoming more narcissistic; she later apologised for the distr...