Eating Disorders

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...

What Life Is Really Like With Anorexia

Savannah Alicia | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Savannah Alicia

Life with an eating disorder is not glamorous. It is not easy. It brings so many difficult emotions - guilt, shame, worthlessness, sadness. It steals your personality, your friends, your passion for life. It makes you bruise so easy that even sitting down hurts. Life with Anorexia is life-threatening.

Is Our Obsession With Being Healthy Becoming Unhealthy?

Esther Dark | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Esther Dark

Celebrity fans such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Shailene Woodley are just a few of the Bone Broth evangelists who argue that the popular liquid diet can transform your appearance, improve health and revitalise energy levels. The Bone Broth programme founded by Tim Connor is just one of the new health food, clean eating regimes which is attracting a lot of admiration. ..

Welcome to My Family of Addicts

Sophia Parvizi-Wayne | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophia Parvizi-Wayne

Both my uncles are obsessive shoppers, both of whom are equally obsessive about paying the bill at any given restaurant. Both my grandfathers died from a smoking addiction and my Grandma has a tendency to clean manically when stressed. Three members of my family have a tendency to over-eat and are incapable of stopping and my mum can't sit still until all the drawers and doors in the house are shut.

The Key to Battling Mental Illness

Emmy Gilmour | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emmy Gilmour

I have been working with sufferers of eating disorders and trauma for nearly 15 years and for me the issue of treating serious mental health conditions lies in addressing people's ability to consider emotional nurturing as a fundamental part of self-care.

The Other Side of Food Struggles

Claire Ayres | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Ayres

These days my comfort eating is a little more healthy. I can't eat chocolate, or cakes anymore. So when I comfort eat I lean to nuts, health bars, yogurts...but I do still comfort eat although not as much and I am learning to control it.

Anorexia: The Security of Silence and How it Helped My Recovery

Niamh Carpenter | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Niamh Carpenter

So here I am, joining the ranks and sharing my experience, now that I am able to, to hopefully make one more small step in the right direction. But that's just it: a small step. We need to end the stigma, but for people in recovery, stigma might just be the tip of the iceberg.

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...

Please Don't Compliment Me for Losing Weight

Nikki Mattocks | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Nikki Mattocks

I'm writing this blog to ask EVERYONE to please stop complimenting me for losing weight. It's not a compliment, for me it's a trigger. Instead I want you to compliment me on the things that actually matter. Compliment me for treating my body with the care it deserves. Compliment me for overcoming so many of my issues. Compliment me for being healthier.