Eating Disorders

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...

Schools May 'Unwittingly Encourage Eating Disorders' By Focussing On Obesity

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Schools over-emphasising the risks of being overweight could unwittingly be encouraging eating disorders, a leading child psychiatrist has warned.Dr J...

Toddler With Extreme Fear Of Eating Can Only Be Fed Via Tube

The Huffington Post UK | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Parents

The parents of a toddler who has such an extreme fear of eating that she can only be fed through a tube, are fundraising to get their daughter life ch...

The Media Need to Stop Ignoring Mental Health Discrimination

Claire Greaves | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

Discriminating against race is unacceptable but so is discriminating against mental health. The media are in a powerful position, they can either educate a lot of people or cause a lot of damage. It's about time they stepped up and began educating instead of sensationalising and discriminating.

Celebrity Bodies And The Impossible Ideal Is Fuelling Eating Disorders Among Young Girls

PA | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Increased exposure to images of celebrity bodies is behind the large rise in the number of young girls admitted to hospital with an eating disorder, a...

ED-UCATE Yourself: Seven Things You Should Know About Eating Disorders

Sam Thomas | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

Eating disorders are a complex subject that not everyone knows about unless by first hand experience. Professionals on the front line are key in supporting people living with eating disorders of any walk of life. Getting the help they need early on is imperative for long-term recovery.

The Secret Side of Eating Disorders

Claire Greaves | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

I'd do anything for a hug but I couldn't bare anyone to touch my body. I cannot get dressed in the mornings as the binge eating escalates the issues I already have with body image. I see a disgusting, ugly monster staring back at me in the mirror.

The Match of the Century- Eating Disorder vs. Health: The Battle Continues ...

Lizzie Green | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Green

Team A represents my eating disorder. It is extremely strong and 'wins' a lot of 'goals'. Team B represents my health, my rational part of mind. This can also be strong but often it just can't reach the strength that Team A manages to.

'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.

I Am Undoubtedly a Chocolate-Loving Anorexic

Lizzie Green | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lizzie Green

My journey has not ended. I would like it to, desperately, but for now it continues. I will fight till the end and as strong-willed as I am to allow this illness to fester, I am strong-willed enough to rid of it. I know recovery is worth it.

Size 12 Teen Told By Holland & Barrett Staff She Was 'Big For Her Age' And Must 'Just Eat And Eat'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A size 12 teenager who asked Holland & Barrett staff for weight loss advice was almost reduced to tears after being told she was "big for her age" and...

The Cost of My Teenage Years as an Unrecovered Anorexic

Elena Dunkle | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Elena Dunkle

I have accepted the fact that I may never recover enough to feel comfortable again. Instead, I live for the times when my pain level is only a three or four out of 10. Still, I'm one of the lucky ones. Twenty-four of my anorexic friends have lost their fight. They're already dead.

Seven Things I Wish I Had Known About My Teenage Daughter's Eating Disorder

Clare B. Dunkle | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Parents
Clare B. Dunkle

Life with anorexia nervosa is not just a diet gone wrong. Anorexia becomes a prison built up out of self-hatred and shame. Elena's disorder isolated her from friends and family, controlled her actions, and severely damaged her health.

Doctors Believed This Woman's Cancer Was An Eating Disorder

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A woman who was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in her teens has revealed that doctors believed she had an eating disorder, because she was too youn...

Yoga Magazine Accused Of Promoting Bulimia

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A yoga magazine has come under fire for publishing an article which "promotes" eating disorders. Yoga Magazine published a detailed piece on 'the T...

Putting Mental Health on the Agenda

Kat Pugh | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK
Kat Pugh

It's mental health awareness week, and whilst the country is still reeling from the election shock, there has never been a better time to raise awareness of mental health.

A Letter to Journalists

Claire Greaves | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

Dear journalists... I understand that you want an interesting story and that you want to grip your readers and keep them reading on. I get that okay but when it comes to reporting on mental health please realise how important it is to report responsibly.

'Cheeky' Campaign Gives The Middle Finger (Literally) To Negative Body Image

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

If negative body image was a person, we'd certainly flip them the bird. Now, a new awareness campaign has launched which encourages people to get i...

How Am I? Honestly!

Claire Greaves | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

How am I? Honestly! I'm overwhelmed by sorrow, crushed by the sadness that spirals around my mind and tells me what I'm missing out on, the memories and opportunities that are being buried or cremated instead of lived because of this mental illness.

Mobile Game Pulled For 'Mocking Anorexia'

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Tech

Amazon has pulled an app titled "Rescue The Anorexia Girl" from its online store after a backlash from mental health campaigners. The game, markete...

I Cannot Erase My Existence and Therefore I am Going to Get Better

Claire Greaves | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

Anorexia is tiresome, people keep using the word choice. "You can choose to eat or not Claire" but it isn't a choice not like the choice between having a bath or a shower. My choices are very powerful ones with very powerful consequences, I feel the word 'choice' in this situation is too mild a word.

Anorexia Is Stealing Me

Claire Greaves | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

Anorexia's screams are so loud, it's unbearable and it's blocking out all other sounds and deafening me from the world around me. I can't hear anyone, I don't know what they are saying. I am being pulled in and totally absorbed by this illness.

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.

Mental Health and a Media Career: Balancing My Worlds

Eleanor Taylor-Davis | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Eleanor Taylor-Davis

The truth is - and I'm being dangerously honest here - my work just isn't compatible with my mental health, in fact it's quite the opposite; the two are entirely disparate. The highs and lows that come with working in the media devastate me, so in order to survive (or at least pretend to) I'm forced to build a facade of normality and feign that everything is 'fine'.

Help Me FIX Young People's Mental Health

Shannon Finan | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Shannon Finan

I am so over the way my generation is represented - or should I say 'misrepresented'. Look at mainstream media and, seemingly, we're too busy capturing the best selfie or working out how to get on the next reality TV show to care about the world or our lives within it. That's total bull!