Eating Disorders

Stand Tall Little Girl

Jennifer Studholme | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Studholme

After a year living in hospital, I was ready to come out. Coming out and a week later going to university was one of the scariest things ever. I still didn't feel ready to look after myself. In myself I wanted to prove everyone wrong, I wanted to have a life outside of anorexia.

When Does Exercise Become Obsession? The Truth About Exercise Bulimia

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Many people workout at the gym in the pursuit of a different body - some lift weights to tone muscle, while others hit the treadmill in order to lose ...

Eating Disorders - A Women's Problem? Why We Need To Tackle The Gender Bias

Sam Thomas | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

For the past five years I've been campaigning and raising awareness of men with eating disorders with an aim to debunk the myth that eating disorders is a 'female problem.' Significant advances in awareness have been made in this short space of time to highlight the inequalities male sufferers face, but there's still a long way to go

Yale Says Sorry For Threatening To Suspend Student For Being Too Skinny

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Yale University has admitted it "made a mistake" after accusing a student of having an eating disorder and warning if she didn't put on weight she'd b...

How I Lost 60 Pounds Without Dieting or Eliminating Food Groups

Nowreen Nazmi | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nowreen Nazmi

In my early 20s, a friend took me to her gym, where I decided to weigh myself. The number on the scale horrified me so much that I immediately started to make better choices around eating and continued to exercise almost everyday.

Court Rules Teen Must Be Force-Fed In Landmark Case

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK

A sick teenager with mental health problems was said to be "doing well" after a High Court judge ruled she could be fed through a tube. Mr Justice ...

Lady Gaga: The Fine Line Between Eating Disorders and 'Art'

Sam Thomas | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

It's hypocrisy as to why Gaga involved a vomit artist in her performance if she cares so deeply about the issue of eating disorders as she claims? Surely, she would realise the performance would conflict with those who idolise her who are suffering from anorexia and bulimia?

Eating Disorders... on a Scale From One to Hell...

Rob McDowall | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rob McDowall

Eating disorders are complex conditions which start for a variety of reasons and their impact stretches way beyond weight-loss or weight-gain and Thomas told me that his eating disorder has left him with permanent oesophageal acid reflux, stomach ulcers, chronic stomach pains, mouth ulcers, severely impaired peristaltic motion, damage to teeth, blocked tear ducts, scars on knuckles, sore throats, hair loss and pale complexion.

A Social Taboo Uncovered

Alex Geraghty | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Geraghty

An intensive course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) along with strong support from a close network of family and friends has helped me regain control of my life. It is clear now that if it were not for the persistent efforts of others, I would not be where I am today.

Dedication to Jeremy Gillitzer: Why I Set Up Men Get Eating Disorders Too

Sam Thomas | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

Jeremy Gillitzer was an american guy that I discovered in 2008 when I was researching online with an idea to set up 'something' for men with eating disorders. Having read Jeremy's blog I felt an immediate sense of relief knowing that my experience was not alien after-all.

What Are You Giving Up for Lent?

Kat Pugh | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

Ever since I developed an eating disorder I have been haunted by the start of term or Lent or any of these times as opportunities to start a new leaf and remove from lifestyle any unhealthy bingeing that had been dominating life. Yes, the anorexia was utilising this as an opportunity to persevere into dangerous territory.

Why Are Young Asian Girls Invisible When It Comes to Eating Disorders?

Akeela Ahmed | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Akeela Ahmed

We know that in our society there is huge cultural pressure on young people and in particular girls to be skinny, waif like and attain impossible barbie like body shapes. The gendered link between media pressure and eating disorders is inescapable. But frustratingly just as women from ethnic minorities are absent from everyday media appearances, the fact that they too are also subjected to the same cultural pressures and resultant illnesses, is also absent.

Recovery From Eating Disorders: The Crucial Role of the GP and Diagnosis

Sam Thomas | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

It's easy to point the finger at GPs for not picking up on the signs but are they really to blame? Currently, doctors have no training on eating disorders as part of their seven-year degree. They have approximately 10 minutes - if that - with each patient and hardly sufficient to investigate a patient presenting the symptoms.

The Disorder of Student Life Can Easily Hide More Dangerous Disorders

Eloise Hendy | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Eloise Hendy

Students are known for their bad eating habits; baked beans have become a beacon for the university experience. It's not surprising really - we don't have nine to five schedules, or lunch breaks, or regular wages... We only have ourselves to decide that cereal for the third time in a day is a bad decision, instead of a detox. Which makes it dangerously easy for people to fall through the gaps. In the student culture of make do and make pasta, again, eating disorders can be hard to spot.

Eating Disorders: How To Spot The Signs

editorial.huffingtonpost.com | Anna Rhodes | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Eating Disorders are typically very secretive illnesses, hence the importance of becoming familiar with the signs and symptoms so you are fully equipp...

Students With Eating Disorders Are Being Failed By The NHS, Report Warns

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Students with eating disorders are missing up to five years of university, while many see their condition deteriorate as they are being failed by the ...

An Open Letter to Penny Smith and Jim Davis on Mental Illness and Stigma

Tim Squirrell | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tim Squirrell

Dear Penny and Jim, I'm writing to thank you for having me on The Breakfast Show on BBC London last Thursday. I don't know if you remember me; you were running a news piece about the tragic death of Tallulah Wilson, a girl who suffered from an eating disorder and subsequently killed herself in late 2012...

I Was Told I Wasn't Sick Enough to Get Help for My Eating Disorder

Kat Pugh | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kat Pugh

In 2012, I decided that due to a number of significant events going on in my life it was time to try and continue treatment again. Despite my initial referral taking place in December 2012, I didn't see anyone till October 2013. When I did, I was told by the NHS mental health trust that I wasn't ill enough to meet their very strict criteria.

Cosmopolitan Launches Eating Disorders Campaign Urging Doctors To Review Assessments

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Cosmopolitan magazine, the media partner for eating disorder charity Beat, has launched a campaign ahead of Eating Disorders Awareness Week to ensure ...

When Did We Become a Nation of Quick Fix Fanatics?

Rivkie Baum | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rivkie Baum

The latest in quick fix diets, this pill, once swallowed and inflated is the latest mini gastric balloon. It's being hailed as a miracle pill - but really isn't it just vanity gone mad? The pill is designed for people a stone overweight. You know, the kind of people who could tweak their diet a bit and maybe hit the gym for an extra day a week in order to lose 'that' stone.

The Arguement for Orthorexia to be Classified as an Official Eating Disorder

Sam Thomas | Posted 03.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

You may think it's a contradiction that being too healthy can be unhealthy? In the reality, those suffering have a distorted idea or perception on healthy eating. The strict diets can be dangerously restrictive and linked to anxiety, depression and other mental health problems.

Eating Disorders in Children and Teenagers Are Soaring, But Is the Internet Really to Blame?

Sam Thomas | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

The dangers of the internet may be largely understood but due to the lack of evidence, it's a questionable claim to suggest that social media sites are the so called 'cause?' Instead of trying to point the finger it's better to focus our attention on understanding why young sufferers are developing eating disorders in the first place.

From Anorexia Sufferer to Body Builder: Same Illness, A Different Guise?

Sam Thomas | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

The focus on size and shape seems to suggests eating disorder is a physical illness, which it is not. By 'calorie loading' this is simply ignoring the underlying causes of anorexia - it may put on the weight, yes. However it does little to address the key factors or triggers linked to his eating disorder.

Fitness Apps Have Risks

Danielle Lowe | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

Since New Year magazines poured into our shops and onto our mobile devices they've all seemed keen to tell us about one thing: fitness apps to help you with that 'New Years resolution'.

Is It Time for Schools to Tackle Eating Disorders, as Equal to Obesity and the Healthy Eating Agenda?

Sam Thomas | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sam Thomas

Despite having an eating disorder I'd never heard of bulimia, let alone knew it was a mental illness. Most days I would run out of lessons or avoid lessons completely to escape the torment of bullies. I'd hide in the boys toilets and lock myself in a cubicle as it was the only place where I couldn't be found.