Eating Disorders

'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 19.04.2015 | 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 08.04.2015 | 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 02.04.2015 | 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!

How Undereating Is F*cking Up Your Recovery

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

If my life has taught me anything then it is this: Doesn't matter what we are recovering from, all recovery is just a bridge. The start of the bridge is a destination we find ourselves that we don't want to be in. The end of it is the place where we will feel normal again.

The Costs of Eating Disorders: The Men's Perspective

Sam Thomas | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

Too often, eating disorders in men is taken less seriously and 'novel' given the ratio between men and women suffering meaning men are the minority. Men suffering who are clearly isolated and marginalised need not have their gender questioned or jokes made about their non-existent periods.

Living With Binge Eating Disorder

Sophie Blyth-Bristow | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Blyth-Bristow

Persistently eating too much or too little can be symptomatic or indicative of an eating disorder, but what many people don't appreciate is that food is just one factor in an eating disorder. While they're characterised by disordered eating habits, ultimately eating disorders are serious mental health illnesses.

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.

Moving Forward

Kat Pugh | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

Recovery is not a straightforward process. There are plenty of treatment options available (unfortunately at a price, but hopefully this will change...but they do exist), and some treatments are more appropriate for different types of eating disorders, others suit a person better.

Why Talking About Eating Disorders Is Hard - For Everyone

Danielle Montgomery | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Montgomery

Most people want to know what type of disorder we have, how long we've had it, how much we eat or don't eat, what we eat, how we cope, or when it started. But asking 'why' is too invasive. It's too revealing. It's too unrelatable.

This Is What Comic Book Women Look Like With Realistic Bodies

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Super-human strength and the ability to fly isn't the only thing that's unrealistic about comic book heroines. Their teeny-tiny waists coupled wit...

Eating Disorders: All You Need Is Love?

Emmy Gilmour | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Emmy Gilmour

The voice of an eating disorder constantly reinforces a belief that you will never truly be content until you reach a certain weight or look a certain way but the truth is that happiness only comes from a self-love that grows from a certain acceptance of who you really are.