Eating Disorders

Lucy Sherriff

It Takes A Very Strong Person To Work In A Mental Health Hospital | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK

“I will never forget one girl asking me: ‘Why do you hate me? Why are you torturing me?,” sighs Dr Sara McCluskey, a consultant psychiat...

'Mental Illness Doesn't Make You Any Less Human': Sufferers Explain What Dignity Means To Them

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

As most people with mental illness will know, dignity is something they receive in far too short a supply, whether that's people making decisions for ...

Rebuilding Myself After a Quest to Become the 'Perfect Jew' Left Me in Ruins

Lizzie Green | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lizzie Green

I see how amazing and rewarding life can be, and although I have grown as a person from my experiences, I am upset at the amount of time my illness has made me waste. During these months of the year, when there are festivals after festival, surrounded by many a mealtime, I am trying my best to enjoy and acknowledge the beauty and root of these joyous times.

I'm Not Recovered Yet, But Recovery Will Do

Kat Pugh | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

Once again my mind had become full of numbers and targets and filled with this concept that every minor set back was an enormous failure. Suddenly the all too familiar ritual of daily weigh-ins and calorie counting became habitual and without thinking I was slipping back into the icy grasp of anorexia, who I had tried so hard to separate from.

Anorexia and Mental Health: 'I Can't Put Food in My Body Like I'm Putting Petrol in a Car - There Are No Feelings in a Car'

Jo Thompson | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Jo Thompson

I can't just put food in my body like I'm putting petrol in a car; there are no feelings in a car. That's why I'm supporting a new online forum created by Fixers where young people who've had an eating disorder can talk about their experience in order to help others - be it family, friends of professionals - understand.

Body Issues: Obsession, Anxiety and 'Wellness'

Eloise Hendy | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eloise Hendy

Body obsession is contemporary Western culture's default state. When it comes to matters of the flesh it increasingly feels there is no space for neut...

Dedicated to Mental Health Professionals

Rhiannon Morgan | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rhiannon Morgan

Too many times the work of mental health services is clouded by negativity and tragedies. In many instances this means that the successes are overshadowed, and mental health teams as a whole are portrayed in a negative light. My aim today is to break that portrayal, all in dedication of the team of professionals that saved my life numerous times...

Why Learning to Listen to Experts Is a Vital Skill in Recovery

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK
Carrie Armstrong

The best thing I can recommend is you take a job in a charity shop for a few hours a week. Don't push yourself.

I'm Not Responding But I Still Really Care

Kate Elliott | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

I normally have texts to reply to, Facebook messages to read, letters I ought to be writing and sending; but sometimes I just don't have the brain space to respond. It's hard when you have a day when you're feeling low or finding it hard to muster together the motivation to do all of the things you need to and then there's being sociable added in too.

We Need to Talk About Ana

Maliha Reza | Posted 28.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Maliha Reza

If you are supporting someone through this then stay strong. They need you to be. They are full of intense regret and self-deprecation, and your support and love will be one thing getting through the barrier and to the starting line of a healthy life.

There's Nowhere for Me to Go

Claire Greaves | Posted 26.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Greaves

I decided the ward was too stressful and was making me worse and so I asked for leave until ward round and they allowed it. I got home and sat in a chair and cried for hours. Home wasn't the right place.

Coming Full Circle With Orthorexia Nervosa

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 23.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

When I realised how out of control my phobia of food was, I didn't know what to do. I knew I wasn't alone. But I also knew that the more I read about people like me, the more I was told that I could never have a normal relationship with food again.

This Woman Stood In Her Underwear In Central London. Here's Why

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A woman stripped off to her underwear in Central London last weekend in a bid to raise awareness about body image. Armed with a white board, some ...

Life Does Indeed Go On

Kate Elliott | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

People tell you that things happen for a reason, often when the situation lacks any reason at all. I've been thinking a lot recently about life and it's challenges. The way I see it is that you live, you love, you often lose but then you continue to find a way to pick up the broken pieces or smooth the edges in order to live again.

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...