Eating Disorders

The Dilemma of Public Vs Private Mental Health Care

Danielle Montgomery | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Montgomery

So having being dealt disappointing cards by the NHS that left me defiant in my plea to never attend therapy and reluctant to trust anybody again, a few years later I was ushered into private therapy.

Psychological Signs of an Eating Disorder

Malminder Gill | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Malminder Gill

An eating disorder not only manifests itself physically, but also psychologically. It is an extremely complex mental illness that often takes many years of both physical and psychological treatment, in order to recover.

You're Not Fat, You're Beautiful

Vicky Frankland | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Frankland

The word fat only has a negative association to it if you allow it to. If you call someone fat as an insult, that says more about you as a person than it does anything else. I believe that we need to tell people when we hear this kind of unconscious fat shaming, whether the comment is coming from a place of malice or genuinely wanting to be nice.

A Brother's Love for His Sister

Jessica Smith | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Smith

My brother wrote about his experience of having a sister with an eating disorder and it literally broke my heart into a million pieces. I wanted to share with you all his own words, because this is a family disease!

Stop Hating Your Body

Jessica Smith | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jessica Smith

I've struggled with negative body image my entire life. Born missing my left arm and then at 18 months of age suffering third degree burns to 14% of my body after knocking boiling water on myself while struggling to get used to a prosthetic arm. I grew up looking and feeling different - in a society where so much emphasis is placed on physical appearance and the desire for perfection - I felt isolated and alone.

Is Recovery From Anorexia Possible?

Jennifer Studholme | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Studholme

When I was in hospital I never thought or knew recovery was possible. I never imagined a day not governed by calories or feeling like a beached whale. I was curious about how people got through a day with eating without calorie counting.

End the NHS Wait

Kat Pugh | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Politics
Kat Pugh

In 2010, the billboards promised us that the Tories would cut the deficit and not the NHS. Now, less than a year out from the General election, the NHS is once again the main talking point.

Poorna Bell

These Two Celebs Prove It's Never Okay To Use #Thinspiration

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

There are certain events that remind us how much we still have to learn about handling the internet, from Sally Bercow's libelous tweets to trolls tha...

Lucy Sherriff

Drunkorexia: Yes, It's A Thing, And It's Ruining Lives

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Drunkorexia. You may roll your eyes at the latest "orexia" to hit the headlines, but it's an illness which is begging to be taken seriously - and one ...

'Drunkorexia: When Alcoholism Meets Eating Disorders'

Sam Thomas | Posted 23.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

The term 'Drunkorexia' is relatively new, but the condition is not. Drunkorexia is a combination of alcoholism and anorexia or bulimia. Usually, a person suffering from drunkorexia will deprive himself or herself of food during the day, in an attempt to keep calories under control when he or she goes drinking later.

What Does Being Recovered From Anorexia Mean to You?

Jennifer Studholme | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Studholme

Recovery is such a tricky thing for someone who has an eating disorder. You never think you will reach a day when you don't feel fat and will not count calories. There are no fancy drugs to take to cure it, no definite answer about the cure, and no way of telling how you are going to feel from one day to the next.

Asking for Help IS Okay

Maria Senise | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Senise

The other day, I showed my middle school students in my Girls' Lifestyle Camp a few clips from the show So You Think You Can Dance. I thought it was important for the girls to see these dancers who followed their passions and dreams through hard work and dedication despite the obstacles and difficulties.

I Was Good at Having an Eating Disorder

Jennifer Studholme | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Studholme

I knew all the tricks of the trade. And over time I got better at lying, hiding food, causing a scene at a meal time... I was pleased with myself. I felt proud as I began to lose weight. Proud when I missed meals and no one knew. My anorexia praised me. She told me how well I was doing.

Facing Up to the Reality of Eating Disorders and Social Media

Harriet Pavey | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harriet Pavey

Social media fuels the epidemical nature of the quest for the "perfect" body for summer that sweeps across the country. With Instagram's salad obsessed, Twitter accounts devoted to fitness and 'I wish I could look like this' captions, and the disturbing "thinspo" hashtag, the "summer body" infiltrates our lives.

21st Century Britain: Are Men More Body Anxious Than Women?

Sam Thomas | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

Traditionally body image hang-ups have been widely accepted as something of a 'women's problem.' However, over the past decade, there has been a growing trend of men becoming increasingly body anxious and insecure.

Lucy Sherriff

A Day In The Life Of A Student With A Severe Eating Disorder

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Felicity Mckee is a 23-year-old undergraduate at Ulster University. On paper, she sounds like any other normal student - except she suffers from a sev...

How Do You Score Yourself When You Compare Yourself to Others?

Jennifer Studholme | Posted 29.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Studholme

Comparing myself to others is one of the hardest things I have had to deal with throughout my recovery. I walk into a room, I stand on the tube, I walk down the road and I compare the physique and appearance of every female around me.

Why a Nutritionist Is NOT the Answer to Orthorexia Nervosa

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

As I respect the passion and dedication most nutritionists have for their work, there are also those who are doing it because it is a tool to make a living from their own Orthorexia. The irony is that once you are free from Orthorexia, the Orthorexic nutritionists are easy to spot.

WATCH: It's Time To Talk About Body Image Issues For Men

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Women have been struggling with body image disorders for a while, but it is only recently that men's experiences and anxieties have started to become ...

Skinny Vs Fat: Why It's Time to End Body Shaming

Sam Thomas | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

Recently it's become apparent to me the 'skinny talk' is becoming commonplace as 'fat talk.' It seems any type of 'body shaming' is totally acceptable and rarely challenged. Is it about time we end this kind of talk altogether, for good?

Eating Disorders Are Notoriously Hard to Cure, But Does Animal Therapy Hold the Key?

Annabel Burn | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Annabel Burn

It wasn't just a case of wanting to be thinner; eating disorders, pretty quickly, cause chemical imbalances that bring on depression, and eventually I felt like I was not worth feeding. Lying awake at night with heart palpitations, I knew what I was doing was hurting me, but gradually, my worth became linked, in my eyes, solely to my weight.

Was Anorexia Ever My Friend?

Jennifer Studholme | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jennifer Studholme

It was time for me to realise I was out of control and whatever I had learnt to believe, anorexia was not my friend but my enemy. I was encouraged to write letters to my anorexia; some where I hated her and some when she was my best friend.

Stand Tall Little Girl

Jennifer Studholme | Posted 23.06.2014 | 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 13.06.2014 | 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