Eating Disorders

Imprisoned By My Eating Disorder

Claire Greaves | Posted 30.03.2015 | 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 17.03.2015 | 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 16.03.2015 | 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 12.03.2015 | 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 09.03.2015 | 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 04.03.2015 | 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 03.03.2015 | 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 02.03.2015 | 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 27.02.2015 | 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 27.02.2015 | 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.

Low Weight Pictures Don't Raise Awareness for Eating Disorders

Claire Greaves | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Greaves

By posting pictures of emaciated people to raise awareness, it is just reinforcing that stereotype so that the general public still have the idea that to be unwell the sufferer must be very thin and it makes sufferers feel that unless they look like that photo then they are not unwell enough to seek help.

It's Not Too Much Food That Makes Us Fat, It's Too Much Dieting

Sandra Roycroft-Davis | Posted 24.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sandra Roycroft-Davis

You may only have thought acute conditions like anorexia, bulimia and binge eating were eating disorders. You'd be wrong. Constant, drastic dieting is not normal behaviour and many experts now consider it is one of the major factors contributing towards the obesity epidemic. A diet is really disordered eating.

Link Found Between Female Student Eating Disorders And Financial Problems

Huffington Post UK | Eugene Smith | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Female students who have financial difficulties have a higher risk of developing eating disorders than those who are comparatively economically comfor...

Creating Your World

Emmy Gilmour | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Emmy Gilmour

We are all able to choose to support ourselves, to be compassionate and loving toward ourselves. The way that we behave toward ourselves is the most important message that we are communicating to the rest of the world about what we expect from the people that we invite into our lives.

Student Goes Up Three Dress Sizes After Eating Thousands Of Calories In Her Sleep

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education

A student who was left confused after going up three dress sizes realised she was gorging on calorific food during her sleep, thanks to a rare eating ...

20 Things Someone With an Eating Disorder Wishes They Could Tell You

Danielle Montgomery | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Montgomery

We're often hard to read; our minds are a cacophony but yet the emotions we allow to pour through are stifled and indifferent. I have largely remained silent, feeling that any attempt at explaining something that's an entire grey area would be hopeless.

Is Selfie Culture Contributing To An Increase In Eating Disorders?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

An increasing number of young women are taking selfies to document their weight loss online. Now, a leading expert has said the growing trend is f...

About the Church and Mental Health

Dr Kate Middleton | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK
Dr Kate Middleton

Should the church really get involved in supporting people with mental health problems - or would they be better focused on signposting people to 'more appropriate' sources of support?

Men Suffer Eating Disorders Too: A Heartbreaking Story Shows That Anyone Can Be a Victim of Food

Duncan Lindsay | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Duncan Lindsay

Spare a thought also, therefore, for those who don't fall into the stereotypical profile of a skinny young girl who wants to look like a Cosmo cover girl. The elderly, the children, the middle aged and the men who also suffer from conditions that take over a whole life.

Why I'll Never Stop Being an Opinionated Woman

Sally Biddall | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK
Sally Biddall

I will always support a woman's right to do what she wants with her body. Just please, don't do it and call it news. So excuse me if I don't stop being an opinionated woman. Sorry if I don't burn my Sociology Degree certificate (along with the bras, of course) because my feminism offends you.

Teenager's Food Phobia Means She Eats Nothing But Chips

Caters | Joshua Nevett | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

For most people, eating out at a restaurant is a treat. But for Jennifer Radigan it's an absolute nightmare. The 17-year-old, who suffers from a fo...

Eating Disorders and Our Children - A Problem That Demands More Attention

Luciana Berger | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

In recent years, hospital admissions for eating disorders have increased year on year and a ChildLine survey found that the number of children and teenagers seeking help for an eating disorder has risen by 110% in the past three years.

Men Get Eating Disorders Too: Reflections on 2014 and Looking Towards the Year Ahead...

Sam Thomas | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

MGEDT continues to receive emails from male sufferers from across the UK and around the world several times a week. In many of these emails we hear from sufferers who are isolated and feeling 'like the only one'.

Coping at Christmas With an Eating Disorder

Kat Pugh | Posted 21.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kat Pugh

Last year, in the midst of a relapse, I'd just been discharged from NHS services, told that I didn't meet the criteria for outpatient support, despite the fact I desperately needed it. The timing was particularly poor as a number of external events were also affecting my stress levels.