Eating Disorders

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 29.01.2015 | 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 27.01.2015 | 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 23.01.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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.

Having an Eating Disorder at Christmas

Dr Mark Silvert | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Mark Silvert

A lot of my patients find eating in front of other people especially painful to do. Some need to know exactly what's in their food and drink and how many calories each piece of food has. But these are sensitive issues and the best you can do is to talk calmly and non-judgmentally to your friend or family member. It's not their fault, they are ill - many people think anorexia is a choice. It is not.

Coping at Christmas: The Men With Eating Disorders Suffering in Silence

Sam Thomas | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

From roast turkey, tins of sweets and mince pies - the temptation for excess of food is irresistible for many. However, for those suffering with anorexia and bulimia, the constant reminders of food can feel like never ending pain and torture. The time to be joyful is anything but that.

Mother Campaigns For Stricter Laxative Regulations After Daughter Was Hospitalised

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Last month eating disorder charity Beat called for a change in regulations surrounding the sale of laxatives, following a 30% increase in calls from p...

Victoria's Secret's Word Change Is A Step In The Right Direction - But Only A Small Step

Frances Black | Posted 10.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Frances Black

Victoria's Secret is not off the hook yet. They need to apologise for the damage that this ad has done, and pledge that they will not use such harmful marketing in the future. It is not enough to just silently change the words and move on as if nothing has happened. Until then, it's only a partial victory.

Why Beat's Campaign to Raise Awareness of Men's Eating Disorders Is... Balls

Sam Thomas | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

The controversial video aims to encourage men with eating disorders to seek help by showing a young man vomiting up his testicles in a pub. We believe that the campaign is misguided, inept, and offensive.

Brogan Driscoll

Eating Disorders Aren't Just A Women's Issue, Men Are Suffering Too

HuffingtonPost.com | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Although eating disorders are being more widely discussed than ever before, they are often still seen a young women's disease. The reality is that...

Physical Inactivity: A Paradigm Shift

Alexandra Kyrke-Smith | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Kyrke-Smith

As a nation, we are unhealthy. We could take our pick from hundreds of statistics to illustrate this: that one in three adults in the UK have high blood pressure, that only 1 in 10 children eats the recommended '5 a day', that a quarter of adults in the UK are clinically obese.

Shouldn't You Be Doing This For Free?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I'm here now. Obviously. And whilst I would never wish to put myself through any of it ever again, the very least I can do is spend a good portion of my time ensuring no one else has to do it the hard way. So; that's what the websites are for.