Eating Disorders

'Who Am I?' - Anorexia And Identity

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

When sufferers are trying to fight but are struggling, it isn't simply a case of being "scared of food" or "scared of gaining weight", often it is also a fear of what they will lose, of throwing away everything that they think they are, the removal of their core identity, leaving a hole they have no idea how else to fill.

Women's Equality Party Call For London Fashion Week Boycott If Demands Are Not Met

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Style

A political party has threatened to ask London Mayor Sadiq Khan to stop funding London Fashion Week unless designers stop using “unhealthy and under...

Vogue Cover Star Reveals The Dark Side Of The Modelling Industry

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK Style

A former model has shared her story of shooting to fashion fame as a young teenager, exposing the worrying effects of the industry on young girls. Kay...

Why Linking Calories to Exercise on Packaging Is a Bad Idea

James Downs | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Downs

It's about time we looked beyond our individual eating habits and considered the wider social and cultural drivers of the ways we consume, and stop placing responsibility and blame for obesity or ill health solely with the individual. Like much else, obesity is a collective issue that needs a comprehensive response...

Why Recovery Isn't Always Straight-Forward

Sian Abigail Bradley | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Abigail Bradley

My relationship with depression and anxiety is much harder to decipher, perhaps because I still feel in the midst of these disorders. I manage a social, professional and personal life, but I'm plagued by defeating thoughts. Anxiety makes minor setbacks or small tasks morph in size. Yet I take it slowly, remembering things I've learnt to make me feel better.

Rise Of Drunkorexia: Worrying Number Of Young People Swapping Meals For Booze

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

More men and women are skipping meals in favour of binge-drinking and it could be taking a huge toll on their health, according to a new report. Benen...

Our Mental Health Services Are Forgetting the Importance of Being Seen, Heard and Validated

James Downs | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK
James Downs

Thinking of a solution to these concerns brings us back to how professionals need to treat people as people first. The same comes to therapy and treatment. Whilst research into evidence-best practice is vital in the immensely under-researched sphere of mental health, the biggest source of evidence as to what might work for any one person is the person themselves.

Things to Avoid Saying to People With Mental Health Problems

Kate Elliott | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

Recovery from a mental health condition is a complex and difficult journey that can be a full time endeavour. It's not a a linear process; but full of blips and struggles as well as triumph and success. Recovery can be hard enough without unhelpful (even if well meaning) comments or conversations.

The Problem With Eating Disorders and the Desire to Achieve

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

Unfortunately, a lot of people with eating disorders somehow manage to wedge an almighty bout of anorexia right in their sense of achievement space, and this is in no sense as good an idea as filling it with a world record relating to salsa and potatoes.

Woman Writes Powerful Open Letter To Girls Struggling With Body Image

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A woman has taken to Facebook to urge young women to stop obsessing over their weight, explaining that being thin doesn’t make your life better. She...

Trigger Warnings - What's the Point?

Nadia Mendoza | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK
Nadia Mendoza

A warning isn't synonymous with creating 'Generation Snowflake', it's giving autonomy. An alcoholic can choose not to walk into a pub as they're signposted, a soldier with PTSD can choose to avoid a fireworks display if the explosions traumatise them with memories of war, someone influenced by online content deserves to choose what they see before clicking.

Study Uncovers The Best Treatments For Binge-Eating Disorder

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

People with binge-eating disorder can be best helped with talk therapy or medication, according to a review of studies on the subject. Binge eating ca...

Eating Was Cheating

Nikki Britton | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Comedy
Nikki Britton

They assured me I was going to die. I beamed. At least I would die skinny. I was 14 years old and my anorexia was at it's peak. Though I was weak of body, I was frighteningly strong of constitution. That's where this illness gets you.

True Acceptance

Esther Dark | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Esther Dark

True acceptance means welcoming all shapes and sizes. By banning an image of a slim woman, what message are we then endorsing about being slim? Is being thin wrong as well? Instead of demonising just another body type, we need to take control and responsibility of our own reactions. Why not refuse to buy magazines or watch programmes which diminish women, snub diet talk in the office, reject the diet industry and its product and advocate self-love.

Why Am I So Open About My Mental Illness?

Habiba Khanom | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Habiba Khanom

A lot of people tell me that I am "brave" for being so open about my mental health problems. But one of the reasons why I am open is because I don't want "brave" to be a connotation for opening up mental illness anymore. I want people to talk about their issues without being scared of people's reaction.

A Message for Those Who Are Struggling

Kate Elliott | Posted 23.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Elliott

Mental illnesses are horribly isolating at times, this is a message for all those who are struggling right now. Whether you are someone I know or a stranger far away, this applies to you. Heck, this isn't purely for people who are finding their mental health a challenge right now, but includes all those who are struggling with life or situations being put their way.

Early Intervention: What's Holding Us Back?

Emma Louise Pudge | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Louise Pudge

I am optimistic about what early intervention can achieve for people with eating disorders, but early intervention needs to take place earlier.

Royals: Ending Mental Health Stigma Is About More Than Social Attitudes

James Downs | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK
James Downs

The movement for change must be met by more than warm words from those with the power to write legislation and apportion budgets. We need our politicians as well as the public to champion mental health at the highest level, with genuine commitment to the humanitarian as well as economic arguments for better services.

Seeing My Eating Disorder In The Mirror

Emma Louise Pudge | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Louise Pudge

The potential for psychological fall-out after experiencing sudden alterations in physical appearance are well documented in the cases of burns victims, amputees, and even people undergoing drastic weight loss surgery. The reactions of people with eating disorders are rarely legitimised in the same way because their self-image was apparently already broken prior to this new alteration.

Veganism Vs Eating Disorders

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

In an ideal world obviously I would love for everyone to be vegan, so I don't want this post to be seen as telling people with eating disorders to run off and bite the nearest sheep immediately. What I am saying is that if you are vegan or have a friend who has recently turned vegan, be sure to question it (especially if they have a history of eating disorders), and be fully aware of why that choice has been made.

Nine Truths About Eating Disorders

Emma Louise Pudge | Posted 05.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Louise Pudge

Although eating disorders are one of the most-discussed mental health problems in the media, the global impact of eating disorders is consistently underrepresented, and marginalised or underserved populations are left out of the conversation.

Clean Eating: The Truth Behind It

Jodie Brandman | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jodie Brandman

Current terminology in the healthy eating world could definitely stand to be tweaked, including phrases such as 'good' and 'bad' foods, but it's unfair to criticize the chefs and nutritionists who want to get an important message out.

Five Reasons Why We Must Act on World Eating Disorder Day

Rachel Egan | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Rachel Egan

This is the first ever global day dedicated to eating disorders, and professionals from 40 different countries and activists from all over the world are taking part. It could not have come soon enough for us here in the UK where the number of young people hospitalised for an eating disorder has doubled in the past three years.

When You Just Can't Stomach IBS

Rico Griffiths-Taitte | Posted 24.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Rico Griffiths-Taitte

It's hard to refute that the epitome of a fit man is someone who has a chiseled mid range you could grate cheese on. Then there are men like me. We are bombarded with the latest craze in Men's magazines and on the Internet, about men having six pack abs. This for me is a stomach churning thought especially as I suffer with IBS.

If You Have a Friend With Anorexia, Here's How You Can Help

Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Ann Harris

When I first came to London, I moved in with a friend from school. It was an exciting time for me - new city, new housemates, new life. But it very quickly became clear that she was not well.