Eating Disorders

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.

The Non-Sufferer's Guide to Bulimia

Charlie Smith | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Smith

Last night, I was watching one of my favourite programmes when, out of the blue, a male character made a joke about bulimia. When attempting to flirt with a lady at a bar, he joked that to get a figure 'as great as hers' she must've repeatedly made herself sick. It was meant to evoke a chuckle from the audience, but it was one joke that I simply couldn't laugh at. Bulimia is many things, but the one thing it isn't? Funny.

Kesha Opens Up About Depression And Eating Disorder Battle

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Entertainment

Kesha has spoken about her battle with depression and an eating disorder, after being trolled about her body on Instagram. The 'True Colors' singer o...

Dieticians, Dentists and Eating Disorders

Emer Delaney | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emer Delaney

As a dietitian, my role is to re-educate people on the key aspects of healthy eating and how it affects their physical health, through nutrition counselling. This is often done face-to-face in clinic, but can also be in larger group sessions.

Feeling My #Selfie

Daisy Lindlar | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Daisy Lindlar

While women are being encouraged to be "beautiful", it's not supposed to be for ourselves; it's supposed to be for other people. We're supposed to look good, but not on our own terms or by our own standards. We're meant to be these aesthetically appealing objects that exist to be admired by - let's be honest here - men. The thing about selfies that can make people so uncomfortable is that it represents a woman taking control of her own image, thinking that she looks great and not being ashamed to say it.

Anxiety, Addiction and Arthritis: How We Got Through It

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Illingworth

On February 21 the site I run, Impolitikal.com, hosted Control: a panel chat featuring Dominic Hoey a.k.a Tourettes, Damaris Coulter and I, and ho...

Where Is My Sugar-Free Happy Ending?

Helena Busiakiewicz | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Helena Busiakiewicz

It will take some time before I am fully in control of this illness. Before I can manage to inject insulin four times a day. I am not, by any means, cured of the paralysis caused by Diabulimia. It is a bit of a shame that I cannot finish this with a happy, sugar-free ending. But every day, I am trying my best. And right now, that's good enough for me.

One Tragedy at a Time: Diabulimia

Jacqueline Anne Allan | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jacqueline Anne Allan

As I sit here typing I am ridiculously conflicted. This week has been great for the charity that I run, we've been all over the media. Given that we raised a grand total of £3500 last year we desperately need the exposure and it is encouraging that, finally, we are the go to charity for this issue.

'Digital Crack' Babies

Martyn Stewart | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Parents
Martyn Stewart

Despite rewiring our minds, one constant remains. The human desire for loving connections and the natural consequences of this; children! Even when addicted to drugs, humans don't stop having children and just like the epidemic before it, an unforeseen legacy lingers.

The Cookbook Helping People With Eating Disorders Build Better Relationships With Food

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Recovering from an eating disorder is difficult. And this is precisely why Francesca Baker, 29, has created a cookbook that aims to help people with e...

Why Spring Is Just the Worst for People With Depression

Danielle Montgomery | Posted 14.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Montgomery

Springtime is a limbo. A purgatory for people with depression. A spaceless void where we are trapped, unable to make the transition through to happiness. But hold on tight because summer is better, right?

Why 'Clean Eating' Can Clear Off

James Downs | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
James Downs

Ultimately, categorising some foods as 'clean' and automatically implicating others as less so plays into an emotive narrative around food which polarises dietary habits in such a way that promotes rigidity, which for many people is only going to be unsustainable.

Woman With Eating Disorder Asks Designer To Make Her 'Pretty', He Responds In The Best Way

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A graphic designer and Photoshop wizard has touched the hearts of thousands after responding to a woman's request to "make her pretty". James Fridman ...

This Model's Agent Told Her To 'Stop Eating'

The Huffington Post | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 07.04.2016 | UK Style

One model is speaking out about her eating disorder in the hopes of changing beauty standards in the fashion industry. Zuzanna Buchwald had been an at...