Eating Disorders

Having an Eating Disorder at Christmas

Dr Mark Silvert | Posted 16.12.2014 | 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 07.12.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 07.11.2014 | 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 28.10.2014 | 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 22.10.2014 | 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.

Stricter Regulations Needed On Laxatives Sales, Warn Experts

PA / The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Eating disorder charity Beat has called for a change in regulations surrounding the sale of laxatives, following a 30% increase in calls from people u...

Extreme Self-Care: My Antidote to Depression

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Baldwin

Extreme self-care for me involves evaluating every decision against the question, "Is this a loving thing to do?" and then making a radical choice to eliminate the things that don't make me feel good. Easier said than done, of course, but practice makes perfect.

The Dilemma of Public Vs Private Mental Health Care

Danielle Montgomery | Posted 29.11.2014 | 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 28.11.2014 | 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 24.11.2014 | 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 04.11.2014 | 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.