Eating Disorders

Feeling The Christmas Calorie Pressure

Marissa Pendle | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Marissa Pendle

Christmas will soon be on its way, with the sweet and spicy essence of the christmas festivities lighting up our eyes, ears, hearts and, of course, ou...

10 Things Not To Say To Someone With An Eating Disorder

Sophie Mei Lan | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Mei Lan

Nice compliments sadly won't cut it, when it comes to getting better. I'm trapped in a glass box and I can still see all the wonderful things in the world, but I just can't touch them yet. Mental health isn't selective and you never know what's actually going on for a person.

How A Self-Confessed 'Basket Case' Overcame Growing Up In A Refugee Camp

The Huffington Post | Nitya Rajan | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK

”I remember thinking if I commit suicide there’s one less mouth to feed,” Kenny Mammarella-D’Cruz tells HuffPost UK. In 2014, male suicide ac...

Stop The Stigma On Self-harm

Sian Abigail Bradley | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Abigail Bradley

It makes me feel physically sick to imagine people knowing that I used to cut my skin. I imagine how people would judge me, perhaps think I'm a freak for hurting myself, and probably feel quite sick themselves once they knew.

Good Girls Drink Kale - Society's Dangerous Acceptance Of The Anorexic Mindset

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

One of the many reasons I struggle to eat is because of the guilt I feel about it. When I am eating I feel like I am committing a crime, my mind is te...

8 Celebrities Get Real About Eating Disorders

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Zayn Malik has made headlines after revealing in his new book that he suffered from a “serious” eating disorder during his One Direction days. The...

My Relationship With Food

Sinéad O'Callaghan | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sinéad O'Callaghan

One thing that has struck me over the past few weeks is that my default setting whenever I do spiral is to forget to eat. That may be annoying for any of you reading who battle with your weight, but trust me: being so anxious that you feel sick at the thought of food isn't much fun either!

Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall Details Anorexia Battle For The First Time

The Huffington Post | Daniel Welsh | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Entertainment

Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall has spoken for the first time about her struggle with anorexia, that led to her being hospitalised as a young teenage...

The Non-Binary Anorexic: Disordered Eating, Disordered Gender

Conor Penn | Posted 16.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Conor Penn

There are many complex circumstances, as there are for anybody who has experienced disordered eating. So, I decided to choose just one of what professionals might term 'the precipitating factors' that led to my illness, and my choice was gender identity.

On World Mental Health Day, We Mustn't Overlook Eating Disorders

Tom Quinn | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Quinn

Eating disorders cause enormous damage to a sufferer's psyche long before they cause lasting harm to their body, and the more time they go without getting the support they need, the worse the problem becomes. This is why Beat champions early intervention.

Overlooked And Under Resourced: Will Eating Disorders Be Taken Seriously In Research And Practice?

Una Foye | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Una Foye

The removal of eating disorders from the APMS document only adds to the feeling that we aren't being given the gravity that other mental health conditions get. Eating disorders currently receive the least amount of research funding per pound compared to other mental health problems

My Dangerous Relationship With Social Media

Lily Pickard | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lily Pickard

Poor mental health is something I have struggled with for a long time; now in my final year at University and preparing to enter the "real world", I would like to be in a far stronger place than I am. I'm depressed, anxious, and have a difficultly complex relationship with my eating, food and weight. This is nothing new.

The Great Eating Disorder Bake Off

Katie Simon Phillips | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Katie Simon Phillips

If you live in England it is likely you are a viewer of, (or are at least aware of), The Great British bake off, a show otherwise known as "The Greate...

'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...