Nick Watts
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An eating disorder and body image campaigner, Nick currently works with the UK charity Men Get Eating Disorders Too, a charity dedicated to raising awareness and providing peer support to men suffering from eating disorders. Nick also writes for several outlets on eating disorders and body image, men's health and the mental health of young people. He is also a youth counsellor, working with young people in his local area and sits on several advisory boards which have included Oxford University, The Men's Health Forum and other mental health charities.

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Are We Going to Let Asda Mock Mental Illness?

(3) Comments | Posted 25 September 2013 | (22:58)

As Halloween draws closer, we are used to seeing witches, vampires and ghost costumes in shops everywhere. This year however, you may get more than that.

Look to the Asda website and you will see a truly horrific costume...

They call it the mental patient costume and just...

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The Websites That Tell You 'Thin Is In'

(1) Comments | Posted 29 November 2012 | (22:10)

In a sexualised society that bombards us with the idea of a perfect image, it is no surprise that pro anorexia and competitive dieting websites exist.

We foster a culture that leads us to believe that to succeed or to fit in, we have to fit this so called...

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Why do we go Gaga Over Weight?

(0) Comments | Posted 26 September 2012 | (12:01)

"Porker face"
"Covered up her fuller figure"
"Decidedly meatier"

These are the things you are likely to see if you read the news around Lady Gaga today. Supposedly she put on 30 pounds, no wait 25, or maybe it was 20, fluctuating by news source...

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A Wife's Right to Sperm?

(2) Comments | Posted 26 August 2012 | (22:49)

An interesting debate has been sparked following a letter to the Human Embryology Authority by a woman who says, in marriage, sperm should be considered a marital asset. This followed her own husband making a donation, which could produce as many as twenty children and cites the possible...

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The Tale of the 'Manorexic' and the Celebrity

(4) Comments | Posted 2 May 2012 | (00:00)

In the last few months especially, eating disorders have been big news in the press. From reports of the rise in male eating disorders, bans of pro-anorexia material on social networks and the crusade to ban airbrushing, which must be great for the campaigns behind it, right?

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Tumblr, Thinspo and Self Harm, is Banning the Answer?

(5) Comments | Posted 27 March 2012 | (15:27)

As a society we are more online than ever before, with pretty much everyone on some form of social networking site. The time spent on these websites is enormous, with a lot of young people logging hours of time on sites such as Facebook, Twitter and blogging platforms each day....

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The Perception of Self Harm in Schools

(1) Comments | Posted 1 March 2012 | (11:47)

Yesterday I was in a school talking about self esteem and the issues surrounding it, from everything as simple as social withdrawal all the way to issues like self harm, suicide and eating disorders. I have talked at many places including schools, colleges, universities, public events and every other place...

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Stop, Go, Relapse - Welcome to Mental Health in 2012

(2) Comments | Posted 3 February 2012 | (23:00)

In just one of many controversies around NHS reform so called 'mental health clustering' is being rolled out across the NHS in what appears to be a bid to save money on mental health care.

The new system will see people being graded according to need, which in itself is...

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Men and Eating Disorders, a Hidden Evil

(4) Comments | Posted 15 January 2012 | (23:00)

Eating disorders, a topic which is often solely centred around teenage girls, anorexia and wanting to look like that model from that TV show.

When you see the topic covered on TV, in the newspaper and on the radio it is often the same old tired story, a story...

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